Last week I put up a couple of pages, a simple page allowing people to sign up and a sample page of SharePoint Weekly #1 which didn’t actually go out, but gave people a good taster.
Just mentioning the newsletter a couple of times on Twitter and asking people to re-tweet it has managed to grab 170 signups. From just a few tweets and no other marketing I think this is a good indication that people want a SharePoint newsletter.
What has worked really well is using the Click To Tweet service. When people signed up for the newsletter they were directed to a simple page that said ‘thank you’, but adding a link to Click To Tweet asking them to let their Twitter friends to know about SharePoint Weekly has helped people mention the newsletter on Twitter and go a little viral.
Next week I’m going to ask a few bloggers to mention the newsletter and hopefully get a new batch of subscribers. Putting together the newsletter should only take a couple of hours each week, and doing it helps me keep on top of what’s going on in the SharePoint world. The end game is tohopefully make a little side money from non-intrusive adverts in the emails, but we’ll see how that goes as the subscribed number increases.
How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not?
Also this week I quickly finished the book How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not? It was an impulse buy while shopping last weekend, which is unusual as I usually only get books recommended by others and after checking Amazon reviews.
The reviews and comments on Amazon for the book are a real mixed bag. I sped through the book which is a good sign, and although it doesn’t offer too many original ideas – it’s good to read them again. I’ve taken quite a few notes from the book and have put it on the read again shelf, so don’t be put off by the ratings and comments on Amazon. Never judge a book by its cover 🙂