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How these creators got their first 1000 newsletter subscribers

Anna from Revue
Anna from Revue
Hi there,
Happy Tuesday! This week, we’re going to talk about growth — what works, and what doesn’t. 
Growing an email list takes time and effort, so before we get any older, it’s super important that you’ve already thought about who your reader is, the value you bring to them, and why you want to grow your list in the first place. Make sure you pin down your newsletter goal before you get cracking on growth strategies, and your efforts won’t be wasted. 
Still with me? Great!
There are a lot of resources out there on how creators reached their first 1,000 newsletter subscribers. I went down the rabbit hole this week and collected the most useful advice I could find. A lot of this will still be useful even if you’ve already hit the 1,000 mark (kudos!).
A gift from me to you 🎁
Before we dive in: There’s no magic bullet
Every piece I’ve collected here emphasizes the importance of patience and consistency. Even if you employ every tip on this page, you won’t go from 0-1000 in the blink of an eye.
This will be a gradual process — it will probably take months, maybe even a year or two — but that’s completely normal. Focus on acquiring engaged readers and keep your goal in mind. The rest will come in time.
On that note, there’s no use in spending tons of energy growing your list if you’re not demonstrating your awesomeness by actually sending your newsletter. The key is to consistently provide great value for your reader that will keep them coming back for more. Content creation and list growth goes hand in hand. 
I’ve extracted some key pieces of information from each article, but I’d recommend diving into any of these that take your fancy if you get a spare window of time. Let’s go.
Bria Felicien | The Black Sportswoman
Ali Abouelatta | First 1000
One last tip from Revue
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If you haven’t already, enable the feature we recently released that lets people on Twitter subscribe directly from your Twitter profile. Learn how here.
Wrapping up
There’s a whole bunch of information and advice up there, and while I’d strongly encourage you to try out anything that catches your eye, I’d also emphasize that it’s often a combination of factors that drive growth.
My parting words on this? Stick with it. I know from experience that growth doesn’t happen overnight, but persistence does pay off. I’d also love to hear if you have any personal experience with any of the ideas discussed in this newsletter — let me know by dropping me a reply.
For now, let’s take a look at what else is going on in the newsletter world…
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Politico is being sold for more than $1 billion. Here are some of the smart moves it made to get there
Substack has scooped up the team behind Cocoon, a subscription-based social network for connecting with close friends and family
Publishers are rethinking their value to stave off subscription fatigue among new paying readers
That’s all from me this week. As ever, you can reach me by replying to this newsletter issue. I love getting emails from you 🧡
Until next time,
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