Copyright © 2003 Priya Shah
If you've been promoting your business on internet you've probably heard how important it is to have a list. And that it's also important to publish an ezine.
So are you publishing and ezine? If not, why? Is it because you are too nervous or lack confidence?
I can understand how you feel. I've been there, even though I'm a journalist and published my own niche, non-profit newsletter for a year.
But when I started a home business and realized I needed to write about internet marketing - a subject I was still unfamiliar with - I froze up.
I simply could not think of anything to write about. I felt like I just did not have experience and knowledge I needed, because I was still learning.
I started my ezine only when things were really starting to take off and I had learned a good deal of what really worked for me in my business.
In retrospect, I don't think I'd have done it any differently, but I did learn a few things from my own experience that might make it less painful to start your new ezine.
1. Start With a Script
Writing first few issues of your ezine is like starting a conversation with a new date.
You're nervous... you want to make a good impression. Most people will use a few tried and tested formulas to break ice.
Similarly, when you want to start sending out your ezine, there are a lot of resources out there - tested formulas that experts have used with their own subscribers.
It could be a sales letter, an article, a tip, a template or anything else that you think could get you started with that first issue.
As on a first date, conversation might be a bit awkward, your sentences may sound stilted. It could be a disaster as far as you're concerned. So what!
The first few articles I ever wrote make me cringe when I read them today. But I know I needed to write them to start building my own confidence.
Disastrous first dates leave much same impression on people. But similarity to dating ends there.
Because in writing an ezine you DO get a second (and third, and fourth...) chance to make an impression.
Your date may never call back, but with your subscribers, you can try again and again till you get it right.
If you do make a mistake (like sending out multiple copies by mistake), admit your mistake and apologize. You'll find that subscribers, unlike dates, can be quite forgiving.