Many people believe that starting a new blog is difficult, and while it certainly can be, it doesn’t have to be if you stay laser-focused on a single aspect.
If you focus on this one thing for the first 90 days of starting your blog you will have success. You will have momentum and you’re going to have the makings of a business.
In this post, we will take a deep dive into that one thing that will get you your first 1000 email subscribers in 90 days or less.
Why Do You Need 1000 Email Subscribers?
If you’ve got 1,000 email subscribers, you’re going to start feeling pretty good. When you first start a blog, you need to have a sense of what your readers are interested in, some self-assurance, and some forward momentum.
As a bonus, you’ll have a network of people to whom you can pitch your new content.
Your blog post will get more traffic and you’ll have people who might buy your products who you can sell to if you send an email to a thousand people informing them of your new blog entry.
Most importantly, if you have a thousand people on your email list, you’ve got the makings of your “true fans.”. In other words, they are the people that are going to support you in everything you do.
Those 1000 subscribers are going to form the basis of your online business and help it grow to new levels.
So that’s why getting your first 1000 subscribers is so crucial early on.
To answer our next big question, what are the best methods for acquiring your first thousand subscribers?
How To Get 1000 Email Subscribers In 90 Days?
Unfortunately, it’s much more straightforward than you might expect. It’s possible to have the makings of a successful blog in the next 90 days by following the advice in this post.
If you take action and actually implement the things that we’re going to discuss, you are very likely going to experience success.
So, if you’re even thinking about setting up a blog or new website this year, I highly recommend that you take the time to read this post because it’s going to be extremely beneficial.
To get your first thousand subscribers, you must do the exact opposite of everything you’ve been taught about starting a blog.
Step 1: Look For Low Competition Keywords For Quick Wins
People will tell you that you should create content that is low in competition and high in traffic. Most of those keywords don’t exist anymore, in reality.
As a result, you should focus your efforts on topics with low competition and high traffic in order to gain some early success.
You can start bringing in a trickle of traffic that is better than nothing and that’s going to help kind of build your confidence.
Over time, that trickle can turn into a lot more traffic if you approach things the right way. It all boils down to how people view your company’s name.
There’s a lot of low traffic low competition keywords that seem like they should be higher traffic or higher competition which can give you a little bit of street cred when you’re working with new brands.
You could, for example, write a few posts about a lesser-known film that will be released in theatres in a few months. Due to the lack of competition and steady flow of traffic, ranking for this keyword will be simple. You might also experience an increase in traffic slowly over time with a peak likely when the movie comes out. That’s just one specific example though.
There’s a lot of related keywords that also have very little competition and very little traffic but if you optimise your traffic to also include those keywords, you can take those 10 views and combine it with another 5 views from another low competition post as well as 15 views from another post and that traffic just keeps building up.
When you start ranking all of a sudden for random keywords, you will be getting a little bit more traffic from Google. You’ll start ranking higher for shorter-tail (i.e. more competitive) keywords as soon as Google begins to recognise that you have high-quality content on a specific topic of interest.
The important thing is to get started and to remember that even the smallest contribution makes a difference. These new visitors may eventually become subscribers if you do that.
You can’t get subscribers until you have traffic and we’re not going to worry about getting a deluge of traffic when you’re first getting started.
We’re going to worry about the things we can control and get the small wins. We would just focus on a little bit of traffic with the blog post and then we can do another low traffic low competition keyword and get a little bit more traffic.
After a few weeks, Google will start sending you more people because they’ve noticed that you’ve got something unique going on.
Step 2: Build up your content library
In the online world, content is everything. The most successful online entrepreneurs all prioritize content and will continue to do so for many years to come.
The second thing you need to do if you want to get a 1000 email subscribers on your blog in 3 months is to write 3 to 4 times a week for 3 months straight.
Even though it may seem like a lot of work, the more opportunities you have to rank in Google, the better your chances are of ranking in Google and getting traffic.
You’ll hear people say that you can choose quality over quantity. You are looking for quality and quantity. You’re going to put a lot of time into creating content for this site, so it should be something you’re interested in.
Niche sites should not be started simply because there is a need or a “gap” in the market.
You’ll be spending a lot of time writing content for your site, so make it about something you’re passionate about.
So, for a period of three months, publish three to four times a week. At the very least, you’ll end up with 36 useful pieces of information. That’s 36 chances for Google to recognize your content and begin sending traffic your way.
You’ve just got to put in the work initially if you want to experience that eventual growth.
For further reading, check out my article on content marketing: A Killler Content Marketing Strategy.
The next thing you need to do is to ensure you do a good job interlinking your content from day 1.
Google rankings come to mind when discussing SEO. They’re trying to get external links to point to their blog posts.
Links are sort of like the currency of the SEO world. In other words, the higher your site rises in the search engine results, the more backlinks it receives.
Often bloggers fail to link their own site’s content, which can result in a large number of internal links.
So what you want to make sure you do from the beginning, is do a very good job of interlinking content on your own site and make it really easy for Google to crawl your site and figure out what posts are related, what you are an expert at and figure out what your site in general is all about.
As long as Google has no trouble indexing it, so will the average user.
Let’s say you’ve got a niche site about golf product reviews where you’re reviewing golf balls and someone’s reading a review about one specific type of golf ball and then there’s a link in that post to another type of golf ball that’s maybe a competitor of theirs you can go see that and then there’s a link in that post to another type of golf ball and then there’s a link to that to your roundup of best golf balls of 2022.
Google will be able to see that all of these posts are linked together, resulting in a cohesive resource that customers will want to see when making a purchasing decision.
As a result, your search engine rankings will be boosted.
Obviously all of this takes time. You won’t get instant results from any of these tactics, but by focusing on them from the outset, you’ll have a much better chance of improving your search engine rankings over time.
Step 4: Find online communities
Fourth, join all of the online communities devoted to your particular industry or niche and start contributing.
This could be in the form of Facebook Groups, Reddit threads, forums, and so on and so forth..
Get super involved in these communities and provide legitimate value (aka no spamming or self-promotion) (aka no spamming or self-promotion).
Naturally, the more you participate, the more you’ll be seen as an authority on the subject.
And when you’re posting a bunch, you’re going to get a little bit of leeway when you start throwing in the occasional links to your website.
A good rule of thumb is for every 10 posts you create in a forum/Facebook Group/Reddit thread, you can include one to yourself as long as it’s actually useful and relevant and you’re not trying to do it in kind of a self-promotion way.
Some of these online communities may hold a day dedicated to self-promotion, during which members can share links to their own websites and other promotional materials.
Take note of those as they are great to get people knowing about your blog. Make a note of all of the times and dates.
After you give a thoughtful response to an enquiry from someone in the community and say something like this, you may get some questions “My blog post on X has also been published. If you’d like to learn more, please visit this link “As a matter of fact,. Check to see if it actually helps them, rather than just driving more traffic to your site.
By making yourself an invaluable part of these other communities, not only do people start to perceive you as an expert but it can send traffic to your site. You already know these people are interested in the same things that you’re talking about there’s a very high likelihood you can get a subscriber that’s going to turn into a true fan real quick.
I just want to point out that I know we haven’t really talked about how to actually get email subscribers yet.
Okay, so this is more of a preamble.
Because all of these strategies entail driving traffic to your website, which is what you need to do in order to add people to your email list in the first place.
Rather than winging it, we’re going with what has worked before.
If you’re interested to learn more about driving free traffic, check out my post here: 12 Best Ways To Drive Traffic For Free
Guest posting may be considered dead by some, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Seek out blogs and websites in your niche and establish contact with their editors and owners so that you can propose a guest post idea to them.
You don’t want to do this in a spammy way. It’s important that you follow the instructions exactly.
As a result, you’ll be able to reach a previously unreachable audience and earn a high-quality backlink for your website.
You may experience a spike in traffic and a large influx of visitors who will stay on your site until you receive a large number of email signups.
The link itself may not be worth a lot to you, but it will be valuable to Google.
Keep in mind that in the world of SEO, links are the currency.
Guest posting is one of the easiest ways to begin getting those links, so this is something that’s kind of a long play that you want to keep doing even after the first 90 days.
Your long-term brand and reputation will benefit from this.
If you can get a couple guest posts early on in your blog, that’s going to really help you get some traction.
Sometimes, all it takes is a couple external links pointing to your site for Google to figure out that there’s something good going on here and reward you with more exposure to some of your best content.
Eventually, more people will see this, which will lead to more subscribers.
So how do you get people to sign up for your email list?
Once you’ve got people coming in regularly to your site, the first thing we’re going to need to do is we’re going to need to give them a reason to opt in so I like putting together what I call a killer free guide.
Create a PDF or create a mini e-book of some kind. To put it another way, create a resource that people will pay for because it is extremely valuable and pertains to a specific area of your industry. Then just give it away for free in exchange for someone’s email.
One weekend (which can be done fairly quickly) would be sufficient for me to write a 1000-5000 word mini-e-Book (depending on how detailed you want it to be).
To give your PDF book a more polished appearance, try using a programme like Canva.
It’s not just about making a pretty PDF; it’s also about making one that’s useful and valuable enough to charge for.
Then lock it in exchange for an email address for which you can then use to grow your email list. If you use MailChimp to manage your email list and run email marketing campaigns, you can use an extension in WordPress called MailMunch to capture email addresses and have a campaign that sends them the PDF book directly.
The great thing is, once you’ve got this free guide, you can market that all over your website in creative ways to actually get people on your email list.
Step 6: The Execution of a Lethal Strategy
One blog post that I think everyone should create is a “best books” blog post.
In other words, no matter what industry or niche you’re in, you can create a list of “10 best books for blank.”
You can then use that eBook to entice people to provide their email address in exchange for a free download of your own. The book would then immediately be delivered to their inbox and they don’t spend any money doing so.
When people are reading this and they’re seeing it included with all of these published high quality books, it inherently has a little bit of perceived value.
People will be more likely to stay on your mailing list and check back when you have new content to share if you produce something that is both good and useful.
They’re more likely to read your blog post if they click through from another site.
That means you’re bringing in new subscribers who are interested in the type of content you’re producing, rather than just adding names to your mailing list.
So that’s what I would do if I were you. As soon as you’ve finished your free guide, write a blog post recommending all of the best books in your field. Then drop in the free guide naturally in the post.
Now to be clear, that’s just one place you can put this.
You should also add an opt-in form at the bottom of every single post as a call-to-action.
A pop-up that says, “hey, before you grab our free book in your sidebar, you can have an opt-in for your new book” can also appear when visitors click away from your website. Just make sure not to overdo this as it can drive people way really fast as well.
The main objective is to ensure that each and every person who visits your site is aware of your site’s really valuable thing they can sign up for.
You don’t want to be too in-you-face, but having said that, I know of some site owners who have been pretty aggressive with some of the pop-ups and pop-ins and all of that annoying stuff and very rarely actually had anyone complain about it.
I guess it depends on how your audience takes it.
I would recommend a tool called Optinmonster for creating opt-ins. Convertkit, for example, is another excellent option with built-in forms and landing pages that you can use. Leadpages also does this quite well, so find the one that works for you.
Step 7: Google Discover
Google Discover is a tactic that gets less attention than it deserves.
Google Discover is where people who have an android phone and see recommended sites on their chrome app. There’s not an actual page or anything.
The first thing they’re going to see is a “suggested for you” page and essentially what this is, is content that Google thinks you’re going to like based on your browsing history and so if you make google happy and you do all the little things you need to do for your website, you’re going to increase your chances that it’s going to be found in Google Discover.
The more people who click on it, like the post, and have a good time on the site, Google will send more traffic your way. There are cases where people have reported getting up to 10,000 people in one day show up after getting found on Google Discover.
So you need to make Google happy in order to get featured on Google Discover.
You want to make sure you’ve got Google Analytics installed.
You want to ensure that you’ve signed up for Google Search Console and that’s probably the most important part. Make certain that Search Console has indexed your sitemap and that it has been updated each time you make a new post. You want to also make sure that you’re passing Google’s Core Web Vitals that basically just says that your site has a good user experience.
You’ll be able to see all of your site’s metrics in search within Google Discover in this manner.
That’s how you’ll actually see if Google Discover is working. It will tell you how many people they have sent your way.
It’s more likely that your site will rank higher in search results and appear in Google Discover if it loads quickly for users.
So Google Discover can be an absolutely great way to get more traffic, especially if you have a small site right now.
You might not get a lot of search traffic, but if Google thinks your post will be interesting to some people, you should put it in front of them and see if they’re into it.
Step 8: Post on Pinterest
Pinterest is similar to Google in that it is a search engine, however, it’s more a visual search engine if anything else.
SEO can take months or even years to build up traffic. With Pinterest, you can drive traffic earlier which in turn can help you build up an email list.
If you’re just starting out, I would recommend you post 20 pins per day.
Pinterest encourages fresh pins. You can create multiple pins per blog post but each of the pin images need to look different. You can play around with different images, colors and text to create different pins that look different to each other.
Another thing you can do is join Pinterest Group boards on boards that are relevant to your niche and post your pins there. This can help you drive quick traffic to your blog as you don’t have to compete for millions of people’s attention.
You don’t need to only create pins for your blog posts. You can also create pins that redirect to a landing page where you can collect email addresses.
So if you follow these steps, within 90 days you can pretty easily get your first 1000 email subscribers. If you are starting a new site or even if you’ve got an existing site and you’re struggling to get subscribers and build that email list, then this is literally what you need to do.
In order to increase the number of people who visit your website, you need to have more posts published.
If you can get as many people as possible to your website, you’ll have more opportunities to add them to your email list.
As your email list grows, so does the organic growth of your website’s content, so the more people you have signing up for your newsletter, the better.
Your website expands in size in direct proportion to the size of your email list. As your site grows, your email list grows and eventually you’ll experience a snowball effect where email subscribers come faster and faster without you having to grind or do much.
It’s understandable if you’re feeling a bit daunted by all of this.
It’s best to begin by creating high-quality content that you enjoy reading and, if you’re lucky, will pique the interest of others.
Pretend like you’re writing this post for yourself or to encourage your mum or dad to visit your blog to help you write good quality posts.
For as long as you keep doing that, you’ll see an increase in the number of organic visitors to your site.
And a percentage of those people are going to sign up for your newsletter or your free guide or whatever it is.
Just remember that that’s all you’ve gotta do. All it will take is a little more time, but that’s all there is to getting 1000 email subscribers in 90 days.