July 6, 2016 at 12:39 pm #27157
I have been wondering how to grow my list for quite a while now! I would very much like for my mailing list to grow! It would be much better to have an audience outside of my pets and grandparents!July 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm #27160July 7, 2016 at 4:59 pm #27282
AS I suggested on our buddy call the other day, a great way to grow your mailing list is to utilize your blog and a freebie you create that is related to your course. At the end of your blog posts, offer a freebie in exhange for joining your mailing list. I’ve gotten quite a few subscribers, plus I’ve created quite a few 1-2 page freebies to give away. Once you post the blog, make sure to promote it on your social media networks.July 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm #27296
Here’s a bunch off the top of my noodle:
1. Have an email service provider. We recommend Active Campaign up at Automatora River Checkpoint. So if you don’t have on, get one.
2. As Deanna shared, have a free give away. Or a reason for people to subscribe.
(if you have questions about steps one and two, feel free to ask)
After those basic first steps…
1. Guest blogging for bigger sites has been big for me. How? Write content for bigger sites. If you can get an “in” for bigger blog sites as a regular writer, it’s a great way to build a following.
2. ABC = Always Be Creating (content, offerings, conversationts, etcc). Send traffic back to your site and email opt-in.
3. Offer in person workshops
4. Lead webinars and teach skills people want.
5. Find a social media site you love (Facebook, pinterest, etc..) and be vocal and active in the communities that you’re aligned with.
6. Facebook or Google Ads to your free offerings, webinars, etc…
7. Start where you are. Better to start with 10 or 20 raving fans who love and support you than 1000 email addresses who don’t care.
My suggestion: Create an offering. Something that gives a result or teaches a skill. Choose the best medium (webinar, in person workshop, video series, etc) to offer that at a free or low cost). And spread the word. Ask people to spread the word. Show up and share, even if it’s one.
When I was growing “Cowabunga Meditations,” my meditation biz, I led 500 workshops in 2 years and then branched into meditation eCourses which have now spread to 40+ countries. In those early days when I was teaching my butt off, I sometimes only had 1 or 2 people show up. But I showed up and treated them like they were a high paying client. For that, my momentum grew.
Be patient. You are climbing a mountain and you can only get to the top by taking one step, then the next.July 7, 2016 at 5:44 pm #27298
Here is a trick for asking people to help you spread the word…
People are busy. Especially successful people. SO you can’t waste their time with rambly long emails.
So a trick is to summarize your thing in 1-2 sentences and then share your link.
Then say, here are 5 Things you can do to spread the word in 5 minutes or less.
My buddy, Jason Guille (founder of streamofconsciousness.ca) calls this #5in5
1. Make a post on Facebook and tag 5 people you think would be interested.
2. Give me a shout-out in your newsletter.
3. Email a client who you think this is a fit for.
4. Introduce me to a Podcast or media source that you’re connected to.
5. Let me speak at your conference about x,y,z…
You will get specific with your asks. The key is keeping whichever route they go to being approx 5 minutes of work for them.
Make it easy for people to help you!July 8, 2016 at 10:22 am #27345
Here’s an article called “How to Promote your Blog” from the guys are Fizzle (who Andy and I love).
Definitely worth a read!July 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm #27349
Scott Brandon HoffmanAdventurer@Scott
Loves me some fizzle, those guys are rocking!July 9, 2016 at 5:13 am #27361
Thanks Everybody! This really helps!July 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm #27645
Big fan of the Fizzle guys! I highly recommend reading and watching anything Corbett, Chase and now Steph put out. Their podcast is excellent!
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