4 Ways to Grow Your Email List By Blogging

by Kim Willis on April 21, 2014

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Build Your List With a Blog

Blogging has become a popular way to get information to people.  People turn to the internet for information, but they also want to read interesting content that keeps them engaged and involved.

They want articles that inform, educate, and entertain. Since so many people receive these benefits from blogs, they’re also a great way to drive traffic to your site regularly. Creating a blog is simple but some still struggle with it.  Here is a method I’ve used plenty of times and it’s really simple.

Setting up WordPress

Before you can begin creating your blog, you’ll need a blogging platform.

WordPress is easily the most popular option and for good reason.

It’s powerful enough to run a big website, versatile enough to handle anything, and popular enough that there are countless themes and plugins for it.

Setting up WordPress is as simple as can be. Most hosting plans will have an option to automatically install it onto your server with just the click of a button (look for SimpleScripts).

If you need to install it yourself, simply download it for free. You then upload it to your server, create a new database for it, and follow the instructions. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Or, check out Fiverr.com for freelancers who can do it for $5.

If you plan on making money online, look at your blog as an additional way to attract new visitors and prospects to offer products and services to…NOT as a business model where you’re paid totally off ad revenue.

Placing Ads In the Sidebar

The look and layout of a blog is determined by the theme you use. Most themes will allow you to place image ads in the sidebar column.

These ads will appear on nearly every page of your blog and can be a great way to promote your offers and get people clicking through to your squeeze and sales pages.

Since you’re creating this blog to either make money or generate leads, utilizing this ability to advertise on your blog is crucial.  Some bloggers prefer to create their own ads that link to an offer.

Others, however, will simply use Google Ads or a similar service and let them decide what ads to put up.

Placing Ads In the Article

The articles posted to your blog can also be a great place to advertise. It’s easy to add text links to the content of an article. And, this is a very unobtrusive way to advertise. Since these are text-based links, they fit perfectly into the body of an article. Not everyone can read code, so you can add a link to your WordPress blog post simply by pressing the hyperlink button right above where you enter the article text.

Placing Ads After the Article

Blog articles are a perfect way to presell someone on an offer. Let’s say you run a blog about dating and you’re offering a product that helps someone plan the perfect date.

Writing a blog post about how important it is to plan out a date will put your readers into a receptive state. Placing an ad at the end of this article is the best way to capitalize on that. Most ads like this will be horizontal banners and are often visually eye-catching, or use animation.

Popup footers, on the other hand, are a new technology which I and many others have found to be very effective. These are the three main ways to use a blog to attract visitors and then transport them to the page where you call them to action of some kind. Getting people to these “money pages” is absolutely key for success online.

If creating a website or writing regular posts sounds just a bit too complicated or time-consuming, here’s something else you may want to try. My “21 simple steps to making your first $1,000 online,“ even if you have no computer skills whatsoever  – it may be perfect for you.


Bit of controversy about pop ups.  Some hate them because they they they are too intrusive.  But I sill use them from time to time for the simple reason I get more opt ins to my list with a pop than without one.

Try it.

Final Words

Of course the foregoing assumes that you already have blog traffic.  If you’re a newbie you will need to embrace a keyword strategy to give you a good chance of get your blog posts ranked on the search engines.  Here is another article about this topic.


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6 Figure Game Plan For Online Marketers (Ruff and Reddy Version)

Whether you’re a newbie or been around for a while, if you still havent made great money you need to watch my new video – 6 Figure Game Plan.  In 18 minutes you will learn the key strategy I use to earn multiple 6 figures, whilst tripping around the world, having fun. WARNING: this one is not slick or professional, but I KNOW you’ll love the content!   WATCH IT NOW.



Five Reasons Why I Suck at MLM

by Kim Willis on April 21, 2014

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MLM and Me – Uncomfortable Bedfellows

Ok I’ll admit it.  When it comes to mlm/network marketing I totally suck.  I’ve tried it many times and failed in every instance.   So I gave up.  Take a look at my list and see if you identify with any of the points……

1. I’m Kinda Shy – My Sons Call Me a Social Retard

I come from a long line of social misfits.  My Mum was the most introverted person I’ve ever known.  When she was sick of talking to me or anyone else she’d just say ‘ok, I’ve had enough.  Please leave!’   But on reflection my grand dad was even worse.  He’d lock himself in his room and not come out for days.  Come to think of it, compared to them I’m a raging extrovert.  But here’s the thing – I don’t do BBQ’s, I’m not a ‘joiner’, and I haven’t been to a party in 30 years.  And that suits me just fine.  I do like having deep and meaningful conversations though.  Look at me as Mogadon for insomniacs.

2. I Hate Rejection – I Easily Revert to Thumb Sucking Mode

Scratch me, do I not bleed?  I do.  After a couple of kicks in the teeth from hostile prospects I start regressing.  Into the corner I go, sucking my thumb and sobbing like a jilted lover.

3. I Don’t Like Attending Meetings – It’s a Form of Torture

Meetings and me don’t see eye to eye.  For starters I have the attention span of a gnat.  Then there’s the ‘need to be social’ thing (refer to Point 1).  And finally there’s the hype – I’ve got an aversion to overt manipulation.

4. I Can Only Endure Delayed Gratification For Short Periods – Then I Implode

Don’t get me wrong – I am persistent.  Super persistent.  But this is on the proviso that I’m getting lots of cash NOW, not in 5 years time.  I’ll build for the long term, no worries.  But ask me to focus on the dream (and all that palava) without sending plenty of cash my way…….my eyes glaze over.  Sorry guys, I just don’t buy into the whole dream building nonsense.

5. Approaching Friends and Family is a Waste of Time – They Think I’m Weird

Yes it’s true.  My extended family think I live on Planet Loopy, so no potential there for business.  Friends?  Refer to Point 1.  I have acquantances, but no friends.  Sad perhaps, but at least I’m happy (whatever that means).  ha ha

What Hope Is There For a Born Loser Like Me?

Lest you think that this is not a positive story, understand this.  MLM and me is like a square peg in a round hole.  I am simply not a good fit for that type of business.  On the other hand, marketing big ticket products (that pay ‘now’ money) using PULL marketing techniques (whereby people approach me) makes me feel SOOOO good.  Love it.

You see I have found my place, and make great money as a result of embracing my Cash Cow Business strategy.

The Takeout For You

What’s the takeout for you?  If you’re doing mlm and totally love it and buidling quickly and successfully, you must keep doing it.  In fact, if that IS the case I’m not sure why you’re reading this article.

On the other hand if you’re doing mlm and it’s not working and you just don’t feel right about it, then you should look at what I’m doing.  Same comments apply even if you’re not in a network marketing program, but want to generate an income online.   You can do that HERE. 


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