I finally released my ebook on 23rd November and started entering it in as many JV Giveaway Events as possible.
By December I had built my list to around 50 subscribers using the above methods, which could easily have been a much higher figure but I just hadnt been giving list building enough focus, I was far too wrapped up in my blog and driving traffic to it, in the hope that they would signup to my list through the free offers I had in my blogs sidebar. However that didnt really work out, and it only got me a handful.
I decided it was time to start taking this listbuilding more seriously, as I could see my peers boasting mailing lists of up to 2000, and there I was at 50, and I started at the same time as them too Anyway I think it was about the first week in December that I started to getting interested Adswaps, after I had spoken to some of my friends that I had made along my journey, namely Paul Wilson, and James Howard, who told me how well adswapping was going for them.
So knowing that I needed to get some more people on my list before starting adswaps, I decided to pay for an upgrade in one of the big JV Giveaway Events, and I managed to add 30 subscribers in just a few days.
So I was now up to 80 subscribers, I knew this still wasnt anywhere near enough to start adswapping, but I went out looking to try and get my first one set up anyway, and I was lucky enough to find someone with a list much bigger than mine, who offered to send out for me even though he knew I only had 80 subscribers Very nice of him huh, and you will generally find there are quite a few nice people out there who will help the little guys out if you look hard enough.
I really couldnt believe my luck, and it really was a case of being in the right place at the right time, as it just happened this person had decided to break his list down, and had some adswaps with a few smaller lists this particular weekend to help the little guys like me out. 🙂
I ended up adding 50 people with that adswap in the space of 48hrs, and I had about 120 clicks to my squeeze page. This left me with a total of 130 subscribers, still not really enough (recommended is 250-500 to start adswaps) but I had been bitten by the bug and did everything I could to seek out people with small lists like mine, and offer to send twice for lists twice my size, all the time being honest about my list size, which is very important.
So apart from carrying on joining all the latest JV Giveaway Events, Adswapping is all I have been doing between now and December, and that is what has seen my list grow from 50 2000 in 15 weeks. counting all the unsubscribes that Ive had, and people not clicking on the confirmation link in the emails, I think I must of had about 4000 submissions to my opt-in forms all together but i make a habit of deleting unsubscribers each week, or you end up paying more for subscribers that are no longer receiving your emails.
Ive also seen my first sales as a result of the adswaps that Ive been doing, and Ive been seeing some consistent small sales each week over the last month, so all the effort Ive put in to this is really starting to pay off.
If youve made it this far down the page, well done. I hope youve enjoyed reading my little story, I know its a long piece of writing that I could of explained in fewer words, but once I started typing the words just started to flow, and before I knew it Id wrote over 1000 words! (Pitty I wasnt doing it for an exam, eh!)
Ive really enjoyed writing this, and it brought back the memories of how frustrated I felt when I had such a small list, that was growing at such a slow rate, and which was all fault of my own. I really hope anyone who may be just starting to build a list will learn from my mistakes by reading this post.
And just to make sure you start off on completely the right track, Im going to write a short and to the point, step-by-step report for you all, on the exact steps you need to take, to get get your first subscribers and build your list to 2000 and beyond in as little time as possible.
I have only just started writing the report today, and I really want to make sure I include everything you need to get going. Im going to try my best to include all the resource links and tools, and exact steps needed so that you can get your list off to a flying start.
You can expect that to be released sometime in the next 2-3 weeks
In the meantime I would love to hear what you think of this post, did you like my little story and the way I told it? Or did it send you to sleep it was that long? Either way I want to know. 🙂