How to Get 1000 Blog Subscribers in 30 Days for FREE

How to Get 1000 Blog Subscribers in 30 Days

How would you like 1,000 new blog subscribers in the next 30 days? Who wouldn’t want this, right?? That’s 1,000 people who are eager to read each and every new blog post you publish!

What’s so great about blog subscribers, you may ask? Let me ask you this: have you ever been excited to publish a killer new blog post, and then no one responds? No shares, no likes and no comments? Just crickets and the horrible feeling of wasted time, right?

Building a solid base of blog subscribers is the solution to this problem.

There are two basic ways you can build this kind of following:

1) Through enticing people to opt in to your email list, and

2) Getting them to subscribe to your RSS feed.

When people sign up for your email list, you can send them an email each time you publish a new post; and your RSS subscribers will automatically receive your new posts in their feed reader.

When you’ve worked so hard to start and build your blog, doesn’t it just make sense to consistently be driving traffic to your new blog posts?

This article will walk you through how to get 1000 blog subscribers – in just 30 days!

1. To Get Blog Subscribers for free…ASK!

A common mistake I see business owners making is that they’re hesitant to ask their visitors and social media followers to join their list. They have the obligatory opt-in box in their sidebar, but they’re scared to alienate or annoy their website visitors by doing anything more than this.

“Don’t be afraid to use every channel available to promote your list and feed!”

When Buffer decided to ramp up their efforts, they experienced a 100% increase in blog subscribers in the course of just 30 days.

Here’s how they did it: Instead of using their standard method of collecting signups (a slideup box), they added 8 more opportunities for readers to subscribe to their email list:

  • A HelloBar (a signup box at the top of the page)
  • On their homepage
  • In their postscript
  • In their sidebar
  • On Twitter
  • On their Slideshare presentations
  • On Facebook
  • On Qzzr

The lesson to be learned here is this: don’t be afraid to try different strategies and use various channels to promote your list and RSS feed. Test out various methods for a month or two to see which ones are most effective. Then you’ll know for sure which ones work for YOUR audience!

2. Offer something truly valuable…for FREE!

Having an amazing opt-in incentive is absolutely critical to growing your list fast. This is imperative even if your primary goal is to make money through your blog (actually, it’s ESPECIALLY important if this is your primary goal!).

People are wary of handing over their email w/out a good reason. Your valuable opt-in is the trade off.Click To Tweet

Some opt-in offers that tend to work well include:

  • eBooks (like my 27 Killer Facebook Ideas eBook)
  • Checklists
  • Email courses: Multi-day emails that offer advanced training or insights into a particular topic or problem (e.g.,“30 days to lose 10 pounds”).
  • Webinars
  • Member-only discounts
  • Whitepapers or other “downloadables”
  • Survey results

You may also want to offer a number of different opt-in incentives to match different types of content and channels. For instance, promote a “10 Steps to Facebook Success ” guide to your Facebook fans and a “10 Steps to Twitter Success” to your Twitter followers.

An email marketing service like aWeber will allow you to offer various opt-in incentives, and then either create new lists for each incentive or funnel all blog subscribers into one general list.

3. Hold a contest

Holding a contest or giveaway is an amazing way to grow your email list in a very short amount of time. The trick is not to skimp on the prize: I have actually seen businesses promote a contest where the “grand prize” is a $5 gift certificate! Trust me when I say your email list is worth MUCH more than $5!

Offer a prize that’s actually worth something, and that your average fan or website visitor would find enticing.

Offer a prize that’s valuable, and that your average website visitor would find enticing.Click To Tweet

If you’re on a tight budget but still want to offer an amazing prize, ask other businesses to donate products or gift certificates in exchange for additional promotion. Many businesses are happy to donate items to gain additional (free) exposure. For more contest ideas, check out my post, 13 Killer Facebook Contest Ideas.

4. Use a (gasp!) pop-up box

You know what I’m talking about – those annoying opt-in boxes that pop up in the middle of your screen? Whether you love them or hate them, research shows they can be extremely effective for building your list.

Exit popup for our Facebook Live Quick Start Checklist

Of course, you must use them with care, or risk alienating and annoying your website visitors. One of the most effective (and least annoying) types of popup boxes is the exit-intent popup. These boxes appear ONLY when your visitors show some indication that they’re leaving your site – like when they switch windows or leave your site.

These allow you to give your visitors one more chance to subscribe to your blog or join your list. Many sites find using language like “Wait!” or “Before you go…” helps with conversions.

If you’re using a WordPress site, you can create your own exit-intent popup in minutes using OptinMonster.

5. Find your most popular blog posts…and then optimize them for opt-ins

It only makes sense that your most visited blog posts would be a primary source of leads for your business. However, you have to be intentional to make this happen!

Using your Google Analytics, find out which blog posts currently drive the most traffic. Then make sure these pages have very clear buttons, icons, links or calls to action (CTA’s) to join your email list or subscribe to your feed.

This is a GREAT way to take advantage of traffic you’re already getting…within minutes you can add some CTA’s and start generating new leads!

The five strategies above are some of the most effective ones out there for increasing your blog and email subscribers. While they’re not rocket science, they do require some effort and a commitment to trying out new – and sometimes scary – methods.

Try them out over the next 30 days, and let me know how you make out!

What other strategies would you suggest for getting 1000 blog subscribers in 30 days? Any biggies missing from my list? Share below!

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Nathan Latka
Nathan Latka
6 years ago

Kim, love the new design! These are great ideas. I’m using SumoMe right now for my blog pop-up. Need to get an exit pop-up designed too 🙂

Kim Garst
Reply to  Nathan Latka
6 years ago

Nathan, you need to check out OptInMonster. SERIOUSLY…check it out!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

Which pop up plugin did you go with, Hannah?

Kim Garst
6 years ago

awwhhh, thank you! Appreciate the lovely words!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

Trust me, I sooo get this as that is EXACTLY why I haven’t implemented one UNTIL I heard some of the ridiculously successful stories from other marketers on the pop-ups. Definitely doing this here on kimgarst.com 🙂

Kim Garst
6 years ago

OptIn Monster will work on any platform if you are referring to the WordPress plugin issue. Hope this helps 🙂

Oscar Gumercindo
Oscar Gumercindo
6 years ago

Certainly are powerful techniques, thanks for sharing. I will test each and start right now!

Kim Garst
Reply to  Oscar Gumercindo
6 years ago

Glad you picked up some tips!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

You can add my RSS feed to any of your readers, Sarah. It’s kimgarst.com/feed.

Kim Garst
6 years ago

Great to meet you as well, Wade! Love that southern accent :-). Glad you are finding that asking works!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

Not a huge fan of them either, Neil BUT they work! I just installed OptinMonster and the first day, we saw a 100% increase in our opt-ins!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

No, they don’t have opt-in boxes but you can share tweets or posts that drive traffic to a landing page where people can opt-in.

Kim Garst
6 years ago

Anything that is of value to your community. eBooks are always a great choice!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

Both work great!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

Love hearing that the pop’s are working for you, Bryan!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

So glad to hear that you are getting some useful info here and on the fan page, Brenda! Makes my day!

John Thomas
John Thomas
Reply to  Kim Garst
4 years ago

I just stumbled across your blog and have found some very interesting things to follow up on. I made a list of links and stories. I likey this site. Thanks for being out here.

Kim Garst
6 years ago

I routinely share my FREE offers on social, Justin. That’s the not in your face technique but the reality is that if you are delivering value and people want to be on your mailing list, a simple ask will work too!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

Doing the work myself 🙂

Kim Garst
6 years ago

I think it depends on the business. I have had huge success with eBooks and Checklists but I know people who have done great things with video series, for example.

Wealthy Tiffany
Wealthy Tiffany
5 years ago

These are great ideas, I love that you mention to just ask, it’s so simple, but great. Thanks for sharing Kim!

Kim Garst
Admin
5 years ago

Glad to hear it, Philipe!

Amrit kaur
Amrit kaur
1 year ago

These are some cool ideas to get subscribers to blog. I would surely try them.

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