In today’s post, I’ll be comparing the number of people who subscribed to my email list on various locations on The Smart Passive Income Blog before and after I implemented a simple strategy recommended to me in Derek Halpern’s SPI conversion strategy video.
To summarize what Derek suggested, I was definitely not giving myself the best chance to obtain the most subscribers. I only had opt-in forms located in the sidebar and beneath each post, and that’s it.
He suggested that I add opt-in forms on some the pages of my site which are accessible from the navigation menu at the top. These are pages that people are most likely visiting, so it would be smart to put opt-in forms in front of the people who visit them.
Google In-Page Analytics (the numbers show the % of visitors who click through to that specific page)
- About: 3.7%
- Archives: 3.1%
- Podcast 2.5%
- Videos: 2.6%
- Income Reports: 6.6%
- Resource 4.6%
- Contact: 1.2%
After the critique, I added opt-in forms to the About Page, the Video Page and the Income Report Page.
I felt that the other pages already served another purpose that might conflict with an email opt-in form. For example, the Resource Page, which includes a number of affiliate links, should only focus on the products, services and tools that I recommend, and the Podcast Page already has subscription links to subscribe to the podcast.
I added the new opt-in forms on August 1st. Before then, I was averaging about 47 new subscribers a day, for a total of 1475 new subscribers for the month of July.
In August, subscribership increased 30.24% to 1921 total subscribers, or about 62 subscribers a day – a increase that will make a huge difference over the longrun.
For example, at the old rate of 47 subscribers a day, in a year I would gain 17,155 new subscribers.
At the new rate of 62 subscribers a day, I would gain 22,630 new subscribers in a year. That’s 5,475 additional subscribers!
Specific Locations – Before and After
Below is a list of the specific locations on SPI where people can subscribe, plus the total number of subscribers for July, August, and the % difference. I can find out this information by using Aweber’s search subscriber tool:
Note: The traffic to each of these pages was relatively the same between July and August.
- July: 342
- August: 404 (increased 18%)
About Page (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/about/):
- July: 60 (through sidebar on About page)
- August: 404 (increased 446%)
How to Videos (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-videos/):
- July: 0
- August: 30
Income Reports (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/my-income-reports/):
- July: 26
- August: 84 (increased 233%)
eBook Landing Page (http://www.ebooksthesmartway.com/):
- July: 259
- August: 174 (decreased 33%)
Below the Posts (all blog posts across SPI)
- July: 287
- August: 324 (increased 13%)
Getting Started Page (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/passive-income-101/):
- July: 227
- August: 317 (increased 40% – mostly because the traffic of this particular
Comment Checkbox (the checkbox in the comment field in all blog posts. See Subscriber’s Magnet (affiliate link) to learn more about this plugin)
- July: 60
- August: 67 (increased 12%)
Other (various posts, using the sidebar on SPI)
- July: 240
- August: 188 (decreased 22%)
- July: 1475
- August: 1921 (increased 30%)
From the changes I made, adding an opt-in form to the About Page has increased the number of subscribers the most (by far!) and this makes perfect sense.
The About Page serves to describe who I am and what my site is about. It’s one of the most visited pages in my navigation menu and it doesn’t include links, resources or any other calls to action, so having an option to learn more about what I do through a newsletter after reading (and hopefully being interested in) what my site is about, is perfect.
The forms I added to the Video Page and Income Reports Page did help, but not as much as the About Page – probably because those pages include other things to click on and are there for. Again, the About Page does not.
It’s smart to put opt-in forms in several different places, but if you’re only going to add one more, it should be on your About Page. Most people are not doing this at all. Some people include links to a page that includes an opt-in form, but it’s best to cut out that extra step and just put another form directly on the About Page.
Derek even mentions adding multiple opt-in forms on each page, which I did not do. That was a personal decision based on how I felt about crowding a particular page, although I’m sure that would increase the number of subscribers even more – so feel free to experiment with that as well.
For me, it’s not all about the numbers. If it was I would also include a pop-up when people visit the site to capture even more subscribers (they absolutely DO work!) but that’s not the experience I want people to have when they arrive at my blog.
Your website is your own and you’re free to do what you want with it, however I suggest not missing out on the potential number of subscribers that you could gain by adding just a few more opt-in forms to pages and posts where you know visitors are going.
Thanks again to Derek for the helpful tips. If you have yet to watch the original conversion strategy video, I highly recommend it.
Lastly, if you have yet to begin email marketing on your site, you should start by reading The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Newsletter.
Cheers, and all the best to you! Have a fantastic week!