Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Famous Bloggers: “List Eruption, The Newest List Building WP Plugin” plus 1 more

Famous Bloggers: “List Eruption, The Newest List Building WP Plugin” plus 1 more

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List Eruption, The Newest List Building WP Plugin

Posted: 03 May 2011 12:39 PM PDT

You may have seen some discussion around a new list building plugin called List Eruption that has proven to build subscriber rates by over 257%.  Today is the day that List Eruption is being released to the public.

List Eruption leverages a combination of friend referrals, social media, and enticing bonus reward content to allow each of your subscribers to grow your list FOR YOU.  This easy to integrate WP plugin turns every subscriber into an affiliate for your mailing list.

How List Eruption Works

List Eruption is a referral system, email reminder system, and subscriber tracking system all in one.  It provides you the power and control to ERUPT your list by offering each subscriber additional content and special offers for referring their friends to sign-up for your content.  It will also keep track and send out automated reminder emails to each subscriber to encourage participation so they reach their next reward level.

List Eruption infographic

Visitor Opt-In Process:

  • Step 1.  Blog Visitor Opts-In to Your List via Squeeze Page or Sidebar Widget
  • Step 2.  Subscriber Taken to a Thank You Page
  • Step 3.  Provided Enticing Bonus Rewards and a Unique Referral URL
  • Step 4.  List Eruption E-mails the Subscriber the Referral URL and Bonus Reward Reminder
  • Step 5.  Subscriber Shares Their URL on Twitter/Facebook/Email to Earn Bonuses
  • Step 6.  List Eruption Automatically Delivers Bonus Content as They Reach each Reward Level

The great thing about List Eruption is the control you have over what bonus content you want to provide your subscribers and how many referrals they need to reach each bonus level.

A typical example of a bonus reward would be…

  • REWARD LEVEL 1: 5 Referrals = 50 Top Twitter Secretes Finally Revealed
  • REWARD LEVEL 2: 10 Referrals  = Free Invite to Private VIP Webinar
  • REWARD LEVEL 3: 25 Referrals = 20% off the “Social Media Confidential” Product
  • REWARD LEVEL 4: 50 Referrals = Free copy of List Eruption

On top of this amazing referral rewards system, we have added a bunch of other features that will make getting leads super easy.  We have added…

  • Integration with Aweber, MailChimp, GetResponse, Constant Contact, and iContact Email Providers
  • Pre-Designed Landing/Squeeze Pages
  • Opt-In Widgets for Your Sidebar
  • Unlimited Reward Bonus Levels
  • PostMark Email Reminder System
  • Twitter/Facebook Sharing Integration
  • Tracking System to Track Subscribers and Referrals

What This Means For Your List

With List Eruption, you can now multiply each of your subscribers by turning 1 Opt-In into 5, 10, 50 or even 100!  This means less work on your part and a quicker, more efficient way to build your email list.  It also means you can start multiplying your income.  With more targeted referrals and subscribers, you can offer discounts on your own products or make recommendations on products as an affiliate.

Hurry, Limited-Time Discount on List Eruption

To kick off the List Eruption launch, we are giving a HUGE discount on the plugin, so that it is affordable to everyone and so everyone can take advantage of all its features and functionality.

Get Your Copy of List Eruption!

5 Problems You May Run Into When Building Your List

Posted: 03 May 2011 11:35 AM PDT

I know if I could do it all over again, I would have started building my list from day ONE.  The problem is that when I first started blogging, I really didn’t know anything about monetization or realizing the value of a list.  When I first started, I was more worried about just making sure the post was readable and that I could publish it properly.  Obviously after years of practice, it became second nature and now writing/publishing content to my blog is easy.

However, while I was “learning the ropes” of blogging, I neglected actually trying to have my blog make money for me.  I didn’t know about lead generation, list building, email marketing, etc…  Now that I have been doing this for a while, I have really begun taking my passion for blogging and internet marketing and turning it into a real business.

As you have probably heard, the money is in the list, and that is true.  If you have a responsive list of buyers who will basically do anything you tell them to do, that is extremely powerful. Being able to recommend a product you use and make hundreds or thousands of dollars off one email is very powerful!

Since I have started growing my list, I thought I would share a few problems I came across that will hopefully alleviate some of the pain you may be feeling while you are trying to build your email lists.

1.  Traffic 1st, List Building 2nd?

OK, there are two parts to this and there is a reason I put a question mark to this sub-headline.  In order to build a list, you need traffic.  If you want to organically grow your list, you are going to need to have search engine rankings for relevant terms related to your blog.  The hardest challenge is getting those first 1,000 subscribers on your list.  When you start from nothing, it is hard to get found and heard and to build authority.  Make sure you stick to your guns and write regular content, guest post, blog comment, tweet, FB update, etc…all of the things you need to do to grow your traffic and reputation.

HOWEVER, the other side to this is finding ways to build your list without traffic.  Ad Swaps are a nice way to build your list without having to work at driving traffic to your site.  This is where you agree with another person who has a list (usually of similar size) to send an offer (usually free content) on behalf of the other person, to your list…and vice versa.  This can be a great way to build your list quickly, however, you can loose credibility with your list if you keep sending them offers where they have to sign-up.  Also, you need to build your list to at least 500-1000 subscribers before you can actually do an ad swap.

The other thing to consider is that even though you may not have a lot of traffic, its still important to have an Opt-In form with a free piece of content on there  so that for the small number of visitors that do come, you can try to build your list gradually.

2.  Optimize Your Opt-In Form

By all means, don’t make your visitor jump through hoops to Opt-In.  Keep your forms short and sweet.  Only ask them for the necessary information.  Ideally, if you are giving away a free piece of content, just ask for their name and email.  The more information you request, the less likely they are to fill out the form, and you will see your conversion rates start to drop.

3.  Use List Building Tools & Plugins

There are a ton of awesome tools out there that will help you to grow your list much faster and easier.

One that I use are PopUp Domination, which many of the top marketers use on their blog.  It is a light-box popup that shows a nicely designed offer and Opt-In form when the user enters your site.  Even though this pop-up is a big obtrusive, it does work and will increase your list size.

I also use List Eruption, which is a new plugin I created that launched TODAY!  This plugin was designed to allow your subscribers to build your list for you.  By leveraging friend referrals, social media, and reward bonus content, you entice each subscriber to refer their friends in order to gain more bonus rewards for the more people they refer to your list.  I was able to easily double my list once I used the functionality that this plugin provides.

==> Discount Offer: List Eruption – The NEWEST List Building Plugin

4.  Give Them GREAT Content

Whatever you do, don’t just rehash or steal some crappy content from somewhere and put it into a PDF.  You can actually negatively impact your subscribers, and it will lead to immediate unsubscribes!  Make sure whatever you give away is your BEST content.  Odds are this is going to be the first thing a new subscriber is going to receive from you, so make sure you start the relationship off on a good note.

5.  Create a Killer Auto-Responder Sequence

Where I failed (…AGAIN) was when I thought just adding an Opt-In form and a free offer would do the trick.  Nope, I was wrong again.  I realized that without an auto-responder sequence, I wasn’t really building a relationship with my audience.  If you don’t know what an auto-responder is, it basically automatically sends out emails to your subscribers on set dates after they Opt-In.  The key is to provide 80% valuable content, and 20% offers.  This way the majority of what you are giving them is useful, free content.

How my Auto-Responder Looks:

  • Day 1: Content
  • Day 3: Content
  • Day 5: Content,
  • Day 6: Content
  • Day 8: Offer
  • Day 11: Content
  • Day 13 Content
  • Day 15: Content
  • Day 17: Offer

You don’t need to follow this exact formula, but this as worked for me.  Feel free to tweak it based on the type of subscribers you have and their responses.

What type of other list building problems are you running into?   Are you finding it hard or easy to grow your list?  Would love to hear about your stories and experiences.



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