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Lessons Learned from the Secret, Chicken Soup, Abundance Now, and A Guinness World Record Setting Book [Lisa Nichols Interview]

Lisa Nichols is one of the world’s most requested motivational speakers. A media personality and corporate CEO, her global platform has reached and served nearly thirty million people. Lisa began her career as a struggling single mom on public assistance and now is a millionaire entrepreneur. Lisa’s courage and determination have inspired fans worldwide, bringing breakthrough to countless audiences as they discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential. In Lisa’s interview with Chandler during the Self-Publishing Success Summit, Lisa shared her lessons learned from the Secret, Chicken Soup, Abundance Now, and even a Guinness world record setting book!

Her story is truly an inspiration, as it shows with hard work, anyone can find success.

Speaking and Writing Go Hand in Hand

Lisa says your first mistake is sitting back and waiting. Seeing your dream come to fruition only happens once a lot of hard work has gone into the process. Speaking and media are a huge part of the writing business, but how do you get your first speaking gig? How do you appear on your first TV interview? Lisa says to go small first – aim for regional media. Call and send them the press release you put together and don’t forget to include some type of video of yourself!

Write and Don’t Worry About Grammar

In school, Lisa was publicly humiliated by teachers who told her she was either the weakest writer they knew, or the worst public speaker. Today, she has proven these teachers wrong. However, Lisa had to overcome these fears and find out for herself that she is indeed a great storyteller, as well as a phenomenal public speaker. Her weakness is grammar, and she would be the first person to tell you this. But there is an easy fix for this and it’s called getting an editor! Lisa stresses the importance of writing and getting your message out while not worrying about the grammar. That can be fixed later. For now, focus on the writing!

Hold Fear in One Hand and Passion in the Other

As mentioned, Lisa had a lot of fear to overcome on her road to becoming a traveling speaker as well as a writer. She said she did not wait for her fear to dissipate before starting her journey. Rather said, “I held my fear in one hand and my passion and conviction in the other hand, and I just jumped anyway!” She worked through her fear, focusing on what she was writing rather than what might stop her. Lisa is a great storyteller but she knows sometimes telling herself stories of “what ifs” is what holds her back. “Fear is us making up a story about what we think might happen in the future.” Instead, she tells herself the positive what ifs, and focuses on her writing. After all, she says, “Momentum dissipates fear.”

Don’t Hide Behind Your Book

Take advantage of the different forms of connectivity that are available. Social media, videos and interviews are all resources that should be taken advantage of! Audiences love hearing about what Lisa fondly calls “your dip.” They want to hear how you rose from the ashes. People fall in love with your dip because your audience knows you are the right person to teach them. If you experienced lows in your career, or dips, they know they are not alone. This provides a stronger relationship between the success of the speaker/writer and the one who is still aspiring to be successful. Today’s currency is all about relationship and making these connections is vital.

Talk About the Pages Not Just the Book

Speaking more about the content on specific pages of your book provides a type of realism to your book as well as credibility. Simply talking about the book itself may draw readers in, but talking about the specific pages and the personal quotes will capture audiences. “Books are an amazing contribution to society because it allows people to learn from you, be touched by you, and be inspired by you while you’re doing other things.” Why not go all the way and get personal by naming what page number the story came from? Lisa said she literally has readers stop her to ask what page she is speaking from. This is an amazing way to build those reader relationships!

Personality is Everything

While you are in conversation with readers let your personality show through. Readers are drawn to authors who are transparent, real, and unafraid to share their “dip” stories. Energy gives more essence to what you are talking about as the passion behind the writing comes through. If you aren’t very extroverted, no need to worry! Some readers are drawn to quieter authors. Being yourself will take you much farther down the road than pretending to be something you are not. And really, who wants to build a career from a false identity?

As a parting tip Lisa says, “Everyday get up, pray and ask God to get you out of your own way so the world can be blessed by who you are.” Your message does not belong to you. It’s supposed to come through you to inspire those around you. You may have fears battling against what inspires you, but hold those fears in one hand and go after your goals with the other. If Lisa can go from “the weakest writer” to a bestselling author, what is stopping you?

If Lisa can do it, anyone can do it!

For more information on the Self-Publishing Success Summit, you can check out our All-Access Pass to receive LIFETIME access to all the Success Summit master classes, a private Q&A session and community, and $1,141 in bonuses.

Write a Book That Sells

Find a Book Idea That Sells: 3 Things You Must Check Before You Write Your Book

If you’re about to write a book, and you want a book idea that sells, there are three things you absolutely must check before you spend a minute writing your book.

Researching these three things will help you write your book more confidently because you’ll have firm reason to believe readers will love and buy your book.

Once you have your book idea, and before you begin writing, you need to check that there’s:

  1. People looking for your book idea
  2. People willing to pay for your book idea
  3. Competition you can beat

There are two ways to complete each of the following steps: an easy, low-cost way and a time-consuming, free way. I’ll explain both. No matter which method you choose, just choose one of them so you can embark on your book writing journey with confidence.

1. Are there people looking for your book idea?

Before you spend weeks, months, or years laboring to create your book, smart authors validate that there are people searching for your book idea on the internet first.

The free method is to type in www.KWFinder.com and use their free tool that currently allows you 3 searches per day, and type in your book idea. One piece of information this site gives you is the average times per month people type and search for your term. The higher the number, the more people actively are looking for the information you’re thinking of writing about.

This tool does not tell you how many people are searching for your idea on Amazon, however, which can make your results a little dicey. Sometimes people are just looking to learn free or quick information, and not actually looking to read an entire book.

When people search for a topic on Amazon, however, they are there to buy something. That’s why doing this research using a software that specifically gives you Amazon data is the best option.

Enter KDP Rocket. When you search for a book idea using KDP Rocket, it gives you the estimated number of times people search for your idea on Google and on Amazon each month. And there’s no limit to how many ideas you can search per day.

Here’s the results for my fictitious book idea about ‘habits’:

Once you’ve verified people are searching for your book idea, the next step is to make sure they’re willing to pay for the information.

2. Are there people willing to pay for your book idea?

Unless you’re planning to give your book away for free, this step is crucial.

If you don’t have KDP Rocket, you’ll want to head over to Amazon.com and search in the Kindle Store for your writing idea. Look at the search results that appear on the first page. For each book, scroll down to find the Amazon Best Seller Rank. You’ll probably want to create a spreadsheet now if you haven’t already to keep track of the numbers.

Once you have the Best Seller Rank for each, you should put each number into the Amazon Best Seller Rank Calculator. The calculator will tell you how many books are sell each day. If you multiply this number by 30, you’ll get the estimated money per month that book makes.

Kindle Best Seller Calculator

If you do this for all 14 of the books that show up on the first page of your search, you can find the average your book idea makes per month. This will give you an idea if it’s profitable enough for you to pursue.  

If you’re looking for the fast and easy way, you’d already have this information right at your fingertips from doing step 1 (verifying people are looking for your book). By clicking ‘Analyze’ on KDP Rocket, you can immediately learn the average earnings per month.

Book Idea Rank

Wow, ‘habits’ is a money-maker! Look at that second column!

So people are looking for your idea and they are willing to pay for your idea, but can  you compete with the big dogs?

3. Can you beat the competition for your book idea?

Terms like ‘habits’ are popular and profitable, but the competition is intense. You may have noticed the column called “Competitive Score.” This gives you a score between 1-100 on how hard it would be to get your book to appear when people search for your term. A 1 is easy-peasy and 100 is near-impossible.

I’m guessing like me, you’re not a famous author, so you’ll want to find book ideas that have lower competition. Scores in the 20s or below are my usual target.

This doesn’t mean you can’t write a book about habits. This just means you might have to keep searching to refine your idea to be more specific so you can better compete.

When you search in the Kindle Store for your idea, you’ll want to take note of the number of results that appear.

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This tells us there are 8,055 other books that rank for the term “habits” on Amazon.

Next, click on the top 3 results and write down their Amazon Best Seller Rank. Find the average of these 3 numbers to find the average Best Seller Rank of the top 3 books. You should aim to get your book to rank #1 since it gets the most clicks, and definitely be able to compete with the top 3.

Then, look at the book covers, book descriptions, and reviews. Give each book a score 1-100 based on your opinion of its professionalism, design, clarity, and happiness of reviewers. If it looks like a book you could easily beat, it’s a 1. If it’s perfect and virtually unbeatable, give it 100.

Having all these numbers in an excel spreadsheet will help you analyze the competition of your book idea.

If that seems like a lot of work, or you don’t know how to score the competition, you’ll love what KDP Rocket can do for you.

When you click on the ‘Analyze’ button to discover how much money the book idea makes, a Competitive Score was also automatically generated.

Book Idea Research

For ‘habits,’ the competition is 73…pretty tough.

Rocket will also give you a bunch of other recommended terms to consider, so by simply scrolling down, I found ‘healthy eating habits.’

KDP Rocket Results

Lower competition…but people aren’t paying for that idea.

How about ‘how to break bad habits’:

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See how you can still write about what you’re interested in, but simply checking the popularity, profitability, and competition can help you refine your idea from an “I hope this works idea” to “Let’s write this book already idea!”

Book Idea Validated

Once your book idea passes these three checkpoints, then you’re on your way to confidently writing your book. Now you have reason to believe it won’t be a waste of your time and you can proceed with more assurance that you’re writing a book that will sell.

To learn more about how this product can help you profitably launch your book to success, check out KDP Rocket here!

Value Of Genuinity

The Value Of Genuinity and Content In Marketing Your Product (Danny Iny Interview)

Danny Iny is the Founder of Mirasee, host of the “Business Reimagined” podcast, and best selling author of multiple books. These books include, Engagement from Scratch, The Audience Revolution, and Teach and Grow Rich. In addition, he is the creator of the acclaimed audience business master class and course: Builders Laboratory Training programs. These programs have helped over 5000 value-driven entrepreneurs, making them graduates of the program. 

In his recent interview with Chandler during the 2016 Self-Publishing Success Summit, Danny spoke about the the value of genuinity and content in marketing your product. Here’s what he said were the most important key elements:

People Over Product

Danny talks a lot about the value there is in helping people over selling product. He says, “People look at things differently when they’re looking at you to learn from you and when they’re looking at you as someone who’s trying to sell something.” Mutual trust is built when helping someone is viewed as greater than simply selling a product. Relationships are an important aspect of any business, and very often they prove more beneficial than simply pushing product at a customer.

Pay it Forward

Along with elevating people over product, Danny talks about the importance of paying it forward. Giving value to those who help you is important to remember (in business or even outside of business). Being genuine and presenting what is realistically in it for another person is vital to positive relationships. We shouldn’t exaggerate or belittle what one can/cannot get out of something. In terms of helping them, being that realistic and genuine person is a must!

We Won’t Make Money from Books

Most people do not make a living from their writing. Unless you are a big name author, meaningful money will not be made from simply selling books. For every person who wants your book enough to buy it, there are 10-20 people who would download it for free. Finding other ways to market through the sales, or even free downloads, of your books is a big step in the right direction.

A book in and of itself will likely not bring in meaningful money, but using it as a piece in a larger puzzle can be extremely helpful to your business.

Content, Content, Content

Being able to produce content is a must as a writer, but being able to produce good, quality, high-value content is another story entirely. Danny stresses the importance of delivering content with a high level of value. If the value is high, your audience and other people will genuinely promote your book for you in return. This is not only good for your customers, as they are receiving good content, but it is also a way to get free marketing. Both of these factors are important. A happy customer equals free marketing. Delivering valuable content, then following up by subtly reminding people where and how they can access your book, is a smart marketing choice.

Craft that Email List!

People are all about connections, and in the world of writing this is no different. Creating an email list is a great opportunity to nurture your relationship with your customers. Keeping them up to date on your latest writing, your new book that is coming out, or even some of your own, unique writing habits, helps nourish the relationship. More than just giving “fun facts” about your writing journey, well-crafted emails can provide more value and content that may interest customers. Valuable content doesn’t need to be restricted to only books or blogs, strong content can even be woven into a simple email. Doing so will make your customers love you all the more!

Be Unexpected

Helping people understand the value of a product and exactly why they would benefit from it can build customer relationships. Honesty is an important factor to have in this type of conversation. People will be surprised when they find there is actually a unique benefit to your specific product. Many people follow the format of providing three free videos, then working the videos into a sales pitch format. But again, surprise people by being unexpected. Get people engaged in understanding the value of paying attention to the content itself, not simply because a sales pitch will come at the end. This will in open their minds to the following product you intend to promote.

And as Danny says, always remember, “The book becomes the first big piece of marketing in the launch of a product.”

Writing a book is truly just the beginning!

For more information on the Self-Publishing Success Summit, you can check out our All-Access Pass to receive LIFETIME access to all the Success Summit master classes, a private Q&A session and community, and $1,141 in bonuses.

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The Power of Social Networking in Growing Your Brand (David McKay Interview)

David McKay was one of our speakers during the Self-Publishing Success Summit, where he spoke about the importance of using social networking to help grow your brand and business. He and his wife Ally are partners and owners of McKay Photography Academy. David’s company is very successful, helping to teach photographers worldwide. He leads photography tour groups in countries such as Iceland and Africa, and he is currently planning one for Vietnam.

Recognized internationally, David has been awarded some of the most prestigious accolades in his profession. More than “just” a nationally recognized photographer, David is also a published author. He has written the Photography Demystified book series and is a best-selling author of two books. When interviewed for the Self-Publishing Success Summit on what he deems important in writing, David gave us several vital takeaways.

1. Mind Map Like Your Book Depends on It (because it does!)

David stresses the importance of mind mapping when beginning to write. He says it has a lot of value for us as we try to get started with ideas. All that’s needed is a sheet of blank paper, a pen, and a mind ready to write down nearly anything. Mind mapping can be done in a few different ways, but the purpose of mind mapping remains the same. Writing down the topic or subject of your book, then writing down any information related to this topic allows a certain freedom to writing. Who knows? We may get countless ideas, or one great idea we want to run with. Either way, mind mapping frees us to pursue our topic by looking at it from all different angles.

2. SPS Coaching Program

David is not just a teacher. He understands the importance of learning and growing as an individual as well. He stresses the value in SPS’s coaching program and states how integral it was to his writing. Having someone weave him in and out of the process was invaluable to him. This is spoken from a photographer turned best-selling author and is a takeaway we should all pay attention to. Anyone can put words on paper, but sometimes coaching is all it takes to turn good writing into great writing. David himself is proof of this!

3. Don’t Worry about Unsubscribers

We work so hard to put out good content, properly format our content, and organize it in an engaging way… We hit PUBLISH with hopeful expectancy…only to find one of our subscribers has unsubscribed. Did we do something wrong? Was the content too in-depth, too shallow? David is quick to say this is not the case. When someone unsubscribes it simply means they are not our right client. Having the right subscribers is as important as, or even more important than, having a large number of subscribers. Engaged subscribers make all the difference, so we shouldn’t feel badly when someone occasionally unsubscribes. It simply means our audience is weeding themselves out and we will be left with engaged subscribers who are all in. For a writer, what could be better?

4. Keep Them in the Loop!

Now that we have our engaged subscribers, we shouldn’t be afraid to keep them in the loop on what we are doing and where we are headed. As David said, people want to be part of something. An engaged audience wants to be on the inside, that is why they subscribed, after all! They want to know what is going on, what book we are writing, what the good days of writing look like, and how we work through the hard ones. David says we shouldn’t hesitate to keep them informed. This will affirm how important they are to us, as well as make them feel special we would take time to keep them informed. This is a win-win for both parties included!

5. Never Stop Changing, Never Stop Evolving

The writing market is always changing, as is social media, and as writers it is important to be aware of these changes and evolve as the market does.

Changing with the market helped David keep his home. Five years ago he had to make big changes in order to stay on top of the recession, and by making connections and changing with the market, he kept his home. Changing and evolving with the market will not only keep us in the loop, but also provide us with more connections, contacts, and a bigger audience.

These three factors are important for us writers as we write not just for ourselves, but also for an audience of readers who are also changing and evolving.

6. Dive Into a Social Network:

We all have our bad writing days. It’s part of being a successful writer. However, it’s helpful to have a social network of other writers ready to give us support when we need it. Social media is a great way to network and form connections that will later provide encouragement and helpful feedback. David emphasizes this repeatedly. Every writer can benefit from support at some point in the writing stage, and social networks can fulfill this need. As David stresses this fact, so should we. Dive in to a social network, engage with other writers, and give and receive support. It is greatly beneficial, because as David says, strength is in numbers and partnership is huge.

At times it’s easy to feel as if we have a book inside us that needs written, but we don’t know where to start or how to write it. It’s important for us to remember the tips David has proven truly work. Mind mapping, getting in a coaching program, not worrying about those who unsubscribe, keeping the engaged subscribers in the loop, evolving with the market, and getting into a social network support group are all areas David himself has not only incorporated into his own life, but also reaped the benefits from.

It’s not that we can’t do this, it’s that we need to take the step. As David reminds us, “If you do this stuff you can be successful.”

So we have tips from David, proven tips that if acted on are sure to help us succeed. But what’s the one main takeaway David wants us to remember? He believes with all his heart that everybody has a story within them and everyone has something others need to hear.

What’s our next step? We simply need to look inside ourselves and find the unique story we have to tell. Then we need to sit down and start mind mapping, getting into a coaching program, building a support network…because our individual stories have immense power to benefit others. What are we waiting for?

For more information on the Self-Publishing Success Summit, you can check out our All-Access Pass to receive LIFETIME access to all the Success Summit master classes, a private Q&A session and community, and $1,141 in bonuses!

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Interview: John Lee Dumas on Using Kickstarter to Crowdfund & Market A Book

When most people think of a Kickstarter campaign, they think of a cool new gadget or an innovation seeking for backers to come to market. Well, one out-of-the-box thinker leveraged this platform in a different way. For John Lee Dumas, founder and host of EOFire, Kickstarter was much more than a crowdfunding platform. It served as a key component of an overall marketing strategy.

And wow, did it pay off! His Kickstarter campaign for The Freedom Journal—a gorgeous faux leather-bound journal that guides you in setting and accomplishing your goals in 100 days—was named the most-funded publishing campaign of all time (!!!).

Kickstarter was John’s crowdfunding platform of choice because he understood the value in using such a recognizable independent third party to help market and sell his books. John already had thousands upon thousands of subscribers. He also had the money needed to produce these journals. What he didn’t have—prior to his Kickstarter campaign—was validation that people would pay real money for The Freedom Journal.

During our recent Self-Publishing School Summit, John shared his biggest tips and strategies for using Kickstarter as an amazing tool to market and sell your next book.

Read on for John Lee Dumas’s tips on how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign to sell your own book.

Assemble Your Kickstarter Book-Launch Team

John credits so much of his success to the year-long behind-the-scenes work he put into The Freedom Journal before launching his Kickstarter campaign. John put together a Grade A team, which included a logistics person, a designer, a crowdfunding expert to set-up pages and keep the campaign running smoothly, an editor and a social media guru.

In advance of the launch he also took the time to stockpile content. He made sure to pre-write marketing emails and social media posts. His pre-planning helped him focus on the campaign while it was happening.

John’s overall goal was to bring people on this journey and make them feel part of The Freedom Journal from the very beginning. For nearly an entire year, he teased about the impending launch and directed people to join him in his project. From his homepage to his podcast, his followers were asked to opt-in to be kept in the loop.

His efforts were so successful that by the time he launched his Kickstarter, he has already amassed more than 12,000 emails of people wanting to be part of the project.

If the first days and weeks of a Kickstarter campaign are successful for you, it’s probably because you’ve planned, prepped, and assembled a top-notch team to stand with you.

Launch Your Kickstarter Campaign With A Bang

In a Kickstarter campaign, the traction you get from your launch is everything. John says your goal is to get that initial momentum going. In other words, you want to create a snowball effect and take advantage of the rankings you can get if your campaign trends. The goal is to create an organic momentum that encourages others to back your project.

Here is what John did to help get that snowball started.

Tap Into Your Existing Fan Base. John made direct calls-to-action at the beginning and ending of every podcast.

PRO TIP: Direct people to a domain-specific website that shares information about your Kickstarter. You always want to collect emails and point people to your site, instead of directly to your Kickstarter page.

Communicate Consistently and Frequently. During his campaign, John did daily podcasts AND sent daily emails. He also sent newsletters.

Keep Active on Social Media. John used Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Blab to keep supporters engaged and informed about the campaign’s progress.

Invest in Advertising. John purchased ads on Instagram and Facebook. Sometimes you have to invest hundreds of dollars per day to make thousands.

Utilize resources. This is when you have to call in some favors. John reached out to his influencer friends and asked people to share information about his Kickstarter with their communities. He offered to be a guest on other podcasts and guest post for publications.

PRO TIP: Be specific in your request and ask for the shares to happen right on or around your launch.

Keep The Kickstarter Momentum Moving

Your job isn’t done with the launch of your Kickstarter campaign. John says that thanks to the help of his Kickstarter pro, he was able to successfully keep the momentum going by releasing new offers and packages throughout.

Thanks to the amazing analytics available with Kickstarter, John could gauge what was moving the needle and adjust accordingly. He could also see which referrals were paying off with real conversions.

One of his biggest tips was to follow-up all sales of a physical product with a personal message and offer to upgrade. In his case, that simple step resulted in more than 500 people electing to upgrade from purchasing one book to a bundle pack of five.

PRO TIP: Keep your campaign going viral. John sent free Freedom Journal t-shirts to everyone who had appeared on his podcast as a thank you. The results were phenomenal as these influencers took to social media to show off their gift.

Whether you have a huge base of subscribers or not, with the right amount of planning and preparation, Kickstarter can be a critical part of your next book’s marketing strategy. Visit eofire.com/kickstarter to learn how you can crush your next Kickstarter campaign.

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List Building Tricks to Get 10,000 Subscribers Fast (Bryan Harris Interview)

We’ve all been there. One minute we’re sitting at our desk (or shower or in our car) when we’re struck by a genius idea that HAS to get out. We start to write and create without any thought to things like marketing or list building.

Bryan Harris, serial entrepreneur and founder of Videofruit.com, calls this “writing in a cave.” He says writers/entrepreneurs need to avoid the “cycle of guaranteed failure” by really thinking about what needs to be done leading up to your book. If your book is something that only your mom and grandma know about, then your book launch is in trouble.

Bryan stumbled upon his professional passion when he discovered the world of video editing and fell in love with the industry. Since then, he says that he’s been going crazy growing his new business.

Through his business trials and tribulations, Bryan has gained valuable insight on how to grow an audience and launch your first book. Bryan learned that a lot of strategies don’t work, but he’s developed some time-tested list building tricks that do work.

Bryan says you should “Think of your list as a group of people eagerly waiting to buy from you. If you build it and nurture it right, you will have lifelong fans.”

 


Debunking 3 Popular Myths

Bryan debunks three popular myths about growing your list and number of subscribers.

Myth 1:You have to have the perfect idea.

There’s the myth of waiting until everything is perfect to take action. The problem with this is that perfection is unattainable. If you wait for everything to be perfect to start a project, you’ll never start anything.

You don’t find customers for your product, instead find products for your customers. Get people and an audience first, then the rest will follow.

Myth 2: You have to be an expert in something before you can build your list and launch your book.

A second common myth is that you need to establish yourself as an expert before you launch your book. Don’t fall prey to this myth. We caution you about attempting to play the part of guru.

It’s far more effective to take a learn out loud approach. Take a topic and ask, “Are you curious about the topic? Can you share what you learn? Are you able to be humble, kind, and giving?” You can then share this information by phrasing it as, “Here are lessons you learned …” and your audience will respond.

Myth 3: You don’t have to have a lot of extra time.

Extra time is an imaginary construct. There will never be enough of it. Don’t lose the chance to achieve your dreams by waiting for the elusive moment when you have plenty of time.

Rather than waiting for an excess of time (which will never happen!), make an effort to do what you can, when you can. Commit to doing the right things in the right order, and little by little, you’ll make headway.

4 Tricks to Grow Your List (Plus a Bonus!)

Trick 1: Upside Down Homepage

An upside down homepage is the first step to getting your first 100 subscribers. Allocate at least five hours for this update.

What is the single obvious thing you want people to do when they come to your page? It’s not what you may think. It’s not the sidebar, not the social media buttons, not the menu — it’s the above-the-fold call to action!

Use this space to encourage people to subscribe, not to go to other pages. With this tactic, you can boost your subscriber rate from 1% (with a traditional homepage) to 13-15% (with an upside down homepage).

Trick 2: Pick Your List Goal

The single most important strategy to boost your list is to select your list goal. This will take you just two minutes to do, but it’s crucial. You have to focus on this to be successful!

Here’s what you do: Pick your number goal, then write this goal down on paper. Next, tape this on your wall to keep you accountable. Visual reminders help keep you on track.

Even if you’re a writer, ultimately you’re still an entrepreneur. Don’t forget what you are working toward! Don’t get distracted and you’ll later reap the rewards of your efforts.

Trick 3: Launch Team Strategy

Another key component to your success is your launch team strategy. You have 24 hours to implement this strategy.

Here’s how you tackle building a launch team. First, start with a group of people. You should make a list of five people you know. Then, personally invite these five people to join your list.

Next, you’ll then reach out to everyone you know. You want to make this process personal, so people will feel as though they are invited to something special. Personally invite each and every person who’s on your list.

Continue to write names and email addresses down on paper. Start simple and repeat until you run out of people to ask. Your goal is to get to 100 invitees.

Trick 4: Poster Boy Formula

The Poster Boy Formula should take just 30 minutes per week, but can yield huge results toward boosting your list.

Step one is to make a list of five products you purchase, blogs you read, or podcasts you follow. Write down one big win you’ve experienced from using their product. Let them know about your results and thank them. Also, share testimonials and link back to your shares.

The Poster Boy Formula can get you shout outs, inclusion on emails, social media sites, and guest posts. Ultimately, all of this goodwill can earn you subscribers.

Bonus Trick: Create a Smartbribe

A final trick to consider is to offer a “Smartbribe.” This tactic is simple to implement. Just install smartbribe.com as an enhancement to your current opt-in service. This easy to use feature asks people to share on social media in exchange for a bonus offer you create and “bribe” them with. This simple step can help grow your list even faster.

Bryan Harris offers his best list building tips and tactics to help you grow your list and earn subscribers. Before you know it, you’ll on your way to earning 10,000 subscribers FAST!