15 Persuasion Techniques Stolen from Emails That Make $10K/Month on Autopilot

by Jared Kimball


Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?

Not just making $10K/month, which would be awesome all by itself, but making $10K/month on autopilot.

My guess is that this dream has tickled your brain once or twice.

The good news is that you can make it a reality. The bad news is that this takes time.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t start a blog and make money from it right now.

You won’t earn $10K/month right from the start, but you can earn something. You just have to learn how to sell. You have to learn how to persuade strangers to take out their credit cards and buy your products and/or services.

And who better to learn from than Jon Morrow himself?

After all, he’s the guy who wrote the emails mentioned in the headline — the ones that make $10K/month on autopilot.

How This Blog Makes $10K/Month from Selling a Single Course

Jon has created several courses over the years, but the one we’ll take a look at is his GuestBlogging course.

How does he sell it?

Through an automated email sequence.

People who subscribe to his email list get a sequence of emails that builds Jon’s authority, builds trust with his readers, and builds a desire for his course.

And boy, does it succeed. Just look at this screenshot from his earnings the last few months:

GuestBlogging earnings

Today I’ll take you through his email sequence and reveal the persuasion techniques he uses to earn over $10K each month.

Technique #1: Use Dreams to Pique Interest in Their Inbox

Want to be a columnist for a big magazine or newspaper?

The first step to persuading your subscribers to buy your product is to persuade them to open your emails. The best way to do so is by invoking their dreams.

Jon’s course is aimed at aspiring writers and copywriters, and he knows their dream is to be featured in big magazines or newspapers. They dream about becoming highly sought-after writers.

So using that exact subject line hits right on one of their deepest dreams and desires.

But subject lines aren’t the only place you want to do this. Jon does it again in the body of the email:

And afterward, EVERYONE wanted me to write for them. I got offers for book deals, paid columnist positions, and hundreds of high-paying freelance writing gigs.

The aspiring writer would love to have everyone approach them for book deals, columnist positions and hundreds of writing gigs. Jon positions himself as the person to whom they should listen if they want a taste of the same delicious success.

Technique #2: Build Credibility Without Sounding Like A Pompous Ass

A few years ago, Forbes approached me about writing a column for them. I was already booked solid, so I politely turned them down, but I still couldn’t help feeling flattered that they offered.

Here, Jon builds credibility by suggesting Forbes (i.e. the 82nd most popular website in the U.S.) approached him to write an article for them. And not just that — he had to turn them down because he was booked solid.

That’s some serious bragging rights. It builds instant credibility.

But because Jon doesn’t want to sound like a pompous ass, he adds a line about being flattered. It shows humility.

He does it again later in the email:

In my case, Forbes approached me after one of my articles went viral and got over 1 million visitors.

It feels strange to say that, by the way. I always wanted to touch a lot of people with my work, but I never figured just one article would reach more than a million people.

Again, Jon builds credibility, but he immediately humanizes himself afterwards.

Yes, his article reached one million visitors, but he’s still as amazed by that as you would be.

He shows he’s not superhuman, and that if he could do it, you can too.

Technique #3: Make Them Self-Qualify as Your Perfect Customer

Let’s say you’re a beginning writer. You have talent, you’re willing to work hard, and you genuinely respect the craft.

Any beginning writer who reads this will nod their head and think, “That’s me!”

This is qualification in action. By describing his audience, Jon makes them feel like he’s talking about them. It signals that they should pay attention to what Jon has to say.

But that’s not all.

It also starts them down the path of potentially buying something. After all, his product is for beginning writers, so by nodding along to these statements his readers pre-qualify themselves for his offer when he sends it.

Technique #4: Pinpoint Their Most Pressing Problem

How can YOU write an article that goes viral, turning you into a writer everyone wants to publish?

Nobody tells you. Like it’s some big secret or something.

Jon points out a big problem his writer audience has: They want their articles to go viral so they become more prolific, but nobody tells them how to do it.

If your reader is struggling with this problem, you agitate their frustration and fuel their desire to see it fixed.

When you pinpoint a problem they’re struggling with, you capture their attention because it suggests you’ll have a solution.

And lo and behold, Jon does:

But that’s silly. If more talented writers knew how to get the traffic they deserve, the whole world would be better off.

So, I’ve decided to do something about it.

I’m releasing a case study of how I wrote and promoted the article that got over 1 million visitors. I’ll send it to you in pieces over the next few days.

Technique #5: Use the Power of Subtle Implication

It won’t cost you a dime, either. I could easily charge for it, but I’ve decided to release the entire case study for free.

You might not see it at first, but Jon sends several messages to his audience besides, “You’re getting something for free.”

He also implies that: a) the case study he’s giving away is valuable, and b) that he’s a generous person.

These subtle implications change the way his readers view his case study and him. Two lines are all it takes to build a more positive picture in the reader’s’ mind of who Jon is.

Implying positive attributes about yourself or your product works better than outright stating them.

Technique #6: Tell Them Exactly What’s Coming

Over the next few days, I’ll break down the writing, the strategy, the traffic techniques, everything.

Sound like a good deal?

In Jon’s emails he consistently sets expectations so his readers know what’s coming.

When people read this, they know they can expect more emails that break everything down. This boosts the chances that his next emails will get opened and read.

He does it again at the end of his email, where he gets more explicit:

Watch your inbox. You’ll get an email tomorrow with the subject line “How to Become a Highly Sought-After Writer (Part 1).

Here, he tells the reader the specific email subject line to expect.

And when that email arrives, his readers will recognize it, which will make them more likely to open it.

Technique #7: Leverage Other People’s Praise with Pride

Alright, then. One more thing before I give you the link to the article…

Don’t just read it. Read some of the comments too.

There are hundreds of them. The site eventually got so overwhelmed with moderating them all that they shut the comment section down.

Jon doesn’t stop at telling people to read his viral posts, which will already boost his credibility. He also tells his subscribers to read the comments.

And when they do, they’ll read a ton of comments like these:

Persuasion Techniques - Use Other People's Words

If he still had readers with any doubt that Jon knows what he’s talking about when it comes to viral posts, comments like these squash them all.

Jon builds credibility and authority by letting other people do the talking for him.

Are there awards, accolades, blog posts, videos, or third-party ratings that you can show your audience?

If so, use them and watch your persuasion and influence increase with every email you send.

Technique #8: Set Yourself Apart from the “Bad Guys”

Also, let me say one thing…

A lot of people like to brag about their traffic. Especially guys. If they write a popular post, they strut around like peacocks, feeling superior to everyone.

But that’s a bunch of crap.

Traffic isn’t about giving yourself an ego boost. It’s about changing people’s lives.

Jon puts himself on the side of his readers here by setting himself apart from the braggers and from the people who fake their success online.

He creates a “bad guy” — an enemy he shares with his readers — and he positions himself as the antidote to that, as the guy who shares his readers’ values, and who cares about their lives.

Think of ways that make you different from so-called “gurus” who lead your readers astray. How are they hurting your readers? What information do they give that’s broken?

Look for opportunities to show people what makes you different and you’ll make a lasting impression.

Technique #9: Give Your Emails a Hint of Intrigue

I’m worried about today’s lesson.

It’s advanced. Very advanced.

Not just difficult. It’s the equivalent of an Olympic athlete running a four minute mile.

Here, Jon cleverly teases the lesson he’s about to share in this email.

Rather than tell them outright what he has in store for them, he builds it up as something special. Few will be able to resist clicking his link.


Because Jon has intrigued them. He has created a question in the reader’s mind that has to be answered: “What Jedi-level writing trick is Jon about to share?”

Continually building intrigue like this keeps reader engaged throughout your email sequence.

Technique #10: Be Their Reassuring Voice

Even if you only apply 10% of what I’m about to teach you, your writing will take a quantum leap forward. And if you apply all of it? Hell, you may just write a million-visitor post of your own. 🙂

Click here to get the lesson.

People are self-conscious, and when learning new things, they can feel overwhelmed. They may feel like they’re not ready yet to implement your advice.

It’s your job to reassure them and make them feel confident that they can.

That’s what Jon does in this excerpt. He tells his readers he’s about to share an advanced lesson, which builds intrigue, but many people may feel like they’re not ready for advanced lessons.

Then he reassures them that, even if they don’t apply it 100% perfectly, they will still see a major improvement in their writing.

Your readers need to feel like your advice or your product will be helpful to them, and that it won’t be too hard for them to apply. They will be more eager to discover your advice.

Technique #11: Make Them Wait with Bated Breath

I’ll show you a ridiculously simple promotion strategy. Believe me, ANYONE can do this, and you’ll be shocked at how much traffic you’ll get.

It’s counterintuitive, though. For instance…did you think posts go viral because readers share them?

Wrong. Shares from readers are a byproduct of the strategy I’m about to teach you, not the cause.

Want to learn the cause?

Open my email tomorrow. 🙂

As mentioned previously, Jon continuously sets expectations for his next emails so readers know they’re coming. But here, he takes it a step further by leaving his readers with a cliffhanger. He leaves questions in his readers’ minds, the answers to which they can only get by reading his next email.

This creates enormous anticipation.

Using cliffhangers is a powerful way to get your email series read consistently.

And the more of your email series someone reads, the more they’ll see you as an authority, and the more likely they are to buy your offer.

Technique #12: Bond Through Relatable Tales

When I was twelve, my mother and I hit a rough spot where we couldn’t even afford to buy food. We used to go to churches to get meals, because otherwise, we would’ve gone hungry.

But I had an idea.

In one of his emails, Jon shares a story about how his family was poor, and how his parents struggled to put food on the table due to staggering medical bills.

He explains how he felt guilty and wanted to pitch in, how he earned his first dollars, and finally, how he learned a few valuable lessons about making money from his writing.

This story creates a powerful bond between the reader and Jon. He makes the reader feel like they know him, and like they can relate to him.

The stronger a bond you can create with your readers, the more they will trust you, and the more likely they are to buy from you.

Technique #13: Call Out Their Bullshit

We love to write. We love to share our gift. We love to see it touch people.

But when it comes to promoting our writing? Or even worse, asking for money?

We feel ashamed. Dirty. Afraid. So, most of us never promote our work at all.

Jon boldly calls out his readers’ bullshit that keeps them from achieving financial success.

He knows many of his readers have all sorts of hangups about promoting or selling their work, and he convinces them they had better get over them if they want to succeed.

But that’s not the way the world works.

If you want to succeed as a writer, you have to be brave. You have to fight for your work.

[ … ] if you’re willing to do the work [of promotion], you’ll be shocked at what will happen.

Truths like this can be painful, but relevant.

Jon doesn’t intend to wound people’s egos and then abandon them. Instead, he squashes the mindset that it’s shameful to promote your work, while handing out a new mindset to adopt — you have to fight for your work.

If you can be the person who calls your readers on their bullshit, do it. If you can reshape the way they see themselves and the world, they’ll have already opened themselves up to your influence.

Technique #14: Encourage Courage

If you want to succeed as a writer, you have to be brave. You have to fight for your work.

With this line, Jon inspires you to be courageous. He inspires you to fight for your work.

Inspiring courage is an effective way of getting readers to follow your lead. When you inspire courage in your readers, you inspire them to see triumph down the line — triumph that they want to see in their own lives.

When you ignite these feelings in your readers, they’ll open themselves to your influence, because they’ll see you as the person that will take them to that triumph.

Technique #15: Use the “Gain, Logic and Fear Trifecta”

I’m looking for a few serious writers to join me in an online class, where I’ll teach you everything I know about writing for big sites like Scary Mommy, Lifehacker, Forbes, and The Huffington Post – all sites I’ve helped previous students get published on.

Once you complete the class, I even give you a certification you can show the big magazines and blogs to prove you know what you’re doing. It’s a huge advantage.

In the last three emails of his sequence, Jon uses a three-part persuasion tactic known as the “Gain, Logic and Fear Trifecta.”

It works like this:

First, you show the readers what they’ll gain from buying your product or service. Then you give them a logical reason for why they should buy your products. And lastly, you tap into their fear to make them want your product now.

Using these three angles together is immensely persuasive.

In the example above, Jon accomplishes the first step. Immediately the readers knows what they’ll gain — Jon’s insider knowledge of writing for big sites, which they can use to get published there themselves, and a certification that proves they took the course.

That’s persuasive on its own, but in his next email, Jon ups the ante:

Put yourself in the shoes of an editor for a moment.

On an average day, you might get 50 different pitches from writers you’ve never met before. Well, who are you going to pay most attention to?

  1. A complete stranger pitching you out of the blue
  2. A professional writer certified by the most prestigious training program online

Whose pitch are you going to read first?

Here, Jon taps into his readers’ logical side of their brain. He has them imagine two scenarios and deduce which one would win.  The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it?

Some readers need a logical justification like this to help them make their decision.

But Jon doesn’t stop there. In his last email, he uses his readers’ fear of missing out to persuade any last indecisive readers:

Today is the LAST day to get your $100 discount on our certification program. At midnight, the price goes up by $100, and you’ll miss out on the discount.

Click here to get your $100 discount before it expires

Not trying to be pushy. Just want to make sure you don’t end up having to pay full price for this. That would suck. 🙂

He gives them that extra bump they need to decide they want to buy his course and that they better do it before their discount expires.

As you can see, mixing gain, logic and fear makes for an effective persuasion bomb.

Steal These Persuasion Techniques and Boost Your Sales

If you want to sell products or services to your readers, you must learn the art of persuasion.

You must persuade your readers that your product or service, and even your affiliations are worth the investment. You must persuade them you’ll fix their most pressing problems. You must persuade them to trust that you’ll deliver.

Jon’s emails are a great example of persuasion in action. You can steal his techniques and use them in your own emails.

And who knows, maybe one day you’ll have an email sequence that makes you $10K/month as well.

Doesn’t that sound dreamy?

About the Author: In 2008 Jared Kimball became addicted to email marketing. On his blog he shares hacks, tricks, in-depth reviews and software tutorials that helps people launch sales-generating email campaigns faster. Every month he gives free pre-written email campaigns to his subscribers called Marketing Automation Plans (MAPs). Get next month’s here.
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Jared Kimball

In 2008 Jared Kimball became addicted to email marketing. On his blog he shares hacks, tricks, in-depth reviews and software tutorials that helps people launch sales generating email campaigns faster. Every month he gives free pre-written email campaigns to his subscribers called Marketing Automation Plans (MAPs). Get next months here: http://emailsalesmachine.com


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Written by Jared Kimball

In 2008 Jared Kimball became addicted to email marketing. On his blog he shares hacks, tricks, in-depth reviews and software tutorials that helps people launch sales generating email campaigns faster. Every month he gives free pre-written email campaigns to his subscribers called Marketing Automation Plans (MAPs). Get next months here: http://emailsalesmachine.com

58 thoughts on “15 Persuasion Techniques Stolen from Emails That Make $10K/Month on Autopilot”

  1. This is an awesome post indeed! You’re extremely correct when you said, “some of us are willing to write but intimidated to market our post, much less make effort to make money from it.” It’s great to have a mentor like you. Thanks for sparking the fire of boldness to succeed in me, Jared.

    • Hi Eki,

      If you want to grow your readership you have to be bold and willing to share your work. It’s your creation. Your idea(s) and if it can help people then why not share it?

      Let us know how your journey goes.


  2. Hey Jared,

    You Nailed It.

    I am a big fan of Jon’s writing style. The best part of his writing whether it is (emails or the blogs) he knows very well how to persuade the reader using psychology.

    I am his secret disciple, I always save his emails separately in my inbox to learn his writing style. Thanks a lot for pointing out the things which every writer should remember while writing the emails.

    Jon’s email writing style is extremely impressive, one can become a pro writer if he/she would learn even 10% from him.

    Thanks for the amazing post once again.


    • Shubhanshi,

      Yeah, I totally agree Jon is a master. It’s great to hear that you study his emails, because they are that good and there’s so much packed into just one email that anyone can learn from.

      Thanks for reading and sharing this on Twitter too!


    • When you’re blogging you need to learn the art of writing persuading emails without sounding like an idiot. Here is where most people get it wrong and all they do is sending bulk emails in the name of blogger outreach.

      If you want to get response especially from busy bloggers with your emails, make sure to find out what makes them curious and offer them. Don’t just seek help when you’re in the beginning stage of building relationships.

      Thanks so much for the tips. Keep rocking.

  3. Hey Jared,

    That’s an awesome post! I particularly like technique #4. Not just with emails, but by implementing this little tip, I have reaped a lot of benefits in the blog posts as well.

    When you pin point their pressing problem, they can immediately relate to your writing – whatever be the form of your content.

    This also helps with instantly building rapport – your readers know you understand their problem and will be already open to listening to what you are going to say 🙂

    Thanks for this awesome post!


  4. Awesome post Jared. Jon is a good copywriter.
    I especially like the part where he makes the reader decide emotional and justify logically, in other words, gain + logic + fear= Buy

    • Yeah Lenny, he does exactly that.

      In addition to his email series – he uses videos that teach you things that no one else does. His videos add more fire to the gain + logic + fear trifecta.


  5. Confession.. I haven’t read the entire article yet. As many readers do, we skim through and look at the high points to see if it’s worth a read. And wow! So much great information here!

    I’m a huge fan of Jon and his work. His is one of the few emails that I consistently open, pretty much regardless of the subject line. Funny thing, his pitches are so effective and compelling that I’ve – more than once – signed up for a program that I already own. (True story. You can ask the help desk about me.) Jon is someone I know/like/trust, which is so important in one’s readership.

    Great job, Jared! Now, I’ll read this more thoroughly and take copious notes. Thanks!

  6. The trust point Jared is 100% it. If you help people without attaching to any outcome, then keep doing it, then keep meeting more people, folks begin to trust you and your content. Or, you get clear on your offering, and the clearer you get the more money flows in. Simple process really that bloggers muck up because they get attached to outcomes.

    On a side note, so happy with Jon’s success. Virgin, Forbes, Fox News and Entrepreneur featured me as a digital nomad authority – whatever that means LOL – and I am incredibly humbled that they sought me out. JM got stalked for a Forbes article which rocks on so many levels.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Wow Ryan! That’s a ton of media exposure. I’m sure it helped build your brand all while helping you establish more trust too. Very cool.

      When the media groups reached out to you were they looking for successful travel bloggers like yourself?


  7. Hi Jared,
    Congratulations on a great article. We all know it, don’t we. We’ve all been drawn in by Jon’s magical words and we know he’s using some secret power to overcome our ability to resist, but it’s so great to have it laid out for us like that. Great job!
    Cheers, Mel

  8. Jared this is solid gold. As someone who has written loads of pretty lame emails I love how you did this work for all of us who have reached out to hit the Buy button after reading one of Jon’s emails.

  9. Hi Jared,

    Amazing Post! I never knew these Persuasion Techniques before. This is the first time I am reading your post and I’d say that I have become your fan.

    We often lose sales just because we don’t know how to persuade them. I’m gonna try these techniques and will share the experience with you.

  10. Hey, I love your post, I even printed it study it more comfortably 🙂 and now I’m dying to actually read the email sequence you’re referring to, but I couldn’t find a way to optin. – Can you please point me to an optin page?

    • Hey Angel,

      Sure thing, if you scroll up near the top of the post just before the sub-headline “Technique #1: Use Dreams to Pique Interest in Their Inbox”.

      You’ll see the sentence above it says, “(If you want to read the full email sequence, sign up here.)” Click that “sign up here” link to read all of it in-depth.

      Hope that helps,

  11. Hi Jared,

    Awesome….Thanks a lot for such a wonderful post.

    When I was new to digital marketing about 6 years back, I used to read some quotes like “Money is in the list”.

    But as a person who is having no experience on it I used to wonder on how do people actually earn lots of money through their list.

    But as I kept learning I came to know about it.

    But to be frank I did not read a post like this – which is lengthy, detailed and with practical examples.

    I know feel like there is lot more I should learn 🙂

    I sincerely thank you for this.

    Please keep writing such wonderful posts.


  12. Hello Jared,

    Honestly speaking, I’ve never read a blog post as powerfully persuasive as this one.

    You just handed one of Jon’s most powerful secrets to me. I won’t take this for granted.

    Thank you so much. Now I’m set to fight for my work like never before.

  13. Hi Jared Kimball,

    I’m doing affiliate marketing as well as selling products from last few years and one of the harder step that I have faced is winning your customer’s trust. If you can win your customer’s trust then there is no one who can stop you from making massive income. I really like the way you have explained everything and would like to say thanks for sharing such a helpful guide.

    Keep inspiring us like this.



    • Thank you Mary! I’m glad it brought you inspiration.

      If you can earn their trust it is wickedly powerful. I know of some email marketers that get 50%+ open rates on normal email sends because they have built such a loyal following.

  14. Much appreciated. I don’t want to talk about this article because above comments are made my job. I just want to appreciate to author.

    Thanks, Jared, I like the way you explained here. Great explanation. Great work.

  15. Hi Jared,

    Persuasion is something that every blogger should learn to master the are of influence. I believe that you cannot sell something if there is no desire among your readers.

    Also, you need to build trust before even planning to market your product.

    I enjoyed the article. Worth reading!

  16. Hi Jared,
    Great article you have here. The idea of using dreams as a metaphor to get to the heart of your target audience and move them to take action is phenomenal. Truth be told, every blogger including myself dreams of having my articles publish on authority sites like Forbes, Entrepreneur, etc. But something is holding us back from accomplishing this dream. So, when someone credible like Jon offers to help by way of a course, you definitely want to buy it.

    Thanks so much for sharing this master-peace.

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  18. I loved this post. Especially I loved Set Yourself Apart from the “Bad Guys” technique. It’s important to create a picture in your audience minds about how you are different than other bad guys. Another thing I liked is honesty you show to your readers. Obviously I will try to use these tricks to sell the services to my readers. 🙂

  19. Awesome article. Sometimes we think the super successful thought leaders have some magic wand that they point at their projects to make… but how wrong we are.

    Well, the tactics are definitely one of a kind but reading through them, one gets a feeling that he/she can achieve similar results (or something close).

    Thanks Jared.

  20. Hi Jared,

    I believe writing about it, is an amazing piece of work. I really enjoyed your information and the way you write. The Internet has to make possible of every aspect. It is now completely owned by thoughts of people. Thankx for sharing your knowledge. This article is very helpful. Keep sharing!
    Have a good day!


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