Thank you for assembling a terrific list of useful tools. Now, I need the Consumer’s Report version, and/or the Men’s Journal version in which they recommend an item for a specific flavor of customer/use/sport, ie. Sunglasses – Best for Fishing, Best for Running, Best for Driving. As a “newbie” to the online marketing world, it is difficult/impossible, and mind-numbing to sift through all of the choices available as well as rationally judge which features will be most beneficial for each stage of business development and growth down the road. I could easily go broke test driving my way down this list and never get my business off the ground. All that said, thank you for the effort and the valuable results.
Tip: Align the timing of your pop-up form with the average amount of time a visitor spends on your website. Set the form to appear immediately (or with a 5-second delay) if people aren’t inclined to spend much time on your site. If visitors have a tendency to browse, consider a 20-second delay or a scroll-based trigger when someone reaches the middle or bottom of your page.
Now that you’re all set up to starting collecting emails, the fun part begins (when I say ‘fun’, I actually mean ‘hard’). If your site receives a good amount of traffic and you have a truly compelling offer, this shouldn’t be too difficult. However, if you’re like most business owners, you’ll need to look outside your own audience to start building your list.
But affiliates can be very guarded when it comes to their mailing list, we can’t blame them because we jealously protect our own email list too. When it comes to asking someone to promote you over their highly valuable email list you have to make sure that you’re offering them and their audience something that’s worth their time. Which is why we we strove to make sure our lead magnets were as valuable as possible so that their audience wouldn’t see this cross-promotion as spam, but something that’s worth their time.
Bryan Harris used this strategy to grab 600 emails subscribers from a blog post on Jon Acuff’s blog. Compare those results to a blog post like this one, posted to Jon Morrow’s more popular website Boost Blog Traffic. This post received over 200 comments and 500 shares in the first few weeks but only drove 40 subscribers for the author, Kevin Duncan.
You grant to Us a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute Your Content in any existing or future media. You also grant to Us the right to sublicense these rights and the right to bring an action for infringement of these rights. If You delete Content, we will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Service, but You acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

What if your customers created great content for free… and this improved your rankings…. and organically added valuable current and relevant content to your web presence? Don’t pinch yourself, this is not a dream, I created RevuCue.com and I have proven it does exactly that!! (and I am not a content writer as you might be able to tell but I do have some folks that do their best at it…)
Tip: Align the timing of your pop-up form with the average amount of time a visitor spends on your website. Set the form to appear immediately (or with a 5-second delay) if people aren’t inclined to spend much time on your site. If visitors have a tendency to browse, consider a 20-second delay or a scroll-based trigger when someone reaches the middle or bottom of your page.

Your best bet will be to give away something that’s valuable to your target market; for instance, a high-value digital asset on a niche topic. You can give away products (we’ve all seen contests where the prize is a free iPad or gift certificates), however this strategy often leads to entrants who are more interested in the money than in what you have to offer.
If all Michael had was the 57k Facebook fans listed right below, I’m not nearly impressed. Combined with the big number above, however, the FB fan numbers serve as crucial verification. If your website has 1,500 FB likes, there is NO WAY I believe you have 500k viewers. But with Michael’s Facebook numbers, I start to believe in that much bigger number above, and it means I probably can’t afford to miss what he’s saying.
You should also keep in mind that too much text can be difficult for users to digest. No one wants to spend time reading your overly wordy email because they probably receive hundreds of other emails every day. Keep it concise. And if you do feel like you need a lot of text, break it up into manageable or scannable paragraphs so that your readers are not overwhelmed. You can always link to your website pages or landing pages for additional information.
Unfortunately, most of the web pages and the ads for animation software is deceptive, misleading, or outright false. All of them advertise “free” in one form or another but as a commenter above noted, any usable forms aren’t actually free at all, they require a monthly subscription. I’d prefer to buy the software as opposed to a monthly fee but any of the packages that advertise “free” and then want to charge for a usable product are automatically stricken from my list of possibilities and I also let clients know the same.
First released in 2012, VideoScribe is a software company that lets users create whiteboard-style animations automatically. That may sound too good to be true, but this seemingly difficult task is achieved by letting users select and add the image, text, music, voice over, and canvas which is then converted into a unique whiteboard video. Where there are thousands of royalty-free images and music to choose from, VideoScribe allows for customization by letting users change the background or add content like GIFs. Once the video is created, it can be shared through email, Facebook, or YouTube.
Creating definable, executable goals, achievable one to-do-list item at a time, not only chips away at the larger project, but also provides the continuity and momentum essential to achieving long-term goals. As grand as anyone’s ambitions may be, they can only be realized one day–one task–at a time. The notion of defining goals and action items and writing them down (which increases our accountability to ourselves for executing those items), then following through in eay-to-digest 15 minute increments, is the perfect recipe for sustainable progress toward any goal.
Pop-up forms provide visitors with a quick, convenient way to share contact information and subscribe to your list while they’re browsing your site, making them a powerful tool for audience growth. They’re easy to add to your site, and they’re proven to work—our research shows that Mailchimp users have seen their list growth rate increase by an average of 50.8% after adding a pop-up form to their site.
×