How to Build an Email List, Starting from Nothing


  1. Huy Nguyen
    Dec 26, 2014 @ 10:03:26

    Hi Jon,

    This is great tutorial, this is really helpful with me at this time. I think I found good way for my website to build a list email.


  2. Julie
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 18:23:30

    Hi Jon, Thanks for the video. I have become a bit scared of guest blogging after reading an article last week saying it was "dead" and useless. So I am happy to see you video today and will try and get some spots. Are the big blogs usually happy to have guest bloggers for small time beginners?


  3. Tor Refsland
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 04:40:02

    Thanks for sharing great information as always, Jon.

    Guest blogging is the way to go 🙂



  4. Ali
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 14:36:35

    Hi Jon,
    Your advice is surely targeted and speaks of your deep insight and expertise. Another advantage of guest blogging in my opinion is that all your failed attempts at getting noticed by bigger and respected blogs in your niche will render you enough content to either pitch to 2nd tier blogs OR still, publish it on your own blog. So one can build the content repository in the process. Furthermore, pitching for "Bigger Blogs" will ensure that your posts get the effort and research necessary for them to shine. An important step to lay a solid foundation


  5. Ana
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 17:38:10

    Great again, Jon. Now for a question I'm sure you've gotten from others:

    You say to guest blog to start a list, but once I have a list started, what precisely do I give them if I don't yet have a blog up yet. You say not to start your own blog until you've guest posted. So ... what do I offer the people I get for a list? I have to have a site of my own for them to come to, right?


  6. Robin
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 08:19:15

    Near the top of the comments, Marsha Stopa suggested to find topics, look at the top 10 blogs in our niche and the top 10 posts on those blogs. My question is, how do you find those top 10 blogs and how do you know which posts are their top 10? I've Googled that term, but don't come up with anything helpful. Thanks.


    • Marsha Stopa
      Jul 31, 2014 @ 14:12:50


      Use to find the top blogs. Then spend time on each blog looking for the popular posts. Tedious but worth it.



      • Tanya
        Aug 01, 2014 @ 01:29:46

        Robin, I also recommend taking one of Jon's courses, I really like the SBO course. You will learn a ton more on how to do this research and a lot more beyond it. It's really worth it.

    • Chad Haynes
      Aug 01, 2014 @ 07:23:12

      Resources for finding most popular blogs in your niche here:

      If your niche is specific or a little bit left of centre, look for blogs that have content that would speak directly to your ideal reader. If using Google, type "best X blogs" into the engine, replacing X with whatever kind of blog you're looking for of course.

      Then use this tool:

      To do a search on their most shared content. You'll need a Twitter account. Sign in, type the website you want to search into the box, skip step 2 entirely, and then check your email a couple of hours later for a report.

      Read the top 10 posts thoroughly, take notes on their structure and tone, find consistencies, emulate.

      If you're EXTRA crafty, you'll browse through the comments and take notes on exactly what kind of comments the influencers behind those blogs respond to for emulation as well.

      Good luck!


  7. Tanya Veleva
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 20:59:50

    Hi Jon / Marsha,

    Thank you for the helpful video! I wonder if you include tips on researching and finding high trending topics, as well as recommendations on what tools to use for that?



    • Marsha Stopa
      May 09, 2014 @ 09:53:31


      Best use of your time is to read the top 10 posts on the top 10 blogs in your nice, AND all the comments. It will take you hours, perhaps a few days. But you'll learn exactly what those readers are thinking about, asking about and want to know more about.



  8. Sarah Davidson
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 09:44:30

    This was a great primer, I know I need to start using guest blogging to help build my list. I have to admit I didn't think the results could be as high as you indicate. I do have a question though, wouldn't it be better to promote a more "evergreen" type of offer that will be available for some time, rather than a webinar which I'm assuming in the example here would just be available on a certain date? Or should we just assume that the vast majority of the traffic from the guest post will occur shortly after it's published? Thanks Jon!


    • Marsha Stopa
      Apr 04, 2014 @ 15:35:39

      Marsha here.

      Yes, an evergreen offer is not a bad choice, but it's luster will fade over time. A webinar is an event, and while your attendance maybe lower, the engagement tends to be higher. And no, don't assume that the majority of the traffic occurs immediately. If you've managed to touch people's hearts, you can get traffic years later, as Jon has done with his viral posts on Copyblogger and Problogger.

      Good luck.


  9. Nikhil
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 07:41:42

    Hi Jon,
    Great Video, It's awesome. Your video guide for building a 1000 readers is great. I follow your guest blogging guide to build relationship with others. Thank you for this wonderful guide....:)


  10. Peter paul
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 08:20:58

    I will try list email. I think that good for promote my bussiness


  11. Valerie
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 12:20:08

    I have been incorporating as much of Jon's teachings into my website that helps freelance writers earn a real living online. His advice really does work!


  12. Sheila Bergquist
    May 07, 2013 @ 01:48:04

    I always love your videos and terrific advice! I have a question about the Copyblogger Teaching Sells example you showed. Is that still available? Sounds great.
    Thanks for all the good stuff you share.


  13. Iain
    May 02, 2013 @ 18:37:29

    Seems like guest blogging is where it's at.

    I can't say that I have done too much guest blogging. You're so compelling Jon I shall have to do more of it .


  14. Nix
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 15:09:44

    Jon, great as always! Thanx for making hard things look possible. You're an inspiration.


  15. Sharon
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 00:10:02

    Hello Jon, I am a baby just getting started, and I have written several articles but am moving onto my own blog.
    Yes I am at the , what can i do stage. How can i get going.
    Your advice and experience is inspirational, with both guest blog posts,
    and making relationships.
    So instead of praying to the Google Gods, I will go with your expert advice. Start at the beginning, and pray my guest posts , and dedication will spark results.
    Thank you ever so much.
    I will try first, and not hang by the mouse cord. lol
    Sharon Watts


  16. Tatiana
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 18:53:49

    Hi Jon
    I would like to sign for your class but I am busy mum and can attend the class only in the time convenient for me. Is it possible to do?
    All the best


    • Marsha Stopa
      Nov 18, 2012 @ 21:21:49


      The course is self-paced and the lessons are in video. You can come and go as you please, at the times that are convenient for you.

      I hope that helps!



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  18. Trung Nguyen
    May 28, 2012 @ 10:21:56

    I'm newbie on email marketing so this video is very useful for me. Thanks for making and sharing it.


  19. Jessica
    May 19, 2012 @ 16:37:21

    Hi Jon -

    I'm in your class and <3 it so far! I think I've been listening to pieces of your advice everyday for a couple of weeks.

    I need my daily Morrow-fix to keep me pumped and inspired that *I* can really do this.

    Now, I just need to get a site up 🙂

    Keep it coming! The newbies sure need it!


  20. Christine Martin
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 20:46:49

    Hi Jon,
    I also had high hopes of taking your class. Timing was my issue. Please keep us posted on future classes. Thanks.


  21. Elizabeth Cottrell
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:06:14

    I'm convinced...and I want to take your class. But I'm in the middle of James Chartrand's Damn Fine Words class right now and don't want to dilute my efforts.

    So...PLEASE keep me on your list and I hope you'll run this class again.

    You're a breath of fresh air in the blog advice arena. Thanks, Jon.


  22. Maxwell Ivey
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 16:04:45

    it would be great to have more people ask me to be on the mailing list instead of having to seek them out. thanks, max


  23. Gregory Ciotti
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 13:03:03

    Great video once again Jon, you're copy translates amazingly well to audio/video.


  24. Ant Brown
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 16:51:41

    This is fantastic, I am learning so much (and getting so many ideas) from seeing how you've done this, and how well it has worked.

    It's really changing my mindset, how I look at the Internet and what opportunities exist outside of the often reclusive strategies I'm used to hearing about.

    Thanks for sharing the video, and with so many confused hot girls I'd sure like to write posts that knock their socks off.



  25. Grocery Geek
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:30:05

    Great video! Informative and creative! I especially love the humor in the beginning 🙂

    I hope to take your course in the future...just saving up some cash 🙂

    When will your next session be (after the June 15th one)?


  26. ScorpionGod
    May 19, 2011 @ 00:04:31

    Wow... wow... Wow You showing how valuable guest posting on very popular blogs. And you show it using great videos. Love it also. and by the way now I' going to write a guest post. I don't know whether my post will approve to post there? But I'm gonna give a try.

    Thanks for helping me in this guest blogging side.


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