I’m not all that big on doing milestones, although I have done one or two in the past, but I thought this particular one deserves a post. I started my list way back in December last year when I wrote a post called Why The List Hater Has His Very Own List. Since that time my list has grown to a whopping 50 members! Yeah, yeah, I know that is a piddling amount and you know I don’t really care because I know that at least my subscribers are a dedicated bunch who have joined because they are interested in what I have to say.

I’ve done a few posts about my list since then including Why I Chose MailChimp Over Aweber which is really a review about MailChimp, one that has brought quite a bit of traffic to this blog. I can safely say that to date I am more than satisfied with their services and I have no intention to change.

Why I Am Happy With List Numbers

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that I’ve never really supported having a list, the reasons being that most people abuse their list by continually trying to sell them something. I vowed when starting my list to never do that to my subscribers. I think when looking at my low list numbers you really need to compare the way I promote my list to the way others do it.

List Building Techniques

Their Methods

  • The use of annoying popups!
  • Give away freebies to get them to join. A lot of the time they turn out to be less than useless

My Methods

  • I don’t use these on any of my blogs
  • Nope, don’t do that either although I do reward those you do by giving them some linkluv.

Those are the two main ways that others get people to subscribe to their list and apparently they work quite well but I personally dislike them and so I will not be using them on my readers.

Until recently my numbers were even lower and in fact I was even getting one or two who were unsubscribing which resulted in the post Why People Unsubscribe From Your List! Since them my numbers have been increasing slightly faster but it wasn’t because of that post.

Why More People Are Joining My List

I believe this to be the case because of one slight change and it became possible when I updated to FlexSqueeze 1.5. In Ryan’s latest FlexSqueez update he included even more places where you can install widgets. Two of them included the ability to add widgets above and below the post.

Subscribe to list teaser

Subscribe to list teaser

Rather than using another widget I decided to post a teaser and because of this themes unique abilities I think it came out pretty well. That teaser appears on the home page as well as above every post and it is the main reason why membership to my list is increasing.

 

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