Free Email Course:

Your First Digital Product

Learn how to create and sell your first digital product in just 14 days.

9 Cool List Building Tools to Build an Email List Fast

leads May 23, 2019

Want to build an audience for your business? List building should be your #1 focus. In this post, we'll share 9 cool list building tools to build an email list fast.

So you've figured out that you need an email list if you want to sell your cool new thing online. The problem is, you currently have 4 email addresses...

And they're all family members.

Don't panic! It is possible to grow your email list quite quickly.

But– you'll need to equip yourself with the right tools for the job.

If you don't, you could end up spending months, or even years, watching your list grow like paint drying.

Here are 9 awesome tools we recommend to shortcut the process of building your email list...

1. ConvertKit

When you're building an email list, the first tool you'll need is an email list provider, and ConvertKit is one of the best– especially if you're a solo entrepreneur.

The problem with most email marketing software is that they don't make it easy for entrepreneurs to create multiple lead magnets. And if you really want to grow your email list fast, having many different lead magnets is key.

ConvertKit makes delivering multiple lead magnets easy peasy. Want to create a content upgrade for a specific blog post? You can create an opt-in form and delivery email for that in minutes.

Have the same subscribers opting in to multiple lead magnets? No problem. ConvertKit counts each subscriber as ONE person on your list– no matter how many times they have opted in, so you'll never be double charged for a duplicate subscriber.

And because each subscriber has their own profile within your ConvertKit dashboard, it's super easy to manage them with tags and automations based on their unique interests. Sending super relevant follow-up emails and turning leads into customers has never been easier than it is with ConvertKit!

Curious how ConvertKit stacks up against MailChimp? Read our full review here.

2. Hello Bar

The next non-negotiable that you'll need to build your email list fast is pop-up software. Hello Bar is our preferred pop-up tool– it makes creating exit-intent popups, floating bars, timed popups and more super quick and easy.

Is Hello Bar powerful? Yes, it is. Is it easy to use? Definitely! That's what we love about this tool– the interface is so simple and intuitive to use, and yet you still get the powerful targeting, AB testing, and analytics that you need.

With this tool, you'll be able to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time, and make data-driven decisions.

3. Kajabi

Kajabi isn't an email list building tool per se– it's an all-in-one digital marketing platform. In fact, you can build your entire online business on the Kajabi platform... and we have!

What many people don't realize is that Kajabi has powerful email marketing capabilities built right in. If you have this tool, you don't really need another email list provider or other lead generating tools. saving you tons of money. And because Kajabi allows you to host online courses, this is definitely the way to go if you are building an online education business.

4. AddThis

AddThis is a handy dandy tool for adding social sharing buttons to your website in a flash. And– it also comes with a list building tool!

You can connect your AddThis account directly to your email marketing tool, such as Aweber, MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, and more, and use it to create popups, sliders, and banners for your website.

The best part? This tool is completely FREE!

5. EasySendy

EasySendy creates popups too, but it's coolest feature is the ability to convert Facebook leads into email subscribers via ChatBot.

ChatBot is an automated messaging software that uses AI to converse with people on Facebook Messenger. EasySendy enables your visitors to subscribe directly using Messenger.

6. Entice

Entice is a free list building tool that utilizes the power of viral marketing. Here's how it works...

First, someone comes to your website and downloads your lead magnet. Then, Entice asks her to share your lead magnet with her friends. When she shares your lead magnet, she gets even more amazing free downloads.

It's basically taking the power of lead magnets and multiplying them by 10X!

7. Rafflecopter

Rafflecopter works on a similar idea– you offer to give away something valuable in exchange for shares. Except this time, shares count as entries in a giveaway.

So the more times someone shares your giveaway, the more chances they have to win the prize! And of course, signing up for your newsletter counts as an entry.

8. Vyper

Vyper makes subscribing really fun for your visitors in several ways...

  • Create a giveaway, like with Rafflecopter.
  • Create a contest, complete with a leaderboard.
  • Create a rewards program which unlocks rewards based on referrals.

...and much more!

There's so many cool ways you can gamify the experience of opting in with Vyper, your visitors won't be able to resist.

9. Leadpages

Last but not least, you are going to need really good landing pages in order to grow your email list quickly. Leadpages does that– and more.

A landing page is a page that focuses the visitor's attention solely on your opt-in by removing all distractions from navigation menus, sidebars, etc. It's a psychology tactic that is proven to work to increase your opt-ins.

Leadpages allows you to create high-converting landing pages from optimized templates, as well as pop-ups. But what we like the most about Leadpages is that you can allow people to sign up for your email list via text– a really cool feature if you have a podcast or YouTube channel!

That's it! Now you have 9 tools to choose from to help you grow your email list faster.

We recommend starting with an email list provider like ConvertKit, and then getting a pop-up tool like Hello Bar. From there, you can start working your way down the list to up your game.

At the same time, you'll also want to start a blog and check your website ranking on Google. This way, you'll actually have visitors to convert into email subscribers.

If you want to learn the basic strategies for ranking in Google, check out our guide on 11 Fast & Easy Ways to Get Your Website on Page 1 of Google.


Danny Kariuki ("Dancun") has been working with writing-challenged clients for over five years now. He offers ghostwriting, ghost editing, coaching, and SEO writing for businesses that want to see their sites at the helm of Google SERPs. His education background in communications and public relations has given him a concrete base from which to approach different topics in various niches. His writing skills can be confirmed on upwork.com, where he is a top-rated freelance writer. He especially enjoys writing website and blog content for startups and established businesses.

Kajabi's Idea to Income Challenge

Get step-by-step guidance on how to create a digital product, design a sales system, and market to your audience.

**Registration closes on January 16th, so don't wait!**

Join the challenge (free)