Using Pop-Up Ads to Build Winning Email List

Perhaps you’re wondering how pop-up ads are such effective way of increasing your opt-in email list? How can such a nuisance be so successful?

We have all encountered an annoying pop-up ads over the past few years of surfing the web. You’re bound to run into a website that delivers you an incredibly absurd pop-up ads – one that has absolutely nothing to do with the content on their site.

Obviously, these pop-ups will never be effective at increasing click-throughs. All they will do is push away the visitors. Typical examples would include golfing sites, guitar tab sites, and vacation sites.

These website owners are using their pop-ups irresponsibly. Think about it…who in their right mind that is looking for fishing equipment would opt-in on a pop-up ad dealing with lawn mowers? I know you want to laugh about this – but you would be surprised with what some website owners are doing with their pop-ups.

Some of these website owners have been given an opportunity to advertise for another company (possibly another business that the same individual owns) and they decide to waste their precious pop-ups with these absurd ads – in this case, a fishing site is advertising for lawn equipment.

It’s all fine and dandy to advertise for another website, but there is absolutely no reason for the fishing website owner to waste his pop-up advertisements on lawn equipment – and in turn, annoy any visitor looking for fishing gear. Not only will this do no good in terms of click-throughs’ and sales, but the fishing website will certainly push away its visitors who truly want to purchase fishing stuff.

These website owners are the exact same ones who are giving the rest of us who properly use pop-ups a bad wrap. Internet marketers are experienced and intelligent, so they would never do that. It’s those irresponsible website owners that have turned the “once well-liked pop-up” into a nuisance for many people. These businesses are simply not using pop-ups properly.

Studies have concluded that ads that pop up behind the webpage have a better track record. If used properly, they will work. If visitors seem to be irritated by all pop-ups, why are so many well-known and recognized Internet marketers still using them?

Any good marketer will tell you they are an extremely powerful tool for instantly increasing your sales and dramatically skyrocketing the number of new subscribers to your newsletter, creating loyal buyers of your product.

The Art Of Pop-Up Marketing

Just like anything else in Internet marketing, there is an art to using these ads on your site. You don’t want them to be “popping up” all over the place – obviously that’d be very disturbing and annoying to your visitor, and you would lose your chance of collecting their address right from the getgo.

The problem doesn’t lie in the principle and validity of the power of pop-ups. As marketers, we love the capabilities of them! Research shows that they work. Pop-ups are 13 times more effective at generating clicks and opt-in subscribers than standard banners.

The problem that Internet users face is not the pop-ups themselves, but simply how they are used. You’re familiar with email spamming – another nuisance on the Internet. So just as spammers have made email marketing more difficult for the rest of us, the wrongful misuse of pop-ups have given them a “bad wrap”. The solid truth is, when used properly, pop-up ads can dramatically increase your opt-in list, help effectively promote your products, and boost sales at the same time.

There is a strategy of using pop ups that will not irritate your website guests and will without a doubt benefit you in a variety of ways in the long run. Impossible, you say? No! If you implement a pop up correctly, your guests will not be annoyed at all.

Let’s face it: the majority of people who put pop ups on their sites are doing it all wrong. Below is a list of proven pop-up techniques for any marketer’s site. Many of these are tips and strategies are used by very recognized Internet marketers, like Internet millionaires Corey Rudl, Marlon Sanders, and Stephen Pierce.

Opt-In Offer Pop-ups ads

Honestly, you should include some sort of “sign-up” offer with any pop-up ad you decide to use.

This is the most powerful when you employ an offer for a free newsletter. Your visitor is most likely interested in your website info, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to capture their email address with a Free Newsletter Opt-In Pop-up.

“Special Offer” Pop-ups

If you’re running a special discount on a product, this is a very effective means of grabbing the customers’ attention. Remember; if at all possible, try to grab your visitors’ email address with this “special offer”.

Free Information Pop-ups

Who doesn’t want free information? This is a perfect way to promote your Free download, e-Book, e-Course, special report, and so on. Include a “sign-up” form within your pop-up ad to ensure an increased opt-in list.

Contest Pop-ups

This one is rather tricky to use with pop-up ads, although it can be very effective. Many times though, visitors will find a contest pop-up ad somewhat annoying. If you decide to use this tactic, be careful not to turn your visitors away because it takes them longer than a minute to register for your contest. All I can say with this idea is – Be Careful.

Survey/Polls Pop-ups

If you’re running a survey on your site, a pop-up can be a handy way to ask visitors to take part, and then lead them through your questions. When they’re finished, the original window they started on will still be open and they won’t have lost their place. At the end of the survey, be sure to ask them if they would like the results of your survey/poll to be sent to them via email. Once again, another great way to capture your visitors’ email addresses.

Remember, you never want to have more than one pop up window. Nothing makes a surfer madder than having two or three windows open up and possibly crash their browser in the process.

You can even set it up so that only first time visitors see the pop up window. By using a script that sets a cookie you can ensure that your popup never appears to the same user more than once.

Entry Pop-ups

These pop-up ads appear as visitors open your website or webpage. By using an ad as soon as the surfer arrives at your website, you will surely grab their attention right from the get-go. If you decide to use entry pop-ups,try using instead a script that sets a cookie, ensuring that your pop-up doesn’t appear to the same user multiple times (you can usually set the amount of times the pop-up will appear to each user).

Exit Pop-ups

The name practically explains what they do. They appear as a visitor exits your site. These are a great way to say to your visitors “Before you go, here’s another offer to opt-in”.

Delayed Timer Pop-ups

These are pretty fascinating little marketing tools. You can design a pop-up ad to appear a certain length of time after a surfer comes to your site. This allows your visitor to check out your site first, without being slightly interrupted by an entry pop-up ad. It will give them time to “browse” before you make an offer to them.

As you can see, there are several places where you can make a mistake and turn a future opt-in into an annoyed visitor. But provided you employ the techniques and strategies suggested herein, and take advantage of the technology available to customize these ads for your visitors, I can personally testify, along with many other successful business owners, that pop-ups continue to be an excellent way to increase your opt-in e-mail list as well as your sales. It’s been researched and proven- Pop-up advertisements will help to increase your opt-in subscriber list.

Now that you know the strategies many Internet gurus use, it’s time to show you how to apply your pop-up ads responsibly.