Wouldn’t you love to have a huge email subscriber list for your blog? Every blogger dreams about thousands of fans eagerly awaiting their next killer blog post. A large and engaged subscriber list not only motivates you as a blogger, it can also be a great way to monetize your blog. The thing is, building an email list is not exactly an easy thing to do.
Whether your promoting affiliate products, selling training courses or running a membership site, having a solid email list is the foundation to making money with your website.
When it comes to getting readers to subscribe to your email list, it’s important to use some creativity as well as to give your readers frequent opportunities to subscribe to your email list. If the only thing your doing to get subscribers is a small sign up box in your sidebar or at the end of your blog post, there’s still plenty of creative opportunities to reach out and engage with your readers.
I want to introduce you to a couple of free WordPress plugins that you may not have heard of before and can help supercharge your email subscriber list. All of these plugins have some neat features and will give your readers multiple opportunities to subscribe to your email list.
While I wouldn’t advise using all 5 of these plugins on your site at once, that would be overkill, I would suggest you try out 1 or 2 at a time and see which ones work best for your website.
This plugin by Joost de Valk is a great tool to welcome first time commenters on your website. What happens is that the first time a reader leaves a comment on your blog, they will be redirected to a special thank you page that you have created. Here you can thank the reader for subscribing, introduce them to other content on your site, allow them to sign up to your email list or even offer them a “secret freebie” just for commenting on your site.
WP Leads adds a “Subscribe to Newsletter” box in the comments section of your blog post. You can personalize the message next to the subscribe box as well as make the box automatically checked off by default. This makes it really easy for people to sign up to your email newsletter and keep up to date with your content.
The Optin Form Adder plugin is a free version of the popular Maxblog Press Subscribers Magnet. It carries much of the same functionality with a few exceptions like having the subscribe box auto filled for readers. It’s easy to create sidebar subscribe widget boxes as well as subscribe boxes at the end of each blog post.
This plugin allows you to send an automatic “Thank You” email after someone posts a comment on your blog. You can customize the message and timing. Acts as a kind of autoresponder system for readers who comment on your blog.
An oddly named, but great plugin that lets you create a customized message for new visitors to your website. When a reader first visits your website, a greeting will appear at the top of the page. Here you can add a greeting for your new visitor as well as a call to action to subscribe to your email list. The plugin works off of a cookie placed on the visitors website and the message disappears after the 5th visit.
As you can see, there are lots of different ways you can engage your readers and ask them to sign up for your email list. All it takes is a little creativity on your part and ample opportunity for your readers to sign up. I’d love to hear how you use any of the plugins above, leave your ideas in the comments below!
Thank you to my Guest Post Author: Gary Shouldis
Gary is a small business consultant and internet marketer. You can find him on his small business blog, The Small Business Playbook and on Twitter @GaryShouldis