10 Proven Ways To Grow Your Email List

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Warning: Hard Work Ahead!

It needs to be said that what you are about to read is not an easy undertaking. Doing it, however, is what will separate you from the crowd. This is the fighting in the trenches, the daily grind that makes those “overnight successes.” You’re going to get frustrated, feel like the work is in vain, and want to give up at some point. Don’t.

If you’re committed to building a successful business with an engaged audience that advocates for you, you must build a following.

1. Make certain that your newsletters, emails, blog posts, etc. have a clear call-to-action (CTA). Without giving explicit instructions to the reader about what and how to take the net step you are leaving it all up to chance.

2. Feature posts, or elements of blog posts on your social media accounts. By doing so , you help to direct traffic back to YOUR platform, where you have the ability to provide opt-ins and other CTA.

3. Always be prepared. When you’re out in public, speaking, networking, be sure you have the ability to sign someone up to your newsletter on the spot. Many of todays’ email campaign service providers (Constant Contact, Vertical Response, Mail Chimp to name a few) have apps that allow you to add someone right from your smartphone or tablet in a matter of seconds.

4. Help people. Visit forums and other online communities related to your areas of business to provide helpful answers and information for those seeking. Your presence will be noticed, especially when you make this a regular activity, and people will follow you back to your sites.

5. Lead networking groups, meet-ups, or other in-person gatherings in your city. those in leadership and public roles naturally gain more traction and exposure.

6. Be creative. Create something that really solves, or provides huge value, to your client-base. Give it away for free. People naturally want to share things that are truly helpful.

7. Remember to track your efforts. Keep SEO in mind when your are creating content. Yoast.com has agreat free wordpress plugin to help you get tarted.

8. Send samples of your product to bloggers with a following related to your business. Be sure to follow up but don’t become a pest, they don’t owe you for your gift.

9. Get interviewed on local or national radio or television. The reach you can achieve, not to mention the expert reputation, is well worth the effort.

10. Host contests, challenges, giveaways to drive more traffic to your site.

List building is really only limited by your imagination and your willingness to hustle. Your goal should be to provide great content and value to your audience. People can tell when you have an ulterior motive or when you are being genuine. There is nothing wrong with making money, that’s why you’re in business to begin with. Just don’t be stingy with the help you provide. 

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