Building an email list is on every blogger’s to-do list. No matter what could be the number of visitors and loyal readers on a blog, if there is no list, there are quite some important stuff to lose on the blogger’s side.
First, a list is essential to connect and interact with people, in a more personal voice, outside the blog. Blog posts are for the audience of the blog and it is written in a general voice (even though it is niche specific).
On the other hand, a newsletter or one of the regular emails to your list is more personal and it gives you an option to talk to your readers even when they are not at your blog.
Second, as they say, the money is in the list. I am sure that every blogger who puts in the time and effort to provide quality content for their readers, deserve some perk. One of which is money. Making money from your blog becomes so easy when you have a list. I am not going to elaborate on how to make money with your list; that is not the scope of this post.
Third, a well-sized email list is also a good social proof.
And, fourth, it shows how popular and established you are. It shows how many people are willing to listen to you and follow your updates so closely. That shows the health of your blog and your own online branding.
There is nothing to be surprised about how every successful blogger is seriously serious about building lists. And, on a side note:
If you are a newbie and are thinking that you can build lists once you become established, you are wrong. You have to start building lists on the same day you started blogging. Period.
So now I assume that you are serious about building your email list. But then how are you supposed to do it? I am not going to tell you a way where you go about manually pushing every reader to subscribe to your blog, nah; you have much much better and important things to do as a blogger.
To me, list building is effective only if it is done with much much less effort, or better zero effort.
And that is not a dream. I use a plugin for that. No not the one you assume – not Popup Domination. No you are wrong again – not Maxblogpress Subscribers Magnet.
Guess what? It is a new plugin, which has gone viral obviously for the features it offers for a really competitive price – the plugin is named WPSubscribers Plugin. This is a premium WordPress plugin, which boosts your list growth on a triple espresso without you sweating on it.
With this plugin, you don’t have to spend a dime or more time on your list building efforts. Download the plugin, install and activate it (just like any other WordPress plugin) and do the initial work. Create optin forms as you wish and put them on your site in the way you want – simple.
What can the plugin do for you?
The much expected feature of any list building plugin or software is this. WPSubscribers plugin does that just right. You have 11 templates and 8 colors to choose from; this can make you a stunning popup optin form.
Header and Footer bar:
A non intrusive and at the same time attention grabbing optin options. Works great if used correctly.
Adds a small check box below the comment form to make it super easy for your commenters to subscribe to your list with one click – Painless.
Literally, anywhere. You can create a custom optin form and put it anywhere in your blog – inside the post, bottom of your posts, as a widget on sidebar, anywhere you can think of.
This one is a crazy option and I would pay for this plugin for just this option. You could put a Facebook connect button on your site (on a tempting offer or something) and when the visitor clicks the FB connect button to connect with you, they are automatically added to your list. You do not have to use this option to “hijack” your FB connect visitors, you can explicitly tell your readers that they will be automatically subscribed, if you are not comfortable with this.
Indeed, visitors will prefer to optin using this method; it takes them just one click and it is so easy for them to connect with FB!
When I installed the plugin and was doing the optin forms, I had some silly issues (the problem was actually with my browser). I emailed the support that the optin popup was not working, I got a reply in about 40 mins. And then the issue was resolved in seconds.
After that, Jenni was so kind enough to answer all my beginner questions; she was patient and highly supportive.
I can assure you that Jenni will provide you with the best support.
What does it lack?
There is one small but potential feature I wanted out of this plugin – Having the comment optin above the comment form instead of below it for better visibility. Jenni has promised me that she will include the feature soon!
I have just bought the plugin and am amazed by its features. I can assure you that it is really worth the money and even far better than Popup Domination or Subscribers Magnet.
I will write more about how to set it up and make the most out of it, quite soon.
Let me know your thoughts about this plugin in the comments.