6 Incredible Ways to Get Your First 1000 Email Subscribers

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Do you know the BEST way to get more email subscribers?

Give your visitors or readers only two options: subscribe or leave.

But it’s not so easy when you are trying to build your email list. Getting the first 1000 email subscribers is a great success for many businesses. Especially if you have a new brand and got the first 1000 email subscribers in the first six months – you are doing great.

How much time will it take to get your first 1000 email subscribers?

That is a good question to start with. Well, it depends.

It depends on several factors;

  • your niche
  • your audience
  • the way you write your content
  • your blogging expertise
  • the strategies you use to build your email list (conducting webinars, giveaways, freebies, etc.)

Following the tips mentioned in the post becomes a cakewalk for you to get your first 1000 email subscribers as early as possible.

It all depends on how fast you start building your email list and how well you implement things.

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How to build your first 1000-subscriber Email list:

1. Build landing pages for capturing emails

Landing pages are golden, they give less distraction to the visitors. Hence, you will get more conversion rates on your email list. Most bloggers, especially new bloggers write lots of content on their landing pages – this is the primary reason they don’t see many results.

What happens when you use too much of the copy on your landing pages?

Simply, online readers ignore it.

These days all popular email marketing services like Aweber, Convertkit, or any other let you create free landing pages for capturing emails.

If you are looking for a dedicated page, you can use LeadPages to create landing pages without coding skills. Here is an example of such landing page created using Leadpages:

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Remember that most online people don’t read the contents word for word – they skim. So if you want to get more email subscribers or increase conversion rates, convey your meat using a short copy. Tell them why they should subscribe to your email list, if they find it interesting, they will subscribe to you. Make sure to use proper CTA so that users can quickly signup.

And here’s the secret to getting your first 1000 email subscribers in less time. Keep the beginners in mind while creating landing pages.


Most of the time, you can easily convince the beginners to subscribe to your blogs and not convince the advanced bloggers, agree?

2. Give reasons to subscribe

You can’t get your first 1000 email subscribers without giving away something for free. If you want more email subscribers in less time, give away stuff like eBooks related to your niche, videos, infographics, plugins, etc. This will certainly boost your email list, as most online readers love to get free stuff in return for their email addresses.

Why should someone subscribe to your email list?

Give them strong reasons to subscribe. No matter what you do, be unique and stand out from the crowd. It becomes easy to build your email list once people start noticing you as an authority blogger in your niche.

The good idea is to create a mini-course which could be a compilation of some of your best posts. A good example is ShoutMeLoud, where they have multiple mini-courses on topics such as “How to become a better YouTuber”.

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3. Write content worth sharing

Content is King, yes, I mean it.

Without quality content on your blogs, no one will be interested in reading or buying your stuff. Make sure to spend quality time producing top-notch content and be consistent in growing your readership around your network.

Observe any top blog in your niche, most people don’t use freebies to build their email lists. They already have a loyal readership that is built based on their content.

It’s why you need to focus more on creating problem-solving content. Whenever you write something, promote it like hell to get a wider reach, after all, marketing makes your blog go viral in the long run.

Use opt-in forms at the end of your blog posts if your readers like your stuff, they will certainly subscribe to your email list. No one wants to miss content that is worth something.

4. If you build, they won’t come

Do you know why most people fail to build their email lists rapidly?

They simply forget one fundamental thing – they create and remember.

No one will find your blogs or subscribe to your email list in the crowded niche. You must spend time and money getting people to read and subscribe to your blogs.

Without promoting or marketing your blogs, how can you expect others to land on your blogs?

Everyone is busy, everyone wants to get quick remedies to solve their problems, and no one is interested in finding the right blogs to read.

So it’s your responsibility to boost your blog’s online visibility. The wider reach your blog has, the more subscribers you can get. It’s as simple as that.

5. Learn to write catchy headlines

8 out of 10 people read headlines, and only two among them will read the content – Brian Clark

It means if you don’t care about creating great headlines, most people simply ignore clicking on them.

So spend time coming up with at least 2 to 3 headline ideas for every post or email that you write. This is the best way to write great headlines, always ask yourself one question – is this title worth clicking?

If your answer is no, try another title. And keep doing it until you get a satisfactory answer.

Once you learn the art of writing catchy titles, you can use them to boost your email subscribers in many ways (from newsletters to landing pages).

6. Use newsletter growth platform

You can leverage your existing email subscribers to get more people to join your email list. The key here is to incentivize and add gamification to make it rewarding for your existing users. A newsletter growth platform like Sparkloop does this automatically.

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It integrates with your existing email service provider and adds a referral program and a leaderboard.

You can reward the top referrals by giving them your brand merchandise or physical or digital products.

The idea is to keep it interesting so that existing users will further share your newsletter with others.

Here are a few more tips for increasing your email list:

Conclusion: Without delivering value, no one will subscribe to you. Also, give strong reasons to your visitors and readers to subscribe to your email list. Spend time creating quality stuff and giveaway premium content for free to attract more people to subscribe to your blogs.

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15 thoughts on “6 Incredible Ways to Get Your First 1000 Email Subscribers”

  1. Olajide David

    Nice post you’ve got here. My challenge now is your 2nd point (Give Reasons to Subscribe)

    Have been thinking of implementing this by giving out my Ebooks for free automatically after a user subscribe to my blog.

    Please which plugin can you recommend to help achieve this goal?

    Response from every angle is welcomed.


    Hi Satish,
    Yes getting first 1000 email subscriber is every ones wish! I am agreed with you all these points.
    We should make catchy headline to attract their attention and giving reason to subscribe is a must.
    Without providing valuable content it is some hard to reach this goal.
    Anyway, very useful article for us. Keep it up.
    Happy blogging.

  3. Sherri mcCarty

    This is really more of a question. I have had my website for about a year. And now I have a blog on wordpress. My blog page shows a number of followers, but, I do not know how to get to this list. I’m really not so stupid…I just do not know how to retrieve email lists
    from my blog or website! Please help me. If you could send info to me in an email,
    that would really be good. I would have something to refer to! Thanks so much, guys!

    1. Sharath

      Hi Sherri,

      The ‘followers’ you see on your blog are called RSS followers, which means that every time you post something on your blog, it will appear on their ‘WordPress Reader’. In addition, there are ’email-only’ followers, who get a new email every time you post something.

      You cannot retrieve the emails of your RSS followers. You can retrieve the emails of your ’email-only’ followers.

      Building an email list is a completely different process to all of this. Here, you ask people to give you their email in return for something (generally a newsletter, a free eBook etc). You manage these emails in an email marketing service like Mailchimp or Aweber. And then you send them emails to stay in touch.

      Most bloggers agree that email marketing is much, much more productive and efficient than RSS or Social Media marketing.

      I hope that answers your question.

  4. rakesh kumar

    Thank God, i have more than 1000 email subscriber for my blog. today the list was just above the 1500. A must read guide for every newbie who wanna make it big.

  5. Nizam Khan

    Awesome and useful info! Well yes, giving a reason to subscribe is important to catch their attention and giveaways and free stuff such as ebook etc works good. Thanks for sharing and tweeted 🙂

  6. gaurav heera

    thanks for sharing such a nice post and i do agree with all the points above but the most important point is create good headlines. headlines not only helps to get subscribers it’s also help to get a good number of visitors in shorter time period.

  7. himanshu

    Thanks for letting us aware to increase our potential. I think i need to work more on cachy headlines.

  8. Deepanker

    We should always try to write what our readers want. If our posts are useful for few people they will surely subscribe.. 😀

  9. Rahul

    It’s certainly helpful for a newbie like me. I didn’t know anything about landing pages. Gonna work on that.

  10. yashobant

    well written satish. I was looking for this. Building a mail list is source of regular traffic. could you write how to increase facebook fans.

  11. Vivek R

    Nice Tips Satish,I agree most of your points but Is it worth to Build landing pages for Tech blogs ? I never saw like that in any Tech blogs…Take Labnol as a example..Will that work ?

  12. Arup Ghosh

    Yes landing pages are really great fro driving email subscribers, also pop up with email subscription is also works great.

  13. Stephen Malan

    Thanks for the post. I need to work on my headlines as I don’t think they are “catchy” enough. Also, I need to come up with some free items for my email optin to work better.

    Thank you!

    1. Rashmi Malhotra

      How do i work on writing 2-3 headline? Once i think of a headline, it becomes little difficult to think of other options. Provide some suggestion or good read on this.

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