The 10 Best Ways to Build a List
1. Offer An Ethical Bribe
The most common way is to offer something in return for your prospect's name and email. It can be a special report, a video presentation, an audio recording or even just some images.
2. Providing Content or Information
Bloggers often have a very nice list in their arsenal. This is because by providing great content and information, people will naturally want to sign up to your list so they will not miss out on anything you say.
3. Create Newsletters
Find a niche and start a newsletter for it. You can easily find contents for your newsletters by getting articles from directories like EzineArticles. Just make sure you include the author's resource box and not claim the articles as your own and you will be just fine.
4. Provide Special Offers
People just can not resist special offers. That's why Amazon and eBay often send out emails to their members highlighting any special offers that are going on. You can do the same as well by offering coupons or special deals to those who subscribe to your list.
5. Keep Up To Date With Your Offers
Some people just like what you've done and they want to know when you've got something new. They will gladly sign up to your list to know when you're releasing a new product or service.
6. Be Addictive
Seen a lolcat before? I bet you have. And you can bet they have hundreds and thousands of people signed up for their mailing list. Why? Because lolcats are addictive. If you can be addictive to your audience, they will be begging you to let them sign up to your list.
7. Start A YouTube Channel
More and more people are turning to videos in their marketing effort and for good reasons. You can reach across thousands of audience with a single video. If you start your own channel and add new videos on a regular basis, you can easily build a following – and a huge list of fans.
By now, you probably realized that this takes a lot of work.
8. Run A Contest
Everybody loves a good contest. Especially if you're giving away something they want – like a brand new iPad.
9. Get Other People To Send You Their List
This is perhaps the fastest and most effective way. If you can get someone to send their list to your own website, you will be able to build a list very fast. This method usually requires you to have your own product, where affiliates will get their list to buy from you in order to earn sales commission.
10. Sell A Product
Most of the big list owners have their own products. This is no coincidence. Selling your own product can really boost your list. And a list of buyers is always more valuable than a list of prospects.