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30 days to a BIGGER email list
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This is GC⚡ #103 — the meta newsletter about... newsletters!
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[GC & Industry News & Announcements]
What You Need To Know
Indie Worldwide launches 1000 Subscriber Speedrun Challenge
Want accountability in the form of a challenge to grow your newsletter? Check this out. (Challenge basically starts NOW)
NewsletterJobs.io launches for those looking for newsletter-related roles
Wanna work in the newsletter industry? The guys behind WhoSponsorsStuff.com put together a newsletter job board, including roles for marketing, content, operations, and sales.
Get "unstuck" with your newsletter
Alex was considering some changes with his newsletter and wanted some direction. He booked a 60-minute strategy session with me:
Wanna work with me?
Sorry, no *new* article this week (but a great resource below).
So why no new article?
Well... because I need some help! I have plans to take Growth Currency Media and this newsletter to greater heights. I want to build a premier online space for newsletter creators & publishers—and that means more than a newsletter. I'm working on those plans, excited to share them soon!
But there's one problem.
I've struggled to keep up the quality & original newsletter content on a weekly basis. And I'm really sorry about that. So I'm considering hiring a Newsletter Virtual Assistant so I can focus more on creating the best content possible.
So if you've published a newsletter before, worked with ConvertKit and/or Airtable, and are able to commit a few hours per week to the role, you might be a great fit.
How to use Medium to get newsletter subscribers.
Ever since I decided to publish weekly on Medium (since April 2022), I’ve earned over $600 — just by hitting ‘publish’ on content I was going to write anyway.
The extra $600 is nice.
But you’re not likely to earn your retirement fund on Medium.
And that's the thing: money isn’t the point.
Leveraging a platform with millions of eyeballs — that’s the point.
[GC Curated: Start + Grow + Improve + Monetize your newsletter]
Your Growth Currency ⚡ This Week
"Knowledge is the currency of growth."
START YOUR NEWSLETTER
⚡ 6 types of newsletters you can start publishing today by Ghost.org
My Take: If you're hung up on coming up with an "original" idea for your newsletter—STOP. Take a tried-and-true format and repurpose it with your personal spin. This article features 6+1 types of newsletters, including:
→ Curated newsletters
→ Time-sensitive newsletters
→ Practical newsletters
GROW YOUR NEWSLETTER
⚡ LetterGrowth.com - Find newsletters who want to do cross promotions by Paul Metcalfe
My Take: LetterGrowth is a solution to the challenge of finding cross-promotions: fill out a short form to start getting a weekly list of newsletters interested in cross-promoting.
IMPROVE YOUR NEWSLETTER
⚡ 10 Lessons From 10 Years in Email by Dan O'Shinsky
My Take: Dan's spent a decade doing newsletters. He ran the BuzzFeed newsletter. Then, newsletters at The New Yorker. Lots of wisdom in here, but my favorite points are #2, 5, and 8.
MONETIZE YOUR NEWSLETTER
⚡ The Playbook for Growing to 6 Figures With Anne-Laure Le Cunff by Chenell Basilio
My Take: Chenell's newsletter/website Growth In Reverse is really, really good. It's so good it was featured on the Copyblogger podcast a few weeks back. This article is pure fire. Chenell breaks down...
(Newsletter Of The Week)
The GC NOTW 🤘
Grants For Creators by Desiree Desir-Corbett
Sharing the latest funding opportunities for US based creatives, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
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Created by Danielle Desir Corbett, Grants For Creators is a biweekly newsletter curating the latest grants and other paid funding opportunities U.S. creators, entrepreneurs and small business owners can apply to. Join over 2,200 creators saving time on research by subscribing today.
Thanks for making it to the end—I try and save some personal ramblings for this space.
I used to be addicted to Starbucks. And it wasn't for the coffee or food—it was their rewards program.
I needed those rewards.
So I made a habit of stopping at Starbucks every morning on my way to work. I was only getting a drip coffee. Less than $20 per week. But still.
I saved up those precious rewards to get the free drink or meal or whatever.
It got to the point where I had to toss my Gold card and delete the Starbucks app altogether. Their rewards program had me firm within its grasp—so much so that stopping there every morning was a habit.
And I know I wasn't the only one.
What if your newsletter could have the same effect? What if you could render your readers as helpless as I was to stop at Starbucks every morning?
That'd be pretty powerful. It's something I'm thinking a lot about lately, and you might want to as well.
How would you rate this edition?
And in case you missed it, here are last week's TWO most popular links:
#1: How I made $14,950 in 57 minutes with 2 emails and a Google Doc by Katelyn Bourgoin (101 clicks)
#2: The Unofficial Guide to Non-Linear Newsletter Growth by Growth Currency⚡ (98 clicks)
Other resources to help you:
Peace and platonic love,