The money may not be in the list but it sure flows through people who sign up for your list.
Top bloggers harp on the benefits of list building because grabbing subscriber names ensures most of your list members see your posts.
If you are like most human beings you check your email at least once daily. Bloggers and other online entrepreneurs may scan their email up to 30 times daily. This ensures your blog posts will be read and spread across social media.
Factor in the immense monetizing potential of growing your list and you quickly see why you need to grow an email list to make your blog really pop.
Follow these 3 proven ways to build your email list through blogging.
1. Guest Posting
Guest posting is one of the ultimate forms of list building.
You leverage the stuffing out of your presence by helping an audience larger than your blog audience.
You may have hundreds or maybe thousands of blog readers but top bloggers from your niche may serve 100,000 reader communities.
Befriend top bloggers by commenting on their blogs (tip 2) and promoting them on social media. Interview top bloggers. Feature them on your blog. This forms bonds but also ensures many guest post opportunities fall into your lap.
I am regularly invited to place guest posts on friend’s blogs because of the relationships I’ve established.
List-building is a breeze when you blog for huge, targeted audiences.
Write 1000 words daily for practice. Open a Word document. Trash the doc after you finish writing.
Following this practice helps you gain confidence and clarity in your writing abilities. This helps you pitch with certainty. This also helps you accept guest post opportunities from top bloggers without hesitating.
2. Blog Commenting
Comment on top blogs from your niche. Drive traffic by sharing your opinion for free.
Blog commenting – when done properly – boosts your blog traffic, increases your blogging profits and also helps you bond with fellow bloggers. Building friendships with top bloggers opens all types of prospering doors for you.
I landed a recurring guest posting gig on Blogging Tips partly through blog commenting and attracted my longest term freelance writing client through blog commenting too.
One line comments won’t do the trick. Think mini guest post. Write a complete, helpful, personalized, polite comment to make the greatest impact.
Comment mainly on popular blogs from your niche. Leverage your presence intelligently. Build your list through this most creative of blog marketing mediums.
Readers of top blogs are interested in what you have to say. Wow them with comments and they will click through and sign up for your email list.
Take a deep breath after reading a blog post published by a top blogger in your niche. Relax. Then, let the words flow for 5 to 10 minutes. Create a whopper of a comment to drive traffic and build your email list.
3. Pop Up Forms
Using pop up forms through your blog can skyrocket your subscriber rates.
Combined with guest posting and blog commenting, adding a pop up form to my blog helped me net 45 new subscribers recently, quite quickly.
Readers want to sign up for your list but often never do because you are not clear enough on your opt in offer or its placement. Don’t fear going the pop up route. Don’t believe bloggers spreading the mind virus that pop up forms are annoying.
Pop ups only annoy people who aren’t your readers anyway. Or folks who are jealous about all the subscribers you’re signing up through your pop ups while their list stagnates because they resist using pop ups.
Craft an enticing list of benefits on your pop up. Reel folks in with these tasty treats.
I offer stunning 1080 HD videos from tropical paradises plus helpful blogging tips to boost your blog traffic and profits. I also offer new eBook and audiobook releases to my list subscribers first.
Now it’s over to you
Are you using these strategies to build your email list through blogging? What tips can you add to this list?
Let me know in the comments!
About the Author:
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chows Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at Blogging From Paradise.