16 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Get More Email Subscribers in Less than 5 Minutes

Businesses, bloggers, and entrepreneurs live and die by their email marketing.

“The money,” as it’s often said, “is in the list.”

That’s why there are so many great articles out there offering strategies for getting more leads and boosting conversion rates.

But what if you’re short on time? What if you’re not technologically savvy?

Since most list-building strategies are geared towards advanced users with seemingly infinite amounts of time on their hands, your Average Joe and Jane is often left out in the cold.

Not this time.

This article is for those sleep-deprived bloggers with day jobs. It’s for the mothers juggling twenty things at once. It’s for the hopeful entrepreneur who is not quite ready for A/B testing, search engine optimization, and other gobbledygook.

It’s for anyone who needs easy list-building strategies that can be implemented in less than 5 minutes.

Ready? Let’s get started…

1. Add an Exit-Intent Popup

Hey, did you know that over 70% of the people who leave your website will never return?

Did you know you can convert many of these abandoning users into email subscribers with one simple trick?

It’s called Exit-Intent Technology. It detects user behavior and prompts them with an opt-in form when they’re about to leave.

Here’s How You Do It

If you have OptinMonster’s Pro plan, you can create an Exit-Intent popup in a matter of minutes. Just click here for directions, or check out this video:

Don’t have OptinMonster’s Pro plan? It’s easy to sign up or upgrade!

2. Add Opt-in Link to Your Email Signature

In a given day, how many emails do you send? Ten? Twenty? More?

If you’re like most people, the answer is: “A lot. I send lots and lots of emails.”

What if I told you each of those emails you send is an opportunity – either an opportunity lost or an opportunity gained?

By placing a hyperlinked CTA (call to action) in your email signature, you have the ability to turn every recipient into a subscriber.

Here’s How You Do It

Each email provider is slightly different, but for Gmail go to Settings > General. Scroll down and you’ll find the Signature section:

Customize your signature to turn each email into a lead-generating opportunity

The link in your signature could point to a landing page, your homepage (assuming it’s optimized), or an article with a particularly-appealing opt-in bribe.

And speaking of opt-in bribes…

3. Use PrintFriendly.com to Turn Popular Posts into Lead Magnets

Lead Magnet

It has many names.

Lead magnets, giveaways, content upgrades, ethical bribes…

Whatever you call it, it’s mighty effective at compelling readers to subscribe to your email list:

“Want this neat bonus? It’s free! I just need your email address…”

The problem? Creating lead magnets can be tricky.

What if you don’t have time to write an eBook or create a PDF checklist? What if producing an email or video series is more than you can do right now? What if creating dazzling infographics is beyond your current skill set?

If this describes you, it doesn’t mean you are resigned to a fate of sitting on the sidelines while everyone else gains more email subscribers.

Not if you have 30 seconds to spare.

That’s all the time it takes to convert one of your popular articles into a handy, easy-to-print, PDF file.

Here’s How You Do It

Go to Print Friendly and enter the URL of the article you’d like to convert. Click the “PDF” button. Click “Download.”

Then deliver your lead magnet when people sign up.

That’s it.

Pretty easy, right? Almost as easy as…

4. Linking to a Landing Page in Your Twitter Bio

Right now, what information is in your Twitter bio?

Your occupation? A personal quote that holds special meaning to you? Perhaps a hashtag or two or ten?

Why don’t you use that precious real estate to promote your email list?

That’s how Brent Jones uses his Twitter bio:

Your Twitter bio is one more place you can promote your landing pages

Simple, effective, and takes minutes to implement.

Here’s How You Do It

While logged into your Twitter account, click the “Edit profile” button on the right-hand side of your profile page. You’ll then be able to change your name, profile and header photos, bio, and more:

Updating your Twitter bio to include a link to your landing page is easy

Once you’ve added a link to your bio, click “Save changes” and admire your handiwork.

But don’t sign out of Twitter just yet…

5. Pin a Tweet to Your Landing Page or Email Magnet

Your pinned tweet is special.

It’s high profile. It’s the first tweet people see when they visit your Twitter page. Leave it pinned long enough, and it’ll earn more favorites, retweets, and replies than all your other tweets combined.

That makes it an excellent method for acquiring email subscribers.

What kind of tweet should you pin? Well, you have several options…

Yaro Starak of Entrepreneurs Journey pins popular articles that are optimized for conversions:


Adam Connell of Blogging Wizard tends to pin tweets for posts featuring content upgrades:


Yours truly prefers the direct approach:


Whichever tweet you choose to pin, just make sure it links to something with the potential to bring in more email subscribers.

Here’s How You Do It

Select the tweet you would like to feature. If the tweet doesn’t yet exist, go ahead and create it.

Underneath the tweet, on the right-hand side, there is an ellipses (three small dots). This is the “More” button.

Click it and select “Pin to your profile page.”

That’s it.

Now let’s head over to Facebook and do the same thing…

6. Pin a Post to Your Facebook Page

Everything that applied to a pinned tweet applies to a pinned Facebook post. Because of its high visibility, a pinned Facebook post is going to earn more likes, more comments, and – most importantly – more clicks than a typical Facebook post.

And if the pinned Facebook post is pointing to an optimized article or landing page, those extra clicks could result in more email subscribers on your mailing list.

Here’s How You Do It

Pinning a Facebook post is an effective method for promoting optimized articles or landing pages

Select (or create and publish) the post you would like to pin.

In the top-right corner, you will see a downward-facing arrow. Click the arrow and select “Pin to Top.”


While you’re signed into Facebook, let’s look at the handy “call to action” feature…

7. Add “Sign Up” Button to Facebook Page

In December 2014, Facebook debuted a new feature designed to help businesses meet their goals.

It’s the call-to-action button, and with it you can place a highly-visible link pointing to any destination on or off Facebook. The only shortcoming is the limited number of button options:

  • Book Now
  • Contact Us
  • Use App
  • Play Game
  • Shop Now
  • Sign Up
  • Watch Video

Of course, you only need one button option if it’s the right button option. “Sign Up” meets our needs perfectly.

Here’s How You Do It

On your Facebook Page, click the “Create Call to Action” button:

Utilize Facebook's CTA feature to gain more subscribers

Next, select the button you want to display.

Choose “Sign Up” if you’re pointing users to a basic landing page. If you want to direct readers to a video page that’s customized for opt-ins, “Watch Video” is a better choice.

Once you’ve selected your button, enter the URL to your landing page:

Enter your URL and select a button to utilize Facebook's CTA feature

Click “Save Changes.”

Congrats! Your Facebook page is now proudly displaying a CTA button designed to lead subscribers to your opt-in page.

In just a few minutes, you’ve managed to optimize your Twitter and Facebook accounts for easy opt-ins. However, that doesn’t mean you’re finished with social media…

8. Be More Social

Chances are you already spend several hours each week on various social media platforms.

That’s good – in their latest Social Media Marketing Industry Report, Social Media Examiner noted how a majority of marketers increase leads when they use social media for 6+ hours each week.

Social Media Examiner’s 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report notes the benefits of social media for lead generation

Ah, but there’s a catch.

How you are using those 6+ hours each week matters.

Sharing videos of kittens and puppies won’t help you unless your business is related to kittens and puppies. Publishing photos of food won’t help you unless you’re a chef or restaurant owner. Live tweeting a Kardashian TV show won’t help you unless… well, it’ll probably never help you.

To see the lead-generating benefits of social media, you need to be purposeful with those 6+ hours.

Here’s How You Do It

Be helpful. Answer questions. Share worthwhile content. Reach out to people. Make connections.

If people find you indispensable on social media, they’re going to want more of you.

More helpful advice. More answers to their questions. More worthwhile content.

And where will they go to get “more”?

Your email list.

9. Try a Different Color

What color is your opt-in button?

If you answered “I don’t know” or “what does it matter?” you’re potentially missing out on an easy way to increase opt-ins.

Did you know 85% of shoppers say color is a primary reason for why they buy a certain product?

Did you know the color blue creates a sensation of trust? Red a sense of urgency? Green a sense of relaxation?

By knowing how people perceive different colors and using this knowledge to your advantage, you can increase the likelihood someone will want to join your email list.


Here’s How You Do It

There are many lead-generation tools out there and each have different instructions for changing colors, copy, borders, etc. If you’re an OptinMonster customer, changing the color of your button is easy.

So what color should you use?

HubSpot’s Performable has found red to be a highly-effective color for CTA buttons. Unbounce has long been a fan of orange. OptinMonster has used a green button to grow its list of over 30,000 subscribers.

However, what will work for you depends on your situation. All the psychology in the world won’t matter if your CTA color blends into the background, so be sure to choose a color that stands out from the rest of your blog or website.

And while we’re on the subject of buttons…

10. Change Button Copy

Do you use generic copy such as “Subscribe” or “Sign Up” for your opt-in buttons? If so, I have bad news for you:

According to conversion consultant Jeremy Smith, it’s your CTA button’s copy – not its color or positioning – that matters most.

If you’ve never given your button’s copy a passing thought, it’s time to remedy the situation.

Here’s How You Do It

Provide value and relevance, but be sure not to exaggerate.

Keep it simple, but don’t be boring. According to Jeremy, it’s okay to use two sentences so long as they are short.

One particularly-effective strategy is to personalize your opt-in button.

Joanna Wiebe of Copy Hackers suggests writing button copy in the first person. By personalizing the words, they become more appealing to the reader.

Let’s look at a few examples.

Which sounds better?


Which wording can you relate to?


Which button would you rather click?


The differences are subtle, but during her testing Joanne found first-person pronouns (“I” and “my”) beat the competition by a whopping 24%.

Sometimes, “subtle” can be huge.

And speaking of huge…

11. Prominently Display Testimonials

Did you know OptinMonster is recommended by the likes of Michael Stelzner, Matthew Woodward, Chris Brogan, Loren Baker, Michael Hyatt, Neil Patel, John Lee Dumas, Ian Cleary, Chris Lema, and Zac Johnson?

Of course you did.

OptinMonster prominently displays these heavy hitters on our homepage and Testimonials page. There’s no way you could miss them.

Why do we do this? Because it shows we’re the real deal.

People won’t give their hard-earned money or email address to simply anyone. They want to know you’re on the up and up.

Offering testimonials helps build trust, and more trust means more email subscribers.

Here’s How You Do It

Go find a great endorsement you’ve received.

Look at the reviews people have given you. Browse through your comments and emails. Search for mentions on social media.

Be A Better Blogger found its featured testimonial when the great Amy Harrison tweeted the following:

Complimentary tweets can be turned into great user testimonials

This tweet was turned into a testimonial that’s displayed whenever a reader clicks on one of Be A Better Blogger’s MonsterLinks:

Adding testimonials from trusted sources is a great way to increase opt-ins

That opt-in form? It’s currently sporting an awesome 26.09% conversion rate.

I’m no mathematician, but it would appear Testimonial + OptinMonster = More Email Subscribers.

Of course, all the awesome testimonials in the world won’t help you if readers can’t see them…

12. Remove Distractions

How many widgets do you have in your website’s sidebar?

How many different calls to action are at the end of your articles?

How many choices are your visitors given?

If you’re inundating your readers with options, how can they be expected to take the one action you want them to take?

Want more email subscribers? You need to cut down on the clutter.

Here’s How You Do It

The following screenshot from Henneke Duistermaat is a perfect example of a landing page that focuses on what’s important: getting that email address.

The fewer distractions, the more likely visitors are to opt-in to your mailing list

Per Henneke, this landing page has converted as high as 59.6 percent.

It’s easy to see why. Every aspect – from the headline to the testimonial – is designed to increase conversions. There are no social media icons, advertisements, or anything else to distract readers from the task at hand.

What lessons can we learn from Henneke’s landing page?

We should remove distractions. We shouldn’t prioritize our social media icons. We should move the “search” option (which few people ever use) to the footer. We should stick to one CTA for each article.

We should get rid of anything that doesn’t help us earn more email subscribers.

And while we’re removing unnecessary items…

13. Stop Asking For Too Much Information

On your opt-in forms, do you ask for “name” in addition to “email address”?

If so, let me ask you a question…

Do you need it? Do you do anything with that information?

If the answer is “no”, you need to stop asking people to provide it. A/B test after A/B test confirms the more information you ask from readers, the less likely they are to opt-in.

The more info requested on opt-in forms, the fewer sign ups you'll receive

Here’s How You Do It

Stick to the bare essentials. Only ask for the information you need.

Don’t need names? Don’t ask for them. Have no use for phone numbers? Don’t ask people to input them.

Just keep it simple.

The less data you request, the more email subscribers you’ll earn.

And speaking of simple…

14. Add “Subscribe” Check Box, AND
15. Add “Thanks for Commenting” Redirect

If you’re a WordPress user, there are two plugins that can boost opt-ins with little-to-no upkeep. Just ensure the plugins stay up to date (you will be notified when there are updates available in your WordPress dashboard), and you’re good to go.

The first is the AWeber Web Form Widget. Available only to AWeber users, the plugin places a “subscribe” check box in the comments section of articles:

AWeber's plugin for WordPress makes it easy to opt-in while leaving comments

With one simple click, readers can opt-in to your mailing list while submitting a comment. It makes subscribing very easy, and readers tend to like easy.

The second plugin is Yoast Comment Hacks.

When someone leaves you a comment for the very first time, this plugin redirects them to a “thank you” page. Ramsay Taplin of Blog Tyrant uses this page to encourage subscriptions:

By utilizing Yoast's comment redirect plugin, Blog Tyrant thanks first time comments and asks them to opt-in

If you ask readers to subscribe when they are engaged (and it’s hard to get more engaged than “leaving a comment for the first time ever”), the odds of them taking you up on your offer are pretty good.

Readers are also engaged when they’ve reached the end of your articles. That’s why it’s a good idea to…

16. Add Opt-In at End of Articles

Readers who reach the end of your article are primed.

Your headline grabbed their attention. Your introduction drew them in like moths to a flame. Your bullet points and anecdotes kept them on their edge of their seats.

Of the millions of articles they could have read, they read yours. And they read until the very end.

They like you. They really, really like you.

That’s why the end of your article is the perfect time to ask them to join your mailing list.

Here’s How You Do It

Adding a call to action in your author bio and the end of each article is a great way to strike while the iron is hot. Here’s how Jeff Goins does it:

Add CTA to your author bio to increase opt-ins

But what if your blog’s theme lacks an author bio section? What if your website has numerous authors?

Pamela Wilson’s Big Brand System uses an after-content widget with enticing copy to compel her most-engaged readers to subscribe.

Each article, regardless of the author, shares this common CTA:

Add CTA at the end of every article to increase opt-ins

Readers who make it to the end of your articles are focused. They’re engaged and looking for direction.

Give them direction. Direct them to your email list.

It’s Time To Get More Email Subscribers

You realize they’re yours for the taking, right?

Your ideal customer? Those readers who will hang on your every word? The people who will advocate for you and preach your virtues to their friends?

They’re all out there… ready to join your email list.

You just need to make it as easy for them to do so as possible.

OptinMonster can help, so if you’re not already a customer be sure to check out our amazing list of features. For those who are short on time and tech savvy, we’re a breath of fresh, lead-generating air.

Which of these 16 tips was your favorite? Is there a tip you would add? Let us know in a comment below!

When he isn't preaching the virtues of OptinMonster or helping bloggers improve their craft, Kevin J. Duncan runs Daily Dad Tips — a free daily newsletter for men wanting to up their game.


  1. Hi, Kevin.

    What a great list.

    I had never considered putting a subscriber link in my email signature, but I’ll have to try that one. Most of the people that I email rarely visit my website, so that’s a good way to introduce them to my content.

    I also like the author box idea, as in the example of Jeff Goins.

    Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try those out tonight.


    1. Hi Nathan,

      Thank you for being the first person to leave me a comment on OptinMonster! 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, the email signature link is one I implemented fairly recently. I tend to send a LOT of emails each day, and I realized I was missing out on a golden opportunity to increase subscriptions.

      Let me know how it goes when you try a few of these tactics! I’d love to check them out.


  2. Kevin,

    This post is awesome! So many great ideas I hadn’t considered… like Print Friendly!

    Honored that would you would include me in your guide here, too.

    Will share now. Thanks a ton!


    1. Hi Brent,

      Thank you very much!

      And you are very welcome. Would you believe that you are the ONLY person in my list of contacts who utilized the “link in Twitter bio” strategy? The only one. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have found another way to link to you in this article (I’m really enjoying what you’ve been doing), but this lil’ tidbit made choosing you very easy. 🙂

      Appreciate the shares! Glad you enjoyed the tips, Brent.


  3. Sue Anne Dunlevie September 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Loving this epic post, Kevin! I learned a couple of new things plus you got all my favorite ways to get subscribers. You didn’t leave anything out.


    1. Hi Sue Anne,

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I certainly had a fun time putting it together. Out of curiosity, what were the couple things new to you? 🙂

      How are things in the land of Successful Blogging??


  4. Some real good hacks you have listed there. Thanks for that.

    1. Hi Ahmad,

      Thank you! And you’re very welcome. 🙂

      Did you have a favorite tip?


  5. I tried PrintFriendly out of curiosity. It’s funky that it’s available – but you shouldn’t use it for an important document like a sign-up freebie. The layout isn’t good enough, eg headings split from their text at the bottom of a page.

    I can’t go through all your tips right now, but I’ll Pin the article for later.

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      Not a fan of Print Friendly, eh? I’ve had favorable experiences with it, but admittedly the more detailed the post (lots of images, blockquotes, etc.) the more hiccups you encounter. Have you come across any good alternatives?

      Thanks for Pinning the article. Interested in hearing the rest of your thoughts!


  6. Hi Kevin,
    been on your mailing list and I must say this optin monster post is just what I need. I’m a newbie at blogging and articles like this go a long way to help me ride the waves of the blogosphere. Lol.
    Would definitely bookmark and share as well.

    1. Hi Ruth,

      Thank you for coming over to visit me here at OptinMonster! 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Hopefully you’ll be able to implement a few of these ideas very soon! Some of them literally take seconds to do.

      Appreciate the shares, Ruth! And thank you for being a faithful subscriber. I hope you’re having a wonderful Tuesday so far!


  7. What an informative and direct article. I have always put #13 to work and it is an excellent point to make.I put two of your other suggestions to work immediately. You make me feel a little stupid not thinking of these things before, but I am definitely smarter now — with your help, of course! Thank you so much for such a valuable article. I think most people would have put this info into a WSO and made some $$ from it. And it would have been worth it, too.

    1. Hi Deborah,

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      Which two suggestions did you implement already? (Just color me curious!)

      Gosh, that’s probably one of the highest compliments a reader can pay me. “Why didn’t you sell this info and make money??” That’s very kind of you to say, Deborah. Thank you!

      There will come a time when I’ll write a book and try to sell it. When that time comes, I hope it does well! In the meantime, I just enjoy sharing content that people enjoy and find beneficial. Whether it’s here at OptinMonster, a guest post over at Boost Blog Traffic, or an inspirational musing at my own blog; I enjoy teaching. It makes me smile. 🙂

      And speaking of smiling, thank you for making my day with your wonderful comment, Deborah. Hope your Tuesday is going well!


  8. This is an incredibly helpful post. I’ll be working through it all very soon. Thank you so much Kevin!

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Awesome! I’m glad you’re finding it helpful, Sarah. Be sure to come back and let me know how these tips have worked out for you!

      Enjoy your Tuesday. 🙂


  9. Amazing article! Thanks for including me and my trickery!


    1. Hi Ramsay,

      Glad you enjoyed it, my friend! I’m a big fan of your trickery, so I’m more than happy to share your strategies whenever I have a big venue to do so. 😉

      Appreciate the tweet earlier today! You rock.


  10. Hey Kevin,

    Now you have depleted all my excuses I have been telling myself why I can’t get email subscribers. Yes I am the Jane, who is far from tech savvy, but how can I ignore this post. It contains quality answers to my lame excuses.

    Kevin, I say you have motivated me into action – I am going to go through this list (it is printing while I write) and slowly start to get every single one of these ideas up in action. Because they make sense. I am now in turmoil – I have no excuse to chase my tail.

    Thank you.


    1. Kevin J. Duncan October 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad I was able to eliminate all your excuses. Now you have no choice but to take action. 🙂

      Which tip did you decide to implement first? I’d love to see how you’re using these ideas!

      Hope you’re having a great Thursday, Rachel. Thanks for commenting!


  11. Wow Kevin!

    You’ve done it again with this post.

    What I love most about the post is how you back up each point with an example and a step-by-step how-to.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Kevin J. Duncan October 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Hi Hannah,

      Awwww. Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      Did you have a favorite tip? Do you plan on implementing any of them this weekend, by chance? 😀

      Appreciate you stopping by, Hannah. Hope you’re having a great Friday!


  12. Hello Kevin,

    What a valuable post you have written here? Who can dare to say, “I don’t know how to get more email subscribers” after reading this. WOW!

    Hats off to the effort that went in this post. I have just placed Printfriendly on my blog. Will have to go through a few more times to implement the Twitter tips you have given here.

    Thank you so much. Deserves a share.

    1. Kevin J. Duncan October 9, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Hema,

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and found it valuable. Hopefully NO ONE who reads this will every say (or think) they don’t know how to get more subscribers. 🙂

      Let me know how Print Friendly and the Twitter tips work out for you, okay? I want to know your results!

      Thanks for the share (as well as the kind comment), Hema. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!


  13. Hi Kevin,
    Amazing, inspirational article. I do have a question. I have no budget. Are these tips free to implement?

    1. Hi Janice,

      Good to see you here! Yes, each tip (other than #10) is completely free to implement. It only costs your time. 🙂

      Having a budget helps, of course. It’ll give you more options to try! But the tips shared here should be music to the ears of all who are budget conscious! (And that includes me!)

      Thanks for stopping by, Janice!

      – @kevinjduncan

  14. I enjoyed reading your article. What is the best way to create personalize e-mail, without spending to much of my time on it?
    Thank you for your article.

    1. Hi Stella,

      Thanks for stopping by and asking your question!

      It can be a tricky balance (personalizing emails without taking too much time doing so), but there are a few tips you can try.

      If we’re talking about mass emails you send to all your followers at once, just write them as though you’re speaking to one person. You might be sending the same email out to dozens, hundreds, or thousands, but it shouldn’t SOUND like it, you know?

      If we’re talking about emails you are sending out individually, I recommend creating a script you can use over and over (with minor tweaks each time to personalize them).

      If you use Gmail, enable the “Canned Responses” lab. Then you can compose a basic email script and save it as a canned response you can use over and over. Change the greeting each time to refer to the individuals by name, and maybe have the first sentence be personalized each time. The rest of the email can be static.

      All that said, the emails you send out to your followers are worth whatever time it takes to create them. Don’t spend hours on them, of course, but don’t rush through them either. Make them stand out. 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the article, Stella!

      – @kevinjduncan

  15. Thanks so much!

    1. Kevin J. Duncan January 8, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Hi Cheryl,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, but I’m so sorry I haven’t responded to your comment sooner! (Christmas, New Year’s, and all that jazz, you know?)

      Thankfully, Kevin Gates was able to jump in and answer your question! Were you able to add a link to your Twitter bio? 🙂

      – @kevinjduncan

  16. Well, I know what I’m going to be doing for the next few hours. What a treasure trove of information. And, I’ll be sharing it with my content-sharing-buddies on Bill Belew’s forum. Thanks, Kevin ?

    1. Hi Susan,
      We’re glad you liked it! We’d love to hear your results if/when you implement some of these ideas!

      1. Kevin J. Duncan January 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

        Ditto what Angie said! We’d love to hear your results, Susan. 🙂

    2. Kevin J. Duncan January 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Hi Susan,

      Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the article and got so much use of out it!

      Did you have a favorite strategy? Implemented any of them yet?? 🙂

      Really appreciate you sharing the article with your associates. I hope they got as big a kick out of reading it as I got writing it. 😉

      Hope you have a great Friday and weekend, Susan!

      – @kevinjduncan

  17. Loving this epic post, Kevin! I learned a couple of new things plus you got all my favorite ways to get subscribers. You didn’t leave anything out.


    1. Kevin J. Duncan January 8, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Hi Avenue,

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it, and thank you so much for the kind words. They’re much appreciated. 🙂

      So I take you’ve implemented some of these strategies already? Which ones have worked best for you?

      Thanks again!

      – @kevinjduncan

  18. Hello Kevin,

    This is just an awesome post and something i was looking for. Glad i landed here. Just started with the journey for blogging and with these tips i can kick off like a pro. Thanks once again.

  19. Wow, great article! I was able to implement some of these on my own site as I was going through it. And I can definitely use these for my other site at work.

    Thanks for the great content!

  20. Awesome article. really helpfull. New idea for my autoresponder.

    Optinmonster Malaysia User 🙂

    1. Thanks Azuandy 🙂

      1. Hello Sir, you are a great inspiration to me. I was so inspired by wpbeginner that I started my own website tellmebusiness.com! I am just a 14 year old, and can’t spend enough to make it too professional but I would love it if you could guide me a little bit!
        And this post is amazing @kevinjduncan
        I would like it if you could sign up on my website and write such great articles. 🙂

  21. Great article…Helpful tips..I will try as adviced. Am new to blogging

  22. This is blog post is beyond value-packed! I took lots of notes and yes, I subscribed to your list!!! I am a new blogger & social media marketer & need all the help I can get. There are so many great tweaks to make to our blogs, emails & opt-in forms to be successful. It excites me!!! I’ve GOT to add the subscribe check box to my posts – fantastic tip!!! Thanks, Kevin!!!!!

  23. Thanks so much Kevin! This is a treasure trove of valuable information and I’ll be implementing them soon. Thanks!

  24. Following this i’ve got my first 50 subscribers in 2 weeks…increasing every day.

  25. Nice work. Very useful and informative !

  26. Hi,

    Great article. I am also in midst of switching to OptinMonster on my website techfeedr.com

    Fingers crossed and hoping to see lot of conversions !

    1. Oooo exciting!! Let us know how it goes, Navpreet. 🙂

  27. Hi Kevin,
    Great post. Simple Ways To Get More Email Subscribers in Less than 5 Minutes will help me into my website because I am a newly blogger. So, I think to implement some of these on my own website. Hope this tips and tricks will be beneficial for me.
    Thanks for sharing.

  28. WOW Kevin – Even a year later your fantastic blog tips are still worthwhile!
    Your blogging style is top-notch – well researched and personable.
    It’s rare but I don’t have any suggestions to add. Off to implement as many of your super doable tips as possible.

  29. Hey Kevin,

    This is right up my alley! Besides myself there are plenty of others who don’t have a lot of time to blog.

    Using these simple strategies can save time so that we can focus on other thinks. I particularly like the twitter strategy of pinning a post and redirecting your twitter visitors to an Landing Page.

    I also like the Yoast comment hack plugin. I use to have a plugin that redirects visit or to a thank you page but I think it would be better to redirect first time visitors only.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  30. Veronica @inveronicascorner.com November 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    This was great! I am always looking for tips like this 🙂

  31. Phenomenal article, I got an amazing amount of value out of it! Thanks for sharing. I can see optinmonster is an amazing tool. Now if only it had a free starter deal, say for the first 50 or 100 subscribers! For now, my mailing list of 3 people doesn’t justify the monthly expense! But I plan to build it and hopefully one day will afford your great tool! Cheers, Paulie

  32. Great one…
    Thanks a lot

  33. What do you think about GetResponse
    I am pleased with this program because they have a lot of good training to increase subscribers and a 30 day free trial

    1. We agree! GetResponse is actually on our list of the best email marketing tools for small businesses.

  34. Jay Worthington March 9, 2017 at 1:20 am

    All I have to say is: PrintFriendly is a game changer.

    Thank you. I never would have discovered it without this post.

    Amazing resource.

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall March 9, 2017 at 6:05 am

      So glad you found it useful, Jay. Thanks for reading the blog. 🙂 If you’d like to keep up with new posts, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

  35. Kevin,

    Thank you so so so so so much! I am probably one who needed this information the most. Up until this article, I have been so afraid and uneducated about how I can use technology to build my email list.

    This was the best information ever. I cant wait to put some of these tips to work in my up and coming business.

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall May 17, 2017 at 5:48 am

      Happy we could help, Mel. 🙂 Next, check out these welcome email examples so you can build your relationship with subscribers the right way. And please follow us on Facebook to keep up with new email marketing guides as we publish them.

  36. This was really useful and I have been able to implement most of them right now! Hopefully this will increase my email list, thanks.

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall June 27, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Happy to hear you’ve implemented the tips, Bobby. 🙂 For more useful email marketing tips, check out our article on writing high-converting email marketing copy.

  37. Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I’m really excited to implement them on my blog tonight, especially the pinned tweet & Facebook page post–great idea!

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall July 4, 2017 at 6:00 am

      Always happy to help, Chantelle. 🙂 Our article on boosting your email click-through rate is a good one to read next.

  38. Wow! This is so insightful! I love how practical this post is. Actually, I have been following the procedures step by step as I read. I didn’t know about the ‘Sign up’ button on Facebook, my opt-in form is in a different color and I can’t stop looking at my blog. Thanks.

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall August 17, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Glad you enjoyed the article, Nancy. You might also like our recent step by step guide to running an email marketing campaign. 🙂

  39. thank you for sharing such informative article. As you mention after building a site traffic engagement is most important. Now a days Social media is such a great platform for do so. Communication is also an essential part to engage the traffic. Twitter chat comes to rescue for that plus visualization is important to attract traffic. You made every point so descriptive now I am sure there would not be a problem of traffic engagement. Thanks once again.

  40. The gmail signature by far, so easy and so totally forgotten

  41. Oh my God…so this is what i’ve been missing out….great way to generate leads…..thanks Kevin…i Will give this a thousand stats if There ia a vote for this article….may i use it all??

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall October 6, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Happy that you found the tips useful, Mike. 🙂 Why not try our holiday email marketing tips to get even more from your email marketing strategy?

  42. Dr.Shivangi Aggarwal November 13, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Hi Kevin,

    A great list. But I have a question. How to utilize the PDF file downloaded from PrintFriendly.com to increase my email subscribers?

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall November 14, 2017 at 3:46 am

      Hi Dr Shivangi, when you use Print-Friendly to create a PDF, you can use that PDF as a lead magnet on an optin landing page to get more email subscribers. It’s a way to give subscribers something in exchange for their email address.

  43. Hadn’t ever thought of adding something onto my email signature before to grow my email list! What a great tip that I’m sure many people aren’t thinking of doing!!

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall December 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Glad you found it useful, Dana. 🙂 Check out our recent article on email deliverability for tips on getting into the inbox.

  44. Awesome email tips! We’re obsessed with email at our company. We’ve spent 1000’s of hours editing 100’s of client email accounts, and terms of cutting costs and finding revenue growth opportunities for Fortune 500 companies and startups, here are the questions we believe brands should be asking:

    1. Do you send emails now?
    2. What do they say?
    3. Who do you send to?
    4. How are they segmented?
    5. What time do they send?
    6. How do you vary your message?
    7. Do you send the same message to everyone?
    8. Have you ever done any testing?

    Hope that helps! Keep up the awesome content.

    1. Sharon Hurley Hall March 26, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Great questions, Scott, and thanks for sharing. 🙂 You might also enjoy our email split testing guide.

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