When Should You Start Your Email List?

During our drive to Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas, Oscar told me one of the most common newbie questions he gets is, “when should I start my email list?”

I figured this would be a great question to answer for this episode of Driving with John Chow. Long time readers will know the answer to this question right away. However, if you’re new to Internet marketing, the answer may not be so obvious.

My recommend email service provide is Aweber. I’ve been with them since the beginning and have nothing but good things to say about them. Aweber offers a free trial account for all new customers. The account is just like a normal Aweber account and includes unlimited email campaigns, newsletter, broadcasts and follow ups. It’s a great way to test drive Aweber to see what it can do for your blog.

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14 thoughts on “When Should You Start Your Email List?”

  1. Kenny LeOng says:

    When I first started to build my list I didn’t immediately respond to my subscribers until I nearly hit 500 emails because I stinged on spending $29 for an autoresponder service. By the time I thought I was ready to start my campaign I was horrified. My list turned COLD! I had to start all over again. A painful lesson learnt the hard way. I have documented my experiences in my blog. Please comment.

  2. MSI Sakib says:

    Hello John,
    Previously I made this Multi-Millionaire mistake because of not collecting Emails from day 1. However, now I am on the track. Is series auto-response/Email mandatory to monetize Email list?

    Thanks –
    Have a safe journey!

  3. vicace says:

    yes, you should start making the email list from day one. very useful article . thank you for posting 🙂

  4. Louis says:

    Well, starting from day 1 is really need to and if you can’t afford use mailchimp or other free services.

    you can export email list as well, but limited of 2,000 email…

    However if you reach that number… then the next level is Aweber… paying 20 a month

  5. zemen says:

    I’ve been with them since the beginning and have nothing but good things to say about them

  6. Dave says:

    I agree John. Start building your list from day 1 !

  7. Bryan Hee says:

    Email list is an asset for the internet business. The money is in the relationship you build with your list.

  8. Zoleecsek says:

    Hi John! I watch your recommend email service provide is Aweber. The trial period is awesome!
    I findet an another email service provide: GVO>Pure Leverage.
    Here the trial period is 7 day, and then 10.000 subscribers is $24,95/month.
    The Aweber Pricing for over 500 subscribers is until 10.000 subscibers is $69/month.
    So I think this is best of value/price proporcion.
    Thank You your offer, but I think I choose the Pure Leverage.

    1. John Chow says:

      You get what you pay for. GVO deliverability is not as good as Aweber. Also email marketing isn’t GVO’s main business. It’s just their hook. I wouldn’t trust my list with them.

      1. Kenny LeOng says:

        Well said. I tried going cheap when I first started but I faced issues after issues. Until I go with aweber, all previous issues I had were solved. They have very good and prompt online support and video tutorials.

  9. Almaz Tesfahunegn says:

    Hello John Chow. I am using solo provider and collect my emails from them.
    Any way thank you for your suggestions

  10. Doofus says:

    Email lists are one strategy. I used to work for a leading .com with an 8 figure yearly turnover and email was down the list of sales drivers. Paid search was number one. Organic SEO was next. Don’t get me wrong, the mailing list made millions, and was backed by a team of full time professional marketers. But the Adwords team consistently made more money for the company.

    If you do want to go for email, I switched to Sendy and never looked back. So much cheaper, much more flexible and easy to use too.

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