5 Places To Build A Mailing List, Free.

If you’re not building a list, most people will never see your posts.

Linda Caroll
Nov 13, 2019 · 4 min read

You already know “reader loyalty” is part of the new algorithm, yes?

By calculating a share of member reading time, we support authors who write about unique topics and connect with loyal readers. {more info here}

If you’re not building a list, most people will never see your posts.

Email is one of the best ways to connect with your readers.

I already talked about why we writers need to develop reader loyalty and some ways to do that in this post, so I won’t rehash. Suffice to say, email is one of the simplest ways to connect with your readers.

But…

Not everyone wants to pay a chunk of cash for an email list provider. And that’s not the only cost…

But if you’re a solo writer who just wants to connect with readers, that cost might be a lot harder to justify.

Sure, they start cheap. Maybe even free. But as soon as your list starts to grow, the dollars grow real fast, too. And are you really game to spend $50 or $100 every month to reach your readers on Medium?

And that might not be the only cost…

Maybe not something you want if you’re a woman writing about feminism. Or a woman writing about anything. I mean — what woman wants any random person who joins her list to have her home address?

And not just women. Maybe you’re a guy that doesn’t want every random subscriber to know where your kids come home after school.

In which case you might want to get a PO Box or an address forward. Which means another cost. Easy to see why a lot of writers just don’t. You know?

ConvertKit lets members use “their” physical address, but they’re pretty pricey. As soon as you pass 1,000 subscribers, it’s $50/month. Pass 3K subscribers and it jumps to $80/month.

To email your readers? Ouch. Those prices are fine if you need all the tags and segmenting and bells and whistles. If you’re selling stuff and the list is paying for itself.

But if you just want to send a weekly digest to your readers, maybe that’s a bit much? Free services to the rescue.

5 Places You Can Build a Mailing List Free. No strings.

If you’d like to build a list, but don’t want to pay a chunk of cash to do it, here’s 5 places you can build a list absolutely free. No strings. They don’t wait until you get a certain size and then hit you with a bill. They’re free, forever.

1. Substack

2. Gumroad

3. MailMunch

4. Qazy

5. TinyLetter

Hope that helps!


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