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176 How To Build Your Email List – Part 1 – The Setup

By Leslie Samuel

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

You email list is your most valuable asset.

It's possible you've heard that said before. I know I've said it MANY times.

In my opinion, it’s more valuable than your Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest profile and get this – I think it’s even more valuable than your blog.

That doesn’t make our blog unimportant but tells you how much I value it.

Why is it so valuable?

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It gives you the ability to create your own traffic. It's a resource that you own.

When someone signs up to your email list, they are giving you permission to contact them.

It gives you the ability to gain the trust of your subscribers and even to make money, and that's always good when you're running a business.

Well, I realized that I didn’t have a comprehensive podcast episode covering the step by step of how to build your email list so I decided to fix that right here and right now.

So the question then becomes – how do you build an email list?

How To Build Your Email List – Part 1 – The Setup

In this first episode of this 3 part series, I deal with how to set up your email list so that you can get subscribers. I talk about the 3 elements that are needed to make this happen:

  • Creating your free resource
  • Setting up your autoresponder
  • The pages you need to create on your blog

Lastly, I give you some tips that you can use to boost your signups.

By the end of this episode, you'll have a solid idea of what you need to do to setup your email list and you will be prepared for the next two parts: Setting up your follow up sequence and converting subscribers into customers.

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About The Podcast

Learning With Leslie

Learning With Leslie is a podcast dedicated to helping you build a business around a blog. No, not one of those blogs that will fall by the wayside when Google has a mood swing, but one that will thrive no matter what gets thrown at it.

I share tips and strategies that I’ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

If you’re a blogger, thinking about becoming a blogger (pun intended) or are not even sure if blogging is right for you, go ahead and tune in to see what this blogging thing is all about.

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  1. Hey Leslie, I thought the check box at the bottom of the comments boxes allows only wordpress sign ups… Maybe i’m wrong! But I tried it myself on my own blog and signed up with one of my emails and that’s what seemed to be happening… Maybe i missed something… Anyway Great podcast! I’m doing a lot of what you’ve recommended and it works! I’m using Get Response too. Just started building my list in a very niche market and i’ve gone from ZERO to 99 email subbies in just a few months with no paid traffic and no huge social media following and i don’t even have a freebie yet!! Trying to decide on what to give away… and what my business model should be PERIOD! Sometimes I just wanna keep it as a hobby blog. Cause it’s so much more fun to just blog for fun lol. Sigh. anyway. Great podcast.

    1. Nope, with the GetResponse plugin, it’s linked to your GetResponse account. I just tried it here with a test email and it worked. Glad you enjoyed the podcast.

      So, you say it’s so much more fun to just blog for fun. I say that it’s even more fun to blog for fun and make money doing it 😉

      Seriously though. Imagine your blogging for fun (which I’m doing) and making enough money so that you don’t have to get a job. All you have to do is continue blogging for fun. It’s a beautiful thing 😉

  2. Excellent Leslie! This is just what I needed.

    It seems that most people get this easily but it has stopped me in my tracks. I have given up on making this a living because
    I burned out on the overviews.

    That is, The “what to do — not— How to do it” Even paid training is more of “a what” than “a how”.

    This podcast isnt all details, but if I can break it down like this, it seems doable to learn it in pieces.

    I am a little fuzzy on the redirect page with the domain provider. Is that like a second domain name or page name?

    Thank for the energy in this training. I do look forward to the next two installments!

    I always wish you the very best! Mary

    1. Mary, I’m so glad to hear that you got value from this podcast episode. Yeah, I felt like it needed to be addressed from this level. I hear a lot about email lists and people skip a lot of the basics.

      Thanks for that feedback.

  3. This is simply excellent.Keep the good work going and with that good work make me tuned in.
    This was a great visit to your blog.

  4. Thanks to YOU Leslie I managed to change 1 life at the time to better their health (Now several hundreds)…And if it I haven´t cross your site 2 years ago it never happened, bless Niclas

    1. You are very much welcome Niclas. Glad to hear that you are taking ACTION. That’s awesome. I’d like to hear more about what exactly you’re doing. How are you doing what you’re doing to help people change your health?

  5. Hi Leslie !

    I have been wondered what program i have to use between leadpages or Optin Monster? i will be glad with your answer leslie ! good morning from mexico

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