Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Most Authorpreneurs earn their living from speaking gigs, consulting businesses, and other indirect sources.
Rarely does one make the vast majority of their income directly from the sale of their books. Steve Scott is different.
Steve earns a great living selling digital books on Amazon’s Kindle platform … to the tune of $30,000 per month.
With more than 58 titles in his catalog, this self-publishing mega-star has rewritten the rules of success for authors who want to earn a living writing books.
In this episode of Authorpreneur, host Jim Kukral and Steve Scott discuss:
- How Steve writes so many books
- Exactly how he earns money from his books
- The lifestyle his independent book business affords him
- Why self-publishing is the only choice for him
- His ten-year plan to retire on his book income
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If you know exactly what you’re doing, you can build a blog that gets over 100,000 visitors per month in less than year—from scratch.
Chances are, however, you don’t know exactly what you need to do to achieve that, but that’s okay.
The fact that you’re here and ready to learn means that one day, you will know what you need to do to create a fully sustainable business from your blog.
Another factor is the time it takes. Some of you may be able to build a thriving blog in a year, while others may take two, three, or even five years.
During this journey, your blog will progress through five distinct stages:
- Blog creation
- Initial growth: finding your 100 “true fans”
- Scaling up your traffic
- Reaping the rewards
- Maintaining your success
In this article, I’ll outline the five stages of blog growth to help you understand where you’re today and how far you have left to go.
Stage 1: Your blog is born
Expected time to complete: Less than two weeks.
When you read most blogs on creating an online business and online marketing, the sexy parts involve hundreds of thousands of visitors and profit.
But traffic and profit are the result; your foundation is the cause of those results. Figuring out the important details of your blog isn’t always easy, but without a solid foundation, you can’t build a skyscraper.
There are four things you need to do in this preparatory phase.
Even if you already have a blog, you may benefit from going over these things again and improving them if you skipped them before.
1. Define your niche
This is the first step—the step where most blog owners fail. It is crucial to know who is going to benefit from your content.
In other words: who do you want to serve?
You don’t need to know how you’re going to do it yet. The products you will make, the content you will create, and your traffic generating methods don’t matter yet. The audience you want to help comes first.
You need to be able to state what type of people you’re trying to serve and be as specific as possible. It’s better to be too specific than too general as you can always expand later.
For example, you may want to serve office workers who want to learn how to eat healthy at work.
Here are 124 niche case studies, both good and bad.
2. Create a reader persona
Now that you know the people you want to serve, you need to learn more about them.
In order to create content that actually helps them, you must understand who they are, how they act, and what they struggle with.
You can learn about your target audience in many ways, for example:
By the end of your research, you should know your target audience’s:
You can even give your reader persona a name. Note that all of these have to be as specific as possible. For instance, 25-35 years old isn’t an age, it’s a range. Pick one age that accurately describes your ideal reader.
In the end, you want to have one specific person in mind you can write for. This will help you create content that resonates with your readers.
3. Create your blog
If you’re going to build a blog-based business, you will at some point need a functional blog.
Unless you need some really unique features, I recommend sticking with WordPress for now. It’s the simplest option to get you up and running, and you can always redesign the blog in the future. Here’s how to install WordPress—it’s pretty simple.
Alternatively, if you’re already running your site on a platform like HubSpot, it might be even easier for you to create a blog.
What I don’t advise you do is go out and spend thousands of dollars on a custom CMS or design. The first version of any blog isn’t going to be perfect, and it’s going to change a lot down the line.
Focus on getting a simple, functional, and not completely ugly blog up and running as fast as possible. Don’t waste weeks or months trying to make everything look perfect.
4. Discover where your readers hang out
Before you can even attempt to draw your target audience to your blog, you have to figure out where they spend their time.
Note that in some niches, you may have to get offline and go to conventions or local meetings to connect with your target audience and get them on your site.
To start with, find the most popular blogs in your niche. The easiest ways to do this is by Googling “top [your general niche] blogs.”
Create a spreadsheet to keep track of these sites. In one column, indicate if the blog allows comments, and in another, if it allows guest posts. To check for guest posts, Google “[domain name] guest post.”
Go through any big lists of blogs, and visit each one individually. Look for signs of high traffic such as several comments on each blog post or a lot of social shares.
Add the best ones to your list. You want to identify blogs that your reader persona visits so that you can eventually get them over to your site. Ideally, you want to identify as many as you can, but at least 50. If you’re having trouble getting that many, think broader, e.g., “best health sites” instead of “best nutrition sites.”
After blogs, it’s time to check out forums in your niche. Again, search for “[your general niche]+ forum,” and go through the results on the first few pages.
If you find forums you believe your target audience visits regularly, record them in a separate section of your spreadsheet. Note the number of members, or active members, to indicate activity and popularity.
Forums typically aren’t big enough to use as a main traffic strategy at any point, but they can help you refine your reader persona and can be used for certain promotion tactics.
Stage 2: Finding your 100 true fans
Expected time to complete: Less than four months.
Back in 2008, Kevin Kelly coined a concept called 1,000 true fans. It really took off when Seth Godin started referencing it in his advice.
In short, he described how anyone could make a great living if they interacted with and had support from 1,000 true fans.
This article was written in the context of being a musician or an artist, but the same applies to most small businesses. A relatively small group of loyal readers can make your business a big enough success to allow you to become a full-time blogger (if you aren’t already).
If you have a new blog, going from zero to 1,000 is a big leap. Too big, in my opinion, and unnecessary.
A better goal is to gather 100 true fans.
When you first begin a blog, you’re starting at zero. No matter how well you research your target audience, you’re going to make mistakes. The problem here is that no one will tell you what mistakes you’re making—at least not yet.
As long as you defined your target audience well enough, you will have the ability to attract your first 100 fans (although it could take a while). These fans will play an instrumental role in the growth of your blog.
Loyal readers will comment on posts and respond to emails. They will tell you when something resonates with them through comments and feedback. They will also tell you when they don’t like something either through a comment, email, or silence.
If you have 100 high quality subscribers and still can’t get any comments or email replies, the problem isn’t the subscribers: it’s your content.
In reality, you’ll likely fall somewhere in between perfect resonance and radio silence. On some posts, you’ll get a lot of engagement (say 10-15 comments from your 100 fans), while others will only get one or two.
Use this feedback to tweak your reader persona and craft content that helps this updated persona. That’s when you’ll start seeing consistent resonance and more rapid growth of subscribers.
So, where are we right now?
You have a brand new blog but no audience (or a very small one). This is your main challenge. You need to get your first 100 fans.
In addition, you have a ton to do. You need to create content, build relationships, create more content, promote your content, and more. But you’re likely the only one who can do it since your blog isn’t producing any revenue.
You need to spend your time wisely. That’s why I’m going to tell you the optimal strategies that you should use to get your first 100 true fans.
Optimal strategy #1: Guest-posting
The core of your initial traffic strategy should be guest-posting. The most common places that your target audience hang out at are likely other blogs (in most niches).
You need to find popular blogs that have a huge audience. A small portion of this audience will be your target audience. You can then attempt to get these readers to subscribe to your site through a guest post. Guest-posting is an important strategy for blogs of all sizes.
One common mistake people make that you may also make is to try to write any guest post that you think will be popular on a site. However, even if the guest post becomes popular and sends you a lot of subscribers, they might not be the right ones that you want to build your blog and business around.
Instead, find a topic that you think will do well on the blog you’re guest-posting on, but angle it towards your target reader.
For example, if I were writing a guest post on Forbes (which I regularly do), I wouldn’t write a general article on the current state of the economy. Although it might become popular, I would rather write a slightly less popular article about how the recent economy problems affect your business’ marketing plan, or something along those lines.
Always remember that your goal at this stage is to find that small group of 100 true fans and get them to your site. Attract their attention first and foremost before considering the rest of a traffic source’s audience.
Here is everything you need to know about getting results from guest-posting:
- Guest-Posting on Steroids: A 4-Step Blueprint That the Top Guest Posters Use
- 7 Lessons Learned from Publishing 300 Guest Posts
- Advanced Guest Posting Strategies
Optimal strategy #2: Create the right type of content for your blog
As I’ve already noted, your time is extremely limited. While it might be ideal to pump out a ton of content to get your blog rolling, it’s not the most important thing.
Right now, you have very few (if any) visitors. You don’t need to continuously create content because no one’s reading it.
It’s better to spend time trying to get traffic from other sources before creating a high volume of posts on your own blog.
That being said, you do need some content on your blog, but some types of content are better than others. Writing an opinion post is going to be a waste of time: why would anyone care what you think at this point? That’s not an insult—it’s a fact. You need to build up your expert reputation before writing a post like that.
But certain types of content can work well at this stage. In particular, you should create a few posts that can attract quality backlinks and help you build relationships with influencers. If you do it right, it might even result in some decent targeted traffic.
These magical content types are:
- roundup posts
- ego bait posts
- “poster boy” posts
You probably already know what link roundups are. You ask several influencers in a niche the same question and then publish the results. Some influencers will comment on the post, link to it, and share on social media.
Ego bait describes a wide range of posts. Essentially, you want to appeal to the ego of an influencer or company with a large following. Make them look good by showing that their advice solved a problem for you or someone else. Let them know you created the post, and maybe they will link to it.
Finally, you can use the “poster boy” formula. It’s a lot like ego bait, but it takes the tactic to the next level. Find a few particular influencers, and find a particular piece of strategy or technique advice from them.
Then, implement that advice and track the results. Create a case study of your results that make the influencer look amazing. This will lead the influencer to keep linking to your case study as evidence of their awesomeness.
This last tactic is a lot of work, but it produces results. Bryan Harris was able to get over 400 subscribers with this technique on a new blog.
Optimal strategy #3: Paid traffic
If you have more money than time to invest in your business, paid traffic is a way to accelerate your growth.
That being said, it’s completely optional. Many successful blogs never use paid ads, while many other successful blogs do it at one point or another.
The big benefit of paid ads is that despite having no existing traffic base, you can create an audience. It can get expensive, especially if you’re new to using paid advertising. It’s very important that you spend some time improving your email opt-in rate before blowing through thousands of dollars.
Here are some of the best resources on using paid traffic to build a blog’s audience:
- 6 Simple Steps to Start Your First PPC Campaign
- PPC Hero guides
- PPC Advertising is Just As Much About the Audience as it is Keywords
Optimal strategy #4: Develop social media presence
Last but not least, you have to attend to social media.
Popular social media platforms have boatloads of traffic, and the most popular ones—Facebook and Twitter—almost definitely contain your target audience.
The problem is that any good social media strategy takes time to work. If you’re going to use social media, you have to be prepared to consistently use your chosen platform for months before it starts to pay off with some decent traffic.
If you’re really set on using social media to funnel traffic to your site, you can speed it up by using paid traffic. As I’ve shown on the nutrition site case study, paid ads on Facebook are relatively cheap and can help you build an authoritative page quickly.
I don’t recommend using social media as a primary traffic strategy unless you’re willing to continually invest in it. However, you can still identify one or two channels to start building while you focus on other traffic generation methods.
What about SEO?
If you know me well, you know how much I love SEO and benefit from it. But aside from building authoritative links when you get the chance, you shouldn’t focus on it very much at the beginning.
Gaining the authority and trust from search engines takes several months of publishing high quality content. You should start seeing some real organic search traffic after about a year, and that’s when you can shift more of your focus toward SEO.
Stage 3: Attracting swarms of fans—scaling up
Expected time to complete: 8-24 months
Now that you know almost exactly what your audience needs help with and wants, it’s time to kick your traffic growth efforts into overdrive.
Although you will be growing much faster than you did during the last stage, this will take time too.
Look at the NeilPatel.com blog as an example. I began the blog at the very end of September 2014. In the month of May, 2015, my traffic grew to 63,827 visitors—that took about eight months.
Consider that it took me eight months to grow to this point even with my experience and personal brand. Additionally, I’m still in the process of scaling up the traffic to that blog, which means it falls into this stage.
At this point, you have some traffic and a good idea of your target audience. Your main challenge now is starting to create great content on a regular basis. In addition, your time is still limited.
Optimal strategy #1: Continue with your traffic-building strategies
Since now you have to spend more time on content creation, you will have less time to spend on getting traffic from other sources. Nevertheless, you need to continue your traffic strategies from Stage 2.
Although you may have 100 true fans, your rate of growth will be too slow if you solely depend on those fans to spread the word. Instead, as you gain traffic during this stage, start spending more and more time on creating and promoting content on your own blog.
Optimal strategy #2: Create a content schedule
In the previous stage, you started creating content for your blog. Now, it’s necessary to do it on a regular basis. Think about not just those specific types of posts that we looked at but any type of content your true fans may enjoy.
You need to decide how often you want to post and what you will be writing about.
A thorough content calendar will help you plan out content for up to a year in advance. At this point, you’re still getting a lot feedback from your 100 true fans. I’d recommend planning your content for only a few weeks or months so that it can be adjusted based on the feedback you receive.
Once you achieve consistent resonance, you can plan your content schedule as far in advance as you’d like.
Optimal strategy #3: Start considering monetization
Traffic is nice, but the end goal should always be to produce revenue.
If you’re selling a service, e.g., offering consulting, you can do this early on with no issues. It doesn’t take a lot of time to create a simple landing page. Put a link to it in your menu, and drop it in your emails to subscribers when appropriate.
The long-term goal of your blog may be to sell a product. If you already have a product, you can start selling it during this phase and put some time into improving your conversion rate.
If you don’t have a product, now is a great time to start paying attention to the major pains of your audience so that you can create a product around them. Most products take months to create, so the farther you can plan ahead, the better.
Stage 4: Reap the rewards—getting paid
Expected time to complete: three to six months
The line between Stages 3 and 4 is often blurred. Once you develop a sizable audience (most go with 5,000-10,000 subscribers), you need to monetize your blog as soon as possible. At the same time, you need to keep growing and continuing to do all the growth strategies described in Stage 3.
Optimal strategy #1: Focus on monetization
“Why does it always have to be about the money?”
I know that you might feel like I’m telling you to be greedy by advising to monetize as soon as possible, but it’s the opposite of that.
At this point, you have tens of thousands of visitors a month (at least!).
If you don’t monetize your blog, how can you continue to serve your visitors well? You can’t invest in better content, and you can’t respond to all emails or comments any more. One person can’t service an audience of thousands.
If you really have zero time available to create a product, know that once you have a sizable audience, you will be approached regularly for joint ventures (JV).
Essentially, the other party will create the product; you provide the audience to sell it to; and you split the profit. Don’t immediately accept the first JV offer. Take your time, and only work with someone you trust and respect to provide as much value for your audience as possible.
Finally, you can always promote other reputable affiliate offers if you feel that you’re not quite ready to create your own product.
Optimal strategy #2: Hire
Now that you are deriving some income from the blog, you can start getting some help so that you can continue to help your audience as much as possible.
First, you need to decide which parts of the blog need your attention the most.
Personally, I like to be the one writing my blog’s content (on Quick Sprout and NeilPatel.com), so I can’t outsource that. However, on Crazy Egg’s blog, I’ve hired an editor that has assembled a team of writers to produce content.
Here are the most common areas that blogs usually hire for:
- product support
- product development
- answering simple emails (get a virtual assistant)
- graphic design (images and infographics for content)
- web development (for site redesign)
- content strategy development
- content writing
Once you’ve identified which parts of your blog require your personal attention, start hiring people to take care of the rest.
Do this slowly, and make sure you’re hiring quality people to help you. It’ll save you a lot of headaches in the long run.
Stage 5: Maintain your position on the Golden Throne
Expected time to complete: hopefully, you stay here forever! (or until you sell)
At this point, you have a full-fledged business.
Your blog should easily be generating enough so that you can focus full-time on it. This is the stage that Quick Sprout has been at for quite some time.
In some niches, you will reach this point faster than others, just due to your specific audience and the size of your market.
But if you just sit on your success, you will lose it. Your business is almost always in a state of growth or decline. Obviously, it’s better to focus on growth than let the results of your hard work wither away.
Your main challenge at this point is to continue producing high quality work in the form of blog content and products. Additionally, you still have limited time to take advantage of all the opportunities now coming your way.
Optimal strategy #1: Keep hiring
If you’re doing things right, your traffic is only going to keep increasing. To keep up your quality standards and to free up time, you will have to find more reliable people to add to your small team.
The hardest thing about maintaining a successful growing business is finding and keeping good people on your team. If you find someone who does their job well, pay them accordingly even if you could get them to work for you for slightly cheaper.
This not only keeps them happy while working, but it prevents them from wanting to leave in the future. Not having to continually find, hire, and train people will save you much more in the long run than saving a few dollars on salaries.
Optimal strategy #2: Automate
The great thing about having a significant amount of revenue coming in is that you no longer have to do things you don’t enjoy. Almost all boring parts of running a blog can be automated, either with a paid tool or an employee/freelancer.
Most hires should be for a specific task. When you hire someone, don’t just leave them to figure out things by themselves.
You need to create easy-to-follow systems that outline what you’d like your employees to do step-by-step. Although initial training will take time, in the long run, it will save you from having to waste time correcting mistakes and changing their work habits to suit yours.
Optimal strategy #3: Be selective
At this point, you are going to get offers to do all sorts of things, including guest-posting and conference appearances.
Since you have very limited time, you need to pick your opportunities carefully. Right now, it’s about getting a little bit more traffic and building your personal brand. Pick the opportunities that will have the most positive impact on your reputation and position as a thought leader in your field.
Optimal strategy #4: SEO
No, I didn’t forget about SEO. By now, your domain has a solid amount of authority and trust, and you should be seeing a significant amount of organic traffic from search engines.
At this point, there are three things you should do:
- Evaluate your blog design for optimal “link juice” flow.
- Re-evaluate old content, and see if you can optimize for better terms.
- Strategically incorporate keywords into your future content.
If you don’t have experience with SEO, you could always hire an expert to help you out, now that you are generating revenue.
The purpose of this post was to give you a clear layout of how a blog-based business grows over time.
Growing a successful blog is not something that can be done quickly.
What I hope you get out of this is that if you use the right tactics at the right time, you will strategically grow your blog and take guessing and luck out of the equation.
You can learn all of the tactics you need on Quick Sprout and the NeilPatel.com blog.
As a final note, never stop learning about your readers and trying to help them. Even though this blog is past the initial stages, I’m still learning how I can serve you better every day through your comments, emails, and viewing habits.
To better understand where you are with your business or blog, I’d appreciate it if you could leave a comment below telling me what stage you’re currently at.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
These days we hear a lot about using organic products, biodegradable products, recycling plastics, etc., to minimize carbon footprint and save the environment. But we do not realize that unless and until we minimize consumption, we can not really save our environment. For example, look at the world consumption; Today’s products are manufactured, used and disposed of at a higher rate than the earth can accommodate in a less harmful way. Therefore it is important that we move to green alternatives now, otherwise, will be covered by pollutants and toxins produced in the normal course of the manufacture of non-biodegradable products like plastics. In this article, we will discuss as a green alternative that has a remarkable effect on reversing the negative effects that we created by technological progress and industrial revolution.
There are many ways to fight climate change, but the transition to a power of clean, renewable solar power is an ideal way. So let’s look at some of the interesting facts about solar energy.
· It is the most abundant source of energy. The amount of energy the Earth receives in one minute is approximately 10,000 times the energy needed worldwide.
Undoubtedly, solar energy is the energy source of cleaner available on the planet. Unlike fossil fuels, solar power produces no toxic byproducts. Solar panels use photovoltaic system that has no harmful effect on the environment and humans.
· Solar energy is practical, versatile and flexible in relation to wind energy and the main source of solar energy is the sun that is accessible to all parts of the globe. Unlike hydropower (which is also a source of renewable energy and cheap energy), solar power is not a threat to marine life and / or people on Earth.
· Worried increase utility bills and looking for a way out? Well, solar energy is the solution. By installing solar panels will not only reduce their utility bills, but is also increasing the value of your property. Although solar panels are little expensive at first, they turn out to be efficient and profitable in the long term. The best part is they do not require much maintenance and saves additional costs as well as being sustainable.
One of the misconceptions about solar panels is that they are expensive and affordable only to the elite class is wrong. Solar panels require an investment of time after which you do not have to invest in regular maintenance. In fact, in most countries, the government provides special tax benefits and other advantages of solar energy. Once installed solar panels, freedom of utility bills is obtained, power outages and enhance the value of their property by being friendly to the environment.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
There is no secret to podcasting success. There is just this:
Show up reliably.
Show up reliably over time.
Showing up isn’t half the battle. It’s not 90 percent of the battle. It is the battle.
It’s the battle for audience attention — that grueling war of attrition in which attitude always triumphs over aptitude.
And your attitude is revealed by when you show up, how you show up, and how long you show up over time.
It’s simple to say. It’s hard to do.
Which is why the rewards are so great for those who stick it out.
Like these guys …
Marc Maron has produced 614 episodes of WTF since he launched the show in September 2009. On Monday, he interviewed the President of the United States.
The latter does not occur without the former.
Marc Maron shows the hell up.
Demian Farnwoth has published four new episodes of Rough Draft every week since launching in mid-March of this year. He already has 60 5-star reviews in iTunes.
Jonny Nastor has published three new episodes of Hack the Entrepreneur per week since launching in September 2014. He already has 253 5-star reviews in iTunes.
Demian Farnworth and Jonny Nastor show the hell up reliably.
I have hosted a live postgame show immediately after nearly every Indiana basketball game since the beginning of the 2011–12 season. There are now more than 1,000 people on our email list, a handful of whom donated money to our show before we ever asked for any donations.
I show the hell up reliably and have done it over time. So have my co-hosts.
And because Marc Maron starting showing up, he got better at developing authentic connections with his guests and his audience.
And because Jonny and Demian have shown up reliably, they have become regular, trusted sources of usefulness to their audiences.
And because my co-hosts and I have shown up reliably over time, we are projecting our little hobby podcast to drive five figures in revenue next season.
The constant? Showing up.
It’s what most people won’t do
Half of all podcasts never make it past the 7–10 episode range. Most of the rest are done by episode 20–25.
Only podcasters with a certain attitude and perseverance prevail — a fact that can empower and frighten simultaneously.
Are you up for the challenge?
There is one irrefutable, universal law of podcasting success:
Show up reliably over time.
Do that and you’ll have done what most podcasters won’t do … which is why you’ll have achieved what most podcasters only daydream about: a remarkable show with a loyal audience.
It isn’t easy — few accomplishments worth achieving are. But it is simple.
Just show up.
If so, then you’re a Showrunner …
If you have what it takes to show up reliably over time in an effort to build an authentic, useful connection with an audience, then you have what it takes to be a Showrunner.
In fact, you are a Showrunner.
So we want you to join us.
One final Pilot launch of The Showrunner Podcasting Course started yesterday (6/25/15) and it ends next week (7/2/15). It’s one final chance to get Pilot pricing on the course before the price goes up again later this summer.
All you need to bring is the right attitude. We’ll provide the step-by-step guide for developing, launching, and running your remarkable show. And the supportive community of fellow Showrunners inside the course will provide the gentle pushes of motivation we all sometimes need when our attitudes are stricken with moments of weakness.
Join The Showrunner email list. You’ll immediately get details about joining the course. We’re excited to start working with you.
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Friday, June 26, 2015
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Giovanni Gallucci is one of the most generous people Technology Translated host Scott Ellis knows when it comes to sharing his knowledge, and he’s been teaching about image usage and optimization since 2008.
Giovanni is a successful social media consultant and practitioner, videographer, and photographer. He also has a knack for pushing the boundaries of SEO.
He stays on the “light side” of SEO, but by pushing the edges, he is able to find opportunities and gain advantages that most people don’t know about.
Let’s dig in …
In this 45-minute episode of Technology Translated, host Scott Ellis and Giovanni Gallucci discuss:
- The importance of images in your content
- The image as content
- Image SEO and EXIF Data
- Where you can find images you can use on your site
- Image usage rights
- Audience Q&A
- Above all else … what’s most important
- What constitutes Fair Use
- DPI Standards
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
In this episode of The Missing Link, Tim Ash, Eric Enge, Adam Riemer, Bill Leake, and Krista Neher reveal their tips and tactics on how you can use LinkedIn to grow your business.
Have you ever wondered how online marketing experts actually use LinkedIn?
Sean Jackson has, too. So, he asked them.
Luckily for you, Sean brought his recorder.
Listen in as Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia lead you through some of the best LinkedIn power tips they’ve heard:
- Tim Ash shares a proven technique for reaching out to people who have viewed your profile.
- Eric Enge tells you how to use the LinkedIn search tool for the best profiles to view.
- Adam Riemer talks about excellent strategies for getting people from LinkedIn to your website.
- Bill Leake doles out beneficial advice about how to segment your ads and promotions.
- Krista Neher brings us home with practical advice about how employees can boost your LinkedIn presence.
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The job of a marketer isn’t easy.
You need to create great content, promote it, and then convert your hard-earned traffic into email subscribers.
Because email is 40 times more effective than social media in customer acquisition, it can’t be ignored.
But your work doesn’t stop there either. You need to cultivate a relationship with your subscribers if you want them to ever buy from you.
In order to do that, you need your subscribers to not just tolerate your emails but to actually get excited about the next email you send them.
The average email open rate depends on the industry, but typically it ranges from 15-25%. That’s not terrible, but it certainly isn’t good.
Would you be happy if only 1 out of 4-6 people who asked for emails from you actually opened them? And that’s just opening, not clicking through or replying.
I hope you said you wouldn’t be happy with the 15-25% open rate. Indeed, you can do much better if you avoid the mistakes most other businesses make.
If the average business has an ROI of 4,300% from email marketing with those kinds of open rates, imagine what you could do if 50-60% of your list opened and interacted with your emails.
In this post, I will show you how to achieve those results.
Set the stage: after the signup
You’ve convinced a reader to sign up for your email list—great.
To do so, you had to offer them something. Whether it’s just regular content updates or a free lead magnet, there’s something that your new subscriber wants.
There is no excuse in this day and age not to deliver any lead magnet within minutes of receiving a new subscription. Every major email marketing platform has some sort of an autoresponder you can use to deliver your offering automatically.
This is simple, but crucial. People have short memories.
For a loyal reader who just got around to subscribing, it’s not such a big deal. But when it comes to most subscribers, who don’t know you very well, it can be the difference between starting a great relationship and being put in the spam box.
Think about the time when you signed up for a free bonus from someone you didn’t know very well. If they sent your freebie to your email box immediately, you knew who sent it and why you received it—after all, you asked for it.
But if it’s sent to you a day later, or even a few hours later, all of a sudden, you’re thinking: “Who on earth is Neil Patel?”
The average person is very protective of their inbox, as they should be. So when they get an email from someone they don’t know, they are cautious. Sure, some don’t mind, but some get annoyed, weirded out, or even angry.
So, deliver on whatever you promised right away. Simple.
But that brings me to the next important thing you need to do right after your website visitors sign up—while you are still fresh in their minds: set clear expectations.
The first follow-up email gets the highest open rate, often 70% or higher. This is way higher than the overall average open rate. What you say in this email can either help you sustain high open rates in future emails or scare off subscribers.
So, what should you say? It depends on how your visitors signed up.
If they signed up to an offer that simply said “send me lessons,” it’s pretty safe to assume they know who you are and expect occasional emails from you.
In this case, it’s less about what you will be sending (lessons and updates) and who you are and more about the frequency of your communication.
However, if your new subscriber signed up because they want a free report or a course, they may not realize that they just joined your mailing list.
Brian Casel offers a course for freelancers who want to “productize” their services. When you opt in for this email course, you receive an email that begins like this:
Brian does a few important things here:
- introduces himself so you won’t forget him
- includes a headshot
- introduces his product without being overly pushy
- establishes expectations by saying this is the first in a series of email lessons
Most importantly, he knows that almost all of his new subscribers will read this because it’s at the very top of the first email he sends. Then, he delivers what he promised.
I showed you the opt-in for Jon Morrow’s Headline Hacks above. If you use a one-time download as a lead magnet, I want to highlight something he does that you should also think about doing.
At the bottom of every email, he includes the following blurb under the “PS”:
This is a simple reminder of what you signed up for.
On many occasions, a new subscriber will download your lead magnet, enjoy it, but then forget who you are within a day or so. Then they get an email from you a few days later and get angry when they feel they don’t know who you are. This leads to unsubscribes, being marked as spam, and the occasional “I NEVER SIGNED UP FOR THIS!” email reply.
Including this short snippet at the bottom of an email will eliminate almost all of those complaints and calm down anyone who’s angry.
Let’s go through the steps of crafting emails your subscribers will enjoy receiving.
Step 1: Start with an enticing subject line
Once you’ve laid the groundwork, it’s time to start working on crafting future emails that your subscribers can’t help but open.
It always starts with writing a great subject line.
The subject line should be written a lot like the headline of a blog post although you have a little more freedom with it.
Subject line tactic #1: Use numbers
If you’ve followed me on either the Quick Sprout blog or the NeilPatel.com blog for some length of time, you’d know that I love numbers in headlines. I especially love writing list posts.
Numbers are specific, easy to read, and intriguing. Even The New Yorker recognizes the power of numbers:
“Whenever we’re scanning the environment for nothing in particular, our visual system is arrested by the things that don’t fit—features that suddenly change or somehow stand out from the background. A headline that is graphically salient in some way has a greater chance of capturing our eye, and in an environment where dozens of headlines and stories vie for attention, numerals break up the visual field.”
Adding numbers to subject lines is one of the most effective ways to increase your open rate:
Subject line tactic #2: Induce curiosity
Curiosity is powerful. When we want to know the answer to something, it gnaws away at us until we find it.
It takes practice to write a headline that induces curiosity, but it works well when done right:
The key is to be specific about an event or result but be vague about what led to it. Naturally, your readers will want to know how you produced that intriguing event or result.
For example, if I sent an email with the subject line This one tactic led to 60,000 visitors in 2 months on a new blog…, you’re going to open the email to find out what “This one tactic” was.
It’s the exact same principle behind all those “one weird trick” ads:
Subject line tactic #3: Keep it short
Informz found that shorter subject lines generally beat longer headlines. This doesn’t mean that short subject lines are always better than long ones—they aren’t. But in general, short ones are better because:
- the whole subject line can be read (without being cut off)
- short subject lines typically induce more curiosity
- they force you to be clear (readers won’t open ambiguous headlines)
Subject line tactic #4: Test different subject lines
Everyone should test different subject lines, even the President of the United States…oh wait, he did.
Leading up to the last election, the Obama campaign team split-tested several headlines to see how much money they would raise. The results were incredible. The top result was projected to raise $2,540,866, while the bottom result would have raised only $403,603…a 629% difference.
One way to split-test subject lines is to simply send emails with different subject lines to small groups of your list and then send the winning subject to your full list.
Alternatively, many email marketing providers have a split testing function built-in.
If you use Aweber, go to create a broadcast like you normally would (in the “Messages > Broadcasts” menu option), but click “Create a Split Test” below the big green button.
You can then choose how many variations you’d like to create.
Then you can choose to what percentage of your list you’d like to send each variation. It must add up to 100%, so an even split is usually best:
Once you save the split test, go back to your broadcast messages page. You’ll now see two (or however many variations you chose) drafts. Then you just have to edit each email individually with your subject lines and message.
Step 2: It’s all about value
Think about why new subscribers open that first email: it’s to get something.
At this point, you’re not a friend. You’re not even an acquaintance.
But you have something they want, whether it’s knowledge or a tool.
It’s not wrong in all cases to pitch your services right away, or at least say that they are available, but in many cases it is.
In general, people tolerate pitches in order to get value from you.
If you pitch too soon, too frequently, or too hard, you’ll scare away a potentially good prospect.
Think of every new subscriber like a new bank account. Every time you add value to their lives, you make a deposit, but every time you pitch them or don’t deliver on your offer, you make a withdrawal. Take out too much, and the account will get closed.
Trust takes time: You have to earn trust by giving away value, time after time. Once a subscriber realizes that you’re not just trying to make a quick buck off them and that your work is actually making a difference in their lives, they will start to trust you.
Glen Allsopp, owner of ViperChill, runs a hugely popular blog on viral marketing. He is known for creating epic guides and providing new insights within his niche that no one else has discovered yet. In other words: he provides tons of value.
When his subscribers get an email from him, they know it’s going to be something that improves their marketing results. That’s the secret behind his outrageous open rates:
Step 3: Make it personal
Think about how you make a new friend.
You learn more and more about the person over time, as they learn about you, until you become better friends.
You bond over similarities and common interests.
Obviously, you and your subscribers have a shared interest in your particular niche, but at the beginning, you don’t have anything else beyond that. You’re just a name behind some text.
Here is how to make friends with your subscribers.
Share interesting personal stories
One of the best ways for someone to get to know you and get a glimpse of your life is for you to share personal stories with them. You can do this in your blog posts, but email is another great time to do it. After all, when friends want to tell us a story, they don’t write us a blog post. They send us an email.
Bryan Harris often begins his emails with entertaining short stories. But he always finds a way to tie them back to his point. So, not only do you learn a little bit more about him every email, but you also get the value you’re looking for.
Talk to one person—add personality
No one wants to be talked to in a corporate tone. You should write emails just like you write blog posts. Use the words “you” and “I,” and don’t be afraid to include questions and some occasional slang.
When you write your email, pretend you’re writing the email to one specific person—a friend. If you have trouble doing this, go to Gmail, start a new message, and write your email there. Then, just copy the message back to Aweber or whichever email service you’re using.
If you try to rush, you’ll freak people out
I think everyone’s guilty of this at one point or another in our lives, although some more than others. You meet someone, and they tell you their life story right away. It’s like when a person you’re dating tells you they love you on the first date (classic Ted Mosby).
Relationships take time to develop. When it comes to your email list, you need to share stories and personal details one step at a time. When someone first subscribes, they might like to know who you are and one cool fact about you, but they don’t want your life story.
Step 4: Create cliffhangers
We already talked about the power of curiosity.
One tactic you can use to take advantage of it is cliffhangers. If you’ve ever watched a TV show, you know what a cliffhanger is.
It’s when something unexpected happens right at the end, leaving you dying to find out what happens next. If you want to find out, you need to watch the next episode.
TV shows have been using cliffhangers with great success for quite some time, but marketers are still playing catch-up.
Think of every email you send as an “episode” that leads to the next. You should always build upon each email you send.
Near the end of each email, you’re going to reveal some sort of result that you or someone you know achieved, e.g., getting a post to go viral and attracting over 50,000 views.
Say that you’ll tell them exactly how you were able to achieve that result in your next email. BOOM—instant cliffhanger.
You can create a cliffhanger in a few different ways.
The first is to simply continue a topic your subscribers are already interested in. For example, here’s the end of another email from Bryan Harris. Instead of overloading the reader with too much information in this single email, he tells them he’ll send over the next part tomorrow.
Here’s how you create a traditional cliffhanger, courtesy of Nathan Barry. See how he ends it off? He reveals that he knows a pricing strategy to triple revenue, but he won’t share it until the next email. I’m hooked.
Finally, you can be even more subtle if you’d like. Ramit Sethi is the master at slipping in little teasers throughout his emails or at the end in a P.S. He simply asks three questions that most of his readers will want to know the answers to, which will then prompt them to open next week’s email.
Step 5: Email shouldn’t be one-sided
Do you value the opinion of your subscribers?
I really hope you answered yes. If you don’t, what’s the point of all the work you’re doing to make their lives better?
Now, I think most people answer yes to that question, which is great. So why is it that most email lists feel like one-sided conversations?
I talk, you listen.
That’s the wrong way to approach it.
So, what’s the solution? Get your readers involved.
A lot of marketers know this already but attempt to get subscribers involved in all the wrong ways.
Similarly, a lot of okay but not great teachers do the same thing. They ask their students questions, but they do it in a way that doesn’t entice anyone to answer. *Cue awkward silence until the teacher singles someone out.*
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Think about why people don’t answer:
- they’re afraid to be wrong
- the answer is obvious
- they don’t care about the question
- they feel insignificant (“just let someone else answer”)
Let’s deal with these one-by-one.
Reason #1: They’re afraid to be wrong
You are the expert in your niche. Your subscribers don’t want to look dumb in front of you if they answer a question wrong.
Here’s what you can do about this.
The first thing you can do is to let them answer anonymously. If you’re simply collecting data, send them a link to a Google Forms sheet, and give them the option to leave off their name. Make this a clear option in the email.
The second thing you can do is to share what your answer was when you were asked the question the first time (if you were wrong). Challenge them: say that almost no one gets it right the first time (you didn’t), but invite them to take a guess.
The third is to give them an alternative. Many are intimidated by having to reply directly to you. Instead, do what Ramit does: give them the option to leave a comment on your site.
Reason #2: The answer is obvious
I ask many questions in my blog posts, mainly because the answers are obvious. I don’t need you to reply to those questions, and you know that. Sometimes though, marketers will ask ridiculously simple questions in their emails to try to encourage engagement, but subscribers don’t take those questions seriously.
The lesson from this is that you can’t trick people into engagement. Only ask questions that serve a purpose.
Reason #3: They don’t care about the question
This one’s easy, and you probably don’t need to worry much about it. Occasionally, some marketers try to ask questions about unrelated topics that will go ignored for the most part. Instead, keep the questions to your niche. It’s as simple as that.
Reason #4: They feel insignificant (“just let someone else answer”)
This is by far the trickiest hurdle to overcome, especially when you have a big list. You’re trying to make someone feel special even though they are just one of thousands (much worse than a classroom).
One technique to overcome this problem is to target a very specific portion of your readers. Instead of asking:
“What tactics have you tried to increase your conversion rate?”
“I know not everyone has a huge site, but if you own a site with 20,000 or more visitors per month, what have you tried so far to increase your conversion rate?”
Sometimes it’s better to exclude a part of your list (they won’t mind as long as it’s not all the time) to make another part feel more special.
Another technique you can use to make your subscribers feel special is one I saw Carol Tice use. You ask for answers or feedback to feature them in a future email or blog post.
Finally, never make your readers feel like they are sending their responses into a black hole. I’ve seen a lot of marketers improve in this area lately. When they ask a question at the end of an email, they make sure to point out that they respond to all emails or, at the very least, read them.
Respond to as many as you can. Even though it may be time consuming, it’s the best way to build relationships with your readers and gain true fans. If you’re running out of time, try some of these Gmail plugins.
Step 6: Bigger isn’t better
This is a very general rule and can be broken.
Some marketers write very lengthy emails, even with 1,000+ words sometimes, and do very well with them.
However, if you’re going to write that much, you’d better have something really important to say.
If your subscribers read through all of that lengthy email and get nothing out of it, they aren’t going to do it again.
Another thing to consider is that if you send email updates more than once a week, most subscribers won’t have the time to read multiple lengthy emails unless they love you.
Finally, it takes a long time to write good long emails. Most marketers that do so regularly are strong copywriters as well.
This is why, unless you have a good reason, you should stick to a short clear email.
Informz found that shorter emails get the highest opens and click-through rates. They also found that emails with more links have higher click rates. With less content, every link you include will stand out more.
Step 7: Function over form (make it readable)
If there was a way to measure bounce rates of emails easily, I think many marketers would find the data shocking.
If you don’t make your email quickly loadable and highly readable, your subscribers are just going to delete it and move on to the next one.
Tip 1: Go light on images and fancy formatting
We all know that images are important in blog posts. They break up text, reinforce points, and make your content look better.
And while there are similarities between emails and blog posts, this is not one of them. Images and formatting should be kept to a minimum in your emails. Hubspot found that the more images were in an email, the lower the click-through rate was.
One problem is that they take longer to load on most mobile connections. Considering that 44.7% of email is opened on mobile devices, this is a big deal.
Another concern is that they distract readers from your text and links. If you do include images, make them complement your content, not compete with it.
Tip 2: Format for all devices
Like I said, almost half of emails are opened on mobile devices. That means that optimizing your emails for mobile is even more important than optimizing your blog posts for mobile.
Here are some best practices:
- Keep the line length short: most phones have a maximum width of 300-500 pixels.
- Keep pictures to a minimum: they can show up wrong, bloat the file size, and cause the email to get flagged as spam.
- Use dark text on a white background: light text is often more difficult to read on mobile devices.
- Minimize HTML: even common tags like paragraph tags aren’t recognized by all mobile email apps.
Tip 3: Make links obvious and easy to click
Always keep in mind the point of your email. For most emails, the point will be to get your readers to click through to a page on your website. You need to make it clear.
Additionally, links can be difficult to click on small mobile screens, so the more they stand out, the better your click-through rate will be.
Here are some of the things you can do to maximize your click-through rate:
- Use a bigger font for links
- Put links on a separate line
- Bold links
- Put multiple links to the same post with different anchor text
You don’t need to do all of these at the same time to get a link to stand out.
You’ll notice that I use the same template for most of my emails. You can see that one link is on its own line, and in total, I include three links to the same post.
Step 8: Send consistently and deliver on your claims
Right within your first email, you should indicate how often your new subscribers will be getting emails from you.
Regardless of that, however, you want to send your emails consistently, or else your readers will forget about you over time, and your list will go stale. Express Pigeon found that sending four emails per month, as opposed to one, significantly increases your average open rate.
So, now you’ve got your readers regularly expecting your emails. They’re opening them thanks to your solid subject line, and they’re enjoying the content.
Now you just have to take care of one last piece of the puzzle: what happens after your readers click the link?
If you link them to a disguised sales page or a weak blog post, they are going to feel like you took advantage of them, and you will lose their trust.
On the other hand, if you send them to a post or page that fulfills your promise, you will gain their trust.
Brian Dean gets away with sending an email only about once a month to his subscribers simply because every time they click through, he blows them away with an epic post.
It’s better to be honest in your description of what you’re linking to and have a lower click-through rate than to be deceptive to get more clicks. The short-term greed will lead to long-term declines in engagement and list size.
Email marketing is the most effective type of marketing there is by a wide margin. It’s not going away anytime soon.
When you’re attempting to apply these 8 steps to your future emails, remember that they are guidelines, not rules.
Always think about the underlying concepts we discussed in each section to see which parts apply to your emails and when they should be used.
If you read this post carefully (maybe even re-read it a few times if you like it), you’ll have a deeper understanding of these principles. At first, they will help a bit. But over time, as you gain experience, there’s no reason you can’t achieve consistent 50+% open rates and record profits.
What’s your biggest takeaway from this post on how to increase your email open rate? I’m genuinely curious and will reply to every comment below like I always do.