If you want to build a following or even make sales and get traffic online, you need to build an email list that it's simply unavoidable. So you create a landing page, also called an opt-in page or a squeeze page where someone can come to your site and fill in their name and email address to get something for free, and now they have opted in to your email list and can receive emails from you unless they have decided they want to unsubscribe.
So, you've done half of the Industry Email List work. You've created a landing page, you send people to it through backlinks, through articles, forums and other forms of traffic and now you need a way to talk to these people and now you need something to say on a somewhat regular basis.
When you're thinking about what blog post to send people to or what offers you want them to buy from or what affiliate links to click on, what should your emails really say? I want you to remember that there are three kinds of emails you sent. They are notifications, they are reminders and they are value.
You need to send very short emails. This makes it easier for people to read them but also makes it very easy for you to write them. If you think of sending emails as simple notifications then your job is much easier. Look at the emails that Facebook sends to its subscribers. They might send some news about the site but usually it's just that someone has posted on your Facebook wall or added you as a friend. Likewise, Amazon.com sends emails and they will send a weekly update of what new products are available that you might like.
Think about what do you want to notify your subscribers about. Maybe you're recommending a link and you want them to be aware of something that's happening in your industry. Maybe you're showing them a URL to your blog post because you're notifying them that you made a new blog post or that you setup a new webpage and they should check it out right away.
The second type of email you can send is a reminder. This is even easier. You already sent them a link in an earlier email so you're just making sure that they clicked on that link and saw what you had to say. Sometimes these are things that you notify them about change.
For example, you made a blog post, people looked at it and commented. Now you can send an email telling people that people left comments and that they should now join the discussion which is taking place there. If you sent a link to something to buy, you can deliver different reasons in different emails why they should click and buy right away.
The third type of email to send is an email that demonstrates some kind of value that teaches them something and this is as simple as taking your articles and putting them in your email follow-up sequence. You can put blog post, maybe abbreviated forms of blog post, lists or something that gives people really powerful advice, tips, rants or tutorials in the form of email.