Many bloggers have one thing in common - they're all saying out loud how HARD it is to build a list. To be honest, most bloggers don't even know what a list means, not to mention, how to build one. And I'm talking about bloggers from all walks of life, in all kinds of niches and industries; beginners and pros alike.
Remember how easy it was back in the days when you could add "Subscribe now" or "Free Newsletter" on a free site and get a drove of visitors join in? Today you can't approach list building the same way like 5, 6 or 7 years ago! You need to have a vision and plan a strategy because people are now more reluctant to join your list than ever.
It is NOT because they're afraid of SPAM. Although you should clearly have an anti-spam policy on your blog.
It is NOT because they're "I know you'll sell my email!" paranoid.
It is NOT because they don't know you.
It is more because they're AFRAID. Afraid of not receiving what you promise. Afraid of receiving too many emails than you promised. Afraid of receiving emails that are not highly-relevant to what you promise on the blog, and so on.
The biggest reason why visitors won't join your list though it is because you promise the same old stuff that we're seeing on all the other blogs. For example, how many times did you see an opt-in form saying... "Free Blog Updates"?. It is so common these days.
And how many times did you see a 'PDF report' offer? Less often! The point I'm trying to drive home here is this and listen closely because your blogging success depends on it:
If you want to build your list just like the pros
If you want to build trust with your list
And if you want to make lots of money from a combination of blogging and email marketing, then here's what you need to do:
Step #1. Talk with fellow bloggers [I suggest you contact bloggers outside your niche too] who are already successful list builders and interview them on SKYPE, by phone or via email. This way you'll learn some good shortcuts and some "secrets" that will help you get where you want to go, faster, easier, better than any other method out there.
Step #2. Implement the tips you gather from your conversation with these pro bloggers. Have one bloggers as your mentor. Learning from different sources might do more harm than good, and actually confuse you.
Step #3. Start building your list. Never postpone. Do not wait for anything to be perfect. Start getting your first subscriber and strategize for making your first sale. The rest will follow.
And now, if you have a wordpress blog and want to put your list building on steriods, you should check out this plugin - Subscribers Magnet - it's proven to rapidly build your email list by using the technology in some unconventional and unique way. It’s unobtrusive and highly impactful. Watch the video on the page to see it in action.