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How I Got My First 78 Email Subscribers and Blew It

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Yup.

It’s sad, but true.

I thought I could bypass the newbie learning curve…

But I was wrong.

Here’s how I got my first 78 email subscribers and blew it:

You see, I am relatively new to the Internet Marketing world. I really became obsessed with it around the Fall of 2014. I was watching YouTube videos galore and downloading free ebooks left and right.

I watched the video below by James Scholes and I loved it because I was getting familiar with squeeze pages and whatnot.

I started watching a lot of his videos, got on his email list, conversed with him back and forth for a while, and eventually trusted him enough to buy his course The Evergreen Wealth Formula.

Now the course itself is quite good, but I got way too distracted with other marketers’ videos and courses.

Also, there was a combination of the learning curve and the simplest of roadblocks weighing in as well (i.e. WordPress issues, missing a step, etc.)

Well this course was all about setting up a blog, promoting via social media (and optional black hat-ish methods, but I don’t recommend them), and rinsing and repeating the process on a daily basis.

James gave away a couple of starter blog posts for total newbies like me and I thought I’d start with one of those because I was terrified lol.

Well, the first blog post was all about getting more email subscribers on autopilot or whatever so I thought I’d give it a try too since that’s what I wanted as well.

5iphon and Udimi Combo

First things first, I got 5iphon your free “Viral List Building System”. 

In a nutshell, it works like this:

  • You get your free system
  • Refer people through your blog (if you have one), Facebook, Twitter, and (the fastest way for newbies like me) Solo Ads
  • Your first five sign-ups go up to the person who referred you (or 5iphon’s creator Bryan Winters) and then your account is “unlocked”.
  • After that anybody that signs up goes directly to your email list and their first 5 sign-ups go to you (unless they upgrade to “5iphon Gold” or something like that) and you can even incorporate it with your autoresponder.

Now I tried promoting this through social media and this netted me…no one.

Boo.

James’ course recommended you use Solo Ads on Safe-Swaps, but then I saw that a course update said you should use Udimi instead because it was free to join and has no monthly fee.

Udimi is free to join, but you have to “top up” with a minimum of $25 to be able to purchase a Solo Ad. Just go to My Money and then go to Top Up and you can use a credit card or Paypal to get started, super hard I know.

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Ok, so then you’ll want to go to “Solo Deals” and look for a seller with a good response time, a good price (cost per click), and with a minimum number of clicks that you need in order to purchase.

Also, if you can’t find anyone here go to “Find Sellers” and there you can filter them out to meet your needs.

One last method is going to “Forum” and just putting in a request for what you want and when. For example: “I need 100 clicks in ______ niche at $0.33/click on July 20, 2015”.

See what kind of responses you get and go from there. I ended up buying 3 Solo Ads from 2 different people.

I bought 2 sets of 25 clicks from this dude:

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I spent $22.99 and got 91 clicks. Now I wish I could tell you how many subscribers this netted me, but I didn’t track this at the time.

Later on, I bought another Solo Ad from this other dude:

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On this one, I spent $21.99 and got 62 clicks (I want to say I got more opt-ins from this one, but…yeah I’m not sure, still wasn’t tracking).

Ok, so in the end I got a total of 78 subscribers as you’ll see below, not too shabby if you ask me.

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I even bagged my first affiliate sale check it out below (I know it’s $5.04, but still!):

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And…here’s where I went wrong.

I did have my autoresponder all set up (incorrectly mind you), but I didn’t even know who bought my upsell (only 1 sale, I know).

Instead of focusing on building trust with these people by directing them back to my blog (and focusing on providing shit tons of value) I had the great idea of marketing to them primarily through email that wasn’t even set up correctly (bad idea guys lol).

I’d give away free things here and there (things I didn’t create, another bad idea) and pretty much market to them with impunity with affiliate offer after affiliate offer.

I very soon found out just how bad my logic was back then with a completely unresponsive list.

I wish I would have employed Gary Vaynerchuk’s “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” (amazing book by the way) marketing tactic with them instead. Basically, that means that you provide, provide, provide, and then you go for the heralded right hook/the sale.

I ended up abandoning that crappy blog and now that list is done for.

Lesson learned.

As embarrassing as it is, feel free to check out what’s left of that blog here.

Oy vey.

I was so ashamed of my blog posts that I erased all 3 of them lol (mostly because the first one wasn’t even mine), but I haven’t taken the blog down as a reminder of what not to do!

Takeaway

Ok, so my takeaway from all this madness is that it does work.

I’m not too crazy about having 5iphon as a giveaway because it seems like an offer that’s a bit oversaturated, however,  I know you do what you want so…yeah.

I recommend you create your own product and then you won’t have to worry about “unlocking” your system or having to upgrade in order to work around that or any B.S. like that.

Now this paid method worked for me, but below I will give you 3 free methods you can start using today to get more email subscribers.

Method # 1: Create Your Giveaway In 3 Different Formats

Let’s face it.

Everyone and their dog gives away a free report, formula, blueprint, etc.

It’s all really just a fancy name for an ebook/PDF (and they’re great don’t get me wrong), but their perceived value is just not that high because of a sea of free ebooks out there.

A good way to buck that trend is by offering a giveaway that’s available in 3 different formats:

  1. PDF
  2. Video Presentation (a Power Point Presentation with you going over your ebook’s main copy points)
  3. MP3 Audio version of your Video presentation or you reading your book aloud.

You can see what I did with my little YouTube-related giveaway.

This will also help you build up trust because your potential customer will see that you gave away all this kick-ass material for free.

They may be more prone to bust out that credit card or Paypal you some moolah in the future.

Method #2: Simple Tweaks To Your Site

I read this post where Noah Kagan talks about being more aggressive when it comes to asking for someone’s email and have decided to try it out. Besides, you should make it uber easy for your visitors to get on your email list.

I’ll admit it.

I’ve just added these 3 to my site and I’m still working on promoting, but they’re awesome and as I mentioned before, they’re absolutely free.

By the way, you can download all of these from Sumo Me. Just click on that link and it’s super easy to set it up, no rocket science involved whatsoever I promise.

Welcome Mat

Boom! Here’s mine:

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Welcome Mat is pretty much a full-screen landing page people see when they first get to your site. You can add a nice call to action here right from the get-go.

Now, if your visitors want to bypass this they can simply scroll down, but it’s a nice instant call to action.

List Builder

Here it is on my site:

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What happens is a visitor comes to your site, reads your content and then List Builder pops up after a little while (you can tweak this) and reminds them to get their free giveaway.

Pretty neat stuff here, it’s simple but effective.

Scroll Box

Once again, what’s on my site:

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This app is a little more discreet.

It focuses on coming up once your viewer has scrolled down a certain percentage on a page on your blog.

Yeah, I know I could probably work on the copy on all three of my apps, but the important thing is to just get started and see what works best. Also, all three have analytics that are accessible in the free version.

Of course, there is an upgraded version to all 3 of these apps, but before I upgrade I want to see some results first and these are free F-O-R-E-V-E-R, you have time.

You can tweak some of the colors, mess with the behavior, change the font, and you can also see a sneak peek of what you get with paid content which looks pretty good, but like I said do what you can do for free starting off.

The last method I have for you is a little different, but you’ll love it. 

Method #3: Leverage Other Marketers’ Traffic (Non-Black Hat)

So you’re just starting out with this whole “make money from home” niche and you’re having trouble figuring out what you to write about or what to sell.

I’m confident you’re a person who’s been checking out other peoples’ blogs, videos, and other types of content. 

Why not take one of those ideas (make sure it’s something that a lot of people seen and have interacted with) and just follow their step-by-step process and write about your experience? In my first blog post, I did this with a cocktail event and showed my results with pics and to boot.

Introducing Sniply (also available as Google Chrome extension):

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Simply share a link to something and you get a cool, little customizable banner on the bottom of the page that has a call to action button or link.

Here’s mine:

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Yeah people can just close it, but some won’t. 

Try it out, my copy sucks right now but it will get better.

Much like the 3 apps I mentioned above, the free version on Sniply has its limitations, but roll with it until you don’t have to.

Easy right?

Conclusion

“Although we’ve come…to the end of the road…”

Ah…that song really made me feel ways about stuff lol.

What I’m trying to say is…we’re done.

I’ve shown you how I got my first 78 email subscribers and blew it using a combination of 5iphon and Udimi successfully and then tanking with email marketing/blog upkeep.

Next, I showed you 3 different free methods you can use today to increase your email subscribers total.

1. First, I told you to create your free giveaway in 3 different formats:

  • PDF
  • PowerPoint Video Presentation
  • MP3 Audio Files from your PDF or Presentation

2. I then showed you 3 simple tweaks you can make to your site with:

  • Welcome Mat – Full-screen landing page with a call to action
  • List Builder – Smart Pop up that collects email addresses
  • Scroll Box – Call to action that comes up once a reader has scrolled down a page on your blog.

All of which are free, customizable, and provide analytics. They are upgradeable, but I’d focus on sticking the free versions at first.

3. Finally, I informed you of Sniply, a free tool (with Google Chrome extension) that you can use to put a call to action banner at the bottom of any URL you share.

Simply create related content to any chosen URL, customize your Sniply banner, and then share it on social media.

I must reiterate that if you go the paid way (5iphon & Udimi) that you make sure to focus on building up your blog and tracking your conversions (split-testing).

I’m still learning all this stuff, but I know way more today than I did back then I assure you.

You can do this, it’s  simple.

If you create awesome content, but collect no email addresses then you’re just kind of “pissing in the wind” like I was.

Don’t do that.

Ok, feel free to tell me if you’re going to actually put any of this into play or if you think I’m just full of it.

I will depart with these 101 Amazing PC / Internet Tricks No One Told You Before.

Have a wonderful Monday guys.

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