About 3 months ago I published a post Zero to 5,273 Subscribers in 90 Days where I covered the process I used with one of my sites to start building an email list. Today I’d like to follow up on that email and show the progress of that project over the past 90 days. I know building an email list is a major priority for many people who are reading this and so I hope there is some information here that can be useful to you with your own projects.
Choosing the domain name is an important step in the early stages of any type of website or blog, but it can be a big challenge with so many domains already registered. Personally, I really struggle to come up with possible domain names for my sites, and I know I am not alone.
One of my go-to resources over the past several years has been this list of domain name prefixes and suffixes compiled by Daniel Scocco. I’ve used this list to brainstorm possibilities for many different sites and over the years I have added many other words to create my own list that I also use. Daniel’s list was published almost 9 years ago, and so I decided to publish my own list of domain name suffixes and prefixes in this post.
You hear a lot about traffic, but not as much about leads.
But the truth is, leads are what people are really after – we just don’t express it that way.
There’s an assumption that traffic will just naturally convert to leads, but that isn’t always the case.
And what if you don’t have traffic, but want to generate leads for your business today?
In that case, you have to pursue other avenues.
I’m going to be covering 13 different ways to generate leads for your business, many of which are free, simple, and can be started now.
Back in January I published a post about how I was able to more than double my traffic from Pinterest in just 30 days. A few months have gone by since that time and I wanted to follow up to show the results over a longer period of time. One of the reasons I love Pinterest is because, unlike most other social networks, it has the potential to be a consistent source of traffic. Facebook can lead to huge traffic if you get a link shared on a popular fan page, or if your content is shared/liked by loads of users, but that traffic is always short-lived. The life of a post that gets a lot of pins at Pinterest can be far longer. This reliability and consistency makes Pinterest an extremely valuable source of traffic that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Late in 2014 I launched a new site as a side project with the goal of selling digital products. In late December I set up a mailing list with GetResponse and took a few steps to attract subscribers to that list. After 90 days that list reached 5,273 subscribers. That’s certainly not the fastest growth in the history of email marketing, but it’s not bad and does provide a good start that should continue to send traffic and generate sales.
While I have been prioritizing email lists for the past few years I took a different approach with this list, and I wanted to put together this quick case study to show the specific steps that I took. If you are getting started with email marketing hopefully this info can help you to grow your own list a little faster.
If you are a long-time reader of ProfitBlitz you know that selling your own digital products is one of my favorite ways to monetize a website or blog. Creating and selling your own product allows you to have freedom over pricing, benefit from the reputation that you have developed, create streams of steady income, and explode your revenue through an affiliate program. And for product sellers, offering upsells or higher-priced packages is a great way to boost your revenue even further.
Everyone loves getting something good for free. As a blogger or marketer you can use freebies to gain valuable exposure and reach a larger audience, and the best news is that you can use freebies in just about any industry or niche.
I’ve been using free downloads with my own blogs for about 5 years now, and it is a strategy that has proven to work very well for me over the years. In many cases I use the freebies to promote digital products that I sell, and I also use them for attracting traffic to my sites/blogs.
In this article I’d like to share a few quick tips that can help you to get better results with the freebies that you offer to your visitors. But first, let’s take a look at some sample scenarios of how freebies can be used.
It’s no secret that selling your own products is one of the best ways to make money from your website or blog. This is especially true with digital products like ebooks, courses, and other downloadable products that don’t involve inventory or shipping.
But one of the biggest reasons many people put off creating and selling their own products is because they don’t think they will be able to generate enough sales. The answer to this is an affiliate program that allows other bloggers and website owners to promote your products in return for a commission on sales that they refer. With an effective affiliate program you won’t need to have your own audience, and it’s possible for anyone to start making money by creating and selling products.
Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ get the majority of attention from bloggers and marketers, but Pinterest is a site that has become one of my favorites over the past year. Although all of the major social networks have become more visually oriented in recent years, Pinterest is almost exclusively visual.
There are a lot of reasons to like Pinterest, but what really separates it from the other leading social networks is its ability to send ongoing traffic to your site or blog. With Twitter you may be able to drive visitors to your content through your own tweets or tweets from influencers, but the lifespan of a tweet is usually only a few hours. After several hours the link in that tweet is unlikely to continue to send traffic to your site.
Pinterest, on the other hand, is much more likely to become a stable source of traffic that sends visitors on a daily basis. Of course, in order for this to happen you will need to get your items re-pinned, preferably on some influential boards, and that is what I will cover in this post.