Don’t Have A Mailing List? Don’t Be To Sure About That – Here’s Why

In this content, I’m going to teach you step by step how you can create your rock solid mailing list in 4 hours flat.

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard all of the following about an email list:
One of the most important things for your business is a large email list.
The money is in your email list.
An email list is the best revenue generation engine for any Internet businesses.
You could rebuild your entire business with just your email list.

For an online expert, without an email list ( far from being words of encouragement ), such words often stop them dead in their tracks. They begin to have serious doubts about whether they would ever ‘Sell’ their expertise online successfully.

What do Online Experts Need?

Most online experts need to generate a living income by selling their expertise to a number of people, every month.

What’s A Living Income?

A living income obtained from an Internet business is one that:
Pays all current lifestyle bills.
AND
Generates a surplus of at least 20% for personal wealth generation.

Having a modest mailing list. Growing this list constantly. Significantly increases the income you can generate, via the Internet.

Here’s why.

When you own, build, and grow your email list, you have direct access to a growing bunch of people:
Who have a significant level of trust in you
Who believe you can add value to then
Who have willingly shared their contact information with you
Who have implicitly given you permission to connect with them

What Am I Here For?

I’m here to tell you that:
Your mailing list is not at zero.
You have a mailing list. You just don’t know it yet.

Interested? Let’s engage . . .

The Best Way To Build Your Mailing List Is – Organically.

Here’s how you can kick off building your mailing list.

Method 1: Using Your Business Card Collection.

Pull out your card book. ( i.e. Your Rolodesk ). Shift through your business card collection.

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Carefully extract the business cards of people who you think could benefit from your course

Extract the Names and Email Ids from all such visiting cards

Enter each Name and Email Id into Notepad. ( or Use any text editor you like. )

Place each Name and Email Id on a new line

Save this file with an appropriate file name

This file can be uploaded into your email client, like Outlook, M.S. Mail, Thunderbird and so on, to create your mailing list

This file can be uploaded to all 3rd party email service providers, like MailChimp, AWeber, Constant Contact, Drip Feed and so on, to create your mailing list

Creating your mailing list has just kicked off.

Building Your Mailing List Inorganically – DON’T!

Buying An Email List.

There are many list providers who will deliver names and email addresses to you based on demographic and/or psychographic information. For example, you might purchase a list of 50,000 names and email addresses of women, without children, who live in NewYork.

Renting An Email List.

There are list providers, who let you send emails to people on their lists for a fee. You never get to know the names or email addresses of the people you’re emailing. The list provider sends out your emails.

None of these approaches are a good idea for the following reasons:

Reputable email marketing vendors don’t let you send emails to lists you’ve bought

Good email address lists aren’t for sale

Your email deliverability and IP reputation will be harmed

People on a purchased or rented list don’t actually know you

You are annoying your target audience

Method 2: Using Your Facebook Contacts – Email Ids

Next carefully sift through your current Facebook contacts. Some or all of your Facebook contacts could be part of your mailing list.

If only you can get their Email Ids.

Read this article. Learn to harvest all the email Ids of your Facebook contacts.

NOTE: These are the email Ids your contacts used when they created their Facebook accounts. Hence, these would be their primary email Ids.

The executive summary of this article is:
Create a Yahoo mail account
Connect your Yahoo mail account to your Facebook account
Use the steps detailed in the article linked to above. This explains how to pull your Facebook contacts email Ids into your Yahoo mail account
Finally, export your Yahoo mail account entries to your Gmail account

Export Your Facebook Contact List

If you identify some Facebook contacts whose email Id has not been extracted, consider sending them a polite personal message using Facebook messenger asking for their email Id. Explain how you can add value to them if they share their email Id with you.

Some will oblige, some may not. Just don’t fret over those that do not.

Your mailing list just increased.

Method 3: Using Your LinkedIn Contacts

Next carefully check your current contacts in your LinkedIn account. Some or all of your LinkedIn contacts could be part of your mailing list.

If only you can get their Email Ids.

Read this article. Learn to harvest all the email Ids of your LinkedIn contacts.

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The executive summary of this article is:
Create/Use your Gmail account
Connect your Gmail mail account to your LinkedIn account
Use the steps detailed in the article linked to above. This explains how to pull your LinkedIn contacts email Ids into your Gmail account.

NOTE: These are the email Ids your contacts used when they created their LinkedIn accounts. Hence, these would be their primary email Ids.

If you identify some LinkedIn contacts whose email Id has not been extracted consider sending them a polite personal message via LinkedIn messenger asking for their email Id.

Explain how you can add value to them if they share their email Id with you.

Some will oblige, some may not just don’t fret over those that do not.

Your mailing list just increased some more.

Method 4: Using Your Google Plus Circles

Do you belong to Google Plus circle? Awesome. Each Google Plus Circle is another source of email Ids.

You can get Google Plus Circle Email Ids.

Read this article. Learn how to harvest the email Ids of your contacts from Google Plus circles.

Google Plus Circles Email Ids Image

NOTE: These are the email Ids your contacts used when they created their Google Plus accounts. Hence, these would be their primary email Ids.

If you identify some Google Plus contacts whose email Id has not been extracted consider sending them a polite personal message via Google Messenger asking for their email Id.

Explain how you can add value to them if they share their email Id with you.

Some will oblige, some may not just don’t fret over those that do not.

Your mailing list just increased again.

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Method 5: You Need To Extract An Email Id On Demand – Sure

Wouldn’t it be nice to extract any email Id you need?

Yes! It will help grow your email list exponentially right?

Here’s a tool that does exactly that.

Harvest Any Email Id

All this needs is a ‘Name’.

Give it an appropriate ‘Name’, the tool locates and retrieves that person’s email Id using the Internet.

Now you are empowered to obtain the email Ids of your contacts from all your social media streams. For example, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media channel you belong to.

This is real power to grow your mailing list. It’s now at your fingertips.

From now on, you’ll never be without a valid mailing list.

You know exactly what you have to do to kickoff, sustain and grow your mailing list.

Continue Growing Your Mailing List – Organically.

Using Facebook

Search Facebook for new contacts who would benefit from the course you’ve created.
Send them a connection request.
Clearly indicate in your connection request how you can add value to them.
If they accept, you’ve got access to their email Id as explained earlier.

Search for and identify several Facebook groups connected to the topic that you teach. Join them. Answer questions raised. Engage with, and add value to people in the group.
Connect with people in the Facebook group.

Extract their Email Ids. Build your mailing list.

Using LinkedIn

Search LinkedIn for new contacts who would benefit from the course you’ve created.
Send them a connection request.
Clearly indicate in your connection request how you can add value to them.
If they accept, you’ve got access to their email Id as explained earlier.

Search for and identify several LinkedIn groups connected to the topic that you teach. Join them.
Answer questions raised. Engage with and add value to people in the group.
Connect with people in the LinkedIn group.

Extract their Email Ids. Build your mailing list.

Using Google Plus Circles

Search Google Plus circles for new contacts who would benefit from the course you’ve created.
Send them a connection request.
Clearly indicate in your connection request how you can add value to them.
If they accept, you’ve got access to their email Id as explained earlier.

Search for and identify several Google plus circles connected to the topic that you teach. Join them.
Answer questions raised. Engage with and add value to people in the group.
Connect with people in the circle.

Extract their Email Ids. Build your mailing list.

This is how the pros kick off, sustain and grow their mailing list. Now you can do the same.

Why Your Mailing List Is Important.

1. You could build ( or rebuild ) your entire online business with just your email list

If you lost everything ( your website, your blog, your social media accounts ) you could still run your business using your email list

2. You own your email list. No one can ever take it away from you

You don’t own search engine rankings, or your social media channels in which you have your accounts. All can be taken away from you instantly. When you created your account, and agreed to
– The Terms Of Service – you accepted this. The devil they say is in the fine print.

3. An email list is the cheapest way to communicate with your audience

Use AWeber’s pricing as an example. For $30 a month they’ll let you send unlimited messages to a list of up to 5,000 people. Say you send one email a week to your list. That’s 20,000 messages for $30 – a cost of $0.0015 per message. There is no paid traffic source that so cheap anywhere.

4. People buy via emails

There are plenty of statistics to back this up. Just search Google for – Do people buy from emails – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you read.

5. Sending regular, value add, email newsletters is a great way to build trust

6. Email marketing has the highest Return On Investment compared to any other marketing technique

7. Your email list is an asset that can be sold

8. You can leverage your list to promote your content and events

9. The size of your mailing list tells you if your online business is growing or not

To Conclude:

You know the value an email list adds to your business.

Now all you have to do is:

Stop procrastinating. Start building your email list today!

How you multiply your Internet income leveraging your mailing list is a lesson for another day.

NOTE: If you’d like ask questions, critique what’s just done, or just engage in some way, my contact information is available in this documents footer. Please reach out.

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