10 Free list Building Methods; Building an Email List for Free. Part 2

4 Apr

Free list Building Methods. Building an Email List for Free Part 2 

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Blogging

This is like your main site in many ways, you can fill this site up with all your best products, offers, content, and tutorials and of course the email capture form. This is where you want to drive a lot of the traffic if you use paid advertising.

A content rich site is loved by Google, once people are on your site then you can drive them to dedicated squeeze pages from links within the blog and its articles.

Posting regular keyword rich articles can get your blog ranked high in Google for many keywords and can attract free organic search traffic.

Having social media plugins and things like a matching Facebook page can have many more free visitors suddenly finding your blog who will then be exposed to your offers and squeeze pages.

A blog can support many pages so you can do little SEO tricks like have a ‘thought of the day’ page where you post your thoughts on newsworthy trending topics which can get your site ranked highly in Google due to the speed and nature of the post. Blogging to the Book Store and the Bank.

People will find your news topical posts and hopefully take a look around the rest of your site to see what else you have to offer.

Another great tip is to have a page of quotes, people love searching for quotes and a few pages with new updated quotes from people in your chosen niche can help with Google rankings and free organic search traffic.

Having a blog that you write for regularly will be good training for the next free list building method.

Guest Blogging

As the title suggests, you will be writing blog posts but this time instead of doing them for your own blog you will do them as a guest blogger on someone else’s established blog.

This is good because if you are given the go ahead to write for someone who has a blog that is regularly visited by several thousand readers a month then your article and website details can be seen by loads of potentially free people who will click through to your blog to see more if they liked your guest post.

The other site owner gets free quality content (it must be well written quality content otherwise you won’t be accepted as a guest writer) you get free exposure to thousands of new readers. It can be a great win: win situation for you and the blog owner.

Your author’s bio at the bottom of the post can have a link to your blog or even directly to your squeeze page as part of the list building programme. Something you cannot do with paid Google ads.

You might find that several blog owners will post more of your articles if what you write is of a high enough quality creating a network of sites where you can legally and safely pilfer other people’s lists.

Guest blogging is, in my eyes, better than article marketing for several reasons; your article can be seen by several thousand people as soon as it goes live.

The people who see it are regular readers of the site and trust the judgement of the site owners giving you some respectability and authority on the topic you wrote about.

You can engage with people in a Q&A session when people leave comments after reading your post.

The site owner will honour the agreement and publish your author bio and details.

The links back to your site are good. Here is one of my guest posts. The Power of controversial Viral Videos

Article Marketing

Article marketing isn’t for the faint hearted or weak fingered, for this method you will need to do a lot of writing. You write a lot of useful articles that you upload to loads of article directories.

The idea is that when you have uploaded your article you give permission for your article to be used on other people’s websites and email newsletters as long as they leave your author’s bio intact when they use it. It is a way of getting a lot of back links and traffic to your site.

There are a few problems with this method, mainly your articles can be sat waiting to be found, with so much competition there is no guarantee that you will have many readers or that it will be used. If your articles are used they could be taken and re used by software or people who do not (choose not) publish your author bio correctly loosing you any exposure and links.

Another problem is that Google have now started to overlook article directories and they also don’t like duplicated content. So having the same article dotted around the web can be used to penalise you or other sites rankings.

It is best to upload a new version of each article to every new article directory as many of them will only take unique articles. This means you will need to spend time re writing the same article over and over again.

You can use software to spin the articles but unless you spend a fair bit of time setting the software up properly the spun articles can be very hard to read.

Article marketing is not as powerful as it once was however there are people who still swear by it and it is one of the longest serving free list building and internet marketing methods around which is still being used so maybe it is worth you taking a look into it.

Podcasts

Podcasting is easier than you think, and many people prefer to hear someone talk than read, it could be worth you having a go. When someone listens to you they can hear your excitement and subtle tones in your voice so they can take what you say more seriously.

You cannot tell from the written word if the author genuinely knows what he is talking about or if he has just copied it from somewhere else.

The beauty of podcasting is that with free software like Audacity you can talk into a microphone about a topic using several of your past articles as the script and with a freedom not found when writing you can elaborate more on the subject.

Several past articles can be turned into 15-30 minutes of helpful podcasts that your listeners would enjoy.

Again this is free; podcasts can be attached to your own WordPress based website with the Podpress plugin. Podcasts can be uploaded to sites like www.Podbean.com and itunes.com.

You can sell them or allow people to listen for free. Like the videos you need to direct people to your squeeze pages but that can be done easily when you are chatting away.

Podcasts sites are similar to how YouTube works, there will be a place for a description and a website link so make sure that you place your blog/squeeze page URL in as many visible places as you can as well as speak it out clearly on the podcast.

When people have learned from you and enjoyed your podcast the chances are they will want more so they will be happier to go over and sign up for more great information.

After all, you are doing this to build an email list. It would be daft not to push your sites address as much as you can without upsetting people.

Sharing Slide Presentations for Building an Email List

This free list building method is a great way to re-use the articles and free reports/EBooks that you have just written.

Simply copy and paste them into a series of PowerPoint slides, you can edit them to make them more of a bullet point presentation if you like or simply leave as is.

Once you have created the slide show it can be uploaded to slide sharing sites like www.SlideShare.net and www.SlideBoom.com  where it will be visible to anyone and everyone.

Make sure that your slides show your website address as often as possible so the reader knows exactly where to go once they have finished reading.

Again there will be a place where you can add a description and a link to your chosen web address so get it all filled out as best as you can. You need those people to visit your site.

If you are still unsure why you need to build an email list maybe this will help you understand.

Cinemas need ‘bums on seats’, online businesses need ‘names on lists’. Simple 🙂 – Quentin the (List Building Expert) Minion

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