How To Build A Free Targeted Email List Step-By-Step

Published by Timothy Olson — 10-9-2019 at 10:36 AM UTC

How to build a free targeted email list?  If you are looking to earn income online, then you will need to build an email list from scratch.

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Your email list is your personal list of contacts. People have signed up specially to receive more information from you. You have the opportunity to send your subscribers useful information and product recommendations regularly. When they buy, you will earn a commission.

In this article you will learn step-by-step how to build a free targeted email list. It is good to know that you need to invest a small sum of money in order to build a targeted email list. 

So, it is not completely free. The cost is really small and if you are looking to earn an income from the web, you will need to invest in your new business.

How To Build A Free Targeted Email List Step-By-Step

Step #1. You will need to create a great "freebie"

The idea is to get people to subscribe to your email newsletter. For this to work, you will need to have a "freebie", something of real value that you can give away in exchange for their email address.

The "freebie" can be an ebook, a pdf report, "how to" video training, a webinar... anything that is closely related to what you will share in your newsletter.  

If you have no idea how to create your own "freebie", there are ready made PLR products online that you can use. A great site where you can get instant access to thousands of PLR products with giveaway rights is called 

This site has content in every niche you can think of. Before downloading anything, always read the terms of service (so you know what is allowed and what is not allowed to do).

Step #2. You will need to create a professional looking optin form

You will need to create a professional looking optin form, this is where people can subscribe to your newsletter. For this, there are two good options.

First of all, you can create an optin form directly in your autoresponder account. An autoresponder is an email service that will send out your emails automatically to your subscribers once they have signed up. and are the most well known autoresponder companies. Both companies offer a 30-day free trial.

You can also create your optin form using Lead Funnels. It gives you everything you need to sell, market and deliver your products and services on the web. I highly recommend this option. It is quick and very easy to use. They offer a 14-day free trial.

Step #3. You will need to create email messages to be sent automatically

When you have your autoresponder account or Click Funnels account and have created your optin form, then you need to write email messages. These email messages will be sent automatically to your subscribers. 

In these email messages you should shares useful and helpful information, and also recommend a closely related products and services. You will earn a commission every time a product or service is sold.

If you cannot write emails, you can use ready made PLR content. is a good place to look for content. The best place to look for products to recommend is called ClickBank. (Read the Clickbank Affiliate Marketing Tutorial for more information).

Step #4. You will need to send targeted traffic to your optin form

There are both free and paid methods you can use to get targeted traffic to your email optin form. Here below is more information about the different traffic methods and helpful tips for getting the most out of them.

7 Free traffic methods: 

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Forums and discussion boards 

Join a few forums in your niche, participate regularly and ask questions. Every time you post at the forum, the link to your email optin form will show in the "sig file". The "sig file" is your signature, the only place you can advertise in forums and discussion boards. Quora is also a great alternative.


Start a YouTube channel and talk about things closely related to your niche. Under each video, have a link pointing to your email optin form. Here is more about getting traffic using YouTube.

Social media 

Start a Facebook account. Participate regularly in Facebook groups, link back to your email optin form. More about getting traffic using Facebook.


Start a business-account. Create pins about things in your niche. Link back to your email optin form.

Sign up for a free account at, fill out your profile completely including a link to your email optin form. Start answering questions that are closely related to your niche.

Blog commenting
Search for blogs in your niche and leave helpful comments. Comments are approved manually, this means that you must really read the blog article before leaving a comment (or your comment will most likely not be approved). Leave a back to your email optin form.

Using only free advertising methods is not as effective as using paid traffic methods, it will take a lot longer to see any real results. 

By also using a paid traffic method, you are investing in your business and getting results really fast.

A paid traffic method that work 100%

The only paid traffic method I recommend for building an email list is to use solo email ads (more information here). This strategy really delivers quick results. 

This method does cost some money, but you will earn the money back once your subscribers start purchasing the products / services you recommend. 

There are only a few companies I recommend, namely (read the review) and (read the review here). 

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About Timothy Olson


Welcome! My name is Timothy Olson. I have been working online since 2003 and I currently earn a full-time living from home teaching about <a href="">proven ways to make passive income</a> online (and offline) Earning a living from home online takes a lot of hard work and determination. There is a learning curve, you will need to invest some money into your business. It will take some time to see results of your hard work. A valuable tip: If you are just thinking about starting your own online business, focus on building an email list first! (You simply cannot become successful online without your own email list.)