In the spirit of transparency and inspiring other creators, let's share our progress our newsletters with each other.
No of Subscribers:
Average Open Rate:
How long since you started it:
Subscribers: 82 (1,414 on free list)
Started: July 6th
Awesome progress Kev
Congrats on the MRR! Amazing!
Thanks! Have a special milestone coming up tomorrow ;)
This is great. How did you promote it?
Thanks Shiva! I should write a post about it, but the short version is this:
For a paid newsletter, your most valuable content doesn't get shared around. So you have to come up with a reliable say of sharing valuable content to your audience.
For softwareideas.io, I'm lucky that talking about how I validated and grow the company is interesting to the people who would be interested in the idea.
Reaching out to people where they hang out. That means Twitter primarily for me, and word of mouth is starting to become a thing.
Also, I think part of it is starting with something people really wanted. I validated the idea by pre-selling over $200 of newsletters, so I knew it was pretty valuable to people. It's easy to gloss over that part, but it's more important than any of the bullet points above.
I'm the author of This Week's Worth 💎, which is a weekly extraction of fascinating things humans put on the Internet.
Here's the data so far.
No of Subscribers: 61
Average Open Rate: 55%
How long since you started it: 13 weeks ago -> 13 issues sent 🎉
This is a cool idea. Where are you promoting it?
I promote it in 3 main ways:
No of Subscribers: 1,750
Average Open Rate: 65.12%
How long since you started it: End of May
Main way I grew it is through an evergreen free email course. Hoping to reach 5k this year :)
so rad! saw your newsletter mentioned by @swyx on twitter over the weekend, just subbed after being reminded of it here :)
Thanks! Yeah, Shawn's promo probably led to 70-80 subscribers over two days :) Super nice of him to share, and glad you found it!
That is great! How about a collaboration with my newsletter I think there is an audience overlap (Remotists.substack.com). I'm currently at 1500.
Hey Shiva - there is definitely some overlap, a fair number of people want to make the leap to remote work / being a digital nomad.
I'll email you :)
Perfect. I look forward to it.
What's your newsletter URL?
My newsletter is Practicing Google.
For www.goodfirstcommit.com, a weekly-newsletter to discover beginner friendly GitHub open source issues.
No of Subscribers: 12
Average Open Rate: ~66%
How long since you started it: 5 weeks (5 issues out so far)
Feel free to check it out or share it with someone who wants to contribute to open-source :)
Started: May 2020
No of Subscribers: 109
Average Open Rate: 56-71%
How long since you started it: 1.5 months ago
Keen to hear your feedback - @shv_prbhkrn
Average Open Rate: 45-50%
Started: 40 days
Just started a newsletter for the no-code community and haven't yet sent out any issues. Check out my landing page and make sure to subscribe as well- nocodebriefs.com
No of Subscribers: 19
Average Open Rate: 0 (Haven't started sending out newsletters)
How long since you started it: 2 Days
Open for any feedback.
awesome!! think this is a great idea, i did a variation of this a few days ago] but happy to see this one pick up :)
my newsletter - Bytesized Weekly
# of subscribers: ~4400
open rate: 47.23%
click rate: 9.79%
time since starting it: cleared out 80-90% of my list and started from ~1k back in august 2019
mrr: $0 (psst if you are a software company and want to run an ad in my newsletter, my email in profile 😄)
For Life of a Designer
No of Subscribers: 12
Average Open Rate: 86%
How long since you started it: July 10th
Open rate: 51%
Started: June 10
No of Subscribers: 18
Average Open Rate: 59.8%
How long since you started it: 6 months (the first issue was February 5th)
As you can see by my numbers, I am a pretty big newbie at this! This is my first newsletter and really my first time in this space. The newsletter is a weekly resource for interesting and valuable recommendations (products and people) in the digital/social/design/marketing world. Does anyone have any tips on how to grow an audience? Any suggestions would be appreciated! I would also love any recommendations on your newsletters, so I can learn from pros! Thanks!
Share your newsletter URL.
For Dear Backlog:
This is interesting. You could maybe redesign the site.
No of Subscribers: 77
Average Open Rate: 71%
How long since you started it: 4 months
This is bloody cool! How are you finding these creators?
mostly through Twitter and intros from previous people that have had their workspaces featured!
No of Subscribers: 28
Average Open Rate: 62%
How long since you started it: ~60 days ago
For, https://adultingadhd.substack.com/ a newsletter for adults with ADHD. I started it with no audience/platform but I've started to build a community via Twitter.
Average Open rate: 51%
Started: May 2nd
Great. Is it just Twitter? If yes, are you tweeting at people or are you just using popular hashtags?
Yes its just twitter. There's a large ADHD community on twitter and people who suspect they might have ADHD so I actively engage with the community and post links to my newsletter here and there. I mainly tweet new newsletter editions once or twice. I don't promote it enough but I've pinned a link to my profile. My tweet impressions in the last 28 days is 463k and I've had 10k profile visits - mainly due to raising awareness about ADHD and tweeting about my good/bad days. I welcome any other tips that will help spread awareness :)
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~45% open rate
Started in May/20
Your headlines are on point. How are you promoting these?
Started: July 20th
This is good man! I'll be happy to promote you on my email list (1500+) if you would do the same.
For Sunday TL;DR
# of subscribers: 95
Av Open Rate: 77.93%
Started: July 12
For https://eastvc.news/ - startup funding in Boston and NYC
Open rate: ~ 40%
Started: July 13th
Love the 2000s design. It works for this newsletter. How are you promoting it?
I'm mostly targeting people who work in the VC industry by sending them emails and msg on LinkedIn. So far its working but lot of manual work.
For Salt Sear Savor, a newsletter teaching you to be a better cook
~60% average open rate
Started in May 2020
This newsletter looks awesome! This is first cooking newsletter I've seen on Substack, so pretty original.
Thank you very much! There's a lot of cooking stuff out there in the world, but I'm trying to be a bit original through a newsletter format and by not sharing any recipes - just tips and techniques I've learned from cooks and chefs much smarter than me :)
That's a good way to go!
The images are on point. How are you promoting this?
Thank you @shv_prbhkrn! Mostly via friends and family right now. Trying to be active on a few forums and Twitter and Instagram. Honestly I need to promote it more though :)
For Mind the Gap
Love the idea. Why aren't you on Substack?
I didn't know it existed when I started. I might switch in the future, but for now I'm ok with my current setup.
Stats for: The Unblockers
You seem to be doing a lot with the newsletter man. It would be good if you could niche it down.
Good observation, could you go into more detail into what you'd like to see more/less of? I was trying to keep it both technical and business-oriented for both types of technical/non-technical. Maybe I haven't found my tone or voice yet?
Stats for The BuildFaster Update:
👨👦 19 subscribers
📧 62% open rate
📆 Started July 3, 2020
Great. You should collaborate with Colors&Fonts. @Michael_Andreuzza
No, because his newsletter is a out his product....
By collaboration here, I meant an affiliate advertising on your newsletter.
I don't do affiliate.
And I also sell templates.
Yeah I agree with what @Michael_Andreuzza says. We don't match very well and I also want to get more subscribers before I collaborate.
For Lean Code Weekly
66.1% <-> 80.0%
First email was May 12 2020
This is great. Where can I read previous versions?
Good question - I'm using ConvertKit, and currently don't have any previous versions available anywhere (nor a way to do that easily at the moment) - I have been thinking about a good way of doing this..
I found the lifetime average open rate: 72.94%
For C&F Discover
Avg Open Rate:~45%.
Started: June 9th
Will soon display all the open rates and analytics.
Very impressive numbers!
the link is wrong tho
oh mama..sorry for that.
now is corrected....thanks a lot Jamal I owe you one.
No of Subscribers: 301
Average OR: 20%
How long since you started it: 2-3 weeks ago.
Just released an e-book and it got me 70+ subscribers, it's been great so far. I hope these new subscribers will love the newsletter. I'm trying to add more value to increase open rate.
This is awesome, congrats on the ebook!