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How To Build A Rockin Successful Email List

March 24, 2014 | By Adrienne Smith

Yeah, yeah, yeah…  You’ve heard it a million times already.

The money is in the list!

Know why you continue to hear it all the darn time?

Because it’s TRUE!

So let me ask you an honest question.  Why are you here?

I know I’ve asked this of you in the past and like I mentioned in my post last week, a lot of you are blogging just for the pure enjoyment of it.  For that I applaud you and I sure hope you’re having some fun with it.

For the rest of us, although I do love to blog, I’m here to build a business so my blog actually serves a purpose.

Some people will say that your blog is your business but I actually disagree with that.  Your blog is a tool and for me I use it to build relationships with my readers and subscribers so that they’ll buy from me whether it’s products I promote or services that I offer.  It’s definitely the best way to generate leads for your business.

Why You Need An Email List

Remember what I said?  The money is in the list!

You are here to make money right!  I mean that’s the purpose of a list in the first place.

Some people believe that an opt-in list isn’t necessary because all their readers need to do is sign up for their RSS feed.  Some have email notifications so all that does is notify them of your newest post.

They have not given you permission to send them anything else.  You aren’t able to build a relationship with them, share anything else you want or promote your coolest new product.

The main goal of your email list is to be able to promote products and build your business.

When you’ve built up that relationship with your subscribers then when you promote to them they’ll be a heck of a lot more open to purchasing it from you because they’ve come to know you, like you and trust you.

Those are the three main ingredients to having a rockin successful email list.

You have to be that person that never steers them wrong.

If you don’t yet have your own products or services then only promote things that are top notch, worth every penny and will benefit them in some way.

Never ever just be in this for the money or you’ll find yourself waking up one day wondering what the heck just happened.

Even if they never buy one darn thing from you, never treat them any differently.  If they are someone who takes advantage of your generosity you can always remove them from your list.

If you want to build a business online you’ve got to have a list and email them on a regular basis.

Make Your Subscribers Feel Special

When people opt into your list they are now giving you permission to present whatever information you told them you would present to them when they signed up.  That should always be spelled out in your welcome email.

Having said that, most people know that when you opt into any list you’re giving them permission to promote to you.  Those that go overboard in this area, well we can’t opt out fast enough.

I don’t know about you but when I started this process I did everything wrong.  I listened to the wrong people and did all of the wrong things.  I bet I’ve started over building my list at least five times now.

Back in 2011 when I was having a lot of aha moments I started incorporating me into my lists like I do here in my posts.  I take it a step further though and I actually will pick up the phone and call those that left their numbers.  For those that I catch at home we’ve had some really good conversations.  Nothing like the personal touch right!

I want my subscribers to feel like they’re special because they are.  They trusted me by opting into my list to see what else I had to share so I want them to feel comfortable enough to continue sticking around.

I mostly just share my blog updates with my readers as well as what’s been going on with me but when I’m going through some training online I’ll share some things I’m learning with them that I don’t share with my readers.

The purpose of your list is to let them know just how special they are so give them information that will benefit and help them in some way.  Let them know you’re there for them.

What To Offer Your List

Put yourself in your subscribers shoes.  What can you offer them to entice them to put their information in your opt-in form to get whatever you’re offering?  What would you want bad enough to trust someone with your information?

Think about it along those lines.

You want to offer them something really fabulous of course but if you’re just starting out you might not feel like you have anything to offer.  I don’t want that to stop you.

Surely you’re blogging because you’re passionate about something or you have a certain expertise that you’d like to share with the world.  How can you offer that to your list?

Can you make a video course or perhaps just a video series explaining it?  How about writing a report like I have here and sharing it in that format.

Give it some thought so at least you can be on your way to creating something.

If at this moment you don’t feel like you have anything to offer or you haven’t created something yet you can always just have them opt-in so that they can receive notifications of your newest post.  Remember, your main objective is to build relationships with your subscribers but you also want to wow them.

Some of the things you can do is if a new gadget has been released that you think is cool, tell them about it.  If you’ve read a great post that you really think will benefit them, share the link.  If you’ve found some great information from free reports and they’re giving you permission to share them, do it.

Give this information to your list that you don’t give your readers and they’ll want to stick with you to see what you’ll share with them next.

These are real live human beings so treat them as such.  Treat them as your friends and they’ll quickly become them, trust me on this one.

People Are Sick Of Lists

That’s true, people are sick of lists.  The reason they are is because they’re not being given anything of value.  I admit myself that for awhile I was just sending notices of my email updates along with a little bit about what’s been going on behind the scenes stuff.  I’m guilty of this myself so I don’t blame people for opting out.

As I started taking a few more courses though I was able to share more information with them that I’ve been learning so my goal is to keep them wowed with what I share.

Our goal is to keep providing great stuff so they want to stick around and not miss anything.  When I get ready to release my product I plan on giving my list a discount but no one else.  I have to make them feel special because they’ve hung with me through this process.  Not that you aren’t special of course but all you have to do is opt into my list!

I also don’t want you to be discouraged if you don’t have thousands of subscribers.  I don’t but it’s quality over quantity because I’m sure you’ve heard people brag about how many subscribers they have but they never divulge their click through rates or how many purchases have been made.

I bet their lists aren’t as active as mine is either.  Why?  Because I have a relationship with mine where I bet most of them don’t.

Do NOT let that intimidate you at all because we all have to start at the beginning and we all learn as we go.

30 Day List Building Challenge

Because I want you to have success in this area as well, I have a little something for you.

I was so thrilled to be introduced to Nathalie Lussier who just happens to be an expert in this area.  She has a 30 day list building challenge that I think will benefit everyone.  I’ve joined myself to pick up even more tips.

30 day challenges are great for a number of reasons but they actually move you in the direction that you need to go by teaching you how to stay committed.

Even if you’re pressed for time at the moment but still really need to learn this information I think this would be a great thing to join.  You’ll be walked through what you need to do to grow your list within the next 30 days.  Isn’t that enticing enough?

What do you say, you game?  Could you use a little help?

Okay, well here ya go:

>>> Join the 30 Day List Building Challenge by Clicking Here <<<

Did I mention that it’s free!  Well it is so no excuses.

Let me know your thoughts on building your list and if you’re still having some issues.  If you have any questions feel free to fire away and I’ll see what I can’t do to help.

Remember, this is our year so I want to help you move in the right direction to build your business.

Be sure to share this post with your friends too okay!  We all want them to do well now don’t we?

 

 

 

 


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1 Liudas March 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Yes, building a list is very important. I build my email list so, I could build up the relationships later. My whole blog is set up to convert as many people as possible into subscribers.

Usually visitors come to your blog and leave, they are likely not coming back, but if you capture them into your email list then you can start building a relationship with them and the big bucks are from the relationships that you form.

So, if you want to make money online then definitely start learning about list building.

Great post as allways :)

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2 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Hi Liudas,

I’m happy to hear that you’re building a list and a relationship with your subscribers. What you shared is true and it’s how you run a successful business.

I know a lot of people worry about what to share but if you’re passionate about what you do then I think a lot of it will come naturally. Just follow your gut and the rest will fall into place.

I wish you all the best in this area and thank you so much for your comment. You have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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3 Sylviane Nuccio
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March 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Hi Adrienne,

How interesting that I’ve been introduced to Nathalie Lussier about 2 months ago and did sign up for her email course. However, haven’t had the chance to get to it yet, but it’s certainly on my list to do.

This young lady is very good at what she does and I knew instantly that I could learn bunches with her.

I agree that most list I’ve subscribed to are not very useful at all, however, in some cases, it’s my lack of time (me:)) that’s guilty of not following through.

Thank you for encouraging me to get into that course that I’m sure will be so beneficial for me.

Have a great week ahead!
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4 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Hey Sylviane,

Well I’ll be darn, that’s wonderful that you signed up but haven’t gotten to it. I know you’ve had some things crop up that kind of put a lot of things on the back burner but if you really want to grow your list I hope you’ll take the time to go through her challenge.

Although we all have the same amount of hours in the day I know that I don’t want to spend an hour of them just reading emails. But, if someone is going to continue to provide some awesome information with me then you can bet I’ll be sure to read theirs. I think that’s why it’s so important to give the best information you can to your subscribers so that they’ll want to open those emails even if they are busy.

You are so very welcome and especially with the direction you’re headed this year, you need to focus on that list girl. Oh yeah!

You have a great week too, thanks Sylviane.

~Adrienne

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5 Ashley
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March 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Hey Adrienne
A nice reminder post again!. I have been working a little on my email list lately.
I added a new offer and section to my website where I review websites for free. In an effort to get my name out there for what I do (web design) and also to help people (not everyone can afford to pay me to fix their site or for advice). So it’s win win.
It is starting slowly, but I realised that I had to supplement my normal blogging focused email to focus on what I need – customers. But at the same time not to forget that I am also always about value and giving!
So I have subscribed for the challenge (I bought and promoted Nathalie’s SEO course a while back, and she is all about easy, down to earth training!).
have a rockin week
ashley
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6 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Hi Ashley,

I know that I’ve screwed up numerous times with my list. Not knowing what to say, not knowing what to share with them, not knowing how to interact, etc. I think a lot of people obsess about what to offer them because there are so many people but not everyone wants to sign up to be on yet another list. I so get that.

I think that would probably be very helpful just diagnosing their sites and advising them possibly what could be improved. I know a lot of people don’t want to spend the money but your site really is the most important and only real estate you have online. It’s who you are.

I know you’ll do great and I also know that Nathalie’s challenge will be helpful. You’re already familiar with what a powerhouse she is so at least you know she’ll deliver.

Thanks Ashley for sharing that and you have a rockin week too! ;-)

~Adrienne

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7 Harleena Singh
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March 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This post is very timely and useful for me. Email list building is one of the areas of blogging where I haven’t achieved much success. Yes, I had been hearing that the money is in the list since the beginning, but I ignored it because I was never into blogging for money, do you remember? In fact, till date I just have the subscription forms on my blog to facilitate new post notifications to interested visitors, that’s all. I know that’s not good, and this is definitely not the way you go if you want to earn money blogging online.

I’m here to know how I can build my email list successfully because I’m a bit keen on earning some income through my blog, because I want to devote more time to the blog. Well, you’re right that your blog is a tool, an important tool because without it you can’t do your business. So, your blog becomes your business. :) Of course, people don’t buy things because they’re there on the blog, but actually they buy it from you, because they trust you, right?

You’re so right, Adrienne. Email list building is all about building relationship with your subscribers, so they permit you to suggest products and services. Those are all just great tips to not only build your email list, but build a successful business from it. With an active email list, you can surely say that your blog is not your business, your email list is!

I agree that it has to start from the very first mail, the welcome mail. I know you always call, and that’s a great way to develop relationships. You really like to go one-to-one with each of your email subscribers, don’t you?

You’ve really given me some great ideas. You’re right, you need to make them special and give them value. I’ve so many ideas, it’s just I can’t find the time to make them work by implementing them. I’ll surely look into the 30 day list building challenge that you suggest.

Thanks again for this great post, I love it! :) Do have a great week ahead, Adrienne. :)
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8 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Hi Harleena,

I know that with your blog your intention was never to make money. There are a lot of people like that and that’s okay if that’s what you want. I think though once you realize just the trust factor you’ve built up with your readers that you can start building a business and an income as well.

You definitely have to build that relationship with your subscribers because although you might be able to do that with them just on your blog, you have to make them feel a little more special because they did opt into what you have.

You are SO right, your email list is your business but your blog is the tool you used to get them there. Once you build up that trust factor with them then of course they would much rather buy something from someone they trust. I sure know I would. I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent on products, courses and services that I wish I hadn’t. A lot of them were just a waste of my money and time but when a friend recommends it then I know it’s good. They would never steer me wrong.

I do, the call just adds that personal touch and although I don’t get to call everyone I do hope that with my emails they feel like they can email me with questions or call me if they need to. I have a lot of interaction with my list and that’s what you really want. It’s not necessarily the size that will help it’s the quality of the people you have on your list.

I have no doubt you’ll do well Harleena, you have that gift. I know the challenge can also help move you in the right direction as well so just check it out and you’ll do great.

You are so very welcome and I wish you the best of luck with this, you’ll do great. You have a wonderful week as well and I’ll do the same.

~Adrienne

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9 Kevin Carlton
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March 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Adrienne

Even though I don’t have any immediate plans to make passive income from my blog, my mailing list is still really important to me.

When you spend hours carefully crafting an insightful and useful blog post then it’s reassuring to know it’ll end up in the inboxes of many people who’ll then go on to read it.

In other words, building that email list is essential whatever your ultimate goal.
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10 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Hey Kevin,

You don’t want to build a clientele through your list that need your services as a copywriters Kevin? I’m really surprised to hear that myself because that is your business and a way to just get more clients. I have no doubt that you’d do really well with that my friend.

It is great though that they anxiously await your email letting them know they have another post but when you share other very helpful things with them then that will keep them opening those emails instead of just ignoring them. Sounds to me though that you aren’t having any issues with that so good for you.

You have a wonderful week Kevin and thanks.

~Adrienne

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11 Kevin Carlton
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March 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Thanks for the words of encouragement Adrienne.

Before I jump into the world of passive blog income I need to work out precisely what I’m going to offer and, of course, whether there’s a need for it.

I think the penny will drop in time. Meanwhile, I’ll keep on working at building that mailing list.

I do at least now have an idea of what my free download is going to be. As I haven’t seen anything similar on other copywriting blogs, I reckon it could be a goer.
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12 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I know that many will say to just get them on your list even if you don’t have anything to offer. That sounds great but not everyone will opt into a list if you don’t have anything to share with them but just email updates. I don’t blame them really with all the email we get today, there has to be a reason and it has to benefit them.

It sounds like your mind has been working and you know what you’re going to offer. I think it’s great to be different from the rest, that’s what will make you stand out. Bravo to you Kevin and I can’t wait to see what that will be.

I’m excited for you!

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13 Balroop Singh
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March 24, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Hi Adrienne

This is quite inspiring! I didn’t pay any attention to building an email list…you can call it ignorance of a newbie but I don’t make money from blogging, I don’t take it as a business. I value my readers, though and I value my time too. I am always concentrating on quality content. I feel if my readers gain from what I write, the connections would be very strong.

I agree with you Adrienne that building relationships is imperative as we all thrive on that. I think I must take this challenge of 30 day list building. Your post is full of suggestions and is a learning experience for me. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice week.
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14 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Hi Balroop,

People blog for different reasons and you just happen to be one of those who does it for enjoyment. There is nothing wrong with that and as long as you’re happy doing what you do than that’s all that really matters.

I’m happy to hear that you’re open to taking this challenge. I think you just might enjoy it and learn a few things. Maybe you’ll have a second thought on the direction you want to go with your blog. You just never know how this will all work out.

Thank you for your comment Balroop and you enjoy your week as well.

~Adrienne

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15 Zach
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March 24, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Hey Adrienne!

Great post, I need to get to work on my email list after reading this! I too have been introduced to Nathalie Lusier and she ROCKS! Seriosuly even if you don’t follow the 30 days exactly there is so much great content it’s worth the read!

Thanks for sharing,

Zach

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16 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Hey Zach,

Glad I was able to spark something there Zach and hopefully get you to move forward with building your list. Also happy to hear that you’re familiar with Nathalie as well. She does rock my friend.

Sometimes not everything applies to us all but you can learn what you should and hopefully tweak it the way that works best for you.

Thanks for your comment Zach and you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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17 robin hallett
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March 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Adrienne,

See, you did it again :) There is a reason I call you the Blog Whisperer!

The other day someone contacted me over Facebook and asked if my mailing list was free to join, since it didn’t say FREE on the opt-in. I was really struck – do people charge for the privilege of being a subscriber? I see it the other way around…I want to thank my subscriber for joining. I’ve never wanted to say “It’s FREE!” because it feels over selly or manipulative somehow. I know you use the word free in your opt in, so maybe I need to rethink that.

I’ve been really sitting with the question of WHAT to offer potential opt in lovelies. How to increase that subscriber number…and also, what feels natural for me to offer. For sure, if you don’t give a compelling reason, people are less likely to join… I am testing a few different ones now – based upon the landing page. One is a video series, on how to run a successful healing practice – and another, on my contact page, is to ask me one question about anything when you opt in. So far, these are both working well :)

About the actual letters people send out – I couldn’t agree more, there has got to be a balance, you can’t just sell sell sell and talk about me me me all the time. I am so turned off by that, I unsubscribe pretty quickly. Also the desperate crazy titles. Today I saw three that were so offputting, I actually didn’t open. The words “Hurry open up” do not compel me to open, it reminds me of the dentist, ewww ick.

Yours was one of the first lists I subscribed to when I came online in 2012 (late bloomer I guess!) and I’ve stayed on, and can honestly say, I open all the mail you send :) I am so glad you trusted your own voice and believed in yourself. Thank you, I learn so much from you :) And a HUGE thank you for the pdf you sent last week about your training, I read it with coffee each morning. LOVE!

Ok, hugs and high fives to you today – sharing this all around :)

Robin
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18 Mainak Halder
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March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Hi Adrienne,

An awesome post, common, but you’ve explained it so well. I need to focus more on building my list now because it’s so important.

But I personally believe, having a huge list makes no sense but having an engaged list with lost of click-throughs is what we need the most.

Thank you for introducing me to Nathalie, and I am looking ahead to build my list in 30 days.

Till now, I was concentrating on writing and writing but I think it’s time to put my mind to building the list as well. At least, I’ll know there someone regular to read.

BTW, I find the commentluv isn’t working properly. :)

Have a wonderful week ahead. :)

Mainak.
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19 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Hi Mainak,

Glad you enjoyed this topic and that I was able to explain it well. Unless you’re just blogging for pleasure then you really need to be building your list. We all have to start somewhere and I know that Nathalie’s challenge will really help you understand and start building it the right way. Always great to learn from someone who has done so well.

I would love to have a huge list if they all opened my emails, clicked through to my links and were engaging. That’s hard to do because so many people opt-in for the free offer and then never open another email again. Every few months though I clean up my list so those people will get deleted by me.

I’m glad to hear that you’re interested in building your list and I do hope that you find Nathalie’s challenge extremely helpful.

Thanks for telling me about CommentLuv but I don’t think there is an issue. You’re links are showing up for me but until you have 10 approved comments on my blog your links won’t show to anyone else. It’s to make sure you’re here for the right reasons. ;-)

Thank you for your comment and you have a wonderful week.

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20 Kerry Russell
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March 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Someone asked me the other day why I didn’t have an RSS feed icon on my blog. Now I can point them to this post :)

As a blogger my #1 goal is to convert readers into email subscribers and build a relationship with them via email marketing. As you pointed out Adrienne, RSS doesn’t allow you to do that so in my opinion RSS is a complete waste of time.

I SO wish I knew what I know now about list building when I first started. Gees, that was a mouthful – lol. Some of the ‘so called gurus’ just teach you to build a list without any thought to the method being used and as you know it’s the quality of your list that matters, not the size.

The 30 day challenge you shared will be an awesome resource for beginners and I may even see you there. You can never have too many email subscribers :)

Another great post!
Kerry
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21 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Hey Kerry,

I have to agree with you about the RSS feed for your blog. Your goal should be to help people so if you’re not making it easy for them to read your posts the way they prefer then you’re losing a potential subscriber and customer. Sure, do we want them on our list? Well heck yeah but your goal is to entice them into wanting to sign up because of all the amazing stuff you share. I think it should be their choice but you don’t want to lose them entirely. That’s just my opinion on that because we never want to force someone to sign up for our list.

I feel the same way because I’ve deleted so many of my lists because I did things wrong and totally screwed up. I was learning from the wrong people and the others, well they may have worked for them but they sure didn’t work for me. Not one person ever told me the right way to do this. For some reason I just figured it out on my own way too many years late of course.

I think the challenge is a great way to help people if they’re also kind of lost with this. Even those who may not be getting a lot of sign ups right now can benefit. Hey, I’m always for picking up things I might not have known. I’m by no means perfect but I’ve got a LOT going for me. ;-)

Thanks Kerry and I appreciate your comment. You have a rockin day and fabulous week.

~Adrienne

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22 Kumar Gauraw
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March 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Hi Adrienne,

The money is in the list, sure although I am yet to figure it out ;-)

Oh and by the way, I enjoy your emails. You do a great job with those every single time.

Well, thank you for this list building challenge. For the sake of having fun and building some relationships, I am going to jump right into it. I like challenges and so I am ON!

Have a great day!

Regards,
Kumar
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23 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Hey Kumar,

You’re not alone my friend with the money part. A lot of people come online without a clear vision of what they want their business to be. Because I’ve seen your “Work With Me” page I’m surprised to hear you say you’re not sure. You have your setup services and coaching and let’s not forget your hosting company now. You have a lot to offer your list Kumar.

Thank you, I appreciate you sharing that and hope you’re benefiting from what I’ve been sharing lately! ;-) I love my subscribers, I have the best!

You are so very welcome and I think we can all pick a few things up from this challenge. Although I feel like I’m finally doing things right there is always something I’m not aware of and then have those big aha moments ya know. I intend to see a big spike in my subscribers very soon. ;-)

Thank you Kumar for your comment and good luck to you with the challenge. We’ll have to compare notes! You enjoy your week too and I’m definitely going to do the same.

~Adrienne

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24 Joseph Rathjen March 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Wow, Adrienne, you must be psychic. I was just saying yesterday that I need to build an email list for my blog’s subscribers. Although they can subscribe themselves on my blog, who wants to get a thousand emails each day from all the blogs you belong to. I guess I’ll just have to convince them that mine is necessary to complete their day. Thanks a bunch. Good timing!

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25 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Hey Joseph,

Hot dog, I’m a psychic now! I love that! ;-)

Well I’m glad that I shared this with you Joseph and I hope that by joining this challenge that you can learn even more about how to start and grow your list. I know how important our lists are so I want everyone to at least have that same chance. I think this would be a much better option for you.

You are very welcome and thank you for your comment. Love that timing!

~Adrienne

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26 Mary Stephenson
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March 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Hi Adrienne

Was thinking about your nephew when they were talking about the oil spill in Galveston and cruise ships being delayed. Hope things are well for him and on time.

Signed up for Nathalie Lussier’s 30 day course. I got all the blogging stuff, but the thorn in the side is the elusive email list. Maybe I can find what I am comfortable with. Of course I am still trying to figure out what it is I want to do or should do. I keep crossing things off the list from where I first started. I think it is an adjustment when things don’t always go as planned and also as skills change and you find what you are capable of or very good at.

Thank you for the post today.

Mary

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27 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Hi Mary,

He just got on his yesterday so I hope there weren’t any delays with them heading out. We haven’t heard from him so I’m thinking everything is fine.

I think until you decide what you want to do then you’ll be like the rest of us who just kept building lists and not having much luck because we either weren’t doing what we wanted in the first place or they weren’t receptive to it. I have no doubt you’ll figure this all out soon. You’ll find your place and maybe going through her challenge will help you be more clear. You never know Mary.

You’re very welcome and thank you for your comment. Always good to hear from you.

~Adrienne

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28 Sandy Halliday March 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I was both suprised and excited to see the subject of your email as I am just about to start to build yet another list myself, but in the IM niche. Although I have abandoned my IM blog (for the time being anyway) I am still keen to build a list again. I did fall for a list building “scheme” at the beginning of the year but that fell flat although it sounded good.

I have already taken a few paid for list building courses but they are all the same old stuff. I have signed up for Nathalie’s to see what she teaches. What a nice surprise to get something like that for free. Thanks for the heads up on that.

I very much agree with all you have said about list building People have so many emails flooding into their email boxes that you have to be different and stand out from the crowd.

Looking forward to receiving your notes from Marie’s course .

Hope you have a good week.

Sandy

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29 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Hi Sandy,

So why are you building an IM list when you’re in detox? You dropped your IM blog because that wasn’t where your heart was? If I were you I’d concentrate on building your detox list instead.

I know what you mean about buying these courses and they’re all the same stuff. What people have to understand is that there really are no new tactics to building a list but if you were like me you definitely were taught by people who were only in this to make money and obviously not build a solid business. Now they teach more spammy tactics. It is refreshing to get something for free and especially something that’s this helpful.

I think that should be everyone’s goal, to stand out from the rest. Now to just figure all of that out right Sandy!

Thank you for your comment and they are coming soon! Enjoy my friend and you have a good week as well.

~Adrienne

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30 Sandy Halliday March 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

You might well be right Adrienne. Even though I dropped writing my IM blog I still had this hankering to build a list in IM. Many people do it without a blog. It’s the blogging that got to me. I’ve got a funnel set up now so I will see where it leads me.
Sandy

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31 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

It will be interesting Sandy and I can’t wait to hear how you do! You’re right, a blog isn’t a necessity although it’s the best way to make those connections. I don’t know how I would do it if I had to start over today. Hope it goes well though, I really loved your IM blog! :-)

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32 Lisa Magoulas
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March 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Building my list is one of my biggest goals this year. I’m hoping that with my new branding and new products that people will get to know me better and like what I’m offering. I am so strapped for time, but I will definitely join this challenge. Thank you. Lisa
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33 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Hi Lisa,

I know that this learning phase is very time consuming along with your courses you’re trying to finish but this is the best way to get them interested in who you are and what you can offer them. At least when you’re ready to can sign up for the challenge. You’ll find it very helpful.

Thanks Lisa and you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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34 Lisa Magoulas
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March 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

You’re right Adrienne. And I did sign up because I figured if I didn’t, I would forget. lol Thanks you have a great week too.
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35 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 1:09 PM

She’ll dribble the info to you daily so you can apply them at your leisure. A lot of the early ones is just explaining things which you probably already know but just maybe taking 30 minutes to listen to her video and apply will really help you move forward. You can start doing it right, right now! ;-)

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36 Tom Coleman
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March 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Hi Adrienne….
Thanks so much. I’ll be taking the challenge. Give me a call when you get a chance. I’d love to chat with you a bit.
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37 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Hey Tom,

Good for you, happy to hear that Tom. I’m sure everyone can learn something with this challenge.

Send me an email and we’ll have to schedule a time to chat. There are no spare minutes to my day right now. ;-)

Thanks for the comment and you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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38 Ruth Zive
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March 24, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Eek! I haven’t even put a form up on my blog yet to start cultivating my (new) list. I’m very behind! This is a good reminder. I had great traction before with my list, but as you know, I’m now starting from scratch. Better get cracking – perhaps this challenge is right up my alley.
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39 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Too much going on Ruth but girl you better get cracking on that one. I hope some of your loyal readers followed you over. Not that you need this challenge but you never know what else we can learn that we might be able to tweak some today.

Appreciate your comment Ruth and you enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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40 Carolyn Nicander Mohr
Twitter:
March 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Hi Adrienne, Yes, I added an email subscription form to my side bar and now have quite a few email subscribers. I don’t offer anything other than my articles but that seems to be enough for some people.

If I ever do an ebook, I may offer it free to my subscribers to boost my list.

I did add the word “Free” to my opt-in because I was getting questions from people about how much it cost to subscribe to The Wonder of Tech!
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41 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Hi Carolyn,

I’m sure for those that did sign up with you that some of them might not be active bloggers but want to know about the latest tech stuff that’s happening so I know that will probably benefit them.

Robin also had someone ask about whether or not it was free or not but I also believe that a lot of people who read her blog aren’t bloggers either so they just don’t know. It never hurts to add that word to entice them in.

Thanks for sharing this Carolyn and you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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42 Angela McCall
Twitter:
March 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m sure that “30 Day List Building Challenge” is awesome!!! but I’m going to take a rain check on this one. Just don’t have the time. I barely blog nowadays. Well, I’m not even reading 5-blogs a day and commenting 5x a day. It’s like whenever. And I find doing this better on the weekend.

However, one of the best strategy I found in building your Email list are:
• Giving stuff away on your list only but not on your blog. This makes people feel special that they are getting this info just on your list and not somewhere else.
• Also Lisa Irby showed on her Email list like…she gives some FREE stuff just for her subscribers alone and not found on her blog.

I find these 2 pointers a plus, but I haven’t implement them yet. Btw, Tim Bonner is doing this. He sends stuff on his list, like announcing a free application (for instance) but he doesn’t post it on his blog, but only informing his list. I find this very good. :)

Anyway, Adrienne, thank you very much for sharing us your valuable information. I cannot agree more…”the money is in the list” and that of course, we should keep on building.

Have a great week!

Angela
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43 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Hey Angela,

If you don’t have the time and don’t feel it’s something you need to know then of course don’t sign up. I’m following it along but not daily mainly because like I was getting caught up this weekend and haven’t looked at the last few emails but as long as I stick with it and absorb what she’s sharing I know I’ll benefit.

Absolutely, that’s what will keep them on your list is if you share stuff with them that you don’t share with your readers. You want them to feel special because they are. They opted in where most people won’t waste their time and that’s okay. Like when I release my product I’ll probably give my list a discount and not sure about my readers. I might give it to them too but more to my list. Haven’t decided but that’s a big plus for sure.

I appreciate your comment and hope you staying busy is benefiting you income wise with more clients. Way to go girl and you have a great week as well.

~Adrienne

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44 Mark
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March 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Adrienne:

In your particular case, your money lies in the incredible long term relationships and trust that you’ve developed with so many others! They trust your expertise and guidance, and therefore whenever you recommend a product or service, sales are sure to follow!

That’s definitely a brand worth striving for! And as a direct result of your recommendation, I’ll definitely have a look at Nathalie’s 30 day email building challenge course. Thanks for sharing the resource Coach!
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45 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Hi Mark,

The funny thing is Mark that “most blogs” don’t have as many return visitors as I do. Even the bigger named bloggers will tell you that they don’t get a lot of repeat visitors so I think that what I’ve been able to build here in respect to my community is definitely going to benefit me in the long run.

It is what everyone should strive for, I agree. If you need help building your list you can’t go wrong joining Nathalie’s challenge. She shares some really good stuff so happy learning Mark.

You enjoy your week okay and thanks for your comment!

~Adrienne

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46 June March 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for sharing this post. I needed it. I’ve been told many times to work on building an email list. But I haven’t because I didn’t have a free report or eBook to offer subscribers. However, it’s about time I think about it seriously because blogging has now become my business.

I’ve joined the 30 day challenge. I’m excited!

This post is exactly what I needed to give me that push. So, once again thank you.
Have a great week. :-)

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47 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
March 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Hi June,

I know what you mean June because we want everything to be in place before we start doing this but you can still work on what you want to offer them as you build it. Sure, you might not get a lot of sign ups in the beginning but you’ll get there and I have no doubt this challenge will help you.

Love that this is exactly what you needed! Happy learning now and you have a great week as well.

~Adrienne

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48 Susan Cooper
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March 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I so agree. NEVER EVER, steer them wrong or give them something that is of little to no value. I test everything I use and recommend on my site, prior to posting it. That includes my own recipes. If I can’t say it’s great, then out it goes. Wine is the same way. When it comes to my stories, I work REALLY hard at making them readable and error free. The last thing I need is to turn someone off because of my lack of care in what I present.

As for the challenge, I opted in and I’m now waiting to see if I’m included. Fingers crossed. :-)
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49 Adrienne Smith
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March 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Hey Susan,

I so agree with you about that and I know since you share recipes and wines then those are definitely things that could go terribly wrong. I hate those people who claim to know it all and have never done any of what they’ve shared. They’re just doing what they were taught yet have never gotten any results. These things take time but I just hate people steering anyone wrong.

Glad you signed up for the challenge and I wish you the best of luck. Enjoy your week now.

~Adrienne

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50 Barbara Charles
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March 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Funny, I just decided to do my own 30 day challenge to help me build good working habits. They say it takes 30 days to form a habit so that’s one of my goals right now, so I was pleased as punch to see your post.

You’re so right about the list. I know that my readers appreciate my posts. I keep them updated on my posts and they seem to appreciate it. I think I’ll definitely try this 30 list building. My list is relatively small – around 240 and I’d love to build it up.

Thanks for reminding us and providing us with a way to be more successful because there is definite truth in the list.

Talk soon.
Barbara

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51 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
March 24, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Hi Barbara,

Well hot dog and I hope you’ll join in with this challenge. I have no doubt you’ll learn a lot for sure.

Your list is bigger than most but I have no doubt that with this challenge you’ll learn how to get more subscribers Barbara. She’s sharing some great tips in this.

You are very welcome and I intend to expand mine for sure. Good things are happening this year girl! Glad you’re coming along too.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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52 Rea March 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Well, I haven’t really thought of doing this just yet although I know how important this is. I’m glad I’m learning so much from you Adrienne and maybe I could start learning about this early on. My blog is purely my passion and hobby for now but I could sure use this knowledge in my future blogging goals.

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53 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Hey Rea,

For those who are blogging mostly for pure enjoyment might not need to build a list unless it would be for the purpose of turning those dedicated readers into loyal subscribers by sharing things with them you wouldn’t with everyone else. But it’s got it’s purpose in the business arena because it builds the trust factor so when you’re promoting things they’ll trust that you’ll never steer them wrong. If you chose to turn this into a business at some point then you’ll already have all those wonderful people on your list. It’s a thought.

Appreciate your comment and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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54 metz
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March 25, 2014 at 2:39 AM

Just a while ago, I have read a post on how to boost your blog subscriber email list and I have found great lessons and ideas how.

Your “Make Your Subscribers Feel Special” made me think of saying Thank you or like having a THANK YOU PAGE. Logically, we feel special if other people will say thank you to us, while yours Adrienne, you give emphasis to the topic and explained it well. I had learned something while reading. Thanks!

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55 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Hi Metz,

Glad to hear that you found that particular post but I have to ask you a question. Do you even have a blog? You never link to it which is why I ask.

A lot of people have than you pages and I find that much more appropriate then sending a blog commenter to a thank you page. I tell them when they comment how much I appreciate them and to me that starts to form that bond or appreciation for one another.

Thank you for your comment and have a great week.

~Adrienne

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56 Yvonne Ratcliffe March 25, 2014 at 3:30 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You are so right, we are here because we want to build a business! But I’m also here because I enjoy reading your posts and do find them beneficial :-)

And I do need a list, having just started out that is an area that I’m lacking but hopefully that will change in the next month or two!

Thanks for the pointer to the 30 day challenge, I will (and already have) signing up for it!!

talk again soon,
Yvonne

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57 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Hi Yvonne,

I’m glad you enjoy reading my posts so thank you for sharing that with me and I’m happy as well that you find them beneficial.

I’m surprised you hadn’t started building a list since you’ve been so successful with your recent promotions. I’m glad though that this post hopefully sparked that interest and I know you’ll benefit from this challenge. She’ll be sharing a lot of very helpful information.

Enjoy your challenge and thank you for your comment Yvonne. Enjoy your week too.

~Adrienne

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58 Karen Thomson March 25, 2014 at 3:47 AM

Oh dear Adrienne

Thank you for this refresher on the reasons why we need to create a list. Like you, I’ve started mine plenty of times and then just let it fall away but I started this year fresh and following the rules step by step. I want to give my list great value and have just completed what I think is a great optin that I will be adding to my website in the next few days. Thanks for the link to Nathalie’s list building challenge – I will definitely check it out. I love step by step stuff as I find it easier to keep focused.

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59 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Hi Karen,

You are so welcome and you definitely sound a lot like me. My poor lists suffered so much in my earlier days but glad I finally figured it all out, for me at least. We can always learn more though right! I’m sure you’ll have a great new opt-in and I hope you learn a lot from Nathalie. I do better in small increments too. I can’t go too fast that way or get into overwhelm.

Appreciate your comment, thank you so much and enjoy your week. Hope all is well with you now!

~Adrienne

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60 Ron Sela March 25, 2014 at 4:47 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thank you for the reminder! I joined the challenge.
Email marketing and list building are so important, and both deserve more attention, as part of the community building efforts.

Have a great week!

Ron

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61 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Hi Ron,

You are so very welcome and glad to hear you joined the challenge as well. I think if we’re not already building a list then this will be very helpful and if we are we can still learn some things. Either way it will benefit us all.

Appreciate your visit and your comment, thank you so much. Enjoy your week okay and best of luck to you.

~Adrienne

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62 Ashvini
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 5:08 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I have built a list of about 300 subscribers but frankly I have never engaged with them. I know it is very important to keep the engagement. I am just trying to figure out what can I send to them.
Also I signed up for Amazon web services to send emails but I have not been able to finish the task. Maybe now this is on my agenda.
Thanks for reminding us about this. It is very important and I need to do something about it :)

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63 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Hi Ashvini,

Wow, that’s impressive my friend so you definitely need to share more with them. Update them when you publish a new post and if you find some information you know will be very helpful to them share it. Educate or empower them in some way that they’re not getting from others. That will keep them on the list, opening your emails and wanting what you share.

I thought about that service but it looked to difficult but they don’t have easy to create opt-in boxes and I definitely have got to have easy. ;-)

You are most welcome and hope you’ll join the challenge. You might find it beneficial in some way.

Take care Ashvini and thank you for your comment. Hope you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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64 Tim Bonner
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March 25, 2014 at 5:56 AM

This subject is definitely on my mind at the minute since I moved email marketing companies Adrienne!

I’m experimenting with using their landing pages as well as the opt in form for getting more subscribers. It’s early days but I’m hopeful.

I send an automated weekly update of my RSS feed to my list because I wanted to send a separate weekly email as well with useful tips etc.

I really enjoy researching this stuff so I’m hopeful the weekly tips email’s going down okay.

I hope it strikes the right balance in any case.

I’ve joined the 30 day list building challenge too.

I didn’t have time to read the first email last night but I’m going to devote some time to it this morning.
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65 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Hey Tim,

I think anyone who is building a list or wanting to should learn from those having success unless they’re there already. I don’t think most of us are so any tips that Nathalie can share I hope that people will take advantage of it.

Testing is always the best way to go because we never know what will be well received and help convert more. I have a few things to implement myself so will be testing some things soon.

I’m sure you’re doing good with your list Tim and I hope you find her challenge helpful. I’m behind on a few of her emails but will get caught up soon. Appreciate your comment Tim and best of luck to you. Enjoy your week too!

~Adrienne

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66 William Butler
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Hi Adrienne,
This is a very valuable post. At this point, I’ve only used AWeber to announce the latest posts.
I’m developing a number of relationships with people both offline and on as well as creating products. I aim for balance in both. I find if I didn’t schedule my time, I wouldn’t accomplish much. I plan to take my Email list to the next level, so THANK YOU for the relevant tips.

Have a great week!
Bill
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67 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Hi Bill,

Thank you and I think so too. If we’re building a business then you definitely need to be building your list and there is so much more to it then just sending them notices of recent blog updates. Sounds like you have the trust factor going for you too so I don’t doubt you’ll do well with when you start promoting your products.

Glad you enjoyed this post Bill and best of luck to you with building your list.

Have a great week as well, I intend to do the same.

~Adrienne

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68 donna merrill
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Hi Adrienne,

The money is in the list! But…the list must be dealt with well. Yes, like you said, we must put ourselves in the reader’s shoes. We need to have certain goals in mind for our list. I feel that it is much more important than our blog posts!

Now, I’ve taken courses about email lists and some I agree with and some I don’t. I don’t like long boring ones. Who the heck has the time for that? A nice short and sweet information email is great. Then mix it up with a bit of personalizing.

I also like the idea of a video. People get to see and hear us and it brings us much closer to our readers. I have to do more of those lol.

I think this 30 day challenge is something everyone can use. There is never enough of learning we can have to spiff up that email list. I just may take a shot at it….when I catch up lol.

Thanks for posting this because so many people get confused about their email lists and yes, that is where the money is!

-Donna
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69 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Hi Donna,

You’re definitely right about both counts my friend. Our readers are important because it’s what will bring enough attention to us so that they want what we offer but we need to handle our list differently. They’re special and we need to continue helping them and keep in mind what their needs are, you’re right.

I know about some of those courses and of course I’ve had my moments too. It’s really funny but no one ever taught me anything but to sell sell sell. Now I know that people will not buy from you the first time around, that is if you don’t have a relationship with them then they most likely won’t. But to hound them constantly just doesn’t make sense to me. I know that people have a short attention span and way too much going on but there has to be a better way which is why I believe building the relationships with them is the way to go.

I think the 30 challenge will be good for anyone who is still eager to learn and grow their list. You never know what you’ll pick up on so when you get caught up and think it might help, stop on by.

Thanks Donna for your comment and sharing that. I love the video idea too!

Have a great week and don’t kill yourself getting caught up now.

~Adrienne

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70 Akaahan Terungwa
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Hello Donna,

I quite agree with you that readers hardly have time for long boring emails…I practically ignore them myself. The reason is because I check my mail first thing in the morning and would not want to waste the whole time on just an email.

I also concur about a nice inclusion of videos…However, if your readers are mostly outside the US (like mine), including videos may be quite a futile task! The reason is that data plans are limited and no one would appreciate burning MB’s for videos!

Great observation anyway.

Always,
Terungwa
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71 Bren
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I have yet to build any email lists or newsletter. I just don’t know how effective they would be in my niche and if I would be able to make time to manage that as well.

I was reading some of your comments above and wow, I’m amazed at how well these folks are put together. They have it all done and are successful at it. Truly admirable.

Maybe someday my friend. :) Thanks for sharing this with us!
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72 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Hi Brenda,

I think you have to decide for yourself what you want to do and if you want to move forward with building a list. I’m not sure if you’re here to really build a business but I know you love sharing and are enjoying that part of it. It’s work, I’ll definitely tell you that. Kind of like blogging on a different level.

We’ve got some amazing people here which is why I love to learn from them too.

Thanks for your comment Brenda and you’ll figure out where you want to go with this. You’ll do the right thing for you! ;-)

You enjoy your week and give Titan a big old kiss from me.

~Adrienne

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73 Andrew M. Warner
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Hi Adrienne,

List building is important and something that I continuously try to do. When I started my website, I was focused on selling things and wasn’t focused on building relationships and building a list, but I’ve since learned from that fatal error.

I think my biggest problem is what to truly offer to my list. Right now, I offer a “toolbox” of things (reports, ebooks) that can help them on their way to start a business but I’ve been thinking of switching that up because I’m not all too sure how helpful that is to them … I’ve been creating a mini-course and workbook so when I have that finished, I’ll make sure to test it out.

But one of the things about lists that I try to do is not pitch to them. I don’t promote anything to my list at the moment. And it’s not that I don’t have things to promote to them, it’s just that I’m doing it to build their trust. Also, I have exclusive content for my subscribers. I find that really helps with getting more people to subscribe.

Since finding your blog and reading your stuff, I’m all about building relationships on that blog I operate but I’m not blogging for fun … certainly not. I’m trying to build a business and I just wanted to know your thoughts on how long should you blog before you sell to your readers and subscribers?

Anyway, signed up for the 30 day challenge so I’m looking forward to that.

Great post as usual … looking forward to the next one.

Hope you have a great week.

- Andrew
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74 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
March 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Hi Andrew,

I think a lot of people don’t focus on their list building mainly because they aren’t sure what their free offer should be and then they aren’t sure what they should share with them. The one thing I’ve learned is you have to put your prospects in your shoes and think if I were to land on Andrew’s blog, what do I really need to know, learn or problem I need solved that he could help me with that would entice me into opting into his list to get it.

Sounds like the not pitching to your list until you build up those relationships is a very smart move in my eyes. Plus sharing things with them you don’t with your readers, I think that’s what it’s all about.

I’m glad you’re moving into the relationship building aspect of this because if you talk to any successful person online today they’ll tell you the exact same thing. It’s all about the relationships and the trust you’ve built with them. I’m not sure if there really is an exact time frame but what I’ve found is that a lot of my subscribers email me so we have conversations going on all the time. Because of the relationship we’ve build they’ll ask me specifically what I use or what I recommend and they want to purchase these things from me. I’ll write an occasional review on something and that’s helped as well but right now I don’t really promote to them either. I think you need to just play that by ear as well Andrew, I’m sure they’re all different.

I’m sure the challenge will help as well, I haven’t gotten that far into it yet myself but I’m also going to be hitting that module with B-School too in a couple of weeks so I might have more answers for you then from what the experts say! ;-)

Thanks Andrew and I appreciate your comment. Hope you have a wonderful week as well.

~Adrienne

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75 Monna Ellithorpe March 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I was referred to your blog by Susan P. Cooper.

I enjoyed reading your post about building a list. I am ashamed to say that I did not do this in the beginning but I am working on doing that now.

Thank you for all of your suggestions. Monna

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76 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Hi Monna,

Well welcome to my blog and I’m so glad Susan put in a good word for me.

I think we’ve all done that Monna, didn’t know how to start and even when I finally did I did it all wrong. But we’re on the road now though so that’s what’s important. If you need further help then I suggest joining the challenge because I’m sure what Nathalie shares you’ll find very helpful.

You are so very welcome and thank you for your comment. You enjoy your day okay!

~Adrienne

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77 Akaahan Terungwa
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March 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Hello Adrienne,

Life itself should be about adding value; do you notice how fast you move away from folks that really add nothing to your life? That’s the same thing with a list: it’s value, value, value or you simply lose out…it’s really that simple.

Adrienne, I must also agree with you too that a blog is only a platform and not a business itself. I realized this late (but it’s always better late than never right?) and have since changed some things in the manner I did them.

I really do enjoy your value filled entries and must confess that I did miss them. Now that my ebook project is over, you’d hear more from me.

Do have a very great day!!

Always,
Terungwa
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78 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Hi Akaahan,

You are so right about that my friend, those that don’t add value then it’s hard to stick around them. The same goes for blog content as well because there is so much to absorb that if we’re not really benefiting from it then it’s time to move on.

I know that so many people have different views about that and Dee Ann wrote her post on that very topic because so many people have brought this up over and over again. The way I put it is that say you have a business and you want to pay for a billboard on the side of the freeway. The billboard itself isn’t your business, it’s the method you’re using to advertise it. The same goes for your blog, it’s the tool you use to get people interested in what you offer which is a product or service.

Thank you so much and I’ve missed you too. Glad you’ve gotten the eBook behind you and I know how that must feel. I’m still working on mine but slowly as I do other things too. Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck with that.

Have a great day as well and enjoy what’s left of your week.

~Adrienne

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79 Arleen
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March 25, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I have a large list of customers and I am going to send out an email with a survey and whoever fills out the form will get $25.00 off their next order. If they refer us to someone, they will get $50.00 off.
I use my blog site as not only a tool to build relationships, but also for SEO and get leads from my blogs. I have used many of the bloggers I have built relationships with and referred them to my customers. I would never would have had such a great network if it hadn’t been for blogging

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80 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Hey Arleen,

You are a great example of why this is important and when running a business how this can greatly help. Those are great suggestions if you promote products like you do to offer discounts or even coupons on some orders. To only give that to your list will entice them to remain there and spread the word for sure.

Appreciate you sharing that with us Arleen and happy you get so many awesome results from this. Yay!!!

~Adrienne

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81 Dee Ann Rice
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March 25, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Adrienne,

A list is extremely important and I have not done a very good job of building my list especially lately..

My off line life has been so crazy that I have found it hard to even keep up with my blog. I actually have not done a very good job of that either.

I now going to try to get back on a schedule and start working on some of the things that I have let slide for to long. One of those will be my list.

I am going to join the challenge and do the best job I can.

Thank you for all of the great information and for letting up know about the challenge.

Dee Ann
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82 Adrienne Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Hi Dee Ann,

I know you’ve had a LOT of personal issues to deal with that are just never ending. As we were just talking about that, things crop up that need our attention and the next thing you know our day is over. I seriously hate disruptions like that but at the same time they’re all important and need to be dealt with so it’s just part of life.

I think the majority is behind you now and hopefully you can get back to some type of routine. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that all goes well with the remainder of this year. You have so much to offer Dee Ann but there is no time like the present to get started right!

Thanks for the visit and have a good rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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83 Corina Ramos
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March 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Ooh, thanks for sharing this with us Adrienne. I’m at a point where my list is growing (I’m in hundreds now!) so now I need to go to the next level to keep wowing them.

I have taken a lot of your advice…okay all of your advice and I must say it works. I have had a couple of people reply and chat with me and I always think “OMG this so works”. :)

I admit I do what you do. Share my latest post and a little about what’s going on in life. The one thing I give subscribers that I don’t do on my blog or social media is share work-from-home jobs. But I know I need to do more so I’m definitely going to sign up for this 30 day challenge!

Thanks for always sharing such great tips and most of all for showing us we can always learn from our blogging mistakes.

Have a great night!

Cori
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84 Adrienne Smith
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March 26, 2014 at 8:25 AM

LOL!!! I LOVE that Cori and that’s what’s so funny. This stuff does really work and they are easy actionable steps. They don’t happen overnight but they will with patience and determination. I’m so thrilled to hear you share that with me and your list is your livelihood. Keep building those relationships, keep those conversations going and you’re on your way my friend.

Sounds like you’re doing good though, because you are sharing with them things you don’t share with your readers. You can always survey them to see what they would like to see more of too! You can never go wrong just asking them.

Hope you enjoy the challenge, I’m a little behind at the moment but will be diving into that as well this weekend. Trying to get caught up with everything but it’s been really good so far.

You are so very welcome and we all make mistakes. My goodness, I’ve made my share myself girl and I don’t doubt I’ll make plenty more.

You have a great day and hope all goes well with the delivery.

~Adrienne

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85 Geri Richmond
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March 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I wanted to hear about your tips for list building.Thought you might have something to say that I haven’t heard before. :-) My free gift Opt-In is an e-book called list building 101.

It’s always good to get into a challenge just to see how many subscribers you can get in 30 days. I really didn’t want to build a list when I first started. What a big mistake that would have been. :-)

I hope you learn about some new strategies in list building that I don’t know about. I’m learning about new strategies in list building everyday.

Let us know how you’re doing! :-)
I appreciate your sharing nature. Thanks for the info about the list building challenge.
Have a great week! Talks soon,
Geri
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86 Adrienne Smith
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March 26, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Hi Geri,

The funny thing about list building Geri is that I’m not sure what else there is to share that hasn’t been already. It’s kind of like signing up for a course hoping to learn something new and you realize there really isn’t anything new. But one thing I’ve learned through my journey with blogging and taking courses is that if I’m hearing the same things yet not doing the work, how can I expect to get different results. If what they’ve been sharing works then do it. :-)

I’ve only done one challenge since coming online and that was a 100 day one. But I’m always eager to learn from those that I feel can benefit me more so I’m in on this 30 day one as is a lot of others as well.

Thanks for your comment and I’ll just see how this goes and if there will be anything earth shattering new to share. LOL!!

You have a great week and thank you so much Geri.

~Adrienne

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87 Jeevan Jacob John
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March 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM

In the past, I hadn’t put much effort into email lists. Fortunately, I had a good reason – I was blogging for the sheer fun of it, and didn’t really care much about making money or building a business.

But, things have changed. I am putting a lot more effort into my list, especially my weekly emails (unfortunately, that alone isn’t good enough to get more subscribers, unless I can properly showcase them, which I am working on right now).

Well, I suppose I am not working on it right now…this week has been full of changes. The first thing was getting back from Spring break (I decided to make a few changes to my regular schedule..and that went really well, for yesterday and today).

Plus, I am rethinking my entire strategy…I have been putting a lot of effort into commenting (too much really…when compared to the time I have, and the effort I put into other marketing methods). I have decided to decrease my commenting efforts and invest more into marketing and content creation. Hopefully those will work well :D (I still feel kind of bummed out…I love commenting, especially not a large variety of blogs. But, now I have to be even more picky with my efforts).

Anyways, thank you for the recommendation, Adrienne! I have signed up for her challenge..let’s see how it goes!
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88 Adrienne Smith
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March 26, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Hey Jeevan,

If you’re blogging for the fun of it then I personally wouldn’t worry about building a list. First off the cost of having that particular service really isn’t necessary and why would you want to build one unless you just really wanted to build up that following and keep them interested in what you shared.

Glad to hear that things have changed since you first tried blogging. I’m sure you’re doing pretty well building your list and sounds like you’re definitely working on some things.

I understand what you mean, commenting can take a lot of time but like you it’s the part I enjoy the most. So if that’s the part that we enjoy the most it should bring about the best results right? Sometimes it does while other times not so much. I know for me that with everything I have on my plate right now I don’t have the time I once did so I’ve had to back off myself. I miss visiting some blogs but I have to stay on this course or I’ll be back to square one. Sounds like you’re in the same place my friend.

You are very welcome and happy to hear you’ve also signed up for the challenge. I don’t doubt we’ll all benefit from what Nathalie has to share. Thank you for your comment Jeevan and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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89 Sherman Smith
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March 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Hey Adrienne,

You had your aha moment in 2011 and I had my aha moment in 2013 although I started blogging in 2010… I’m a slow learner ;) But at least I got it!

I had the same problem you had. I was growing my list but yet I wasn’t paying any attention to it. And when I did actually paid attention to my list, I only promoted my opportunity, products and services which resulted in no sales.

So this was a lesson learned. Promote value and be transparent, and you’ll have a more responsive list. I learned from you to just be human when you email your lists. I noticed from the emails you send (yes I’m a subscriber). So when I noticed this last year and put two and two together, I let out a big epiphanic oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh! I dam near slapped myself silly when I saw the light!

I believe my problem before was that i was too desperate. You know desperation tends to blind you from what you need to do in order for you to get the results you want. But we live and learn don’t we?

Thanks for sharing and I’m going to take the 30 day challenge. I have a list now, but I want to see if I can grow it some more! Thanks for sharing and you have a great rest of the week!

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90 Adrienne Smith
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March 26, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Hey Sherman,

I started blogging in 2009 so see, there was still some time I’d been doing all of this my friend! LOL!!! We finally made it and that’s what counts right!

That does sound awfully familiar. When I started promoting things again they never opened my emails because they probably forget they had signed up and at that time it was for something entirely different. I tell ya, I was a joke!

Isn’t it kind of funny if we just take a step backwards and just be ourselves how much more receptive people will be. I hope you’ve got more of a responsive list now that you’ve started doing things a little different. I love that you’ve been learning from me Sherman and as Cori just shared, it works darn it!

I think we all were at some point, a little too desperate that is. I was as well because when I came into this I had lost my corporate job and I needed to make some money. They say you can’t do this and have success with that kind of attitude but my goodness, it was a necessity so that was a little hard to swallow for me.

You are very welcome and I’m glad you’re going to take the challenge as well. I think we’ll all benefit from it. I want to grow mine more too and keep them all engaged with me. Yep, that’s where we all should be headed.

Thank you Sherman for your comment, it’s greatly appreciated.

~Adrienne

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91 Lisa
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March 26, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Hi Adrienne, this is an area I really need to work on. I subscribed, thank you for sharing it with us. I think it is very important to have a good list as too many of us depend on our social network sites to stay in touch. We never knoww if one day we wake up and the site is gone. What would we do then? Our blogs are our home base and we shoud ensure that we keep them alive and well. A great list surely will maintain that. I do offer my eBook for free for my subscribers. I really need to update it this year and my goal is by July 1st. I also need to work on video by the end of this month, another personal goal of mine.
I’m glad you had fun at the wedding and I hope your week goes smooth. I awoke to NO snow after a forecast of a few inches so I’m very happy this Wednesday morning!
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92 Regina Partain
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March 26, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Good morning Adrienne. Thanks for all of the wonderful information you provide. I just signed up for the 30 day challenge. Wish me luck.
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93 Adrienne Smith
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March 26, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Good morning Regina,

You are so very welcome and happy to hear you signed up for the challenge as well. I think we’ll all benefit from her knowledge.

Best of luck and have a great day.

~Adrienne

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94 Steven Wilson
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March 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Hey Adrienne!

I personally love the way you tailor your emails. That touch of adding my name to the email makes you feel all warm and tingly because I feel like you’re talking to just me :)

I will check out that 30 day challenge. I will soon make a serious move to monetizing my blog. I know I need a list to help with that. I will put together an ebook to offer some value to my subscribers. I will be sure to add a lot of “ME” in the emails and focus on adding value, even if they don’t click on the link right away. Half the battle is just getting them to open it!

Thanks for the tips Adrienne. I hope you having a great week!
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95 Adrienne Smith
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March 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Hey Steven,

Glad you like that and are on my list. Hope you enjoy what I share and especially now! ;-)

Sherman shared with me that as he started to implement some of this into his emails as well that he started to see a difference. That I think when people feel like you have some things in common with them or they’re able to see you as a human being then that helps with those connections ya know. They’ll take more interests in you too but it’s like blogging, it’s not going to happen overnight. Stick with it though once you get started and you’ll see a difference.

You’re very welcome and be on the lookout tomorrow for my post. I’ve got a surprise for you! ;-)

Have a great week too Steven.

~Adrienne

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96 Jupiter Jim March 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Adrienne,

So well done. You hit all the right notes when it comes to building email lists! It is obvious that you know what you are talking about and are writing from experience.

First of all, it really is about the list. How many of us would be blogging every week if we could NOT use that blog to build an email list? Not very many at all!!!

But, like you said, you can use that email list to share GREAT stuff with people. You can use that list to sell affiliate products that you endorse 100%.

I thought it was very interesting and a great idea when you suggested sharing OTHER people’s stuff with your list. In other words, you can share things other than your own blog posts, other than products you are selling as an affiliate. You can other people’s blog posts or perhaps articles that they would find interesting about their niche, or whatever.

Ok, question: How often do you do that per month? Or how often would you suggest that I do that? (send stuff other than my own blog posts to my email list).

Thanks for always providing quality content, Adrienne!!!

~ Jupiter Jim

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97 Adrienne Smith
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March 26, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Hey Jim,

Thank you and it’s taken me awhile to finally “get this” and of course I prefer writing about things I know work.

Well I know a lot that are here just blogging for pleasure but some of them have had some aha moments realizing that they can make so much more out of this then people just enjoying what they share. I mean I love blogging too but it’s mainly because I’m helping people learn and because of that I’m finding more and more ways I can help them through products and services.

Yep, if you find something that you really think would help them and it’s someone else’s post then I’m not bashful when it comes to sharing that stuff. I mean I’m by no means a pro in all areas so I prefer giving credit where credit is due and sending them to someone who is.

I email my list twice a week and share with them about my new blog post. If I’ve found something to share with them as well I might include it in that email or when I have something special to share I’ll let them know and share it either later in that same day or another day in the week. I don’t like to overwhelm them but I want them to benefit from what I have to share. I’m very personable with my list so I’m very open and honest with them and tell them what I’m up to.

You are very welcome Jim and hope that helped. Thanks again also for responding to my comment about Thesis. I feel so much better now.

~Adrienne

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98 Karen Hoyt
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March 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Adrienne,

You’re amazing.. and always on time. I’ve taken some time for a few weeks with a health issue and also a little project. I also took time to try and work on my email list. Oh my goodness, I had no idea what buttons I had clicked when I set my site up.

It turns out that there were many subscribers who were just spammy. It took me days to clean it up and I have a some more to go. I learned a hard lesson and got really tired just thinking about it. Then I got a little discouraged and was ready to throw in the towel on email lists.

Tonight I clicked on your blog and am just laughing at how wonderful you are. Your enthusiasm is absolutely contagious! I’ve caught it and am ready for the 30 day challenge.

Thank you dear blogging guru for shining the light on a murky path for me and other bloggers.
Have a wonderful week!!!
xo Karen:)
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99 Adrienne Smith
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March 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Hey Karen,

I hope you’re doing better Karen and I always hate to hear that health issues are one of the reasons you’ve been MIA. We just want you well my friend so hope you’re on the mend now.

That’s the thing about all of this, it’s a live and learn type thing. Like I mentioned I’ve deleted my list numerous times for one reason or the other so I know what you mean. Every three months or so I’ll go clean my list up too. If they haven’t opened my email in three months then I remove them from my list. I like to try and keep it clean although you’ll never have a 100% open rate. That’s just rare.

I’m glad though that you didn’t throw in the towel and you stopped by here. I think for anyone serious about building their list then this free 30 day challenge is just what the doctor ordered. I hope you enjoy it and learn a lot Karen.

You are so very welcome and I love that, blogging guru! My goodness girl! LOL!!!

You have a wonderful week too and keep well.

~Adrienne

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100 Ray March 26, 2014 at 11:56 PM

I used to subscribe to lists years ago more than I do now. Many of them that I did subscribe to were a total waste of time and not worth reading.

I am not really a fan of the ones that tell me they published a new post and I should check it out all the time. I mean I know how to find the site, and I could easily grab their rss feed if I really wanted to know when they had something new.

Others send out way too much affiliate marketing crap. I don’t mind some, but many tend to go overboard.

I would be more likely to subscribe to a list that sends in moderation so to speak, and preferably one that sends something unique (not available on site) at least occasionally. Otherwise, I would just assume read about it on the actual site instead.

That’s just me though, and I am not a big affiliate marketer or list builder at the moment.
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101 Adrienne Smith
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March 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Hey Ray,

I think we all did because we were taught to learn from them and of course we all hoped to get some really great information from them too. I’m not subscribed to a lot either because who has the time right.

I don’t blame you about just having announcements for new posts. You’re not really getting anything else of value unless they do have a few other things they share that they only share with their list. I think that’s the way it should be to begin with.

Thanks for sharing that with me Ray and you have a great day.

~Adrienne

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102 Glenn Shepherd
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March 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You highlight some essential points about list building here. One thing I have to admit I need to improve upon (although I am working on it!) is the regular and meaningful communication with my list. After all, there’s not much point in having a list if people are just sitting on it and you’re not putting much effort in to engage with them, right?

That’s an interesting point about the RSS feed. I’ve never come across anyone having the idea that they don’t need a list because people can subscribe to their RSS feed so I wasn’t aware that it was even a consideration! RSS feeds have their place, are very useful and I use them all the time, but I would never consider or recommend not having a mailing list and viewing RSS as a substitute.

Thanks for mentioning Nathalie’s 30 day challenge, I think it could prove to be extremely beneficial. Well I’ve signed up for it, so we’ll see how things go!

»Glenn
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103 Adrienne Smith
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March 27, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Hi Glenn,

Glad to hear that Glenn and you definitely need to build that relationship with your list. They need to get to know you and know that they can trust you, just like with your readers but more so. Those need to be those one on one conversations so it starts with your email communication.

Really? I do all the time and I want to slap them. If you’ll notice on some blogs that they’re opt-in box is actually to their RSS feed and not building a list. I guess they’re just not interested in that, I don’t really know but they seem to think that’s just fine. All the more power to them then and I wish them well.

You are so welcome and I’m happy to hear that you’re joining us in the challenge. I think we all can learn a few more things and pick up some good tips.

Thanks Glenn and you enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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104 rohan
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March 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Great and yeah I am taking the 30 day challenge. I believe in you and let’s see how and where it takes me.
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105 Adrienne Smith
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March 27, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I’m happy to hear that Rohan and I hope you enjoy what Nathalie has to share and you pick up some great tips. I hope to do the same thing.

I appreciate your kind words, thank you. Enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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106 Jesse March 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Hi Adrienne, I should definitely try this 30 day challenge. List building has been really difficult for me – I run zero advertising on my site and try to invest as much time as I can in high quality articles but it’s been growing at a snails pace haha. Currently sitting with 11 subscribers – they’re definitely supportive and I’m glad to have them, but I’m just amazed how others can accumulate thousands – let alone hundreds.

What would you say is your #1 tip for building up a list?

P.S. – Have a great weekend!

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107 Adrienne Smith
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March 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Hi Jesse,

I think that the 30 day challenge can definitely help you and even if you just pick up one tip it’s worth it. The videos she shares aren’t long at all so I think you’ll do great with this challenge.

I don’t have advertising on my site either Jesse but what I’ve found is that it helps build up your list because of the relationships you’ve been building with your readers and commenters. It has for me and of course because they know me now they’re eager to get my report because it provides them more information about how they too can build relationships with their readers and commenters which is what we all should be striving for. So your opt-in offer is important although when starting out it shouldn’t hold you back if you don’t have one yet.

I do know that some of those who do have thousands of subscribers have done things like contests or giveaways to build their lists but what I’ve found with doing things that way is that they’re mostly just there for the freebies. Now I’m sure someone who is very popular and big in their given industry will get more due to word of mouth but it’s usually because they’re having something free they’re offering and it could even be a webinar. Something that really catches people’s attention.

My #1 tip would be to build those relationships with your readers and they’ll want more of what you offer.

Thank you for your comment Jesse and you have a wonderful weekend as well.

~Adrienne

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108 Barb Brady
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March 30, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I am actually taking notes on this post. I do like your posts, but this one in particular got me thinking alot.

I do appreciate you encouraging us to get going on our lists but also saying “You want to offer them something really fabulous of course but if you’re just starting out you might not feel like you have anything to offer. I don’t want that to stop you.”

That statement helps to take pressure off to do something in the next 5 minutes :)

I know the technical pieces of creating a list, but I am still pretty new at all of this. But, I think I now have many of the basics down– I have been developing my website and learning like crazy. So, now it’s time to think about the next steps. And one of them is to figure out what I can offer them for free.

Hmmm.

Thank you for this post. I have got to step in up to the next level now. Yikes!

Barb
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109 Adrienne Smith
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March 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Hi Barb,

I’m glad that this post speaks to you my friend.

We all would love to start off knowing it all and having it all. That’s not always the case though. The way I’ve been taught is to at least start so hopefully you’re building that relationship with your list and they want to stay connected with you. As time goes by and you figure more of it out then you can decide what you want to offer them. One of my early ones was a report I wrote after taking a class that showed me how to rank on the first page of Google within 24 hours and it worked. So just think of something you may have learned that you know is more then just a blog post, write a report and offer that to your list.

Hopefully you’ll take the challenge if you need more help and you’ll definitely learn a few more things my friend.

Thank you for your awesome comment and you have a great rest of your day.

~Adrienne

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110 Cole Wiebe
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April 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for the reminder.

There are lists I’ve been on for years. The writers continued to provide the same caliber of interesting, useful information they enticed me to join the list with, week after week. That’s a truly admirable ability, and one I’m still working on developing.

- Cole
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111 Adrienne Smith
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April 3, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Hey Cole,

Wow, that is amazing and very impressive. I know that a lot of people fall off the face of the earth, I did numerous times but I’ve been very consistent at least with my posting although I probably haven’t done as well as I could have but I’m making up for that now! ;-)

We can only do the best we can but at least we’re doing it right!

Thank you for your comment, good to see you again and hope you’re doing well.

~Adrienne

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112 Sagar April 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Hi Adrienne

Nice and very informative post.
I truly agree that creating a e-mail list is very important. The main reason for building up the list to promote and advertise your products and services .Before all that it is very important to create a relationship with the users and visitors. The one problem that arises is people move back as they have to sign up or subscribe to the posts.

There are times that even people leave the check box of subscribing empty or the check box of to send notification about the post. If we have to develop a business on online then you need to send mails to them regularly. The above article explains few important things on building email lists . The two important tips I mostly follow are making the subscribers feel special and offer them something attractive most of the times.

Very helpful post I hope this post will help many online marketers especially bloggers.

Thank you for sharing.

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113 Adrienne Smith
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April 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Hi Sagar,

Thank you, glad you enjoyed what I shared here.

If you’re running a business then you have to have a list. Without that you can’t promote your products and/or services to them and we all know that’s why the majority of us are here.

There is so much behind that of course… You have to have the content that’s going to make them want to keep coming back to your blog so when they feel that comfort level and you’ve enticed them into what you have to offer then they’ll eagerly sign up for your list. Those that are weary then you have to make them feel comfortable with what you share. Hopefully in time that will happen.

I appreciate you sharing this and welcome to my blog. Thank you for your comment and I do hope you have a wonderful day.

~Adrienne

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114 Peter
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April 7, 2014 at 7:36 AM

The problem with most lists is that they’re out there to make money from you. After all that is what lists are for. That’s also the reason why I unsubscribe from most lists.

I have a list but as of yet I have not tried to sell them anything. I figure I don’t like to be sold so why should I sell to the?

The reason why you continually get these emails is because if they don’t do it their source of income dries up. So in a way it’s catch 22. Not something I want to be caught up in.
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115 Adrienne Smith
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April 7, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Hey Peter… It’s been a long time, hope you’re doing well.

If you build a relationship with your list and you do NOT sell to them every single time you email them then you can do very well. It’s the ones that oversell that we all run from and never want to buy anything from. The ones who respect us but wanting to get to know us first that I don’t mind what they offer.

Thanks for your comment and hope all is well with you. Have a great week.

~Adrienne

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116 Peter
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April 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

All is good thanks Adrienne.

Out of all the lists I have subscribed to only two have not tried to continually shove stuff at me.

Who knows, If I come across something that I truly believe in, I may introduce it to my subscribers.

Keep up the good work.
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117 Adrienne Smith
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April 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

That’s awesome Peter!

At least there are two out there who aren’t so that’s a good thing. You’re right though, if you come across something worth it then share it with your subscribers. I’m sure they’d appreciate it because you suggested it. ;-)

Thanks Sire!

~Adrienne

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118 Micah Medina April 13, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’ve subscribed myself to a couple of list and the thing that is common to all of them is that they are all interactive and highly engaging email lists. They don’t sell stuff or bombard me with links in every other email. They slowly build up my interest, teach me a few free stuff, point me to a good number of courses, and then once a month, there’s this good deal that I just can’t pass up, because I’m already hooked. And it’s hard to hook me, mind you. I’m one of those jaded types. I am not giving my email to just anyone or any landing page. I’m very protective of my email.

Building relationships is definitely the way to go. I’ve built myself a few mailing lists, and I’m happy with the generally favorable responses I get.

Enjoy your weekend!

Micah

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119 Adrienne Smith
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April 13, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Hi Micah,

Well that’s awesome and I’m so happy to hear that. That’s the way it should be done and I love knowing that there are still marketer doing just that. I’d stay on their list too.

Good for you Micah and I’m sure you have a very engaged list. Thank you for sharing that with me and I with you the best moving forward.

Enjoy your weekend too! Thank you!

~Adrienne0

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