Do you subscribe to newsletters a lot? I do. I love newsletters.
Sometimes I do it for the freebie (usually a book), because it seems like it might be a great read. Sometimes I do it because it is a great blog.
I never just get the freebies and unsubscribe though, I always make sure to receive the newsletter for at least a few weeks to make sure I don’t like it, before I actually unsubscribe.
You should consider doing this and I have a little story to prove it.
I once downloaded some book that added me to one internet marketers list and it was one of those IM lists we all hate by now. Emails every day, offers and what not. One day I decided to read his email. It was pointing me to a video that I clicked through to watch.
The video was promoting a product by explaining a traffic generation/SEO tactic and then offering a tool that makes the tactic easy to implement. Of course I didn’t buy it, but the thing I learned from that video was amazing! Lesson learned!
There are a few newsletters I have been subscriber of for months now and I want to recommend them to you.
Note: I am linking to random posts on blogs I recommend since they have sign up boxes in sidebars and you won’t miss them.
Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income
Probably my most favorite newsletter for some time now. Smart Passive Income is a great blog and if are not reading it already, you are missing out on a lot.
Pat’s newsletter is unique and it is not made out of blog post updates. He always gives great tips and some of them moved my blog light years ahead after days of implementing them.
You will get an e-book with sign up “E-books the smart way” and if it isn’t one of the most beautifully designed e-books ever, I don’t know which is :)
David has a great blog and even better newsletter. Not blog post updates but great tips in most of them.
After signing up you will get a “Six Figure Blogger Blueprint” in both PDF and MP3 format.
Yaro Starak – Blog Mastermind
I like his post updates because I get the whole post in my email, not just a summary. It sometimes saves me time.
Blog Mastermind is a “real newsletter” where you don’t get blog post updates but a tip or a link to something cool :)
For both sign ups you will get a “Blog Profits Blueprint” e-book, which I read and I can say it is a pretty good one!
Glen Allsopp – ViperChill
I am receiving several newsletters from Glen, since he has a bunch of ongoing great projects. So if you really want to get the max out of him (and he gives a lot) I would suggest just going to his ViperChill blog, reading a few posts and clicking through the links in them.
They are often leading to landing pages for his different projects. Just sign up for all of them, you will be amazed by the amount of information he puts out.
Kimberly Castleberry – Just Ask Kim
I love Kim’s newsletter. She always has something new to tell me. Her newsletters are sometimes so long and filled with information that I have to work on them step by step.
This is probably the only newsletter that I actually RT from time to time. That is how good it is. It is one newsletter I never automatically delete upon receiving it.
Sometimes I will leave it for later (even days later) but once I have time, I sit down and go through all of them I haven’t read yet, follow the tips and see results after a few days. You can’t beat that!
Books worth signing up for and free books
There are newsletters you can sign up for that are mostly blog posts updates (which I usually do through RSS subscription) or are just not active (this is on Tristan’s account :) ).
You should definitely consider giving your e-mail address for books on these blogs (or just download the ones that are not requiring opt ins):
Johnathan from By Bloggers – Epic E-book creation (no opt in).
Blog Tyrant – simple and short but effective Capture 120% more e-mail subscribers overnight.
Paul Wolfe from One Spoon at a Time – How to create a pillar article (pay with a tweet).
How to get them all without flooding your inbox
I usually subscribe to everything using my main email address. Most of these blogs use email marketing services that allow easy unsubscribing so I can always do that.
However, if you are not really sure if the blogger/marketer is going to flood you with offers you can just create an email for subscriptions only. I would recommend gmail because of the advanced filtering options.
Why should you subscribe to newsletters?
You can learn a lot from them and I would say this is the main reason.
Newsletters prepared by the leaders of your industry usually have at least one useful tip in them. Sometimes more. Sometimes they will bring new ideas for your own newsletter, blog posts or other things you can use to improve your business.
But it isn’t just the content that will help.
You can learn the best practices for a newsletter by paying attention at how they do it.
For example, being subscribed to one of them, I learned that the best time to send people a tip and point them to your new post isn’t the day you published the post. It is better to wait a day or two.
You can learn copywriting, see what is it that makes you click a link in the newsletter.
You can learn how to write clickable subjects. Every time you receive a newsletter and the subject line makes you think “Oh, I have to see this”, copy and paste that title in a swipe file and use it as a reference for your own newsletter or even blog posts.
Being on someone’s list can be beneficial to you as well. You will hear about new product launches first. You will probably get discounts.
Sometimes you might get free stuff. I for example, from time to time, give free ad space on my blog to my subscribers. I always do my best to make my list feel comfortable and happy :) and you should try doing it too.
I have free stuff for you too
I have a newsletter too (which I am sure you figured out with all the forms around here). Signing up for it will get you two really cool books, “The Affiliate Masters Course” and “99 Tasks for Blog Improvement”.
If you don’t want to sing up, you can still download the second book (the “naked” version of it) here.
I know there are many more great newsletters you should be subscribing to, but these are the ones that kept me reading them for months. There are also many, many more great free e-books you can get, I alone have several hundreds of them on my computer.
But these are the best I have seen and read in last few months. And I love recommending the best.
Your turn… I would love to hear if you are a subscriber of one of these newsletters and have you checked out these free books?