If you are interested in internet marketing and making money online, you may have heard the expression, "The money's in the list." It is true for the most part - but not always - that in order to make a significant amount of money online, you will want and need a mailing list. A mailing list these days means a form where a person enters their name and email address, and must confirm the subscription via a validating email that will be sent to them. This is called a "double opt-in" mailing list, and such lists were created specifically to avoid being considered as spam. In a double opt-in list, you can also unsubscribe easily using a link at the bottom of any email from that list.
Why do you need a list?
If you think about how businesses have functioned offline using snail mail, sending out follow-up advertisements, notices and newsletters to alert their customers of sales and new products and services, you can imagine why you need a list, for whatever business field you enter into. Even non-profit organizations use mailing lists to keep people apprised of their progress and events. And now, mailing lists online are basically free and easy, which can be very exciting. In a matter of seconds or minutes, you can have a newsletter or promotion sent out to hundreds, thousands and even millions of people! In the past, snail mail would have cost a great deal of money to harness that kind of power.
So, how do you build a mailing list? Well, that part can be tricky, but it is not impossible. There are lots of great methods to build a solid and responsive mailing list. The trick is to figure out which ones work and how they work, because some procedures are difficult and time-consuming to master and may not be worth the time and effort. The main thing is that you need to be passionate and motivated to build a business that's in for the long haul and that can provide interesting, quality information to anyone who joins your list. In general, most people can't half-heartedly go into something and make a success of it. In creating a list of people who have willingly and enthusiastically joined to have you share your information with them, you have an obligation and responsibility to follow through. If these factors are there - interesting information, passion, drive and responsibility - then you will be able to create a mailing list with loyal and responsive subscribers who will help you build your business.