Excellent Tools for Improving Email Lead Captures on Your Blog

In the world of blogging, content is king. However, it seems like there are many more kingdoms and lands that need conquering these days… especially with more than over a billion active websites and blog continually creating new content to compete against. With each new pieceย of content your blog pushes out, another few million articles are likely already flooding into your niche market today.

So, what’s a blogger or content creator to do?

Simple — stay focused on your content creation and SEO efforts, but also make sure you are always working on building your mailing list and outreach in the process.

The good news is that there are plenty of exciting new tools, services, and features on the market today to help with this process — especially if you are looking to automate and scale in size. Today I’m going to be sharing a few of these top solutions and how you can start using them to improve the overall performance, engagement, and growth of your website, blog or online business.

First… You Need to Grab those Emails!

As mentioned, one of the most important things you can do when it comes to creating content is making sure you are collecting email addresses from visitors on your site โ€“ or at least tracking their traffic patterns for later outreach.

Your content is always going to be a pathway for acquiring new audience members and converting some of them into leads that you can nurture, but if you don’t have the right calls to action, lead capture solution or subscription methods in place, you are missing out.

One of the best tools out there for accomplishing this is OptinMonster. Many site owners and bloggers are likely already familiar with this software and probably already using it on their sites — however, not as many are using it to its full advantage. OptinMonster has changed and progressed a lot over the years, going from a simple popup subscribe form, to now offering A/B split testing, a custom form designer, click to pop subscribe forms and much more.

If you currently have a website or blog that’s getting a lot of traffic, but not actively seeing as many email and newsletter subscribers as you’d like, be sure to check out the many features of OptinMonster and see how you can start implementing each of them into your existing site.

OptinMonster plans currently start out at $9 per month.

Second… Focus on Your Outreach and Marketing Efforts

I don’t know about you, but I get a ton of emails every day asking to build links to other sites and their resources. In most cases, many of these emails are automated or done through a virtual assistant. Yes, they get to be annoying after you receive several of the same emails from the same people, knowing they are going out on a mass scale — but they work.

With more competition than ever in the world of blogging and content creation, it’s important to build as many relationships and valuable backlinks as possible. This means you are going to need to have a solid outreach and marketing plan in place. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by actively building a list of other relevant websites, bloggers, experts and media outlets within your industry.

As you can imagine, this would be quite a long and tedious process if you were to collect all of these emails mailings, send out individual emails and document/reply to each. Fortunately, there are services and software solutions out there for this as well — such as Mailshake, a tool that makes promoting content, building relationships, and generating leads through cold emails a whole lot easier.

You can see a few of their many features below, which includes automatic follow-up on emails, the ability to set up an area for teams to manage campaigns, create editorial and calendar settings for mailings and also complete customization of emails and making sure they are personalized to each contact on your list.

Mailshake rates start at $9 per month.

Third… Measure, Track and Improve

Keeping with the theme of knowing how your content is working best for you, it’s always important to know how users are actively using your site. It’s one thing to have lead generation forms on your site and tracking your daily conversions, but it’s another to actually see and know what your audience is doing while they are on your site.

This is often done through the use of heat maps and live on-site video recordings. It’s an amazing feature and simply one of the best ways to watch a user navigate through your site and seeing where their move is navigating to, clicking on or even moving away from.

One of the most popular tracking tools for setting such features like this up is CrazyEgg.ย Through their software, you can take a look at your site in a way that you’ve probably never seen before… almost as if you had x-ray glasses on. Check out the three different styles of heat maps and reports offered through CrazyEgg below and then consider how such tracking and technology could help further improve performance and engagement on your own site.

CrazyEgg is currently offering a free 30-day trial, then monthly plans start at $9 per month.

Running an Online Business is a Never Ending Case Study

As you can imagine, running any type of business is going to take a lot of time, hard work and effort. However, when you are conducting business online, it’s a whole different ball game. Not only are you up against a whole world of competition, you also have some of the most advanced tracking tools and demographic data to help you along the way. This is why it’s possible for smaller players and individuals bloggers to compete against some of the biggest brand names and media outlets in the world today.

With all of that being said, never stop split testing and learning more about your site, it’s content and the visitors who access it daily. Be sure to check out each of the resource tools above and see how you can start using them to improve the performance and revenue of your own sites and online business.

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10 thoughts on “Excellent Tools for Improving Email Lead Captures on Your Blog”

  1. zyan says:

    hey this is very good article thanks for sharing this article

  2. Susan Velez says:

    Hey Zac,

    One of the things that I struggled with when I first started my blog is tracking what was actually working. I figured if I just kept publishing new content I was fine.

    It wasn’t until my blog was about 4 months old that I really started tracking things. I think this is extremely important.

    If you’re not tracking your blog growth, you’ll never know what’s working. Right now I am just checking my Google Analytics and my email subscribers. I don’t use Optin Monster, but I have worked with it.

    It is a great plugin, but I prefer to use things that don’t have subscriptions. I chose to go with Thrive Leads for my email list building plugin.

    Although, I may have to check out Mailshake as I am working on improving my outreach. Anything that makes my life easier is always worth a second look.

    Thanks for sharing this with us, have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Susan

  3. Hello Zac,

    Great piece of information up here ๐Ÿ™‚

    Everybody wants to increase the E-mail list on their blogs, as it keeps the customers keep seeing us.

    OptinMonster is something very new for me to learn here.
    If we are blogging than E-mails and newsletter are the back bone to gain the trust of our customers.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu.

  4. Inknik says:

    Very nice plugin, I ever used. Thanks for the nice information Zac.

  5. Hi Zac,

    MailShake sounds way cool. I get emails from folks who could use that tool ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Email marketing is a quick, clean, simple way to connect with your audience. I resisted list building for years. Now I am all in, always open to tools and tech to make my life easier and to give my readers an easier way to connect with me, to consume my content and to stay in touch with me.

    Fabulous forms and tools up top. Thanks for sharing and great to see you on John’s blog again!

    Ryan

  6. Thanks Zack. I will have to check out that Crazyegg software. I need to really narrow down the tracking and see how visitors and customers navigate through my blog.

    Also Optin Monster looks like at $9 mo. something that I need to invest in. Looks like it could be effective for getting more optins.

    Thanks again for the article,
    Robert

  7. Hello Zac,

    Thanks for this great article. Optinbox is really a great tool to capture emails. I also agree that everyone should have to collect emails from their first day of blogging. Email lists are so helpful to promoting affiliate products and get some good leads and conversions. Great Post!

  8. Caleb says:

    Regardless of what email marketing system you use just use SOMETHING and stop spending so much time deciding. Everything will always have pros and cons so just use whats affordable and gets the main meat of the job done til you can afford better BUT don’t quibble over the particular brand. I don’t use the particular brands mentioned in this post but do use similar tools that gets the job done.

    ~Focus on the pros not the cons and only do what works ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. mansi desai says:

    hi,

    nice stuff for us we are making this plan to blog for lead generation , it will helping me so much ,

    thanks for sharing this blog ,

    regards,

    mansi desai

  10. Adeel Sami says:

    Hey, Zac!

    Awesome share, buddy!

    I know OptinMonster is the best plugin for the email capturing out in the market.

    And CrazyEff from Neil Patel is just brilliant on top of OptinMonster.

    I have been using some other plugins for the same cause but will soon switch to at least OptinMonster because it is a must-have plugin for the important task.

    Thanks for the best one!

    ~ Adeel
    T

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