You might be doing all the right things to generate leads -- landing pages, gated content, contests, and more. The problem might be that the design or copy itself isn't driving the engagement you need. A/B test (also known as "split test") different aspects of your list-building campaigns with different versions of the same content. This includes the call-to-action text, the color of the gated offer, the time of day you're posting to social media, and even where on your website these signup forms are placed. Sometimes a small change can drive hundreds more conversions.
Brian. You talk about how all these variables matter in getting this article to rank #1 for “list building” and how competitors have way more links than you, but then you also consider your DA and your PA together, you have almost the highest score out of the top 10 rankings; and when you consider you are more topical authority, then that explains why Hugpages (all purpose site) is not ranking higher. Maybe its not all as complicated as you suggest.
Shorter copy is powerful. 200-300 words or less is a good rule of thumb if you aren’t using a full blog post, especially if you are sending more than one email a week. We have used this idea of using only part of a blog post in our own emails, making sure that the introductory copy was sufficient to let the reader know exactly what the post was about. Entice without tricking, in other words.
I know the idea of creating a freebie can be stressful (see my post on creating the perfect freebie for more on this!), but it doesn’t have to be all about a freebie or lead magnet. Consider the kind of content you can offer on a weekly or monthly basis that will benefit your readers. Maybe that’s resources or info. Maybe that’s entertainment or encouragement. Don’t let your email come last! Your subscribers are your VIPS, remember? Give them your BEST.

"I have been blessed to take some incredible blogging courses but out of all of them, List Love has been my favorite. Jennifer Maker is a gifted teacher and has the ability to break things down in practical steps to help you understand and implement practical ways to help you build your email list. She practices what she teaches and it has been fascinating and encouraging to watch her soar. I learned so much more in this course than just building my email list and it has helped me to get past some of my biggest blogging hurdles. She is so generous in sharing all her secrets and supporting her students with answers to questions as well as cheering them on to success. Any course she offers... I'm all in!!!"  

Get creative. Since every business is different, some of the strategies in this guide might not work for your business if you implement them exactly as described. However, most of what’s described can work for a large majority of businesses with just a few tweaks. In some cases, you might even get greater results than the people who wrote these posts.
The strategies recommended by Jennifer are easy to put into practice and effective. What I loved most about this course was the support that Jennifer has provided to all her students. She is a wonderful teacher and I appreciated the way she was committed to helping us implement the course and getting great results. I would recommend this course to any blogger who wants to focus on building a great mailing list.  

Jennifer has nailed my style of learning. I need actionable steps and I need them in order. Without knowing what I need to conquer first, I get lost and overwhelmed. Not only has she mastered the step-by-step approach to teaching but she also offers a personal approach. I love knowing that I can ask any question, at any time, and get an answer. She is obviously committed to the success of her students; it shows with everything she does!"
But the real joy here for me, is not the money. It’s that now, because I learned how to turn my readers into subscribers, I now have an AMAZING community of people around me. I can ask them any question and they'll respond. I can start a Facebook group and they'll come join me. I can issue a challenge and they'll rise to it! They can make nearly any endeavor successful because there are so many and they are so engaged. And that is a feeling like none other.  
Landing pages are a great way to entice whitepaper downloads, trial sign-ups and even purchases. Unbounce makes it easy for you to create attractive landing pages - you can choose from a library of templates to match your campaign or create a page from scratch with its drag and drop page builder. What’s more, Unbounce offers analytics and split testing (A/B testing) as well.
A useful footer. Below your main content is the footer of your email. It should contain a clear and simple way for your reader to unsubscribe, as required by the CAN-SPAM Act. Mention why they are getting the email (they signed up), and how to contact you. Email apps often take care of this for you, but just be sure it is included. The footer area is where you could do “self-advertising” if you wanted to. Keep it simple, if you choose to do it, preferably just one or two “ads” or links.
"I have been blessed to take some incredible blogging courses but out of all of them, List Love has been my favorite. Jennifer Maker is a gifted teacher and has the ability to break things down in practical steps to help you understand and implement practical ways to help you build your email list. She practices what she teaches and it has been fascinating and encouraging to watch her soar. I learned so much more in this course than just building my email list and it has helped me to get past some of my biggest blogging hurdles. She is so generous in sharing all her secrets and supporting her students with answers to questions as well as cheering them on to success. Any course she offers... I'm all in!!!"  
If you choose a product everybody wants - like an iPad or an Amazon gift card - then you’re risking driving unqualified leads to your list. You don’t want to end up having to pay to have a bunch of unengaged people on your email list who aren’t interested in your topic and who will just unsubscribe the second you send them the next email and they haven’t won the giveaway.
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