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May 09, 2007
Attract Subscribers, Not Visitors
Having your own web site and MySpace profile is fine, but you must do more than just sit back and hope that people visit. You need to be more proactive and convert casual visitors into connected fans.
Brian Clark wrote about the importance of subscribers on his excellent Copyblogger site. He may have been writing specifically about blog subscribers, but the principle applies to your email subscribers and anyone who signs up for your mailing list online or off.
(Note: I changed the word "prospect" to "fan" to make it apply directly to you.)
A subscriber has made a commitment to you that a mere site visitor hasn't. Something magical happens when someone raises their hand and says "please communicate with me on a regular basis." This small commitment is the heart of permission marketing, a very powerful concept that seems to be getting lost in all the Web 2.0 hoopla.
A subscription not only increases the frequency and regularity of contacts with a fan, it also changes the frame through which that fan will view your eventual offer. The fan's world view may now be such that a purchase is more likely thanks to the subscription relationship.
Subscribers and participants in your blog comments can be your most loyal allies. They'll tell their friends about you and rush to your defense in times of trouble.
Yes, a subscriber will be far more committed to you than a random, drive-by web visitor. So build that mailing list and use it often!
And ... don't get stuck because you think starting a mailing list will be complicated and time-consuming. It's not. It's something you need to do to survive and thrive as an independent artist.
Just do it!
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