11 Easy Steps to Get Your First 10,000 Subscribers in 6 Months

11 Easy Steps to Get Your First 10,000 Subscribers in 6 Months

Sunita Biddu is a social media and power blogging coaching helping entrepreneurs and small to medium businesses. She travels 365 days to her choice of places around the world. She writes on this blog once a week about easy to use social media and blogging tips. You can grab some of her free resources and ebooks from the resources section.

10,000 freaking subscribers! Tell me if this doesn’t excite you as a blogger and writer.

And tell me one blogger who wouldn’t do anything to get this in next 6 months.

… Getting notifications of tens of subscribers every day
… Comments rushing soon after you publish a new post
… Tons of sales from your email campaigns sent to subscribers
… Hitting a mark of 10,000 subscribers

It does excite, right?

Blogging is useless if you’re not focusing on building your subscribers base from day 1.

You heard me right, FROM DAY 1.

So, even before you publish your first ever post, make sure you set up a fast, easy to opt-in and good looking subscription feature. I will share some good tools to set that up later in the post.

Once you have configured the opt-in feature, it’s time to focus on the reason why your blog visitors would subscribe to you at first place? What are the things that make them hear more from you and come back.

I am sharing 15 reasons they would happily subscribe to you and what to do to get this massive following.

1. Powerful Giveaway

Giveaways and free resources work as lead magnets. Let’s call them useful opt-in-bribe. You can create an ebook, a checklist, a resource guide, a free video course or give away some free tool you created, even a session with you if you’re a consultant or coach.

Check some of the free resources I have and they bring me, 20-30 new subscribers, every day.

Where to place this giveaway?

Some of the best performing places are to put it at the end of your blogpost, top of your blog sidebar if you have one, a peel-out on your blog/site’s corner. Hello bars are proved to work amazingly well to pitch your resources. You may try an exiting pop-up. A lot of bloggers use entry pop-up which seems to annoy new visitors. There is no harm in trying out what works for you.

2. Useful, Not-so-generic Content – Consistently

All 3 are important to ensure repeat visits from your readers.

.. The content must be useful
.. It must be unique and offering something more or different than thousands of other posts on similar subject.
.. And you must be consistent in publishing new content. Your consistency is the reason why people would subscribe to you.

Note that consistency is different from frequency. It’s more important to stick to publishing once a week than starting with daily publishing for a while and stopping it one day altogether. Look at your bandwidth and time and stick to a publishing routine.

3. Try Media. Go Beyond Text

Text is ever-green. But experiment with video posts, podcasts and visual sets. It will not only help you get some new insights about your audience but also breaks the monotony of your content type.

4. Focus on the Presentation

Your posts should be easy to read and understand but how your post looks, matters too. Having good font size, font faily, line spacing, small paragraphs, skimmable sub-headings, quick bullet points and highlights in a post makes one feel comfortable at a blog. Make sure the blog looks great both on desktop and smart devices.

Would you want to review your blog now? See if you are taking care of teeny tiny but terrifically important hings like h1 and 2, proper spacing etc.

5. Take Advantage of Others’ Blog Following

Whether you’re a new blogger or an established one, contributing to other blogs as a guest bloggers is extremely beneficial. It brings additional traffic to your blog, more visibility, credibility and popularity. Contributing once a month to a different blog is a good idea to start with.

6. Never Ignore Advertising

When you pay, it pays off. You must promote each blogpost aggressively as much as possible and for as long as possible. Whatever time you have, spend 70% of your time in promoting your posts and 30% of time in writing and publishing them.

Other than boosting post on Facebook and Twitter, I have found ViralContentBee a good way to promote the blogposts.

Consider Reading

19 Things to Guarantee Exceptional Leads & Traffic From Every Blogpost

7. Never Worry About Unsubscriptions

It’s better to lose people who are not interested. It makes space for those who want to hear from you and in the long run, it is better because you’re paying for the space to the tools like Mailchimp

8. Write Simple

In fact, practice on how simpler you can go with your writing and style. People come online to seek answers. But more importantly, they want answers really fast. A simple writing style and content written in “routine conversation language” makes them feel connected to a blog and subscribe to it.

9. Pester Your Friends

They are the first lot who can help you. They are the first set of people you can rightfully request to read. Invite them to your blog and ask them to share their killer and open feedback. The more new visitors see engagement on your blog, the more they feel like coming back.

10. Have Influencers Talk About Your Post

Find influencers in your industry and request them to review your post. Thank them for their time. If they have written about the subject, make a mention on their post in your blogpost. call out with their twitter handle when you share your post on Twitter. It gets their attention.

11. Never Hit Publish Without a Call-to-Action

You get only what you ask for. So, ask your readers to subscribe to you at the end of the post if they liked reading you. Unless you encourage, 90% of your readers will leave without subscribing. Have 2-3 subscription pitches over a post.

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Over to You

Now it’s your turn to use these notes that worked for me or even share in comments what worked for you. Would love to hear from you.

And don’t leave without looking at the resources I have made for you. You may find something useful to improve your website.

See you soon with another post.

Sunita Biddu is a social media and power blogging coaching helping entrepreneurs and small to medium businesses. She travels 365 days to her choice of places around the world. She writes on this blog once a week about easy to use social media and blogging tips. You can grab some of her free resources and ebooks from the resources section.

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5 comments

  1. I was writing blog articles for years without including a call-to-action. That was practically throwing money out of the window! Such a waste of time… I learned a while back, if you don’t ask, you won’t receive. Being able to ask people to take action in a blog post helps improve your readership and gets them involved. Once I started implementing that consistently over a period of time, I started to notice the same people started engaging with me on future blog posts – this meant I actually had followers!!! Subscribers to my blog! Of course I did other things too but I think it all started with learning the importance of the CTA.

  2. Hey Sunita! Great article! Yeah I agree with every one of those points to grow your following. I can safely say I follow most of them pretty religiously. One of the most powerful ways to improve your viewership with blogs is definitely having an influencer reference you… or post a guest feature on theirs. Both can grant you a backlink which can almost transform your blog from very little traffic to an abundance of traffic quickly! It’s definitely not easy to do, you gotta create a name for yourself first and prove you’re worth the backlink… but if you can get one – you’re good as gold!

  3. Blogging isn’t for the faint of heart… it takes being involved in a community of likeminded people who are actively looking for the kind of content you’re looking for… it also involves create a posting strategy… You gotta know what keywords to rank for, keep a consistent release schedule… pretty much run a full-time business. These are definitely some excellent points that can help warm your audience and pull them in. Your whole blogging career is based on the people who read an engage with you. These tips are excellent incentives, thanks for sharing!

  4. I agree, Sunita Biddu! Really cool advice here! A blog has to be super attractive to people. Nothing says attractive better than FREE! Everyone knows that, lol 😉 Doing a giveaway or offering a free tool, series, course or whatever in exchange for their contact info is perhaps the first way to start building a subscriber base. You need subscribers to build readership. They need to know of new content as it comes so they can come back time and time again to learn more from what you have to offer – but first step is always to give away something that will motivate them to do so!

  5. 10,000 subscribers in 6 months? Whoa, count me in! Basically, you just gotta be an honest blogger. I’ve seen so many people talk about the fast track to success and really, there isn’t a fast way. If you want it, you have to work for it. Sure, you can definitely get 10,000 subs in 6 months… heck, you can do more, really… but you need to be an honest blogger and work at it. You need to have a plan and execute it. When people think they can obtain that level of success for blogging only occasionally or not really putting in the work, they really set themselves up for failure. If people are going to blog, they need to really blog. Yep! Great stuff, Sunita! Totally agree!

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