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How I Got My 379 Email Subscribers In The First Month Of Blogging?

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Creating your email list is another one on the long list of blogging jobs that you need to take care of.

Believe me; this one deserves it!

If you haven’t set up your email list yet, you must make that your next objective. An e-mail list provides a lot of opportunities both for you and your readers. And the best thing is, it’s totally yours, which means you can do practically anything you like with it.

In today’s post, I will show you how I reached my very first 379 e-mail subscribers and the actions I took.

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What Exactly Is An Email List?

Put simply; an e-mail list is a list of your own customers who you can send weekly ( or monthly) projects (e-mails) to. If you are tech savvy enough, you can use coding to make your very own e-mail list.

For those people who are not so fortunate, there are lots and lots of e-mail marketing sites that offer help.

During my research, I stumbled upon both MailChimp and MailerLite. They are both great for novice blog writers. With MailerLite, it is FREE for your very first 1,000 customers, but with the free plan, you still have access to all the functions, such as email automation and landing pages.

I presently use MailerLite due to the fact that I find it exceptionally easy. Naturally, keep doing your own research. You can quickly switch to a more efficient e-mail marketing site if you have a change of heart.

Why Do I Need An Email List?

Numerous novice blog writers believe that establishing an email list is meaningless when you initially start blogging; however, if you have a blog site (no matter how brand-new) you must have an e-mail list!

You will be undermining yourself if you do not have one. Your very own e-mail lists let you manage exactly what you send, how frequently, and why.

An e-mail list develops the best opportunity for you to get a better understanding of your audience on an individual level and vice versa. It’s crucial for developing a strong relationship with them.

If you ever choose to offer a service or products, you will have a list of possible buyers.

How I Reached my First 379 Subscribers

With Mailerlite or any other email, service is very easy to make subscriber box, pop up, questionnaire or landing page.

To get subscribers to your list, you need to give them something that they find valuable. Only then, your readers will be willing to provide you with their email address.

So, it depends on who are your site visitors and what are you writing about.

For example, if you have a cooking blog, you can give them an ebook with ten best recipes for romantic dinner. If you write about travel, you can offer them a PDF brochure about the most amazing places, or cheap vacations… You got the point.

This way I was able to get such amazing number of email subscribers in a first month of my new blog.

Produced An Opt-In

An opt-in is anything that you can provide to somebody in exchange for their e-mail address. An opt-in can be something of the following:

  • Email course
  • Mini-course
  • List of useful tools
  • Workbook
  • Worksheets
  • E-book
  • Video or tutorial
  • PDF guides
  • Printables …

Here is an example of my opt-in.

Figure out exactly what your readers desire or provide. Your goal is to provide valuable assistance to your readers in some way.

Why Should Somebody Subscribe
To Email List ?

How I Got My 379 Email

You ought to ask yourself this question when creating a totally free opt-in. You have to offer some kind of value or reward.

For example, offer a fast solution to an issue your readers might have.

My very first opt-in deal is a PDF with the very best WordPress plugins to grow your brand.

I knew this would be informative and valuable due to the fact that I saw that question asked on Facebook practically every day.

So, if you`re asking how to get more subscribers for your email list,
you have to offer some value or reward. For example, provide a fast solution to an issue your readers might have.

My opt-in deal is 6 days of free lessons about affiliate marketing plus a list of Pinterest and Facebook Groups for bloggers collaboration.

I knew this would be informative and valuable due to the fact that I saw that question asked on Facebook practically every day.

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If you have any questions, need help with making your email list or need sugestion what your freebie should be, please ask your question bellow and I will be glad to help you.

Hello, ladies! I hope you liked this post. I started my online business journey in 2003, worked for others or sign in at wrong programs. A three years ago I started with affiliate marketing, and now I am running my own online business, working from home. So, I can help you to start your own business.


  • Daisy

    Great post. Email subscription, although I have it available on my blog – set up automatically, I don’t really do much else to it. Will look into the info you mentioned. Thanks for the tips.

  • Sarah

    This is great information. I found email subscription so confusing at first, and honestly, I still have to work on it, but this makes it all make sense.

    • Jelena

      Thank you, Sarah. If you put email subscription correct it can be an excellent way to gain supporters that love what you do, and you can easily convert them to customers lately.

  • Samantha Botes

    Hi there!
    Great article thank you!
    This is exactly what I am struggling with. I have just started a travel blog focusing on Cape Town and safaris to Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa.
    So as it’s new, I don’t know what my readers want yet. I also have been reading more and more that people want fast information and don’t have time to read tons of writing so I am weary of doing an ebook. I am a bit stumped! Any thoughts please?
    Thanks so much!

    • Jelena

      Hi Sam. It is obvious that your readers will want more information about safaris to Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa. Your ebook does not have to be long. It can be several pages with the most important information about safari. Think about the first time you want to go to the safari – what information do you need?
      You can also look at other sites about it and see what they offer to their site visitors.

  • Ryan Biddulph

    The WHY question gives you clarity. Why sign up for your list? Answer honestly to find what readers want, and how to deliver what they want, to increase your list size. Not list building now but simply giving ample, targeted content and clearly promoting opt in forms goes a long way in building a list. Tweeted for you.


  • Linda

    Excellent post. I’ve blogged for about 10 years but inconsistently. Now that my sons are almost HS seniors, I have more time to really get focused on blogging and monetizing. You made me realize just how important the email address list is. Thanks!

  • Hope

    Hi Jelena! Thank you for this article. I’ve been blogging for a few years off and on and now have started to be more serious about writing and monetizing. I never really understood how to build an email list, but I’m learning. I have started with MailChimp. It’s a little more challenging than I thought, but I’m getting it done. This blog post was a huge help in finding a direction to go. Thanks and have a great day! ?

  • Martha Perry

    I’m new at blogging and have started getting subscribers. I want to give them something useful for signing up. All the information in this post has helped me. Thank you for sharing.

  • cherralle

    Thank you for this post. One of my focus areas for October will be figuring out how to get started with my opt in, and I enjoyed reading your experience. I just did a deep dive into mailchimp so I know now how it works.

  • Laurie

    Getting an email list going is extremely hard. I have offered free gifts ebooks, and I have had my site for 8 months now and still only have 43 subscribers to date.
    Once you get them, what do you do with them? Lol.
    I know when I start getting emails from sites I have subscribed to I will delete them, I like getting the emails telling me they have a new post but when they start emailing 2 or 3 times a week for special offers, training, free this or free that.. I delete. I will assume I’m not the only one that feels that way. So how do you change That?

    • Jelena

      Hi, Laurie. My freebie contains 6 days of affiliate training. After that, I send an email every 2 weeks with a few interesting information and a few links to new posts. I think it’s all over it because I’m the first to unsubscribe if I get too many emails.

    • Jelena

      Hi, Dawnmarie, find an adequate gift for site visitors is the majority of new bloggers problem. Think about who is the ideal person who would regularly return to your site and read about what posts. Is it male or female? How old is he? What is he doing? What would be her hobby? Married, single or divorced? Are there any children? What are her life goals? … Then consider what would help her in the situation she is in. That should be your freebie.

  • Melani

    You are great. I think that is because you have a long years experience in blogging. Build email list is my next goal. Thank you for the encouragement. I have sign up in Mailer Lite already. I still confuse what I should give to my subscriber. My niche is about how to keep healthy and happy after 40 year old although our health risk increase. Would you like to give me an advice about what I can offer to my subscribers?

    • Jelena

      Thank you, Melani! Please read my answer that I gave Dawnmarie.
      Think about your site visitors. What is the most interesting topic on your site? Maybe you could offer them a weekly / monthly exercise plan, or recipes for healthy nutrition, a mini-meditation course, stress relief, … Thinking what would be interesting to you and why would you sign up for a someone site?
      I hope I did a little help.

  • Jennifer

    Is it ok to offer a giveaway for people to sign up for your email list? Like a gift card? I started a travel/ lifestyle blog and cannot think of a single free thing to giveaway. Thanks!

    • Jelena

      Jennifer, of course it`s ok. Maybe you can give some discounts on hotels, free travel planner or some tips how to save money while traveling. Also, you can check some other traveler sites to get an idea what you can offer.

    • Jelena

      Thank you, Danielle. My advice is to work on the email list because there are people who are interested in your content. You know that in marketing 7 times more expensive to find a new client than to keep the old one. Wish you all the best.

  • Anissa

    Hi ! I sent you my email! I wasn’t really sure how to make passive income. I’m still fairly new . I have about 12 post up. Is that enough to think about monetizing? I post every Monday and Thursday. Thoughts?

    • Jelena

      Hi, Anissa! 12 posts are quite enough for your site to make money. Also, writing the post twice a week is a great rhythm.
      But to really make money from your site, you need to know how it works. Not just writing and setting up on social networks. My honest recommendation is to go as a free member of the training that I have passed. I promise you in just 5 days to figure out how to make your site a money-making machine. CLICK HERE.

    • Jelena

      It’s not that difficult if you know who visitors are on the site and what they want. Then you can offer them exactly what they are looking for. People will leave their email address very easily if they offer them some value in return.

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