Having an Opt In List As an Affiliate Marketer Is Crucial
By: Jason Gazaway
What is an Opt-in List and what is its significance in Affiliate
Marketing? This may be the question playing in your mind, especially for
Affiliate Marketing neophytes; and it is a question worth asking.
Opt-in list building and lead capture is one of smartest and most effective
strategies that affiliate marketers can use. If you want to generate more
click-throughs to your site, email marketing is one of the many strategies
you can use. It is the most direct way to gain click-throughs to your site.
You can instantly reach thousands of prospects and you can expect an
increase in web traffic as soon as you send those emails out.
Having an Opt-in list is crucial for an affiliate marketer as this is one
of the most effective and successful marketing strategies online.
What is an Opt-in list?
An Opt-in list is one of the most effective marketing tools in the internet
today. Opt in email marketing is one of the better marketing techniques
compared to traditional methods. There are a few reasons why opt-in email
marketing works. One of these is that opt-in email marketing, as the name
suggests, is optional. It is entirely out of the prospect's own volition
whether he wants to receive promotional materials such as newsletters,
brochures and e-zines or not.
If you have ever visited a site offering subscriptions to online magazines
and newsletters, you may notice a checklist at the bottom of the page with
questions about opt in email. You may be asked to check off categories
that interests you or sites and companies you would not mind receiving
email newsletters from.
This is opt-in email marketing. When you check the categories, you are
giving permission to those sites to send you emails. Thus, if you check on
fitness category, you will start receiving emails from companies selling
fitness equipment or offering fitness services.
Compared to spamming, permission-based email marketing is more effective,
less intrusive and is received by prospects easier. Spamming has been a
despised practice in the internet for years now and companies who resort to
this technique usually do not gain a good image. Opt-in email marketing, on
the other hand, is a better option.
Since it is entirely out of the prospect's own decision that they choose to
receive promotional emails, you can expect that they are more receptive to
your products and services and are ready to make a purchase anytime. An
opt-in email provides a direct communication with your target market and
helps build a strong and lasting relationship between you and your subscribers.
Building a Massive Opt-in List
Opt-in marketing is an effective marketing tool only if you have developed
a large subscriber base. Building a massive opt-in list is an important yet
difficult step you must take. Competition in the internet is very fierce.
There are thousands of publications online all vying to for their target
market's attention. It will be very difficult to build a substantial opt-in
list if you simply display a sign-up box or checklist at your site. You
must give your prospects a reason to subscribe. There are several helpful
methods you can use to encourage prospects to sign up.
Using incentives is one of the most effective methods of attracting new
subscribers. By offering more than what your competitors offer, you will
generate more interest among them. However, you must offer an incentive
that is of interest and value to them. You can offer special e-books,
detailed reports and analysis that will be especially useful to them.
You can even offer special software that can be very helpful to your
subscribers. You can also offer subscription exchange incentives. In
exchange for the subscription, you may grant your subscriber access to a
member's only area of your website or offer them special member's only
A successful opt-in marketing campaign, starts with an excellent
acquisition-marketing plan. You should have a good plan on how to find,
approach and sell to your target market. Devise an effective way to gather
email addresses. You can use different tactics and techniques to attract
more subscribers to sign up with you.
However, the key to a successful opt-in email marketing campaign is keeping
and taking care of your subscribers. You must build a good relationship
with your subscribers. You must also keep them interested, or else, they
can always drop off and unsubscribe.
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