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The Number One Secret to Building a Big, Responsive List

Building an Email ListIt has everything to do with the service provider you choose to manage your lists for you.

Choosing an email service provider is an important decision. It is the backbone of your online business and you’ll want to choose wisely.

I had been on an email marketing service provider learning curve while making changes to my business. I had been using 1ShoppingCart for several years.
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I cancelled my account after they introduced paid support only  and took away the ability to see any statistics about about my list and my campaigns.
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Of course there was no reduction in price for the reduction in services.
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I checked out both MailChimp and Constant Contact and was well on my way to setting up my accounts and messages when I realized that I had no way of creating a series of messages. Since I like to offer free mini-courses via autoresponder, I quickly realized that neither of these services met my needs.  I got my money back (for the Constant Contact; MailChimp is free) and moved on.

Which Autoresponder service have I finally chosen?

Aweber — and this is why:

1.  Create Not Just One List, but Multiple Lists Based on Your Subscribers

What a novel idea!  This little secret is one of the best inventions out there! Now you can stop annoying your subscribers (and risk having them unsubscribe) by sending out content they are not interested in. With multiple lists, you can send only the content your subscribers signed up to receive.

How? Aweber allows you to send out email to your lists separately by segmenting your subscribers based on what they opted in to receive from you.

AND you can create optin forms that automatically places each subscriber on a particular list. You will then have the choice to communicate with the lists individually, or all at once.

2.  Automatically Broadcast Your Latest Blog Posts?

This is my favorite!  It’s an INCREDIBLE BUSINESS AND LIST BUILDING FEATURE that other companies do not offer.  With Aweber you can send your latest posts directly, and automatically, to your subscribers.

.I’m sure you can imagine how this would help you stay in touch with, add value to, and build a relationship with your list.   

3.  But Do They Deliver?

It’s very important to know whether your subscribers are receiving your email or if they are just activating the spam function.  After all, what is the point of all your list and relationship building if your subscribers don’t receive your email?

Aweber has one of the highest deliverability rates in the industry. And they are constantly working with the internet service providers ISP) so that your messages from Aweber are delivered and not routed to your subscriber’s junk or spam folder.

4.  Direct to Your Social Media Accounts

Aweber is on top of the latest Social Media trends and because of that, you can automatically and instantly post your messages to Twitter and Facebook.

5. Create Great “Curb Appeal” With Their Already-Designed-For-You Templates

If you’re not a programmer (and who is?) you’re in for a treat because you can still have great-looking opt-in forms and newsletters. Aweber offers a great selection of both templates for newsletters and optin forms that you can either use as-is OR easily customize to suit your business.

Note: Apparently Aweber is changing their editor to make their already great system even better!  Look for it soon…

6.  Subscriber Stats:

The #1 asset of all business is the list and relationship with it. It follows then that sending out successful email campaigns is vital.  To be successful at this, you must be able to understand your subscribers. It’s especially important to know:

  • How many subscribers you have
  • How they found you (where they came from)
  • Whether they click on links within your email
  • If they unsubscribe, when and why

Aweber does a really good job of subscriber management. You can view detailed reports (even have them mailed to you) that include all the info you need to keep providing relevant and thoughtful information to them.

7.  Customer Support?

Aweber offers telephone, email, and chat support (personally, I find chat support very frustrating) where you can discuss any problem you might be having directly with a customer relations person. They also offer (free) webinars, short videos, an e-course, and tutorials so you can learn everything you need to help you send out successful campaigns.

8. The Price is Right

Aweber’s pricing is very competitive. In fact, you can test drive their service for just $1. Once you’ve had the opportunity to see how it all works, your plan would then increase to the very low price of just $19 per month.

As mentioned earlier, you may be able to find less expensive options, but the lower price is reflected in lower deliverability rates, fewer options, and not so great support.

Do your research, but I think you’ll agree that Aweber is best for small business. But no matter who you choose, just start building your email list as soon as possible.

Have You Been Seriously Thinking That It’s Time to Start Building Your List (and your business)?

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You’ll learn:

  • How to Set Up Your First Mailing List with Aweber
  • How to Add Your Free Incentive (encourage subscribers)
  • How to Set Up Your Squeeze Page (outlining all the benefits of signing up for your free item)
  • How to Set up Blog Broadcast to Go Out to Your Mailing List
  • And More

40 pages of step by step information in an easy to follow format.

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PS: I recommend 1ShoppingCart if you need a full shopping cart and a complicated affiliate
management program. They are the best.

Disclaimer: Links mentioned within this post may lead to affiliate links, and in such a case, I will be compensated for recommending the product(s). However, I will never recommend anything that I don’t personally believe in.

WordPress and Feedburner: A Great Match

FeedBurner Flame (© FeedBurner, Inc.)How does Feedburner help you get your blog posts out there and in the hands of interested people?

Here are some suggestions:

Publicize

Headline Animator: Create and customize an animated banner that cycles through your feed’s five most recent items. It’s an easy way to promote your content anywhere you can place a snippet of HTML.

BuzzBoost: Do you maintain more than one blog, site, or podcast? BuzzBoost helps you cross-promote your content by repurposing your feed as go-anywhere HTML.

Optimize

Enhance and extend your feed with FeedBurner’s array of services.

FeedFlare™

Build “interactivity” into the content you create, making it simple for subscribers to tag, email or share their content with others.
Give your subscribers easy ways to email, tag, share, and act on the content you publish by including as many or few of the services listed below. FeedFlare places a simple footer at the bottom of each content item, helping you to distribute, inform and create a community around your content.

SmartFeed

Reach the widest possible audience while publishing a single feed on your blog or site. Translates your feed on-the-fly into a format (RSS or Atom) compatible with your visitors’ feed reader application.

BuzzBoost

Have feed, will travel. BuzzBoost republishes your burned feed’s content as go-anywhere HTML. Want to promote your blog on another site you manage? BuzzBoost gives you a snippet of JavaScript you can paste into your page templates.

Email Subscriptions

Give your biggest fans another way to keep up with your blog or podcast feed by placing an email subscription form on your site.

PingShot

Most web-based feed reading services will check for updates on their own time. Give ’em a push with PingShot.

Analyze

FeedBurner Stats is our analytics offering for blogs, Web sites podcasts and feeds of all kinds. The service is free with every FeedBurner feed and provides publishers with a comprehensive view of their audience.

Monetize

Earn revenue by displaying relevant text and image ads using AdSense for feeds.

Configure Ads

Activate Google AdSense for feeds and choose options that control how these ads display in your feed.

“Troubleshootize”

It’s true, some good feeds go bad. Learn how to diagnose and solve the most common problems FeedBurner encounters when working with your original feed. The best part? We also notify you about any issues we discover using our FeedMedic and PodMedic reporting services.

Oh Dear, What Kind of Trouble?

Troubleshootize contains general tips and a couple of quick-fixes to try with any malfunctioning feed. And yeah, we’re sticking with this tab title. For now.

Fouled-Up Feeds, and Quick Ways to Fix ‘Em

The most common problems that affect your FeedBurner feed are:

The trouble: Your FeedBurner feed isn’t up-to-date with your Original Feed.

The fix: Try pinging FeedBurner using our Ping page. This action tells FeedBurner to go check your feed for updates immediately.

The trouble: Invalid characters or XML markup in content items, often introduced by composing your posts in Microsoft Word
or embedding JavaScript code in a post.

The fix: Check your feeds for validity problems: Original Feed Validity, FeedBurner Feed Validity. See if any errors are reported,
Then, check out this help topic for removing unwanted characters from your posts if mysterious characters seem to be to blame.

The trouble: Connection timeouts between FeedBurner and the web server that hosts your original feed. If FeedBurner can’t
reach your Original Feed for any reason, we will report it as a FeedMedic item here on Troubleshootize.

The fix: Try a ping once your website service has been restored.

The trouble: For podcasters, the web server hosting your audio does not report the correct content MIME type for your
podcast files; FeedBurner doesn’t create podcast enclosures for these files.

The fix: Make sure your web server is configured to return “audio/mpeg” as a MIME type for your audio files (or whatever the
appropriate type for your podcast media may be). This confirmation may require some help from your hosting provider if you
do not manage your own web server.

The trouble: Your Original Feed is too doggone big! FeedBurner does not process feeds that are larger than 512K. Remember,
your feed is an update on your content — not an archive for it — and you should use your publishing tools’ controls to make sure
your feed doesn’t grow like kudzu possessed.

The fix: Follow this help topic to control feed file size with Blogger; other publishing tools have similar controls.

The Nuclear Option: “Resyncing” your feed:

As a last resort with a regular feed or a podcast, you can resync your feed. You should only resync if your feed is more than 1 hour out-of-date and pinging FeedBurner does not update it or your podcast files are not being turned into enclosures by our SmartCast service.