How To Get 11,284 Blog Subscribers In Your First Month Of Blogging

How To Get 11,284 Blog Subscribers In Your First Month Of Blogging

Have you ever stumbled upon a blog with over 100k subscribers, and thought “Wow. It would be cool to have a following like this myself.”

I was in this position myself a few years ago. I followed a blog that had 1 Million subscribers with tons of interaction, valuable discussion, and engaged members.

The blog was thriving. Passively marketing their products and making real money.

About that time, I started my own blog, The Tech Styles.

Then, I worked to build my audience.

At the time of writing, I had 1 subscriber on my blog. I was pouring time and resources into creating awesome blog content, but had no readers.

In order for the ideas below to work, you’ll need to make sure you’re being consistent with social media and blog posting. You can’t expect visitors to subscribe your content if you don’t publish anything new for them to read.

If you are serious about boosting your blog, you need to make the commitment to post regularly!

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How To Get 11,284 Blog Subscribers In Your First Month Of Blogging

Method 1: Create a Facebook button

Create a ‘sign-up’ button on your Facebook page.

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When you click on the Sign up button, you’re taken to a special subscribe page where you can opt-in to become an subscriber.

My landing page looks like this:

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To set up a button on your Facebook page, go to your page and click “Add Button” found right underneath you cover photo.

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A pop-up menu will appear with a variety of CTA choices to choose from. Choose “Get in Touch”.

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Another drop-down will appear. Click on “Sign-up”.

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Your button should be generated and look like mine above.

In addition to creating a Facebook button, creating a Facebook group is also a great way to expand your audience.

If you optimize the title of your group, it is likely to grow organically when people search for their preferred interests.

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…But how do you optimize a Facebook group for search?

Include your main keyword in the title of your group. In this case “Online Biz” is part of “Online Biz Superstars”.

Another thing you can do is include your main keyword in your description. You can see what I did with my group:

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Besides including your main keywords in the title of your Facebook group, and your description you should also include a link to your opt-in page in the description. I usually put it at the bottom.

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Method 2: Ask existing subscribers to invite their friends

This method is a great way to get quality subscribers.

You already have a pool of people who love your blog, and chances are their friends will love it too! But, how do you tap into that fantastic resource?

Although there are many ways to go about this, one that i’ve had the most success with is putting at the bottom of my blog posts and newsletters. Something like “Did you love this post? Tag a friend now!”.

Try optimizing all your blog posts and future newsletters!

Method 3: Ask Influencers To Subscribe And Promote Your Blog

Don’t be afraid to reach out to influencers in your industry and ask them to be a part of what you’re doing.

Most of the time they’re happy to get involved, and grow their network of contacts. You can find influencers at scale on sites like Buzzstream.

There is a few ways you can go about working with influencers.

  1. Ask them for a quote
  2. Share their content and tag them (they’ll start noticing you – trust me)
  3. Email your sources so they read, share, and link to your content

Try these tips, and get creative!

Method 4: Pay for ads

There’s no shame in paying for ads to promote your blog and capture new subscribers. Hell, many of the pros do it(I know this for a fact)!

Think of it this way, you’re not buying fake subscribers. You paying to reach new audiences, whether or not that audience likes your offering, is one hundred percent up to them.

Although Facebook Ads are not easy, they are the most time effective.

Say you put a dollar amount on the time you spend promoting your blog organically, 10 hours per guest post (another popular option to grow your list) that nets you one hundred new subscribers, you’re still paying $1 per subscriber.

Here are my actual results from one of the first campaigns I did to grow my subscriber list.

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The results say it all. I paid a grand total of $227.05 and got 532 new subscribers to my list. That means I spent an average of just 43 cents per subscriber.

Method 5. Add opt-in checkboxes to your landing pages.

My first month blogging, I boosted my newsletter subscribers by 128% in just three months. How? I simply added a new checkbox field to all of my landing page forms so subscribing to my blog became as easy as one click.

In other words, when someone filled out a form on one of my landing pages to get one of my gated offers (like an ebook), they could also easily opt in to receive my newsletter.

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Adding an opt-in checkbox to your landing pages is the easiest and fastest thing you can do to get more subscribers, because all the person has to do is check a box.

Another growth hack is to make the checkbox selected by default. Just keep in mind that you want your subscribers to want to be on your blog. So, by auto checking the box for them, you might wind up with some low engagement rates and low-quality subscribers.

Method 7. Optimize Your Top Blog For Subscriptions

This isn’t super time-consuming and can give you a large boost of subscriptions that will only keep generating as your blog keeps accumulating traffic.

Why? Because your top blog post is probably generating uber amounts of organic search traffic than your average blog post, and you can reap the benefits of that traffic by adding a great CTA (in this case, our CTA is our subscription form).

You can identify your top blog post by using free tools like BuzzSumo or Google Analytics.

I would suggest placing your subscription CTA in the middle of your post, and then another one at the end. Experiment to see what works best with your audience.

Here’s an example of a subscription CTA on one of my top ranking blog posts.

Using the above methods, my subscriber list reached 11,824 in my first three months of blogging. I won’t pretend like it was easy, I had to really commit to a schedule and this blog!

 

Which methods above worked for you? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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