[Series] Affiliate Blog Income – Grow Your List


While in Cali I want to make sure I am continuing this Affiliate Niche Blog Series. So today I will talk about building your list and why you need to do it via your niche blog.

The importance of building your niche list is critical because you want to have a list of potential users/buyers. These are the type of people you want who will always be interested in what you have to say and will probably take action on what you provide to them.

I will talk about certain tools and site to use to create and generate the content and utilizing an auto responder, such as aweber.

There are multiple ways to grow your list. I personally have several small list but I am getting more and more aggressive into making them bigger. The big question a lot of people ask is how to grow the list, my answer is incentive them.

Give something away for free and then collect. But what do you give out for free? What I do is  just create a small report and give it out for free. It is the easiest thing to do, as people are always curious on what information can help better themselves.

Where do I create the content? If you are not an expert in your niche or have time to even create the content, the easiest thing to do is copy other peoples work. They have done the work for you, so you just copy and paste. Do not copy any specific content, because of copyright infringement.

I personally use article directory sites such as ezinearticles.com to find my targeted content. I just grab about 5 articles and compile them into an ebook/style report and give it out for free. I am luring the user into grab this report that has some good content, which is just content from other users.

The important factor is you will need to keep the author and info footer in tact. You also can not change the content or title in anyway. But this is minimal risk because you already capture the user to your list, which is the main objective of this series.

Another way is to actually get other users to write unique content for you. Since I talked about creating a presence online the other day. Utilize your audience to help you create the content. With my niche blog site – that is exactly what I did. It is unique content and its from users who either are doing what your niche is about or are an expert in it.

This is powerful because you are using and utilizing other peoples time.

Once that is done – find out ways to capture your audience. I utilize the footer of each blog posts, I utilize an exit popup to capture the user leaving, I utilize the Facebook Fanpage, I also utilize users who comment and capture their info that way.

So I am aggressively trying to capture their information every way possible. A blog has multiple ways to capture your potential lead. You can even create a contest and in order to participate, they have to be part of your list because you are going to draw the contest winner from that list.

One thing to also realize is to utilize an auto responder such as aweber. Aweber is an auto responder that sends out emails to everyone on your list. It also blasts your list with any type of information that you may have or want to share.

I have been using aweber for about 2 full years and I definitely enjoy using it. They are changing a lot of their tools an interface which I wish they didn’t do, but they have great stat control and is a trusted brand in the internet marketing space.

There are others that I have tried that I didn’t really enjoy or was too confusing, I guess I am just too comfortable using aweber.

In the end you want to capture all your potential users that are coming to the site, you want to make sure you are providing quality content and information and create that relationship right away.

Recommended Tools

  1. Aweber
  2. Action Popup
  3. Action Comments

[SERIES Contents]
Introduction to Niche Affiliate Blogging
Creating a Presence Online

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  • I have been thinking about incentivizing a list and how it would affect the quality of the list. I think over-incent would be no good because people would sign up simply for the information. However, if you just tease them a little, then you should be golden because you leave them waiting for more.

    Great post Ian – I’m going to use some of these tips to build my lists in various niches!

  • I am seeing success with building my list by giving free quality information to my subscribers. I feel that your subscribers should be able to benefit from the free stuff you give them then they will be willing to buy from you because they trust you. It’s important to keep the trust though, so as long as you are always providing quality and helping your subscribers become successful your list will grow.

    Thanks for the tips!


  • I add affiliate to my blogs, in the form of picture or i wrote some words containing a link to affiliate product which i wanna promote.

  • What I do for my site content is I outsource people who will write for my niche and pay them based on their hourly rate. Most of them are $2-$3/hour

  • I agree that outsourcing is a great way to get inexpensive content. I also like Ian’s idea about just compiling article directory articles into a free report. Unique content would probably go over better with your subscribers, but this is a quick, easy strategy.

  • I’ve always believed in this:Give something away for free and then collect. People love free things but this free thing that you’re giving them should be able to help them so they will stick to you or in other words, be willing to be part of your list.

  • Wallace

    yooooooooooooooo I love the info you give and services you offer when building your list on a blog.

    Thanks for the info.

  • If you are doing article marketing, why not compile some of your articles into a report. Even a Powerpoint presentation would do the job.
    Just be creative.

  • This is a really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever saw.Thanks for posting this informative article.

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  • Giving away a nice little Free Ebook or guide filled with some great tips and info, is a great way to build a list. I’m still working on my ebook.

  • Your blogging tips is really very nice.I appreciate your knowledge, always if you have a long niche list you can get most of it for your blog..

  • The “contest” is the best idea!! People love contests!! They love to get something for free, so they will key in their information and there comes your list!!

  • great, is it difficult to do this? I mean how much time am i going to spend in order to have an ROI. or to have income?

  • I love your “Receive a FREE Gift for Leaving a Comment” button. It must work pretty well for you. Does one of the plugins you’ve mention do this?

  • @profitaddiction you make a really good point. you don’t want people signing up just for the incent, but then again, if they like it they will come back. also, if you underdeliver, they might unsub. Interesting thing to think about though.

  • I still have never built a good list, these are some great tips Ian. I really need to concentrate on building a bigger list as I have not put enough time into it. I love how you use the footer to capture visitors interest and build your list that way ( another think I need to do on my niches ). Anyway thanks for sharing this info.

  • I am seeing success with building my list by giving free quality information to my subscribers. 😉

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