Building A List

Building a list of customers and prospects is the most important part of any business. It can’t be repeated often enough.  NOT building a list from “day 1″ was the biggest mistake I made when starting my business online.

So while I am trying VERY hard (and mostly succeeding) to stay away from “Bright Shiny Objects” – I’m a sucker for ways to get new subscribers onto my list, and have presented a few of them to you before.

While these previous offerings are excellent (and I’m still using them) I’ve found a few problems with them:

Some try to convert you to their own business, or at least sell you something else

One of them was really, really good but SO complicated I kept “losing the plot”

For a while I was very enthusiastic about a service called “Paid To Build Your List”, which looked exceedingly good – because you could literally get paid money from people who joined your list.

Sadly I’m no longer promoting that service because the owner himself went off on rather a flight of fancy and started promoting his own advertising service, apparently leaving the list-building side of things to look after itself. In my opinion (and having tried it) the advertising service wasn’t delivering as good value as the advertising service I already promote – so I have put Paid To Build Your List OFF my current list of recommendations – but hope the owner may come back to his roots!

What methods have you found most effective for building a list? Please share your experiences.

6 comments

  1. Ryan Biddulph
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    Hi Joy,

    Thanks for sharing this breakdown. List building is a biggie. Get that skill down and you will prosper.

    Thanks!

    Ryan

  2. Debasmita
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    says:

    Hey Joy,
    Though I am not into Internet marketing yet, but I guess gaining knowledge never goes wasted.
    And reading article like this enlightens and even motivates people like me to indulge in marketing.
    And I believe that every important work should begin with building a list and so is the case with marketing too.
    Thanks for sharing the post.
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  3. Jason Power
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    Joy,

    Great topic for any marketer to start getting the hang of, A list is important because it is your following or network.
    Jason Power recently posted…What Makes Successful Entrepreneurs Different from the RestMy Profile

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