Why Should I Start An Email List?

I'm glad you asked this question because this article is all about answering "why should I start an email list."

You heard about starting an email list and repetitions in collecting emails from your blog. You even heard that you should start collecting emails from day one of blogging. But why?

Why should I start an email list?

There are many benefits collecting emails from your blog (even if you are not actively sending out email newsletters).

Here are some reasons why you need to start collecting emails and start an email list.

1. Getting close with your web visitors

Most website visitors who visit your site will not leave their contact details in anyway. This is not a social visit and they will probably visit your site once or twice at most.

Collecting emails is a great way to expand your connection book and sending a personalized introduction to them!

You will be surprised on what they can do for you, including giving you tips and tricks on your site that you can improve further. And in most cases, they are often not willing to leave these in the comments section.

2. Driving more traffic back to your blog

Again, how often does these website visitors come back to your blog. Chances are very slim — and unless you have something great to share with them (that attracts their interest), most of the time, these website visitors will not come back for more.

Starting an email list early is going to help you to reach out to them and informing them about new posts that may interest them.

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When they start taking note on these updates, you stand a better chance of getting repeated visitors and that's an awesome way to build trust.

3. Promote your products, affiliate products or online courses

If you have a blog, there's a high chance you are selling s-o-m-e-t-h-i-ng.

When you have an email list, your sales tactic had become way much easier because you already have a ready audience to promote your products.

When you start an email list, segmentation and tagging your audience is critical Therefore, email marketing tools such as ConvertKit and Drip focus on helping you to segment your email subscribers from day one. 

With an email list with proper segmentation, you can deliver highly targeted emails to your email subscribers based on their interest (and indirectly increases the chance of closing more sales).

4. An email list helps you to be less dependant on Google

Yes, you read this right. An email list is going to help you be generate more traffic and counting lesser on Google. Therefore, you don't have to worry about Google algorithm changes which could affect your traffic either temporary or permanently.

If you ever need a solid reason to start an email list, this should be it — being less dependant on Google and at the same time, diversifying your traffic source.

Bonus: How to start an email list (like right now)?

Okay, so you are convinced and want to start an email list, at least to try it out. Good move!

Here's how you can start right now (a 2-step process).

Step 1: Sign up for an email marketing service

MailChimp is the best option for beginners. It is free to use and you can send 12,000 emails a month.

More on how to get started on MailChimp (guide).

The only downside using MailChimp is it is not friendly to affiliate marketers. You can promote your products using MailChimp email delivery services but it is a definitely no for affiliate marketers. In another word, you cannot promote products of others using MailChimp. If you are an affiliate marketers like me, ConvertKit and Drip are two of the best MailChimp alternatives that doesn't cost you a bomb (and free accounts too).

Step 2: Install newsletter widgets and lead in forms

If you are using StudioPress themes or Thrive Themes, they come with multiple newsletter widget for you and no coding skills required.

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Sample newsletter list using StudioPress themes

While newsletter widgets are great ways to help you collect emails, it may not be that effective when compared to lead in forms.

What are lead in forms?

Lead in forms are high converting forms that encourage website visitors to leave their details in return of a 'gift' or bonus. Take a look at the sample below.

thrive leads plugin

This lead generation form is created using Thrive Leads under 2 minutes. There are many plugins to help you collect emails but you don't have to look further. Thrive Leads is the best in the market — period.

Lead generation plugin such as this one allows you to create multiple (like dozens or hundreds of them) in just a few minutes and they are highly customizable. You can change anything from the font to colours without using a single line of code.

And if you are a blogger, you know what I mean!

Learn more about Thrive Leads here.

Summary: Why should I start an email list?

Are you still deciding if you should start an email list? No, stop thinking!

Start an email list right now and reap the benefits after a few months (trust me).

Top 10 Email Marketing Tips 2018

The average order value of an email is at least three times higher than that of social media. – McKinsey.

60% of marketers use conversion rates to evaluate an email's effectiveness. - DMA.

Emails triggered by behavior were responsible for 30% of revenue in 2014, up from 17% in 2013. - DMA.

There is no denial that email marketing will be one of the most important marketing strategy for 2018. However, are you doing email marketing right? While using the right email marketing tool is an important factor, there are 10 other most important email marketing tips that you need to follow in 2018.

1. Send email to lists that want to hear from you

Spamming email

The biggest mistake you can ever do is to send emails to everyone — regardless their interest. Email marketing is a super targeted marketing strategy. Therefore, you need to ensure that emails delivered are highly cusotmized and targeted to specific audiences.

Pro tip: The best way is to create different email lists or tag your email subscribers properly. Tools such as ConvertKit and Drip allow you to tag your audience based on their actions.

2. Have a goal for each email before you press send

top email marketing tips 2018

Setting a goal is critical and it is definitely one of the top 10 email marketing tips for 2018. Goals doesn't need to be complicated and you certainly don't have to have dozens of them before sending out an email.

Simple goals such as number of open, open rates, click through rates (CTR) and number of reach are great goals to start with.

3. Personalize and test your emails

Don't just send out cold emails. Instead, make sure you spend 30 minutes customizing each email before sending it out. For example, I make sure that the tone of each email is accordance to the reason the subscribers subscribed to my list. If they are interested in WordPress, I'll make sure they get WordPress related news and not other topics.

Once that is done, test your email! Work with both long and short forms email title, content and even different forms of media. Analyze through the reporting feature of your email marketing software and determine which is the one that best fits your business.

Need help? Click here for the top 3 email marketing tools for 2018 that come with detailed analytics reports.

Most email marketing tools allow you to personalize your email newsletters and you should always take full advantage of it. Here's a video on how you can personalize your emails using AWeber.

4. Send emails from a personalized account

personalized email marketing strategy

Are you sending emails through Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook?

Please. Stop. Doing. This.

It doesn't make you look professional and instead, use your domain's email address. This bring authority to the email and more importantly, it tells Google and other email service providers that your email is genuine and not spam.

Personalized email (such as names, email titles and content) leads to better open and conversion rates. Want to know the best email marketing tip for 2018? This is it!

5. Experiment with sending emails on different days of the week

There is no such thing as "the best time to send email" because it is highly dependent on your subscribers.

The best way is to test this out with your email marketing tool.

How to gauge the results?

  • Open rates
  • Click through rates (CTR)
  • Number of reach

Personally, I prefer using open rates and number of reach as it gives me a good idea about my audience.

Pro tip: The process of testing different times in a day and different day on the week is tedious. However, this is one of the best email marketing tips for 2018 if you want to make email marketing work for you.

6. Keep engaging with your subscribers

It doesn't matter if you are sending once a day, weekly or monthly emails to your subscribers. Keeping up with the pace and making sure that you deliver the emails every (single) time is important to build trust with your subscribers.

Don't have enough time? Do it once a month and even schedule the emails in advance!

engagement rate is an important email marketing tips 2018

7. Clean up your un-engaged subscribers to avoid sending graymail

When is the last time you clean up your list? I do it once every quarter. If you use email automation such as ConvertKit, Drip or AWeber, you can easily segment email subscribers through their level of activeness.

Note: Did you know that segmenting your email list one of the most powerful email marketing tips for 2018? Watch this 2-minutes video and understand what segmenting is all about.

Through segmenting, you can easily filter our those who are inactive and take the next course of action; either sending them an email to confirm if they are still interested or simply remove them automatically after a certain time period of inactiveness. You can also start scoring your subscribers based on the highest value or most engaging ones to convert them into paying customers.

Disclaimer: Lead scoring from Drip is one of the best I have seen in the market — and it is as powerful as Infusionsoft!

Create a forever free account on Drip and test this out for yourself!

8. Don't panic when people unsubscribe

People unsubscribe all the time and there is no reason for you to panic if there is unsubscribers on a daily basis. This is the bread and butter of email marketing.

keep email unsubscribe ratio low

The only time you should be panic is when people starts unsubscribing in large numbers. This means that something is dearly wrong with your email marketing strategy.

Personally, I do appreciate my email subscribers to unsubscribe than I have to clean up the list myself. At the end of the day, I will get a healthy list that helps me make more money!

9. If people stop opening your emails, figure out what's going on fast

One of the top email marketing tips for 2018 is to watch your open rates. A research done by the Radicati Group shows that the number of emails receive by each person increases by the year. I am getting around 120 emails in a day and the number is growing by the weeks!

As you receive more emails, it is common that you will stop opening those that are not important. Therefore, when people stop opening your emails, start asking yourself "why" and figure out a solution fast!

Most commonly, it is simply because the content that you share is not interesting for many. Working on your content (title and context) could easily increase the email open rates.

BONUS: Want to make email marketing work for you in 2018? Here's how you can create an amazing newsletter that actually gets high open rates using AWeber!

10. If you want to learn more about email marketing, take up free email marketing courses

Last but not least, the best email marketing tips for 2018 is to start learning email marketing today!

Email marketing is not as easy as blogging or content writing. It takes some learning and of course experience. However, here's a small problem. Gaining experience in email marketing takes time — months and years of training and experimenting new email marketing strategies. Plus, experimenting new strategies, implement what works and taking time to analyze the results. Crazy, crazy stuffs that will consume a lot of your time.

Lucky for you, I have a solution for you. I came across ConvertKit's Product Creation Masterclass and I thought it will be a good fit for you! 

Typically, ConvertKit only launch this class once a year, and the current semester is going to start soon! The couse is launching on the 15th January 2018 and the registration will close on the same day itself. This means that you have exactly ... (see timer below) to sign up.

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Over to you!

I certainly hope you find these top 10 email marketing tips 2018 useful and effective for your marketing strategy for the year.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and don't forget to sign up for the ConvertKit's email marketing class!