The first thing I look at is how the placement of my signup form and its appearance affects conversion (getting my readers to sign up).
|my sign up with a free creative e-guide--testing what works best|
This is what I have learned and want to pass on to you.
Have your signup form on your site. People are more likely to subscribe if they only have to click one time for the enter button--don't send us somewhere else for the sign up form and make us leave your site! You could miss the chance for the reader to fall in love with more content.
Keep it simple. We have to earn the trust of people subscribing so ask for their email address only. If you need it, ask for their first name. People are distrustful of the internet at times and the information it stores so why make them cringe as they subscribe?
|I added the arrow and words. Sometimes people like knowing they are joining a big group.|
Be visible. It does no good to have a form if we can't see it. Most sites with large subscribers or where their list is important have it above the fold line. And if we have to scroll down to get past your header, your header is too big. The point of your blog ought to be about your content and call to action. This would be a great place for a sign up form.
Use your words carefully. Pay attention to the words people use on their subscribe buttons, especially on those with large email lists. We ask you to join, sign up now, and get free updates; a subscription typically costs money so try a different word besides 'subscribe' and see if that helps with conversion.
Stick to your message. On my sign up blurb and on a separate link up page for those coming from my shop, I let people know what they are getting with these type of words: once a week, challenges, tips, encouragement, creativity, promotion, a free ebook---if I start sending out emails on how to do math equations I would not be surprised if people unsubscribed in droves.
|an example of a sign up form I found online|
mailchimp resources if you want to go through their guides.
Part one of this build your email list series
QUESTION: What entices you to sign up for a newsletter?