15 Tested and Proven Ways to Build Your Subscriber List

A list of engaged subscribers is one of the most effective and reliable marketing resources. A good list so valuable that it can’t be bought. Why? Because when subscribers sign up for your list, they’re signing up to hear from you and your company. Subscribers have to be earned. What are the best ways to build a list? We’ve collected the top 15 to share with you today.

The permission model allows you to fill your audience with people who are genuinely interested in your brand and what you have to say

With information collected during sign-up (or later), you can precisely segment your list and design your email communication to suit your reader’s preferences.

As you attract qualified leads, you’ll be able to guide them through the decision-making process by aligning content to specific buying cycle stages.

Take a look at the 15 tips we’ve collected to help you build your email marketing list:

  1. Offer quality content. Nobody gives up their email address for free. If you want to build a valuable relationship and engage your audience, you need to provide content that is worthwhile and interesting.
  2. Put sign-up forms on every web page. Your sign-up form should be everywhere your potential subscribers are. Make sure it’s visible and easy to fill out.
  3. Use social media to collect email addresses. Integrate your sign-up forms with social media platforms. Driving traffic from multiple sources allows you to build a strong email marketing list much faster.
  4. Design your sign-up form carefully. Ask only for information you plan to use. A good rule of thumb is that less is more — the shorter the sign-up form, the higher the conversion rate.
  5. Show your privacy policy. Inform your readers that you will not share their personal information with third parties. A clear privacy policy helps you build trust and convince visitors that it’s safe to subscribe.
  6. Show samples of your content. Let your subscribers know what they are signing up for. Use your older content samples to “sell” the email sign-up.
  7. Include a call to action. Put a call to action in your submit button, e.g. Sign me up! This makes the sign-up process more engaging and improves the conversion ratio.
  8. Give away freebies. Think of a relevant incentive for your audience (e-book, infographic, whitepaper) and provide it for free.
  9. Ask subscribers to share. Take the time to prepare valuable, shareable content. Remember that putting the social share buttons is not enough; you still need to ask your subscribers to use them.
  10. Build a content distribution strategy. Producing great content is only half the battle. Make sure it’s visible to the right audience. Define who your ideal audience is and find out where they like to congregate online. Then choose communication channels accordingly.
  11. Publish landing pages. Create a squeeze page where visitors can download premium content in exchange for their email address. A dedicated web page helps users focus on the call to action and increases conversions.
  12. Include testimonials on your landing page. Social proof helps build trust toward a brand and its products. Use testimonials from satisfied customers to help visitors make a decision.
  13. Blog regularly. Great content brings more traffic. Develop a realistic content publishing schedule and stick to it.
  14. Guest post on popular blogs. Publishing your content on other blogs is a great way to build relationships with other bloggers in your industry and introduce yourself to new people. Include a backlink to your blog, and your blog’s search rankings will go up.
  15. Collect email addresses at offline events. Be ready to collect email addresses at trade shows and conferences. Ask for business cards or use the Forms on the Go app to instantly add people to your list.

It’s time to get started.

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  1. Beth on April 19, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you! I work very well from a checklist. Your succinct and orderly plan really helps.

    • Bryce on April 20, 2017 at 3:33 am

      It’s a pleasure Beth 🙂

      All the best !!

  2. Eva on May 29, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Creating a subscriber list is something I have thought about doing for a long time. This was great advice for me to consider as I get ready to make my list!

    • Bryce on May 29, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks !! Glad to hear it was useful for you. All the best with creating that list.

  3. Sipiwe on May 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    This has been so helpful! I’ve been looking into this for weeks! Thank you so much!

    • Bryce on May 29, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Not a problem 🙂

  4. Andrea Broom on May 30, 2017 at 1:04 am

    these are all very helpful tips, I am going to have to apply them, as I need to build my subscriber list ASAP! Thanks

    • Bryce on May 30, 2017 at 1:34 am

      All the best with that Andrea 🙂

  5. Karla Cruzado on May 31, 2017 at 10:48 am

    thank you for these tips! I’ll try to apply them on my blog http://thewiselark.karlacruzado.com

    • Bryce on May 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks alot Karla. Hey, I luv your blogs header, very cool.

  6. Vladimir on June 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Good tips. I definitely need to start building my subscriber list, so this is very helpful.

    • Bryce on June 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks 🙂
      All the best with building your list !!

  7. Chelsey on June 5, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    This is a great tool for all bloggers to work off of. Not only is it easy to follow, but it helps point us newbies in the right direction. I’m definitely going to implement some of these suggestions! Thanks for the helpful tips!!

    • Bryce on June 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Great to hear you found some value Chelsey.
      Thank you !!

  8. dumspirospero30 on June 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    These are great points! Thank you! I am going implement a few of them that I am not already using!

  9. Cheryl on June 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    This post came at just the right time! I admit that I haven’t put nearly as much time into building my list, so I’m behind the curve. I just recently started working on it though, and this list will come in really handy. My biggest challenge is what kind of freebies to offer as a travel blogger. I really appreciate these tips and I’m going to start implementing them.

    • Bryce on June 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Thats great to hear, thank you.
      Full credit for your blog. I was there for one of our Next level Blogging exercises.

  10. Stacy Russell on June 24, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Building my list is something I need to work out.
    These are some great tips.
    I’m saving this post!

    • Bryce on June 24, 2017 at 2:41 am

      Thanks Stacy 🙂
      All the best with List Building

  11. Andrea Decker on June 25, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Helpful tips! I need to work on my email list and your tips are very useful! Thanks for a great post!

  12. Rebecca Turner on June 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    This is such a great list! I’ve been working on figuring out what kind of freebie my audience would like so I can build my email list.

    • Bryce on June 28, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Yes, thats not an easy one is it.
      All the best with it !!

  13. Alex J Brown on June 30, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Excellent checklist, some things I do but some new ones to think about as well. Easy to read and well done, thanks a lot!

    Alex J Brown

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