How to Setup Your Email List
For Bloggers the Money is in your Email List!
90% of Bloggers Have No Email List
- Bloggers aren't sure what they can use their "list" for, therefore they assume that as they don't know what to do with it, that they don't need one.
- Most Bloggers are trying to be successful on a shoestring budget and as email marketing isn't an "essential" in their eyes they don't want to pay for it.
The *most financially successful bloggers* share email content regularly and sell to their email list.
Setup Your Email List Today!!!
66% of online consumers check their email account multiple times per day, with 13% of online consumers actually checking their email hourly or more frequently.
- There are three steps to making your Social Promotion work.
- *Start building an email list today* and get direct access to your readers
- *Relationships drive purchasing decisions*, so build a relationship with your readers through email.
You will learn [3 topics]
- Topic 1: How to setup *ConvertKit* for email marketing
- Topic 2: Which *Email Templates* to use
- Topic 3: How to *Embed* an Opt-In on your site
Don't Underestimate Email Marketing for Bloggers
“Email is the most popular function on the SmartPhone, so let's call it what it is:
Jordie Van Rijn
Email Marketing Consultant
How to start building an email list with ConvertKit
Email Marketing for Bloggers can sometimes sound like a dirty word, but if you have ever thought about building a list of loyal followers and growing your blog is it absolutely necessary.
When it comes to email marketing for bloggers the options available when it comes to software can be overwhelming. We've used Aweber, Mailchimp and ConvertKit and the latter of the three is our weapon of choice, despite having built a list of over 13,000 using Aweber, if you want to know why you can check that article out here.
We're going to show you email marketing for bloggers can be made simple using ConvertKit, but if you choose to use another provider, the principals will still be the same, just some of the steps may differ slightly in terms of ease and set up.
Once we click "Get Started" we'll be prompted to enter our email address and choose a password. From there we enter in our payment details and boom, we're up and running.
When we log in we'll be met with our stats page, obviously, yours will be blank, so don't worry about that for the moment.
Once we are in, head over to "Account" and down the left-hand side you'll see some tabs (see below), all we want to do here is go through each one and make sure that the relevant fields are filled in.
There is nothing major here, except for under the "Email" tab, we have to make sure that we've filled out the following;
- From Name; This is the name that will show up on your email, we send ours as "Content Academy" as you can see, but you can send them as "your name" or "your blog name" or even "your name from your blog name" it's up to you.
- Reply-to Email Address; This is the email address you would like to receive an email to should your subscribers decided to reply to your mail. So if they simply hit "reply" this is the email you'll get emails to.
- Default Time to Send Emails: This is fairly self-explanatory and while it's not something we need to worry about today I would recommend setting this to morning time somewhere between 8-11am. We'll expand on ways to use this later in the series but for now, that will do.
- Address: When it comes to adding an address you simply have to. There is no way around it, but if you are not comfortable using your home address, use something like a P.O Box (which you can get here) or even your Parcel Motel address (which you can get here). Both should be acceptable, I won't go into details, but all providers require an address, you just have to do it if you want to collect emails. Don't worry, I've never received any actual mail as a result of having the address listed.
Once we have all that done, head up to the top right and select "Email Template". Here is where you can select what you want your emails to look like. There are plenty of ready-made templates available, but as you can see from the screenshot above, we use text only.
The reason for this is very simple. Most people check their emails on their phones and these nice fancy templates simply never display properly or the images don't load unless the person reading it opts to download the images too.
So what we found is that by using "text only" we can format the email with a "mobile first" mentality and we don't have to worry about it not displaying properly and looking ugly or "amateurish" on the reader's phone.
Trust us, plain text works just fine, you don't need all the bells and whistles to get your message across.
How to collect email address
Right, so that's all the setup we need to worry about for the moment. Now we can get down to the business of collecting email address.
I am sure you have all seen "opt-in forms" on plenty of blogs, it's that little box that says "name & email address". That is how we are going to start collecting subscribers, through an "opt-in form".
To create our first form we click on "forms" in the nav menu and then click "create a form". We'll have two options, we want to create a form, not a landing page (that's another day's work).
From here we'll be greeted with another three options, we're going to go for option 2 as you can see below
From here on in, it gets a little bit trickier to show you via screenshots, so I've put together a video tutorial taking you through how to create a form.
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[Video] How to Embed an Opt-In Form
[Your Action] What to do!
- Step 1: Setup your email list with *ConvertKit*
- Step 2: Insert an Email Address *Opt-In* on your website