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The One Language Shift that Guarantees More Email Subscribers

The One Language Shift that Guarantees More Email Subscribers

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The money is in the mailing list. That is the classic online marketing saying that holds as much truth today as it did five or ten years ago. If you want to grow a sustainable business online that makes you money you need to place a strong emphasis on capturing as many email subscribers as possible.

In this post I am going to talk about the one simple language shift that will guarantee you more email subscribers. Offline marketers have been using it for decades to sell cars and abdominal machines but it is something that is applied equally well to the blogosphere. Ignore it at your own peril.

Why are email subscribers so important?
Just to emphasize the point a little bit more I wanted to start this post with some quick reasons why you need to focus on email subscribers if you want to make good money online. I talk about these on my blog a lot as it is something I really want all my readers to focus on.
You can promote vertical products

A vertical product is anything that your readers might like to buy in relation to another service that you offer. Some verticals are closely related, others not so much. A common example is releasing a WordPress theme to your copy writing students. Its a related product but not entirely about writing. An email list of several thousand devotees makes this easy.
You can launch new sites easily
When I start new blogs or websites I can send out invitations and teasers to my thousands of subscribers. Its like skipping the first year of launching a new blog where you get no comments and no traffic. Email subscribers give you a launching platform unlike any other.
You can promote other affiliate products
Ever seen how much money Shoemoney makes when John Chow releases a new product? Well its a lot. Email lists allow you to promote relevant and interesting products to your readers in a very personal and direct way.

Focusing on email subscribers is the surest way to ensure your blog survives the inevitable ups and downs and remains financially viable long in to the future. The A-List bloggers are successful because they grew a list, the list didn’t grow after the success.

The one language shift that guarantees more email subscribers
Now that I have talked a little bit about the reasons for growing a mailing list I want to introduce you (or perhaps remind you) about the one language shift that will enable you to capture more email subscribers. This is one of the few tactics that I have used to dramatically increase my subscriber-ship.

Focus on benefits, not features!
If you want to start capturing more subscribers you need to shift your language away from talking about all the features you are offering and talk about the benefits that people will receive. It is a classic offline marketing sales technique that is often forgotten on the web.
Focusing on benefits is really like making a change from being self focused to focused on others. Instead of telling people what you are offering you are telling them what the final result will be. Let’s take a look at some really simple examples of the differences. Focusing on features is saying things like:
Get six pack abs
Get my posts for free
The eBook is 56 pages long

On the other hand, when you talk about benefits you are saying things like:
Finally show off abs like Brad Bitt in Fight Club
My strategies that make financial worries a thing of the past
56 free pages that will change the next 50 years of your life
By focusing on benefits you are selling the reader the end result of the action as opposed to just telling them what the action involves. If you want people to subscribe to your blog you need to show them why that is a good idea on an emotional level. What problem is it going to solve? What element of their life will improve? Don’t just tell them what they are going to get (features), tell them why those features are going to change their work/relationships/health/etc (benefits).

It is very important that these benefits are not exaggerated, inflated or falsified. You want your readers to be happy and content with the content or eBook that they receive. We are not trying to trick people in to becoming subscribers because they will unsubscribe just as fast. All you are doing is helping them focus on the end result instead of the steps that get them there. Its a bit like being a football coach before a big game; you don’t talk about all the running, pain, passing, kicking on target, substitutions, etc. You talk about winning, glory and how amazing it will be to hold that cup in the air while 50,000 people scream your name.
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