The Money is in the List

You've heard it said many times "the money is in the list". But how do you get the list?

Let's face it, when you are new to affiliate marketing you may not be able to afford Aweber or GetResponse and most free autoresponders don't actually have easy to use list creation capabilities. So this tutorial will show you how to start building your list for free.

This is a fairly simple method which is suitable for beginners. More advanced members should be using a paid autoresponder service. If you’re ready for a paid service then you can use one of the more popular such as aweber.com, getresponse.com or mailchimp.com.

Find a Product to Give Away

First you need a digital product that you can give away. This can be something that you have created yourself or something that you have downloaded that suits your niche and you have give-away rights to.

I found a lot of free products at this link Free PDFs

Just make sure that you have the legal right to use any of these products to build your list. Every download contains a Licence Rights PDF file and it's very important that you do not infringe any copyright laws. You may find a PLR (Private Label Rights) eBook which you can rewrite in your own words and style and create your own eBook to give away. Microsoft Word can convert your document into a PDF. And many of the Resell Rights licences allow you to use the product to build a list.

Whatever you choose as a give-away it should be related to your niche market and something that will entice people to sign up to receive it. It also must give tremendous value to your potential customers or they won't be receptive to your future offers.

Next Up Create and Publish a 'Thank You' Page


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AlenkaV Premium
Dear Marion
Thank you for this training.
I was looking for something like this, but had no idea it actually existed. Yeeey! So pleased I can start capturing emails for free and go on to use an autoresponder a bit later on (read: when I have some money to spare ;) )
Best,
Alenka
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MarionBlack Premium
You're very welcome, Alenka. You can get a paid for autoresponder when you're ready (read: when you have some money to spare). 😊
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MozMary Premium
Marion, last time I looked at easy sign up plugin for a new site it said it hadn't been updated in quite a while and others were being offered - do you know if they are going to keep it updated and do we need that to keep installing and using it?
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MarionBlack Premium
Good question Mary. As you can see, this tutorial is OLD. I'm now using MailPoet 3 instead of Easy Signup. I need to come back and revise this tutorial when I've got a bit of time.
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THuggans Premium
I just installed the MailPoet 3 and its great! Everything is free except for the Welcome New Subscribers but then you have to pay $10/month.

I was asked how people can be notified of our new blog posts and I thought it did it automatically because I first started this website under Wordpress but once I moved it to Wealthy Affiliate I never realized that feature stopped.

So thanks for this post!
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marzenka Premium
Hi Marion,
Thank you for this tutorial.
I have a newbie question. I can't find the "Easy sign up" Widget on my website. Is it my theme that doesn't offer this particular widget? I have other widgets available but not the "easy sign up".
I would appreciate any help on this.
Thank you:)
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marzenka Premium
I found it once I followed the steps!
Thank you:)
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MarionBlack Premium
Yes, you need to install and activate the plugin before the widget becomes available.
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marzenka Premium
Thank you:)
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tammyv2018 Premium
Thank you for this Marion. I've got mine all setup. Hope to get some emails collected soon. One note, my pages are not showing up in any menus. I made them private, but got 404 errors so went back to public. Maybe it's my theme. At least they are not showing anywhere that I can see. Thanks again!
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MarionBlack Premium
Just make sure that you've made the pages noindex and nofollow so they don't show up in the search results.
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TracyIrv Premium
Hi Marion, I need to build up my email list, but don't know where to start. My customers are business owners themselves ( my website is spa consultancy helping the spa owners).
Is it ok to find their email addresses myself through their websites and just manually email them with an offer or introduce myself? Is this okay to do this to a business just once, or is or seen as spamming them?
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telemarktom Premium
Hi there, as a marketing manager, I get literally dozens of those emails a day, they all go to spam. It's not the best way to go about things, but certainly, people do it.
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TracyIrv Premium
What would you recommend for starting from scratch?
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telemarktom Premium
You have a great niche because there are a number of very targeted keywords you could go after that only potential customers would be searching for.
If it was me, I would get my website up to a point where it looks presentable, say around 30 pages or so, then I would start with Google AdWords.
Send traffic to landing pages that are designed to capture an email address, start collecting the email addresses, and then set up automation campaigns in GetResponse or similar.
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TracyIrv Premium
Many Thanks for both replies. They are of much help.
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telemarktom Premium
No worries, all the best.
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MarionBlack Premium
tommysedge has given you some good advice.
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PeterWolf Premium
There is a super affiliate here who makes it to vegas every year, has no auto responder and does not collect or ask for emails. He strictly promotes WA and uses only SEO. Never uses paid ads.
His website IMO looks like shit.

Found this out on chat one day when he was in Vegas

But, I know nothing about how to make money online because I haven't made a dime in 2 years. Good for him for cracking the code. Thanks for the tips
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JIllW Premium
Thank you for sharing this as I am very tempted to do what this super affiliate is doing as I hate setting up accounts and I dislike setting up and figuring out things with the companies that collect emails. Even it they have trainning I am always suspecious that something is not working right. I guess this triggers paranoa.
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MarionBlack Premium
Everyone has their own method. I hope yours works for you soon.
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Marion, this is excellent! I went through every page and it's the best tutorial I have seen so far especially how easy it is to understand :D I appreciate also that you left us the link for the free products. I'm with Benchmark though already (it's not a plugin)

Thank You :D
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MarionBlack Premium
Yeah I get a lot of stuff to sell on my ebooks website.
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Magieken Premium
Hi Marion, have you done training on autoresponders? I tried MailChimp but found it very difficult to work out how to send out bulk emails. Your training is always first class and easy to follow so I hope you can do some on using autoresponders and which one you prefer and why.
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MarionBlack Premium
Re-writing this tutorial is on my to do list at the moment Magie.
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Magieken Premium
I didn't realize you had already done one of the autoresponders but will check it out and look forward to your update Thanks
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Kambas Premium
Thank you so much for this training Marion.

I now have an opt in widget on my site thanks to you!

Very much appreciated and I will recommend others to this training.

Trying to figure out how to make it a bit more attractive so it stands out, do you know if there is training on this? For the Songwriter theme. I have looked and will look some more but thought you could point me in the right direction.
Thanks again Marion, this was really a SAVER! ;)

Best regards,
Kamil
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for going through the tutorial Kamil. Design is such a huge subject I can't think of any specific training to recommend. Perhaps the best advice I can give you is to look at what other bloggers are doing, especially the big name bloggers, and use that for inspiration.
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Kambas Premium
I'm going to do some CSS experiments, managed to change my menu color and overall text size to 14 yesterday! Progress lol :D
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Megan8 Premium
Can you please send a link my way to changing the overall font size for my website and font style? Thanks so much
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Megan8 Premium
Thank you! :)
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Kambas Premium
I see Marion beet me to it :)
Hope the CSS will work with the theme you using.

Regards,
Kamil
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MozMary Premium
Marion, have you had any problems with this - I've been getting little glitches like names not showing, and how do we know if we have a spambot - I clicked the honeypot on and my sign ups stopped and started when I switched it back on but some of them are definitely not spam as I can trace them, and some I'm not sure looking at the email address but they also have names - yet the names can only be seen after copying and pasting into gmail! I did post at the wp forum and maybe he will get back to me next week, just wondering as your training here is actually much better than what the developer has provided himself!
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MarionBlack Premium
Even with the honeypot I'm getting heaps of fake signups every day. At this point I don't have a solution :(
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Marion, such a coincidence. I was looking for something like this to add to my side bar. The same one as this was posted years ago.

Earlier today there was a post on single and double opt ins to avoid those fake signups! When you have the double opt ins you won't get spammed with fake ones.

I don't know if it works with this plugin, I left that question there a few minutes ago.

This is the link to the blog:
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Jwayne75 Premium
Marion I have written a 10,000 word blog on how to start your own home tutoring business from beginning to end. Would you recommend giving it away free to promote WA and having them give me an email to get it for free? How do I set up a page for them to give an email which will get them to my free tutoring blog report...is there a free source to keep all my emails...training?
Thanks...Mac
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MarionBlack Premium
Hi Mac, I think I've covered pretty much all your questions in the tutorial above.
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shelley8492 Premium
I went through all your steps, but am still having problems. Do you put the giveaway on a webpage? I’m not sure how the giveaway connects when they give me their email address. They fill out the signup and get the thank you page that says they will receive an email with the link.

I also don’t want to collect their phone number. I erased it out of the raw data, but no way to save it.
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shelley8492 Premium
I figured out where to put the giveaway. Still stumped on sending email.
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MarionBlack Premium
The automated email is covered on Page 4
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shelley8492 Premium
Thanks for your response. I did set that up, but I don't get any response.

Can you help with how to delete the required phone number box they fill out?
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MarionBlack Premium
Sorry, Shelly, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do that.
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shelley8492 Premium
I noticed yours didn't have it. Maybe they've done an update since then.
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TinaB Premium
There is now an option to Deselect the phone number.
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