What can I do to start building my list from scratch?

OK, let’s say you’re new to list building and you want to start building your list. You are wondering to yourself , how do I get it started?  Before you do anything you will need hosting, someone with good reviews  like Hostgator and a good auto-responder that is user friendly like Aweber. NEVER get these services free, always use mainstream paid services. I’ve heard more horror stories about the mentor that supplied the hosting and auto responder and then you decided to get out and couldn’t take anything with you.  So all your efforts were all for nothing and you are starting over again. So don’t do it!!!

Now that you have those two services you need to put a sign-up form on your website or blog giving a free report of some kind in exchange for their name and email. Just like the one to the right of this post. That’s just one way to start your list but it is going to be rather slow until you drive traffic to your site. There are two other ways you start your list from zero a little bit faster.

JV Giveaways…

You can use JV Giveaways to start your list but it can be a long time before you can get 500 subs to swap with. When I’m using JV Giveaways to build my list up I will join 4 to 6 at a time. I will try to find the ones that pay 100% commissions on upgrades and OTO’s (one time offers). I do this because I will upgrade in the event as long as it is $17 or less. I will pay more but only if I know the event holder and how the event went previously.

The advantage to upgrading in the JV Giveaway is that you get to submit more than one free gift, submit OTO’s and submit text ads. You get higher commissions on anybody that upgrades using your affiliate link and the two most important reasons to upgrade, your gifts show on the random gift page along with showing closer to the front of the event. This will give you greater exposure that will get more new subscribers.

Solo Ads…

Another way is to buy a solo ad from someone that has a larger list and this is a way to build your list on the fast track. Solo ads can cost from .30 to .45 per unique click. Say if you had a good converting offer that converts around 50% you can get 500 subs with a 1000 click solo ad for $300 to $450. Just be careful and make sure the clicks only come from them mailing to their list and not sending you clicks from TE’s (Traffic Exchanges) or safe lists because these kind of clicks DO NOT CONVERT. You can also buy smaller solo ads from some marketers if the 1000 click is not in your budget. You can get 100 clicks for $35 and up.

No matter which of the techniques you use, a good sales funnel should be in place to recover some of your costs . If you know how, you can build one yourself or you can pay someone to build one for you. I build sales funnels and charge an average price of $297 and up depending on how detailed it is and that is the going price within the network I’m in. I have seen the same sales funnels go for $597 and up, so just use your best judgment when shopping for one.

So now you have the three ways to build your list from scratch, putting a sign-up form on your blog or website, JV Giveaways and solo ads. Once you have a list of 500 plus, doors start to open and your list will grow much faster.

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18 Responses to “What can I do to start building my list from scratch?”

  • Hi Dennis,

    I enjoyed reading your article on list building. I have some experience with JV giveaway’s and solo ads. Keep up the great work and I will stop back.


    • Dennis Pippin:

      Hey Robert,

      Nice to see you here. Yep I’m in 7,8,9 Giveaways right now,lol. If you ever need help with them just give me nudge, you know where to find me.


  • Dee:

    Hi Dennis
    I will be looking at Giveaways next year when hopefully I will have an original product, be able to build a landing page and upload a product.
    I hope I will learn all that in IBCX.

    • Dennis Pippin:

      Hi Dee,

      If or when you decide to join a JV Giveaway give me a nudge and I will see what I can do.


    • Dennis Pippin:

      Hi Dee,

      Thank you for visiting and when you get ready to join any JV Giveaways let me know and I will be glad to give you a hand.


  • Hi Dennis,

    WOW! This blog is going from strength to strength. I really like the way you have set it out and its nice clean look. Lotsa work done here! No wonder your Alexa Ranking is so good.

    (Now that the “spammer type” comments are out of the way – LOL! But I REALLY do mean that – unlike those jerkos)

    This is a very useful post about how to build a “seed list” from scratch. EXCELLENT point about the little scam that some solo sellers will employ by using Traffic Exchanges. These guys are chock-full of nasty little cons like that so, perhaps, you should put a warning about asking for REFERENCES and then CHECKING those references BEFORE paying for a solo ad.

    Gary Simpson

    • Dennis Pippin:

      Hello Gary,

      Thank you for the kind complements. You said i should put a warning about asking for REFERENCES and then CHECKING those references BEFORE paying for a solo ad. Well it sounds like I should write another post about asking for REFERENCES and then CHECKING those references. But I believe I will take it a step or two further other than just before buying a solo ad.

  • Hi Dennis,

    This is very informative and useful. Now I have an Idea on how to build a seed list from scratch. Thanks a lot and keep it UP. Hope to learn more from you.

  • Hi Dennis
    I have tried all ways to build lists.
    jv’s giveaways I have to say are the most unresponsive subscribers I have on my lists. The best way I find to monetize giveaways is to have your products or affiliate links on your thank you pages,that works for me.
    I am looking more into buying traffic, I dabbled a bit with facebook adsenough to see how it works, and it did work as far as traffic goes but not so much with sales as yet. But I am still testing.
    Cheers Mick
    .-= Mick Fallon´s last blog ..How to make a cool header or fanpage with powerpoint. =-.

    • Dennis Pippin:

      Hey Mick,

      I have found that if you need to start a list from scratch and with out a budget, JV giveaways are better than no list at all. If you take the time and build a relationship any list can be responsive.


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