Use pay-per-click advertising such as Google Adwords, and send respondents to your advert to the same page: they too will be offered the chance to register for your newsletter and get the free gift you offer. Do you sell anything on eBay? Use your About Me page to promote your newsletter. You are not allowed to directly advertise your products on eBay other than those you are selling, but you can provide a URL to a page on your website containing the opt-in form for your newsletter.
Purchase leads. You can buy leads quite cheaply, and while they are rarely targeted to your niche, you normally get quite a few opting in for your newsletter. This is especially true if they are claimed to be targeted leads. This frequently means nothing more than the leads were registered from a health-related site, and not specifically from a weight-reduction site, but they might still be willing to join your weight reduction list. When you buy the list, email them the link to your opt-in form and leave the rest to them.
You should also include a tell-a-friend form on your website. This actually does work and is an excellent way of adding to the list of visitors who are really focused on your products. Now that you know how to build a list online, there should be nothing to hold you back from making a success of your internet business.
The bottom line is that you really can make money online with a list. What are you waiting for?
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