How To Increase Your Blog Opt In Rates By 500%
Back in the day, I was able to convert 5-20% of my blog visitors into subscribers. Right now, those statistics are mind boggling and totally unrealistic. The majority of marketers use blogs to build email lists (well at least the smart ones). Anyway, we use our lists to build relationships with our readers which ultimately results in loyal followers and customers.
Lately I’ve been putting a lot of thought into how I can increase my blog opt in rates. So I spent a whole week scheming up evil plans. Before I reveal exactly how I dramatically increased my subscription rates, let me tell you the truth…
You’ll be lucky to convert 5-10% of your readers into subscribers. Ten percent is actually abnormal, but it’s perfectly achievable. Generally, most people convert less than 5% of their readers into subscribers, but using my ninja strategy you should be able to boost opt in rates dramatically.
First of all, you need to use really good opt in bait. If you don’t already know, opt in bait is generally some form of free information you offer in return for your visitor’s details. In order to build your list, you must offer high quality opt in bait. The kind of quality information you’d pay for!
The trouble is, you can’t use the same opt in bait for everyone. On this blog I get all kinds of readers. I use the same opt in bait (a free course) for everyone. I have generic biz opp seekers, Internet marketers, experienced Networkers & a ton of “make money online” guys reading my blog daily. If I could offer targeted opt in bait for all the different readers I get, I could pull off 30%+ opt in rates.
You just can’t offer the same bait to everyone as you’ll always attract random visitors. So here’s the solution, filter your visitors through multiple pages and email lists. You can’t exactly have an email list per page as that’s crazy, but I’ve found creating 3-10 different lists to be highly effective. If the majority of your blog traffic goes to your home page, filter it.
You might have 5 categories/pages on your blog. You can create a different email list for each one. Then you just create different opt in bait for the 5 different category’s of visitors you’re getting. It’s a really simple strategy, but can produce phenomenal results. A master of this strategy is CopyBlogger. The site has a navigation bar at the top with links to 7 pages.
Each page is about a different marketing strategy. There’s a ton of information on each page finished off by a free download on the subject. So instead of having 1 generic list you’ll have multiple email lists that are 10 times more targeted. It will also result in far more subscribers as you’re giving readers more options.
The next trick I’ve been using involves popups… Not everyone uses a popup as they are kind of annoying. So unless you offer irresistible ”opt in bait”, you won’t get many conversions on your popup. Here’s the truth, I get around a 2-10% conversion on my popup. I’d say on average a few percent. Those conversion rates aren’t bad at all. Then I get a 2-4% conversion on the form in my sidebar. Usually, visitors will make the decision of joining your list as soon as they see your opt in box.
They’ll make a decision for every opt in box they see. If they reject both boxes above the fold, they’ll hopefully proceed to read your article. Then at the end of the article (if it’s good) they’ll think you’re a cool guy who provides unbelievable value. At this stage you have the highest chance of getting them to opt in. (but only if your content rocks)
So you use this magical mind trick that magnetically attracts more subscribers… It’s called using a P.S. line! At the end of your posts, simply add a quick P.S. asking people to opt in. Examples?….
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Cool ehh? Well it’s so simple, but it works like crazy. You can do the same thing to increase the amount of comments you get. Just command your readers to leave comments! Ask them for their thoughts and questions and you’ll get a crap load of comments. As I’ve said a million times before, people will generally do what you tell them!
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