What your grandma doesn’t know about internet list building
(or where I tell you how I like to sign up to free “spam free” ebooks everyone offers to build their list)
Yearg – I forgot to add my aside into my post about having food in my fridge yesterday that turned out to be more about a fable than anything else. Bad me. I won’t do it again.
Oh well. Never ye mind.
So you know how every blog and his dog has a little “sign up to our newsletter” or “give us your email and get a free ebook” type of thing? They always say “don’t worry, 100% spam free”. But you just know they will email you with “special offer” after “special offer” jiminy-jam packed with affiliate links. Well, here’s what your grandma doesn’t know about THE LIST……They are all completely automated. I bet most so called web-entreupreneurs who are faking it till the make it never even look through their list to see who has signed up. I bet most of them just leave it on autopilot. You know what I like to do? I lke to sign up with strange names. I like to see if anyone checks and weeds me out. On blogs I really don’t like, I’ll put in something mildly offensive – just because I can be an asshole sometimes. On blogs that I feel ambivalent towards, I’ll use something like Detective Van Halen, or Humpty Dumpty. Sometimes I like to put my name in as “just another sucker waiting for your marketing crap”, but that gets scuppered now and then when people put a limit on the length of your name. On blogs I actually like to read, I don’t usually sign up 🙂
Obviously I’m using a spam email addy for all this. But I check it now and then for fun. I’m still waiting for the savvy marketer to look through his sign ups, notice me and send a humourous email back signed with an equally crazy name. See, if that happened, then I would know 2 things:
- That dude/lady has a sense of humour
- They actually check their list from time to time
The presence of 1 means I might actually like the person and that they might not be full of shit like most make money bloggers trying to build a “money is in the list” list out there. The presence of 2 means they might actually try to personalise something towards their readers. You know what though? I’m still waiting. So far, nadda, nothing, zip…….If you find me in your list – send me an email. I ain’t gonna buy your snake oil, but what the heck, maybe you’ll make a friend. A cynical friend……but hey I’ve been know to give backlinks to my friends 🙂
Now, you know what, I think we need a series of “What your nan doesn’t know about the internet“.