Alternatives to Aweber

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Hi all,

From what i've read most people recommend the use of Aweber when you want to build a mailing list. Right now I believe that I only have 2 sites that would warrant building a mailing list, and am wondering if there were alternatives to Aweber that I can use with Wordpress. I've found a few through searching but was hoping others had some general recommendations.

Ideally I want my mailing list to include members who want to be notified of various specials (or coupons) since my sites are predominately product based.

Thanks for any help!
#product reviews #alternatives #aweber

  • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
    It doesn't matter what the platform is, I don't believe. I am using Imnica Mail now and I really like it. It's way cheaper than Aweber. The only drawback for me is that it doesn't integrate with as much other stuff as Aweber does but I believe they're continuing to add features.

    Tina
  • Profile picture of the author icun
    getresponse is another big player.

    There are loads of scripts that can be used on your own server or as WP plugins to act as autoresponders but for something as valuable as your list, aweber etc. should be used, especially for the security and reliabiluty aspects of it.
  • Profile picture of the author steveshoemaker
    Prosperity Central works pretty good free 1800# with voicemail for anyone wanting to call you.

    About 5$ more a month than aweber for the basic service.

    I got away from it though because they didn't support attachments in your emails and I use that alot for free offers.

    They also have a two tier affiliate program meaning you get a cut from anyone you sign up whoever they sign up.
  • Profile picture of the author Anna Johnson
    Mailchimp looks likely to become the 100 pound gorilla in this space (sorry, couldn't resist the pun). It has loads of great features (e.g. want to see who on your list also follows you on Twitter/Facebook?) and it's free if you have a list under 1,000.
  • Profile picture of the author Meharis
    Originally Posted by Anna Johnson View Post

    Mailchimp looks likely to become the 100 pound gorilla in this space (sorry, couldn't resist the pun). It has loads of great features (e.g. want to see who on your list also follows you on Twitter/Facebook?) and it's free if you have a list under 1,000.
    Anna Johnson,
    Those 100 pound gorilla? guys are smart.
    Aweber or Get Response for the starting people are a ripoff.
    One of them already changed the price and the other, I couldn't find the price schedule. They used to have it...
    Meharis
  • Profile picture of the author Sardent
    Profollow.
  • Profile picture of the author adamcm
    Hi all,

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I will look at these tools tonight. One thing to note is that I am not too concerned with setting up an auto-responder. I wanted to collect names so that I can email them of special offers (like coupon codes), or other sales based on the group I am marketing for. Would setting up a list in Outlook suffice?

    Thanks!
  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by adamcm View Post

    Hi all,

    From what i've read most people recommend the use of Aweber when you want to build a mailing list. Right now I believe that I only have 2 sites that would warrant building a mailing list, and am wondering if there were alternatives to Aweber that I can use with Wordpress. I've found a few through searching but was hoping others had some general recommendations.

    Ideally I want my mailing list to include members who want to be notified of various specials (or coupons) since my sites are predominately product based.

    Thanks for any help!
    Getresponse is a good alternative. However, if you cant make it work with aweber then I'm PRETTY sure its not the autoresponder that's lacking.

    Any questions just let me know
    Nick
  • Profile picture of the author Soozi
    I am glad this thread was started, I had the same question but now it's been answered, thanks guys
  • Profile picture of the author Mark A Stafford
    I actually moved my lists from Aweber to Profollow because of the 10,000 person limit before the next price increase vs 500 on Aweber.
    Don't get me wrong, Aweber is awesome. I just wanted to scale down my monthly expenses a little.

    I think that Profollow is the "generic" version of Aweber.
    Back-end interface looks kind of the same

    Good luck you guys! ~Mark A Stafford
  • Profile picture of the author ItsDubC
    Originally Posted by Anna Johnson View Post

    Mailchimp looks likely to become the 100 pound gorilla in this space (sorry, couldn't resist the pun). It has loads of great features (e.g. want to see who on your list also follows you on Twitter/Facebook?) and it's free if you have a list under 1,000.
    The drawback w/ Mailchimp is that they apparently have a strict policy against using their service for affiliate marketing. It's fine for promoting your own products, but be careful otherwise. Just an FYI.

    Originally Posted by AzSocialMedia View Post

    I think that Profollow is the "generic" version of Aweber.
    Back-end interface looks kind of the same
    Profollow is based on an older version of Aweber IIRC
  • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
    I have been looking at the same thing. I really hate the idea of paying any kind of monthly fee. After doing some Googling I found several free newsletter/ marketer /opt-in/opt-out softwares that you can run from your own machine. In other words they aren't hosted solutions. Either you upload em to your server or they actually run from your desktop.

    Since I'm running my own Windows server I was looking specifically for ASP based solutions because I really don't want to install PHP or MySQL on my machine. If you don't have those concerns then you choices should be even greater.

    BTW if you want to learn about running your own server I have some stuff on that at babblepfish.com. If your ISP is Comcast you probably can run your own web server and host your own web site.
  • Profile picture of the author SoundsGood
    Originally Posted by ItsDubC View Post

    The drawback w/ Mailchimp is that they apparently have a strict policy against using their service for affiliate marketing. It's fine for promoting your own products, but be careful otherwise.
    This is the only thing holding me back from using Mailchimp.
  • Profile picture of the author adamcm
    I just took a look at MailChimp and it looks great. I'm just wondering why anyone would use the Pay as you Go infrequent plans when they could use the free monthly service (provided they had less than 1,000 subscribers).
  • Profile picture of the author emmedi
    I have written a PROs/CONs mini-review about Aweber, Getresponse and iContact in this post

    http://www.warriorforum.com/internet...ml#post2801118

    In my opinion today Getresponse is not comparable to Aweber (they messed it up with the last edition, IMHO) but iContact is getting my thumbs up. It's not as fast as Aweber but it is much easier to deal with (think importing lists for instance).

    But in the post I wrote other info.

    Best,

    Marco
  • Profile picture of the author CityTiger
    I havent used anything other than Aweber as I find they provide everything I need and at a reasonable cost. However I have heard decent reports about GetResponse - that would probably be the first one I looked at if I were considering changing.
  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    Originally Posted by emmedi View Post


    iContact is getting my thumbs up. It's not as fast as Aweber but it is much easier to deal with (think importing lists for instance).
    iContact is what I am going to use with my clients just because of the importing feature alone! That's a huge thing for offline B&M business owners, IMHO.

    Thanks for the review, Marco

    Aiden Chong
  • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
    Check out Listwire. Very capable, feature packed......and free.
  • Profile picture of the author ruch1v
    I HIGHLY recommend profollow, it's the private label of aweber, but tons cheaper ($20/month for upto 10k people, and then $10 extra for every 10k after that)

    Ruchi
  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Walker
    Originally Posted by ItsDubC View Post

    Profollow is based on an older version of Aweber IIRC
    Profollow does not have the new advanced analytics functionality that Aweber added recently (actually, I don't remember when they added it... sometime in the last year or two).

    If you use those advanced analytics, then Aweber is the way to go. If you're not going to use the advanced analytics, then Profollow is a good alternative.

    In December Profollow will be upgraded to include the new advanced analytics package... and the pricing will be changing to match Aweber's pricing.

    People who are currently Profollow members, or who sign up before the change in December will have a choice... they can either:

    1) be grandfathered in with the current feature set and the current pricing

    or:

    2) switch to the new feature set and the new pricing


    If you sign up with Profollow AFTER the change in December, then you will get the new features, along with the new pricing.


    - Jeff

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