Peace, Love and List Building | Groovy Plugings that Get More Subscribers!

Groovy List Building Plugin ImageHippies, list building, and blogging?  How in the world to they go together?

Groovy List Building Plugins

I think as entrepreneurs, we’ve got a lot in common with hippies;  wanting to ditch the traditional ways of earning an income, that require us to work for the man, for a chance to blaze our own trail by creating a business based on our passions, that fits our lives, allows us to put our families first, and gives us the freedom to live life on our own terms and pursue our dreams.

And for those of us using attraction marketing, that means being unconventional, and loving on our lists by being cool and giving away groovy goodies and bonuses!

My Happy Hippie History:

I remember in high school I had to do a creative writing piece on something in history and I chose the music of the 60’s and the hippie generation because I figured it would be the least boring to learn about.

Right on, man! I had so much fun watching all the clips of Woodstock, researching and listening to all the music and to be honest, I totally wanted to be there!  And to make myself feel like I was, I wore this hideous frayed and stained tie-dye poncho everywhere for like a whole winter.  I also painted every wall in my bedroom a different color, and I even tie-dyed all my dad’s underwear and undershirts as a joke while he was gone on a trip! 🙂

Moving on to Some List Building Love’in:

I want you, my readers, to discover and embrace the brilliance within you and help you share it with others.  So many of us are held back by insecurities and fears, and of course the technical tangles we end up in while trying to market online.

I bet you’ve got a great blog, awesome content, and the best intentions in the world to help others with what you have to offer, but if you’re not getting as many subscribers as you want daily, weekly, monthly, then it’s time to take a look at your system and see how we can make it better.

  1. Is your list building op-in visible without your reader having to scroll down (above the fold)?
  2. Is the headline on your opt-in form interesting?
  3. Do you have a great call to action for people to get your free offer?
  4. Do you have an attractive digital graphic or picture of your free offer?
  5. Do you present your free offer in several places on your blog?
  6. Do you ask for referrals from your already happy subscribers?

Easy Peasy List Building Plugin for Beginner Bloggers:

If you’re a brand new blogger who doesn’t have a clue where to start with your list building, I recommend you put together a great irresistible offer, get an Aweber account, and use the Aweber plugin to add your opt in form to your blog without having to know anything technical.

Groovy List Building Plugin:

I love this! I struggled with list building at the beginning of my blog. I knew the secrets to list building, as the guru’s taught me, were to share great stuff with my readers, and then invite them to get more by opting in, but it took time.  I increased the value of my free offer and I started to mention my offer in my videos and posts a little more often which helped a lot.

But things really started to take off for me when I purchased the Max Blog Plus Subscriber’s Magnet. (This is my affiliate link, but as you can see I use it, I love it, and I totally recommend it for anyone with a wordpress blog wanting to boost their list building!  It’s totally worth every penny!)

The plugin placed my opt in form in several places on my blog so that people who missed it in the side bar of my blog, would see it in the post, the comments, or the footer.  It also has a pop up setting, which I’m experimenting with to track my opt in’s and see if pop ups are worth it.  Subscribers magnet also sends a thank you note to people who left their first comment, inviting them to get my free offer.

A Second Groovy List Building Plugin: “Power to the People!”

Let your readers build your list!  I’ve talked about other scripts that you can use to offer your subscribers bonuses when they help you spread the word about your free offer in my guest post on Ana Hoffman’s blog, Traffic Generation Cafe and my follow up post here on Clever Marketer.  But, to be totally honest, the challenge with these scripts (although one of them was free) was that they seemed technical to set up and totally overwhelmed me. 🙂

But I loved the idea so much, that I had tucked in the back of my mind that I want to find something easier to use.  Like with most things I want to learn about, this awareness helped a certain email stand out in my crowded inbox.  It was  about a wordpress list building tell-a-friend plugin! “Far Out!”  (Yup, again my affiliate link. When you buy through my link, you’ll get it for the same low price I did.  And I hope, you’ll share these secrets with your list too!  They’ll love you for it!)

I figured I’d give it a chance (the cheap price tag and the 60 day guarantee helped) and I’m excited to say it ROCKS!  I wondered if it would play nicely with the MBP Subscriber’s Magnet plugin, but they’re getting along great.  It requires a slight tweak to your Aweber code but it’s very do-able, especially with the instructional videos provided with the plugin. (Oh, and if you need some help setting it up with subscriber’s magnet, let me know.  I’ll send you a couple of screen shots to help you through it.)

Basically it works by sending an email to your new subscriber with a special link that they can share in social media, or via email to their friends in order to earn a special extra bonus gift.  When a certain number of their friends subscribe (I’ve got mine set low at 2 referrals) the plugin tracks the results and automatically sends them the link to your bonus!

Cool, huh?

My Third Groovy List Building Tip (that’s not a plugin):

In an attempt to help you clever marketers on a budget, I’d like to resurrect the pay with a tweet idea for you.  It’s not going to let you set the number of referrals, or give you new subscribers before you pay up with your bonus gift, but it could help you to get more eyeballs on your lead capture page while giving your subscribers a bonus gift for spreading the word.

I’d suggest you place your pay with a tweet button on your thank you page that someone will see immediately after subscribing, with a video or explanation that they can get another bonus gift if they help you spread the word about your blog.

They’ll send a tweet or a facebook share out to their list, and then be immediately taken to your download page.

I’ve used it for guest posts and it’s easy and effective to use.

So I hope you think this list building post was groovy enough to tweet, share on facebook, and leave a comment!   I’d love to know what you think and if you’re not a clever marketer subscriber yet, “What are you waiting for?”  Give my list building plugings a test drive and see how they work for yourself!

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  1. Hi Heather,

    I love your hippie story, it is so funny what you did to your dad’s undies. lol

    I have Subscribers Magnet, but I haven’t used it yet. I am waiting finish my product then SM. Thanks for sharing that list building plugin. I’m going to check it out.


    • Hi Tisha!

      Yea, my dad laughed, he was a good sport and I actually saw him with one of his t-shirts turned rag in the garage a couple of month’s ago. We had a great laugh about it. 🙂

      If you need help with the plugin, please let me know! It’s not hard at all!

      Have a great day!
      Happy Blogging,

  2. I love the hippie era, and your title reminds me of the “love, peace and SOUL!” slogan from Soul Train. In a way, it’s too bad I missed out on all the hippie fun, but as you say, I can bring it to my blog.

    I think I need to change my graphic for my free offer and as yours is the second post to make me think of this today, I better get crack-a-lacking on it!

  3. Oh, Heather, I can already feel my wallet getting lighter; I think you might’ve found some gems here I’d like to use. 🙂

    And of course, thanks for the mention!


  4. Heather, aloha. Interestingly enough, I found you through that post on Ana’s and I do use that free plug-in that you recommended in that post. You are quite right that it is a bit technical and not well explained.

    The list building tell-a-friend plug in looks terrific. Both the price and the 60 day money back guarantee are attractive.

    Your CM free offer looks great and is well placed for convenience. Since I am undergoing renovations on my blog as well as building a new one, I am going to keep this in mind as well–especially since the two plug-ins play nicely together. Plus, I’ll have you for help if I get stuck. Doesn’t get any better than that!

    Thx so much, Heather, for these great tips. Until later. Aloha. Janet

    • Hi Janet,

      Definitely, if you need help give me a shout. I’d be happy to help you link the two together. They’re not hard to set up.

      I don’t know how you do it all…lady you are in a thousand places at once!

      I’m so glad that that post from Ana’s blog brought us together. It’s been a joy getting to know you!

      Thanks so much for the comment!

  5. Heather,

    I’ve been considering various list-building tools, so thankful for this post.

    I noticed your pop up on the post and really like it. It’s not as intrusive as some I have seen (that dim the background screen until you close it or subscribe). Hope it works well and raises your subscription conversion.

    My partner’s in web marketing for a big international company and he told me recently that the data (at least right now) shows that pop ups work. (They annoy people to an extent, but they’re still effective).

    Probably like the old pop-up ads, they’ll run their course, but helps to have that option as long as it’s effective.

    Continued good luck!
    I’m sure

    • Hi Steve,

      I have resisted popups for ages, but I figured since MBP already had the option, I’d enable it for a little while to see if I notice a difference. It’s too early to tell, but I’m tracking it and I’ll post the results for everyone when I have something to show. Glad you like it.

      There are 3 different options in the MBP plugin…the fade in seemed the least abrupt to me, and I can set the timing so that it doesn’t pop up right away. I can also set when it shows up for visitors…I’m not sure what settings will be best yet (if any) but that’s part of the fun of tweaking and testing.

      Thanks for the comment!

  6. very nice story.. great share!

  7. Hey Heather,

    I enjoyed your hippie story. Oh my word, what did you do to your dad’s undies? 😀

    I couldn’t agree with you more, these are awesome list-building tools. I love the Subscribers’ Magnet.

    Thanks for sharing.

    All the best,

    • Thanks Mavis!

      My dad got quite a chuckle out of it! 🙂 Thank goodness he was a good sport about those things when I was growing up. I liked to keep life exciting. (Still do somewhat, although I’m a bit more mature…sometimes!)

      Good luck tomorrow!

      Hugs, Heather

  8. Hi Heather,

    Really useful resources. Thanks for sharing them. I am happily on Mailchimp so far so I am not thinking of Aweber right now. But the MBP subscriber magnet has stroke my thought already many times. I am just hesitating because I do not want to offend my readers with a pop up. I know there are arguments over the web if pop up sign up forms are good or bad. I am still not comfortable with using them.


    • Hi Jane,

      I should have included it in the post, but you’re able to only use the features of MBP Subscribers Magnet that you want to use. I’ve created a report of the settings I used originally that you’re welcome to look over.

      Here’s the link:

      I had the pop up turned off for months. I just enabled it this week as an experiment, and I’m not sure if I’ll keep it. I will follow up with a post later when I can test the results and see if it’s really effective for me, or just a pain in the butt for my readers. To be honest, I’m secretly hoping they don’t work because they annoy me too. 🙂

      Good luck and please let me know if you decide to get it and want some help setting it up.

      Thanks for the comment,

  9. Hi Heather,

    thanks for sharing your insights about building a list. I love it how you put it into the Hippie Woodstock context, really cool. I have never seen myself as a hippie – so far. The idea has some appeal to me, definitely 🙂 I really guess that we have a lot in common with them.

    Take care


    • Oliver,

      I think you’re “so a hippie” at heart…you just haven’t discovered it yet!

      Here’s why: You’re all about community, helping each other succeed, doing what you’re passionate about, creating a life of freedom, helping others do the same, etc. (I dare you to wear a tie dye on your next video! –just kidding! :))

      I’m glad if I could help you get a glimpse into your “inner self”!


  10. Hi Heather,

    Far out list-building tips!

    I like your list of questions, asking and answering each helps get your list-building campaign in order.

    As for aweber I feel it’s a must. It delivers – literally – and is easy to use for people who aren’t tech savvy, as you mentioned.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Hi Ryan!

      Aweber all the way! It’s the best and I agree it’s super easy, plus they’ve got awesome tech support, plus it integrates with just about anything you want to use, plus the stats are awesome, plus the deliver rates are fantastic, etc.

      Glad you liked the questions!

      Thanks for the comment!

  11. Hi Heather,

    What a fantastic post (with the Hippie twist) to convey list-building tips. I am not sure why I am reminded of how your blog originally looks like after reading this post – I just want to say that your blog was impressive even before, but the improvements you implemented are astounding!

    I believe that your ‘arts’ background has truly made your blog so unique! I know you have been overwhelmed with all the technical stuff when you first started, but it was also your interest in SEO which made you devour all the strategies mainly from Ana’s blog (which I haven’t done yet, although I’ve got some technical background hehe). And then something wonderful happened when you combined these SEO strategies with your clever & creative post ideas! Everything about you and this very blog is pure gem for all online marketers 🙂

    I definitely sidetracked here, but I just had to say that! I still find list-building challenging, and it’s going to be my next project. I know I can count on you if I stumble into problems 😉

    Thanks much, Heather!!!

    – Rowena

  12. You are quite the story teller Heather, I loved what you did with your dad’s undies 🙂

    I’m glad that I missed the hippie era…didn’t like the fashions, but the music was very cool.

    The plug-ins you mentioned all sound fascinating and if applied all together would provide a one-two punch to my list building activities, which I am diligently working on now. When I am ready I think I may start with subscribers magnet. I love the way it looks on your blog and the fact that it show in multiple places, very groovy indeed.


  13. Hey Heather,

    I really respect your recommendations. You have helped me enormously in growing my blog. As soon as I can afford the Max Blog Press Subscribers Magnet I will be purchasing it.

    Also, the tell a friend plugin sounds like another must have.

    Thanks for sharing these tips Heather and have a great day!

  14. Like you, I also recommend Aweber for list building. One beneficial feature of this plugin I like most is that you can add subscribers into your mailling list even if they just send a blank email to you on the email address that you created. For me, this is the easiest and fastest solution for the customer rather than filling out an online form.

  15. Hi Heather,
    great list of plugins. They can certainly expand a blog to having a more substantial effect in the marketplace. I will have to investigate these shortly. Keep it going hippie! 🙂 hehe…


  16. Hi Heather. It’s a very good tips you have up there. It’s pretty neat and easy now for me to take care of my blog since I know more plugins from your article heere. Thanks man.

  17. Hey Heather,

    I bought the list building tell a friend plug in and it rocks. Thanks for the other plugins information. I really appreciate your straight forward and honest feedback..


    • Hi Peter,

      Glad that you like the tell a friend plugin! 🙂 I am loving it too! Always happy to share what’s working for me!

      Have a great weekend,

  18. Hi Heather, thanks for the plugins and tips, this will definitely help with my blogging!

  19. Hi Heather,

    I really dont understand y does people crave to build their lists. If doing AM then its ok but for regular blogs, i dont see any good reason to make extra efforts for list building. One more thing i registered for the forum today and it is going bonkers over my head. Any idea how to understand it. I tried reading rules but cudnt understand a word.

    • Hi Mohammed,

      I’ll be happy to help you with the forum. I am sorry that the sign-up didn’t go smoothly for you. Please email me your user name and your desired password and I’ll set it up for you. 🙂 support at

      As far as building a list, as an affiliate marketer you’re working hard to build a list, for the people you’re an affiliate. The advantage as an affiliate marketer is that you’re not having to come up with the products, customer service, etc… but if you were building a list within the niche that you sell affiliate products, you’d have a constant database of people interested in one particular topic and when new products come on the market, you could email the information to them and make some more money. Instead of always going out to get new customers you could leverage repeat orders from the customers you already acquired. Does that make sense?

      Let me know about the forum.

      Thanks for your comment,

  20. Interesting Hippie story.In online marketing subscribers are the actual power of a blog.

  21. this list building plugin helps me in my internet marketing business. Also I gather some great information from this