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How many email subscribers do you need to make money? This is a question that I get asked quite frequently, and unfortunately it doesn’t always have a straightforward answer.

While I won’t be able to give you an exact number to strive for, I’d like to point out some variables that can affect your earnings per subscriber, and try to help you come up with an accurate target for yourself. Because while it is certainly possible to make money even with a very small mailing list, it’s also possible to have thousands of subscribers and still not earn very much.

Therefore, anybody that tells you that you need X amount of subscribers to make X amount of money, does not understand what they’re talking about.

To gain a better estimate however, let’s look at a few variables:

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Have you ever heard the old adage, “It’s easier to sell again to an existing customer than it is to generate a new customer?”

It’s absolutely true, particularly if you know what you’re doing.

Here’s the problem. Most people don’t.

If you’ve taken my email marketing course, you’ve learned all about the importance of segmenting your email list – breaking it down into smaller, more targeted sub-segments that allow you to tailor promotions to specific people.

For most people, this is unfortunately often limited to two lists – a buyers list, and a non-buyers list.

And hey, this can work well. If you have a clear path that you want people to take, you can set up a system with your email marketing service to move people towards a given set of actions, moving them deeper and deeper into a sales funnel until hopefully you land a few big ticket sales.

However, if you truly want to maximize your income, you must pursue every single person on your list with the belief that you can get them to buy every single product that you offer.

In order for that to happen, you have to get very personalized, and very organized.

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If you’re not building your email list, you’re making a foolish mistake.

For most marketers, the real money isn’t made through your blog. It’s made by promoting products to those who have opted-in to your newsletter. Therefore, your main goal should be to get people onto your email list and into your sales funnel.

This is where you can build trust, bring people back to your site, and repeatedly sell products to the same set of customers over and over again.

It is one of the few marketing channels in which you have total control, and it’s extremely powerful – probably even more powerful than your blog itself.

However, this is easier said than done. Convincing readers to part with their email is harder than ever before and you’ve really got to go above and beyond your competitors if you want to win your visitor’s emails.

Here are 25 guaranteed ways to increase email opt-ins from your blog. 

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Today I’m going to be completely honest with you, because it’s something many people need to hear.

I don’t care how much your blog is making or who told this to you (even if it was me), your blog is not a business. Not at all. So quit calling it one!

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Every marketer has made mistakes. You’ve made mistakes, and I’ve made mistakes. Some of us try to hide it and pretend we’re perfect at everything we do. I’m not that type of person. I don’t hide my mistakes – I embrace them.

Those on my email list know all about my mistakes, including this one. Often, I get to hear their mistakes as well. Together, we learn. We become better. We make progress, and avoid making the same mistakes over again.

Today, I want to share with you one of the biggest mistakes I ever made. A mistake many others are bound to repeat if they are not prepared to avoid it. A mistake that may end up costing you thousands and thousands of dollars as it did for me.

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