Part 2 of managing your list’s subscribers and growing it

The reason I must manage subscribers and assemble a list is set forth.

I’ve now started inviting others around and abroad to observe this development. Scary!

It would be fine if I could mentally imprint a lovely, understandable technical graphic of each step involved in managing subscribers. Not so. The thinking cells realign themselves daily. It is elusive and similar to a splattering of mercury.

My subscriber lists are still rather tiny compared to those of the people tracking this trend whose subscriber lists are considerable.

Because Why You Must Blog is still relatively new in the internet world, now is a good moment to pause and realign.

Restarting might result in the loss of important connections along the road, especially because I’m switching back to Aweber and that requires a double opt-in. Some people may find it off-putting, but others may feel confident knowing they won’t get spam. Due of Aweber’s reputation, it is also unlikely that your emails would be filtered into a spam folder.

The correct figures
There has already been a lot written on how having ten devoted supporters of your cause is preferable to having thousands of uninterested followers.

However, ideally, you do want a cast of thousands of people who genuinely care about what you have to give. That is the aim.

It’s time to move on. Let’s remove the haze!

I will begin by listing all current lists and databases, their locations, and the methods I used to compile them. If you’re eager to follow the steps to manage subscribers and develop your lists, this activity can be helpful for you as well.

Why You Must Blog List: 128 subscribers Mail Chimp
The majority of these subscribers are folks I’ve met in-person during the past year and who have given me permission to add to my subscriber list. My conversations have been irregular and intermittent.

270 members of the LinkedIn group “Inspiring Women Online”
When this group first formed at the beginning of the year, it was very busy. Although it is still expanding, during the past few months it has slowed down. While new talks are often posted, there are still plenty that are “sleepers.” This, in my opinion, happens frequently on LinkedIn.

You can send a broadcast message once each week when managing a group. Due in part to the lack of a strategy for how to tailor my emails differently given that many of the members may also be on my Why You Must Blog List, I have not been very consistent.

223 relationships on Linked In
The majority of them are LinkedIn users who have extended invitations to connect. In as many instances as feasible, I have answered to their request with a personalized message and, if I may be of use, a remark about their online presence. I haven’t messaged them after that, either.

Facebook page on why you should blog has 56 “likes”
I struggle to manage Facebook since I don’t come naturally to it. It irritates me that you frequently can’t comment on another “liked” page without getting a prompt to go back to your own profile, so whatever fascinating information you want to share with your business partners ends up being shared with your friends and family.

Facebook page for inspirational women online has 144 “likes.”
For the same reasons mentioned before, I’m not as active as I should be here. However, it’s fascinating to see that many of these pals are different from those in the LinkedIn group. Additionally, I need to update the welcome page as the other four people who began it with me are no longer active. (Or recruit 4 more women to participate; who’s up for it?)

Twitter has 633 users.
I have to confess right now. An internet marketing acquaintance made an investment in what could have been a little bit of black hattish stuff when I first started using Twitter in an effort to get me going. Anyhow, there was this sudden rush of activity, and I found myself with 700 or so followers.

How can I profit from this group of virtual strangers? I would want to share a lot of the great knowledge that comes my way on Twitter, but in all honesty, it seems like adding a drop of water to an eternally churning pond. Even worse, deleting followers requires personal intervention, so I have no idea who joined really and who was involved in the “other” activities. I’m not sure what approach to take here, but I want to figure it out.

I only opened it on Sunday, yet Aweber says there are 4 subscribers to the Blog Carnival series.

RSS: 6 followers
I used to have a lot more, but I lost my old feedburner list during the Google Apps vs. Google personal users disaster, which seems to have solely affected me. I recently started again. Come on nice people, boost these depressing statistics!

The Objects
1. Transferring everyone on my Why You Must Blog list to the new Aweber list

2. To encourage all Inspiring Women Online members to sign up and to make sure that this new list is flawless and free of duplication.

3. Develop a plan for handling subscribers on both Facebook sites (having learned how to use them correctly first).

4. To fix the Twitter problems and see if I can really start a conversation.

5. To create a clear communications plan for using this new, partially automated list. It is foolish to avoid adopting time-saving tools as long as you are confident that you are still providing value.

A high objective follows.

6. To grow my list over the course of the next year to at least 1,000 decent people who believe in what I have to give and are willing to support me.

Sit over my shoulder and observe what I do. Feel free to intervene if I make any significant mistakes so that we can both learn from them.

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