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The Ultimate List Building Guide: How to Get Your First 1,000 Subscribers Fast

Filed in Search Engine Optimization by on July 16, 2016 17 Comments • views:&nbsp280

Are you interested in list building to increase your online presence and make money fast?

Keep reading because you’ll soon get list building tactics that any online business needs to have subscribers, which is the life blood of your business. Blogging 1

You have made the smart decision to read this post.

You’re going to build the most valuable asset an online business should have.

An email list is crucial for your online business.

When you focus on building your list the rewards will be enormous for your business…

You have had that, “the money is in the list.”

Email marketing has the highest return on investment of any marketing conduit.

Consistently Build Your Blog Content

One of the most important tasks that should be in your plan should be to consistently build quality keyword rich content.

This will improve your online presence and increase conversion.

The advice is that you should be blogging more often at least twice a week to improve traffic to your site.

Building content more often should be the ultimate key to your list-building long term goal.

Your main task should be building mailing list because when Google takes your traffic away at the stroke of a pen or Facebook ban your page, you can be rest assured that an email list will be yours as long as you remain trustworthy to your online subscribers.

The secret of making your subscribers happy is giving them content that is informative and that addresses the problems they have.

Your content should be amazing and astounding if you want people to stay subscribers and be able to forward your emails to their friends, family members, colleagues and acquaintances.

That means that your content should be unique and not similar to anything that people have seen or heard before.

Create a Lead Magnet

A lead magnet is some kind of bribe but better because you offer your subscribers something worthwhile.

It’s an offer in the form of guide on tips for building an online business or better still it could be an incentive that will assist your website visitors to take their businesses to another level.

It could be something that focuses on marketing or sales or even affiliate marketing tips to make money online.

What is the Importance of a Lead Magnet?

When you offer a lead magnet that increases your conversion rate for your opt-in form by doubling or tripling your success rate.

Offering your visitors a Freebie in the form of a report or free book  upon signup can get you 50-60% more results of signups.

Create a Good Lead Magnet

The secret is to use a lead magnet that addresses your visitors’ biggest fears, or pressing problems,  questions or challenges.

It has to be something that’s useful and that grabs their attention because it addresses their issues.

So it’s important to do a thorough research on what’s bothering your visitors.

This is crucial because you’ll find out what information your visitors crave.

When you have found that out you’ll likely create a lead magnet that will make great results for your business.

Where to find out What your Visitors Crave

You basically identify the things people might want to know and you want to answer the questions that they have or even address the  problems that are pressing that they can’t find solutions for anywhere else.

The good thing is that when you research their problems and address those problems in a unique way, that will make your site unique, and make your opt-in offer irresistible.

Places to find out could be in the major sites that attract the people you want such as Amazon, forums or online communities. All you need to do is find out what people communicate more about.

You can also look up information on social media i.e. Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter etc about the topics that people tend to focus more on.

The secret is to pay special attention to the questions that people ask most of the time.

Reviews on Amazon too will make you understand what issues people have and whether they are happy with certain products.

Conduct your Own Survey

You conduct your own survey to find out what your audience wants. One of the things that I do is use my Get Response account to find out what my audience want to know more about.

After finding out what your audience’s interest are, you come up with a lead magnet that addresses the burning problems that your audience are facing.

You develop a lead magnet with quality content with your business logo and with visuals to make it more beautiful and attractive so that it could wow your audience.

Then you should make a small booklet in a PDF format with links to your social media accounts and e-mail address so that when they share it with others they can easily contact you.

More Happy Subscribers, More Money for You

When you keep on building your list through your loyalty to your subscribers through quality service then you can be sure that they’ll reward you also.

As an online entrepreneur, your task should be to learn the skills of effectively nurture your new subscribers and improve the lifetime value of the subscribers you already have. This is the key to your success. success-1433400_960_720

You need to focus on the most important aspects of your online business that would ultimately take you to the highest level.

On that basis, you need to consistently take care of your list which can guarantee a steady profitable online business.

You need to consistently build your presence online and be an authority in your niche.

When your audience see you as a reputable and trustworthy persons then you can be sure that they’ll talk to other people about how good you are.

This word of mouth and other referrals can help improve your mailing list and increase your profit as a result.

Your task should be consistently sharing information that is new and that your audience have never came across. In that way they’ll be your long term customers because you can always write an email and have money rolling down into your bank account. When you have your own list there are so many things that you can do to take your online business to another level.

Let me share with you some of those advantages.

What the List can Mean to your Online Business

If you are an affiliate marketer, it means you can just send an email to your subscribers with an offer and expect money roll down into you bank account.

This happens particularly when you have built trust and regular engagement with members of your tribe. admiration-1260545_640

When you know what issues they are facing, you can make recommendations for them and because they trust you they’ll simply buy what you recommend.

I f you operate an eCommerce business, the list can mean that you’ll effective nurture new customers and continuously improve your relationships with them throughout.

This is so because they look up to you for advice especially when you have become an authority in your niche.

Overall when you have a list you have a steady, profitable online business that has a customer base. So it is crucial to focus more on building your list and the rewards will be phenomenal.

My Own Experience from my Brick and Mortar Business

I started running a restaurant in 2010 and focused on building a strong customer base.

One of our business values was “quality service to our customers”.

Everything that we did centred on making our customers happy because of unparalleled customer service.

We did our best to call all customers by name all the time and they appreciated that a lot.

It was also our culture to have month-end specials and freebies for trusted customers.

This built a long relationship with our customers and they even share their contacts with us.

That meant that even when I wanted to raise prices or ask customers to have combos in their purchases they would gladly whatever we asked them to do.

This is similar to having a list and continuously giving quality content to your list without fail.

When that happens then you can be sure of a successful business they will continue bring you lots of profit in the long term.

Encourage your Current Subscribers to Share your Emails

One of list building tactics that you should use is encouraging your subscribers to share and forward your emails to other.

You can do this by including social sharing buttons on your posts.

You can even offer incentives to your current subscribers so that when they share your emails you give them. facebook-807588_960_720

People naturally like some tokens of appreciation and when you encourage that in your online business you’ll be successful.

You can even offer freebies to those who subscribe and also share your emails with their friends and family members.

Promote an Online Contest

When you promote an online contest for your subscribers, you’ll be able to have more subscribers to your list.

Building mailing list is a continuous process and not a once of event.

So you should continue to wow your new and old subscribes with amazing things that will encourage them to stay subscribed and even invite others to subscribe.

Host an Offline Event and Webinar

Host your own offline event such as a panel discussion, debate or conference and collect registrations online using email addresses.

During registration at your offline people can register and share their email contacts so that they can be contacted later for future events.

You can also host an online  webinar and collect email addresses at registration and promise people who register that they’ll be contacted soon.


List building is an ongoing process that is part of your business.

You should continuously build quality keyword rich content that is unique and interesting to your subscribers so that they can also share and forward to other people that they know.

This is important for building your business for the long term. mail listing 1

I hope this was useful.

Leave your comments below and socially share this post with your tribe.

Stay blessed!

Benny Smoms





About the Author ()

My name is Benito Semommung, aka “The Wealthy Ben”, an affiliate marketing consultant, freelance writer and online business owner. I am the owner of, an online business for sharing information on wealth creation online and financial freedom. My life purpose is to care deeply, love intensely; to joyfully explore, learn, grow, and prosper; and to creatively help others achieve their full potential, and to serve the Almighty for the highest good of all.

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  1. Jovo says:

    I am in the process of searching for a most suitable tool for list building, so from your title it looked you would give some steps. But I do not see it. Can you say more, what do you use in fact? I see that an email tab appears on the top of the page. Is this what you use? Thank you.

  2. Sam Hall says:

    An excellent piece once again.

    Yes, building a list is of high importance so you can not only be in contact with your readership but also your regular customers. I’ve noticed that you have SumoMe installed so I take it this is how you accumulate subscribers right?

    I love the way you describe your business from 2010 on how much importance you placed on the customers. “The customers are always right” is the golden rule for business because they’re the bloodline to your sales and service. Treat them like Kings and Queens and they’ll return the favor.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Benito says:


      Thanks indeed for passing by.

      Yes I do use SumoMe and GetResponse. I like both of them. Great comments from you as usual.

  3. Courtney says:

    By the way I love the quotation under your photo, i can truly say that applies to me.
    A long but not disappointing article, I found it very helpful and almost placed my email address in the wrong place. It has motivated me to make more use of email promotion.Thanks for sharing a very helpful article. Best wishes.

  4. Benito says:

    Thanks indeed for coming to check my site. It’s pleasing if found some stuff interesting.

  5. Matthew says:

    Thank you so much for sharing a great piece of valuable information. You really helped me to open my eyes and my mind! I’m just starting to get a domain and getting my website a good foundation.

    • Benito says:


      Thanks for your comments. It was a pleasure getting your views.

      I am happy that you’ll start with a few tips and good foundation for your online business.

      All the best in your business.

      Best regards.

  6. Jason says:

    I am on the lookout for ways to get e-mail subscribers because I am new to that side of my business. I know that e-mail marketing is an important skill to learn and hope I kick it off successfully. It’s kind of neat that you were a brick and mortar owner before your online business venture.

    These are some neat tips on increasing your amount of subscribers and some I would not have thought of myself, so thanks.

    • Benito says:

      Thanks indeed for your comments.
      It’s important to start on clean slate so that you can avoid the unnecessary pitfalls.
      Many people start without much clue about what to expect and encounter several challenges which sometimes lead them to quit.

      Wishing you all the best of luck.

  7. Kenny Lee says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m learning the ropes here on building an email list. I think offering something worthwhile is the key. I’ve yet to identify will be my “Lead Magnet”. I’m thinking of creating an e-book. But have no idea how to create and distribute one. Is there any advice you may share?

  8. Kenny,

    Thanks for your comments. I can only say that you should go ahead with a book as a lead magnet which you can share with your audience. You don’t have to write anything fancy but just have to find out what your audience based on your niche want or crave. Start with something simple and you will surely upgrade with time.

    All the best.

  9. Good read. I will use this tip in the near future. Thank you.

  10. Your article is jam pack with valuable information .I personally believe in building a relationship with your subscribers. And generating good lead magnet to attract with your prospects are wanting.. That does included webinars , contest, maybe some promotionial material ..Great tips your have provided Thanks and Best wishes

  11. Darren says:

    This post is just what I was looking for. I do have an email list, but it’s less than 100 people at this stage and I really want to build it up past 1000 as fast as I can.

    I like the idea of the survey. This is really doable and I think might really help.

    I really haven’t paid enough attention to list building yet, just been concentrating on writing content. Thanks for the tips here.

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