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15 Super Strategies To Start Or Increase Your Email List In Just 20 Minutes A Day

21 Super Strategies To Start Or Increase Your Email ListIt takes a lot more than 20 minutes a day to run an online business.

But if you’re trying to increase your email list (and you should be)… I’m going to give you 15 super strategies that you can implement in just 20 minutes a day to help you out.

Understand this, though.

Each strategy should take you about 20 minutes a day.

So, please, don’t try doing all 15.

Then you’d be talking about 5 hours!

No no no.

Just pick ONE that works for you and give it a test ride.

If it’s something you’re comfortable with… that’s all you need!

The Big Idea here is to have a steady flow of subscribers being added to your email list every day.

That’s what keeps your business alive, right?

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So here’s the deal…

you don’t need to use 15 techniques for doing that.

You only need to use one.

It’s just that you’ve gotta get really really good at it, and work really really consistently at it.

So, first, I guess I should talk to those of you who are kind of new at this.


Email List Basics

Here’s the basic things you need to build a good email list.

First, you need a purpose to get people on your list.

What’s your purpose for having and growing your email list?

In other words, why do you want people on your email list?

You have to figure out who you want on your email list.

And then you have to figure out what you’re going to do with them once they get there.

Yea, you thought that goes without saying?

Maybe it should be, but I work with bloggers all the time who have built an email list and have NO idea why, or what kind of emails to send.

So they don’t send any.

Crazy, right?

Now you may think that this is working backwards.

You’re right.

It is.

Because all too often people work frontwards.

That’s when they try to get an email list and don’t know why other than everyone tells them to.

Then, they don’t know who they want on it.

And like I said before, they certainly don’t know what to do with it once they’ve got a bunch of subscribers.

So, first and foremost, you need to get those things clear in your mind.

Those are the basics.


How Do You Build an Email List?

The most common way is to offer people something for free in exchange for their email address.

That requires that you have an autoresponder.

That’s so that when people join your list, they instantly get the thing your offered them.

Your autoresponder is set up to deliver it right then and there.

If somebody joins your list at 2 a.m. and you’re sleeping… you need them to get your first message at 2 a.m.

That’s your “welcome message,” which also delivers your freebie.

Or, if you’re not offering any kind of free incentive for subscribing, you still need them to hear from you right away before they forget they subscribed 🙂

I’m great at that.

Sign up for this, then that.

Two days later, I get an email about it and say “what’s this #&% spam garbage?” LOL

Well, you don’t want that happening.

So you stoke up a good “welcome” message that your new subscriber will get instantly.

  • “Welcome to my list”
  • “Thanks for signing up”
  • “Here’s a link to the free ebook that I promised”

That kind of thing.

This is really important.

So again…

You don’t want them to wait for 2 days to hear from you.

By that time they forgot who you are.

Then they’ll probably just unsubscribe or mark your email message as spam.

This is why a good autoresponder is absolutely essential.

You can’t run a serious business without one.

My favorite autoresponder is GetResponse ** (This is an affiliate link. See My Affiliate Disclosure & “Bonus Program” below).

I’ve tried many of them.

IMHO: GetResponse is the most professional and yes, the most responsive.

And if you ever have questions about how to use it, just pick up the phone and they’ll talk to you about it.

They have amazing customer support.

That’s important to me because I can really be a ditz about technical stuff.

Here’s how easy it is…

15 Supert Strategies To Start Or Increase Your Email ListGetResponse Customer Service


Increase Your Email List With A Professional Looking Squeeze Page

The next thing you’re going to need is a squeeze page.

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It’s just a single web page that

  1. states your offer, and  
  2. invites people to join your list.

I know people that have delayed putting together an email list for 6 months because they simply didn’t know how to create a squeeze page.

There are many great landing page builders on the market now that make this a simple process.

I’ve often used OptimizePress ** (This is an affiliate link. See My Affiliate Disclosure & “Bonus Program” below).

It’s a great landing page builder, for sure.

Another one I like is Instabuilder.

Lately, though, I’ve begun replacing my squeeze pages with Thrive landing pages.


Because they’re easier and faster for me to put together.

I actually had tried LeadPages for a while, and some of my students have used ClickFunnels.

Those are both subscription based, though, and you need to create your pages on their platform.

That means two things.

  1. You have to maintain your subscription (and it’s not cheap)
  2. You can’t use your squeeze pages if you cancel your subscription (and what a nightmare when you have to change all your stupid links – yikkkk)

Thrive has become my “go-to” page builder.

So, Thrive has become my fav page editor for building squeeze pages as well as other landing pages…

  • sales pages,
  • thank you pages,
  • webinar invites,
  • download pages,
  • etc.

It has a “one-time only” fee, instead of a monthly subscription.

I just LOVE that 🙂

And, the one-time price is very affordable.

Love that, too, eh?

Thrive is just a simple WordPress plugin that you can upload directly to your WordPress blog or site.

It has every template that you would need to run an email marketing campaign.

So, for instance, here’s a Thrive template for a squeeze page…

Thrive Squeeze Page

Here’s a variation… a Thrive template for a video squeeze page.

Thrive Video Squeeze Page

Thrive Video Squeeze Page

You can create professional looking squeeze pages like this in minutes with Thrive.

Then, you just integrate that squeeze page with your autoresponder.

Again, I use GetResponse which integrates quickly and perfectly with Thrive.
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Another 30 seconds, haha.



Ready To Start or Increase Your Email List?

Sure you are.

As long as you leverage the power of that awesome squeeze page.

But this begs the question…

What do you do with your squeeze page?

Now that you have built it, you’re ready to conquer the world of email list building.

You only have to put a link to your squeeze page wherever you and your audience hang out.

  • Put the link on your blog.
  • Put it on social media posts.
  • If you’re in a forum or social media group, let people know about your squeeze page.
  • etc. (of course)

But there is a trick to doing this.

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I see many people will grab the link to their squeeze page and just start blasting it everywhere they can think of.

This is a waste of time and it’s very ineffective.

What you need to do is to find people that really and truly want what you have to offer… really and truly, not just sorta.

Then let them know how they can get it from you for free.

So, for instance…

rather than just posting a link to your squeeze page on your latest Facebook post, try going into a Facebook group filled with people interested in the same things as you.

Let them know that you can help them when they subscribe to your email list.

Now, you’re addressing a targeted audience instead of just random people that happened to see a social media post from you.

Same thing on your blog.

Don’t be writing a blog post about dogs and suddenly throw out a link to your squeeze page about ballroom dancing.

Your squeeze page link should always be relevant to the needs and interests of the people you’re talking to.

That way, when they do join your list, you already know that they’re interested in what you’ll be emailing them.


15 Super Strategies To Start or Increase Your Email List In Just 20 Minutes A Day

Once you have all the pieces to the puzzle in place, you’re ready to open the gates to a steady flow of subscribers to your email list.

The funny thing is, any one of these strategies takes just 20 minutes a day… or so.

Yeah, you can get carried away.

I do that all the time.

Instead of 20 minutes, I spend 40.

My bad, for sure.

I work hard to stick to my plan, but hey, I’m not perfect 🙂

Still, try not to get distracted or overwhelmed by this.

It sounds simple, I know.

Well, it actually is, if you confine yourself to a strict time limit.

Set a timer, and when the 20 minutes is up… stop.

Just do it.

So you’ve done a great job of getting your business to the point that you’re ready to start implementing your list building strategy.

Beware, though.

This is where many bloggers tend to drop the ball.

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Here’s the reality you must face…

  • if you have a great lead magnet,
  • plus a cool squeeze page,
  • and you have your email sequences all written out in your autoresponder,

… it’s not good enough.

If you stop at this point, nothing will happen.

No subscribers, no list, no following.

Not unless you start implementing strategies to get your squeeze page out of the deep freeze and into the frying pan.

That’s when things start to sizzle.

That’s when you start getting people onto your list and into your business…

  • buying,
  • joining, and
  • signing up for your great thing.

So here’s 15 things you can do to start making all this happen.

  1. Forums

Find the hot forums in your niche.  

Every niche has them!

Just spend a few minutes every day talking to folks in your niche about their challenges and issues.

Create a forum “signature.”

That’s basically just a quick link to your squeeze page.

Here’s my Warrior Forum Signature…

My Warrior Forum Signature

When somebody clicks the link, they get redirected to my squeeze page…

Squeeze Page for 3 Listbuilding Machines

  1. Quizzes

I wrote an article recently about how easily you can build your list with quizzes.

Listbuilding Quizzes

This is a really fast method because you can use it to easily build a few quizzes. ** (This is an affiliate link. See My Affiliate Disclosure & “Bonus Program” below).

After you build them, just promote them on your social media sites and watch your list grow.

People love taking quizzes and they will gladly subscribe to your email list to get the results.


  1. Contests

Post contests on your favorite social media sites.

People have to subscribe to your email list to enter.

Winners can get simple things like free ebooks or a video training.


  1. Blog Post Links

Embed links to your squeeze pages within your blog posts.

Then just spend a few minutes each day promoting those blog posts.

Here’s a sample of how I do it on this blog…

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  1. YouTube Videos

You can post a 1 or 2 minute video on YouTube every day.

Be sure to Use YouTube Cards to link to your squeeze page.

Promote your videos on social media.


  1. Resources Page

Create a resources page on your blog or website.

Make sure your squeeze page is featured on this page.

Share this page in places where affiliate links and promotional links might not be allowed, like inside of many social media groups.

Resources are more readily acceptable.


  1. Cheat Sheet

Create a very simple “Cheat Sheet” and offer it on social media platforms.

It should be something very simple, like…

 “The 7 things I do every day to connect with influencers in my niche.”

Have people subscribe to your list to obtain the Cheat Sheet.

In the alternative, give it away without requiring an opt-in.

If you do that, though, make sure your squeeze page is featured on the Cheat Sheet.


  1. Live Stream

Do 15 or 20 minute live stream presentations each day.

You can do this with Twitter’s Periscope, or with Facebook Live.

Always prompt your audience to access your squeeze page.


  1. Webinars

You can record one single webinar.

Simply promote the replay link every day on a variety of social media platforms.

The webinar sign up form is your squeeze page.


  1. Squeeze Page Swaps

Promote other people’s squeeze pages.

You can do this

  • on your Facebook page
  • in an email to your list
  • on your blog post, or
  • anywhere that you can reach your audience

In return, ask the same people to promote your squeeze page on their Facebook page, email or blog post.

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I’m sure you can think of other places to swap squeeze page links, too.


  1. Facebook Groups

Make a list of Facebook groups where your target audience hangs out.

Spend 15-20 minutes a day connecting with other members of the group.

Make sure you have permission, then link to your squeeze page from time to time.

Make sure you are offering something of true value, like your fabulous Cheat Sheet or a lots-of-fun Quiz.


  1. LinkedIn Groups

Use the same strategy as in Facebook groups, only do it with your LinkedIn groups.


  1. Google+ Communities

Use the same strategy as in Facebook groups, only do it with your Google+ communities.


  1. Quora

Spend a few minutes each day asking and answering questions on Quora.

In your signature, link to your squeeze page, or to your blog (where your squeeze page and opt-in offers should be).

Here’s what one of my Quora signatures looks like…

Quora signature

The more interesting and helpful your questions and answers are, the more likely people will be to

  • follow you to your blog, and
  • subscribe to your email list.


  1. Re-purpose Your Content

What content have you posted on your blog or other platform?

Now, repurpose it.

If it is a blog post, create a series of 1 to 3 minute YouTube videos discussing different aspects of your article.

If it is a video, create an infographic to represent whatever your main point was.

Spend a few minutes every day taking a tiny piece of some of your larger content pieces, and spinning them into small content pieces that you can share on social media.

Make sure each of your content pieces has your squeeze page featured on it.


Tools To Help Start or Increase Your Email List

As you can see, most of the ways to promote your squeeze page involve social media promotion.

That can take a lot of time and effort.

So, it’s important to use some kind of social media tool to help you automate this process.

Let’s look at just a few of them.

PostPlanner  ** (This is an affiliate link. See My Affiliate Disclosure & “Bonus Program” below)

This is easily my favorite social media tool.

It does a lot of the things that the expensive ones do, but for a fraction of the cost.

For instance, you can use it to recycle posts that you’ve created once, so you never have to post them again.

PostPlanner posts them for you!

That’s a very expensive feature on some of the high priced alternatives, but PostPlanner includes it in their very affordable basic plan.

PostPlanner also allows you to put a “sharebar” on your posts.

The sharebar is, essentially, an opt-in form placed right at the top of the content you’re sharing.

Add Your Sharebar on Postplanner

Some people choose to have the sharebar on everything they share, including third party sites.

I don’t really like that idea, but prefer to put it only on my own content.

Bottom line… I’d highly recommend you grabbing a free trial of PostPlanner and see how cool it is for building your email list.

Here are two high-end alternatives to PostPlanner.

Both will do a lot of the things PostPlanner does, but they have a much higher price ticket.

  1. Sendible
  2. MeetEdgar

Here are two mid-price alternatives, although they don’t have the PostPlanner features I described above.

  1. Buffer
  2. Hootsuite

Now, the one drawback to PostPlanner is that it only connects to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I use it just with my Twitter account because that’s the one that drives me crazy, what with the tons of postings and all.

But since I’ve been using it on Twitter, I’ve really been connecting strongly with some major influencers.

They really appreciate me sharing their content so consistently (so, please don’t tell the my automation secret, hehe).


Review: Tools To Start or Increase Your Email List

Just a quick recap.

Here are great tools to start and increase your email list.

** (The following are affiliate links. See My Affiliate Disclosure & “Bonus Program” below)

  1. GetResponse ** (to manage your email marketing) 
  2. Thrive ** (to build your squeeze pages)
  3. PostPlanner ** (to start blasting out your squeeze page links)
  4. Interact ** (to create quizzes to increase your list)

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So let’s hear your story, my friend.

Are you starting your email list?

Are you working at increasing your email list?

Which of these 15 Super Strategies To Start or Increase Your Email List In Just 20 Minutes A Day has grabbed your attention?

I’d love to hear which one you’d like to start implementing today.

Let me hear from you in the comments below and hey, don’t forget to share this article on your social media sites.

Your friends will love you for it 🙂


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Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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46 Responses to 15 Super Strategies To Start Or Increase Your Email List In Just 20 Minutes A Day

  1. Susan Velez
    April 3, 2017 at 6:29 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Great tips on increasing your email list. I’ve actually just started working on building my list. I am going to bookmark this page so I can refer to it on a daily basis. You’ve shared a lot of great ways to use.

    I have also started using YouTube to create videos, I’ve never heard of YouTube cards, I’ll have to read that post and see what else I can learn.

    I am glad to see that you use GetResponse. That’s what I use, I thought I was the only one using it because I hear so many people talking about GetResponse. Nice to know that you’re using it and actually having tons of success with it.

    I already use a few of these strategies. There’s several on this list that I need to start using. Thanks for sharing what’s actually helping you build your email list.

    I’m going to start implementing these today and see if I can start growing my email list in 20 minutes per day.

    Have a great day


    • Donna Merrill April 3, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Susan,

      Great to know you are bookmarking this blog post, thank you. Oh yea…once you get the hang of using Youtube cards you will be amazed how your ranking will grow and also your reach.

      Indeed, you can grow your list as long as you are consistent with your time of at least 20 minutes per day.


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  2. Grant Merriel
    April 3, 2017 at 1:25 am #

    Hi Donna, these are definitely great tips on how to increase one’s email list.

    We absolutely love getting subscribers from Facebook and LinkedIn groups as you can share your squeeze pages with several audiences at once.
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  3. Elise Cohen Ho
    April 2, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    This is fabulous and full of so many great tips and resources. I will certainly keep referring back to it as I saw several suggestions that will be of big benefit to me.
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  4. Lydia Brown
    April 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm #

    Hey Donna, I am going to check out Thrive I love one time payments. Quora is a favorite place for me. All of the strategies you mention are awesome and serve a marketer well. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Donna Merrill April 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    Hi Ruth,

    Quizzes are one of my favorite things to do lately also. I love your recent blog that gives five reasons why quizzes should be part of your content strategy.

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  6. Ruth Bowers
    April 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    Awesome list of list-building strategies Donna! Quizzes are my new favorite toy these days. 🙂
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  7. Joan M Harrington
    April 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    Powerful and valuable, Donna!!

    What a great post with tons of information to make sure you build your email list the right way! You offer such simple steps that there should be NO reason for anyone to NOT start an email list or improve on their existing one 🙂

    Awesome post!!
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    • Donna Merrill April 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

      Hi Joan,

      I do try hard to make things easy for my readers so that they can apply something the need to do.

      You are so right….there should be NO reason for anyone not to start an email list or improve on the existing one.

      It took me a while to learn that when I started lol.

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  8. sandeep sitoke
    April 1, 2017 at 6:54 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Email Marketing is the most popular technique for getting users for your blog or generate leads.

    This blog gives me hope for my future plan.


  9. Mandy Allen
    March 30, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    Damn, that’s a great post! So my biggest downfall is I don’t have a squeeze page – must sort that out poste haste as I do use OP2 so have the tools but not the knowledge. Better get looking on Youtube for a video to show me how! Thanks so much for this, gold nuggets as usual.

    Enjoy the journey!
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  10. Dan Guillermo
    March 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    This post came a great time and it was super helpful. I wish I did have an extra 5 hours a day to do all of these. The tip on YouTube cards is great, I have just started a YouTube channel so that advice came at the perfect time for me.
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  11. Sherman Smith March 29, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    You touched upon some great ideas here and it’s a coincidence that I’m currently working on increasing more email subscribers.

    I’m working on putting together a home page. I’ll put a message about who my blog is for and a opt in for them.

    Also I have been building my facebook fan page for the past couple of months and plan on starting to engage more on there. I would like to start incorporating Quora even more in my plans as well.

    Within my email autoresponder welcome email, I talk about what information they’ll get from me via email and how they’ll benefit.

    So in other words, it’s all about giving my target audience from all types of directions where I just happen to have an opt in in case they want to become subscribers!

    Thanks for sharing! Have a good one Donna!
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    • Donna Merrill April 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      It sure is a coincidence lol. Putting together a home page seems easy, but it requires so much because each and every word is important. Your strategy sounds great!

      Its wonderful that you are building your Facebook Page. I know how well that works!

      Quora is wonderful, I love it myself and had to make time to hit that social sharing space.

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  12. Pankaj Dhawan
    March 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    What a wonderful post Donna,

    I am amazed how you have described everything just so much in depth. I will be bookmarking this to read back again! thanks for all the methods.
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  13. Lisa Sicard
    March 29, 2017 at 6:21 am #

    Hi Donna, wow, what a post! I have 2 things on my blogging bucket list, getting an autoresponder and squeeze page (Same as landing right?) can you switch from MailChimp to GetResponse and not lose your list? I can’t wait to check these 2 things out first.
    I’ve been reading how email is still #1 for people to get to your site and buy something or do an action that you want them to complete.
    I love your squeeze pages too by the way. Very nice!
    Quora – been using it lately and love it, glad to see it’s a tactic here too 🙂 Thanks Donna for all the tips and I bet you are glad the snow is melting up your way.
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    • Donna Merrill April 1, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Unfortunately it is snowing once again lol. But looking forward to it being the last of it.

      Getting a good autoresponder and an attractive landing page is important. You want to pull people in and build your list.

      I spend more of my time engaging with people on my list than I do on social media.

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  14. Amar kumar
    March 29, 2017 at 3:29 am #

    Hey Donna,

    You have shared amazing tips regarding this topic and they are appreciable. Marketing is all about testing and trying to find a strategy that leads to success.

    An email marketing strategy is part of your overall marketing strategy and business plan. From my opinion, you email should have responsive design so that – easily withdraw attention of customers.

    An email is the easiest way to share big announcements and keep in touch. Email list are really valuable for marketing to our products, it may helpful to grow our income through blog. Eventually, thanks for exploring valable tips with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar
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  15. Ben
    March 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

    Hi Donna. This is very well-timed for me because I have a project that I will build an email list for. Thanks for compiling all of the great ideas.
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  16. Cori Ramos
    March 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us! I made a change to convert kit and it’s my list hasn’t grown as much since then. I feel like I have to get back to basics and start all over again.

    When you mentioned creating a squeeze page through optizmized press you reminded me that I purchased op myself. I’ll be looking into the Thrive theme. I like the way your squeeze page is set up in the screenshot you shared. 🙂

    Great post Donna! You know I’m sharing this one. 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill March 31, 2017 at 8:52 am #

      Hi Cori,

      When it comes to engagement, our email lists is where it’s at. When focusing on building, it will never end because there is an endless amount of people that will join.

      I write more to the people on my email list than I ever do with my blog. Treat ’em with kid gloves and you will see a spike in sales.

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  17. Mark
    March 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    Mighty good stuff Donna!

    And very straight forward and to the point, as usual. LOL!

    I definitely am going to get pro-active on Quora, because
    that’s the perfect platform for networking with my particular target group.

    Also, I really love, your inexpensive, creative marketing idea # 10
    Squeeze Page swaps!

    That definitely makes a whole of sense, and opens up a world of
    marketing possibilities! LOL!

    Thanks coach, you’ve given more than enough to think about and
    put in to action asap!LOL!
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  18. Chery Schmidt
    March 28, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    Hello Donna, Awesome post my friend! I do use Lead Pages and I actually do like it, of course all but the monthly expense LOL I will have to take a look at Thrive, but then again it will be back to the drawing board so to say for Chery LOL

    Great job here!
    Chery :))
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    • Donna Merrill March 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

      Hi Chery,

      I know it’s tough to reinvent yourself and your design and your functionality and all that.

      But things always change on the internet and you’ve gotta drive forward, or roll backward.

      Neutral = Death of your business.

      But I empathize with what you’re feeling… I go through the same thing all the time.

      It’s life on the Big Web 🙂

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  19. Enstine Muki
    March 28, 2017 at 2:20 am #

    Hey Donna,
    You touched every point in this post. You even gave a lot of good stuffs on list building.
    Have you noticed WF has taken down signatures from posts? This kills the traffic one gets from it. Any other recommendation?
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  20. Ravi Chahar
    March 27, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Email marketing has been sticking to my mind for a very long time and I am working on it. The tools like GetReponse, ConvertKit can really help you through.

    I like the idea of using Facebook groups and Quora. Though only a few groups are capable of that.

    Quizzes can also help. I have never tried any but would like to so it sometimes.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  21. Praveen Rajarao
    March 27, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    Hello Donna,

    That was a fab read and very informative. I do have to start building my email lists and these tips help a lot.

    I like how you have gone in detail about each and every step and there is nothing else one would need to look up after reading your article. It is pretty concise and addresses what we are looking for when we land on this page.

    Thanks a lot of the information.
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    • Donna Merrill March 28, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

      Hi Praveen,

      So nice of you to stop by and offer your feedback today.

      This is sort of a concise guide to email marketing I suppose.

      I didn’t really intend for it to be, but once I got rolling… hey, that’s how things work out some times 🙂

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  22. Harleena Singh
    March 27, 2017 at 9:06 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Happy Monday 🙂

    That sure was a juicy, informative post! So much to learn from it, as I started building my email list rather late, but yes, it’s coming up gradually now – yet lot’s still to be done!

    I’d be bookmarking this post and sending it over to my better-half who deals with the lists, for an idea – always good to learn from wonderful friends, isn’t it? Still need to create so much!! I have tried a few things you mentioned, but never pursued them, which I think I should have.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill March 27, 2017 at 9:52 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      When it comes to building a list I do believe it is a never ending process. One that should be easy to do, but we have to bare in mind we need to do it constantly.

      It gives us the opportunity to engage with new people all the time. And when we are monetizing just about anything, it is important to keep that list fresh and new.

      Indeed, give this one to your better half because I know he will like it. The process of creating is never ending also. As long as we enjoy doing it, we are OK,

      Happy Monday to you!

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  23. Ryan Biddulph
    March 27, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Adding a simple opt in form to the end of my posts a few days ago resulted in a spike in subscribers. Sometimes, easy and simple works. Strike that; ALL the time, simple works.

    Fab tips here. I link up to eBooks and courses through Quora. Now I’ll link to my blog a bit more in order to grow that list.

    I also find that keeping your benefits short and sweet boosts opt ins too. Shifted from doing a more comprehensive giveaway based copy to a simple and short opt in benefits based copy and again, more subscribers. Really is all we get clear on; then our audience reflects this clarity back to us.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill March 27, 2017 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Ryan,

      Indeed, all the time simple works! This is why I try my best to keep things simple myself wile writing a blog, or teaching a student.

      Wise words you have given here when you wrote: Really is all we get clear on; then our audience reflects this clarity back to us.


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  24. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    March 26, 2017 at 9:21 pm #


    What a comprehensive blog post. It could actually be an ebook – not a bad idea!

    And I love the way you have incorporated all your affiliate links into the post and offer your free guide and yourself to help support anyone who really wants to build their list.

    Bravo! So well done. You are being an example of how to do it right.


    Dr. Erica
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    • Donna Merrill March 27, 2017 at 9:02 am #

      Hi Erica,

      I did get a bit carried away here didn’t I lol? Hmm an ebook is not a bad idea. It can be another free giveaway.

      Yes I did incorporate those affiliate links in because I love them myself and like to share what goodies I find with others. And of course a free guide.

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