What Would Be the Best Free Alternative To Aweber

by Mike Williams 52 replies
It's a weird question I know. But some of my customers are flat broke. So I've been thinking about what someone could use to build their list that's free.

Any suggestions? Maybe some fancy use of Twitter?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick67
    I have a wierd question in return. If your clients are flat broke, then they can't pay you either! Why are you working with them?

    I think iContact is $9.95/mo.

    Rick
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
      Hey Mike,
      Most of the paid autoresponders have a free ad supported version as well. However It'd be the last thing I'd recommend to anyone as they could lose the new opt-ins to whatever ad is being carried. Surely they could afford a few bucks for a paid autoresponder for the first month? I know many discount for 30 days like emailaces.


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  • Profile picture of the author e-mail2u
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  • Profile picture of the author LB
    Getresponse has a free version: AutoResponder from GetResponse! - Free edition!!

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  • Profile picture of the author MeTellYou
    They might loose their list if they don't use a reliable autoresponder, but I am sure you all know that. If I was to use any free ones I would see if a weber or get response are good enough for me
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    • Profile picture of the author shekhar
      Let me tell you about a star performer who for some mysterious reason seldom or never got mention in List building discussion.

      They are 'Your Mailing List Providers.Com'

      Yourmailinglistprovider.com

      a.k.a. Ymlp.com

      I know they are star. In one of my sites, they help me build a list of 3000 subscriber within 3 month (for free of course

      You can trust them. It is a highly respectable company based in Belgium. There Page Rank of 7 only points to their credibility. Even their paid service is very economical.

      Highly recommended.
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      • Profile picture of the author nakmuay7
        Originally Posted by shekhar View Post

        Let me tell you about a star performer who for some mysterious reason seldom or never got mention in List building discussion.

        They are 'Your Mailing List Providers.Com'

        Yourmailinglistprovider.com

        a.k.a. Ymlp.com

        I know they are star. In one of my sites, they help me build a list of 3000 subscriber within 3 month (for free of course

        You can trust them. It is a highly respectable company based in Belgium. There Page Rank of 7 only points to their credibility. Even their paid service is very economical.

        Highly recommended.

        by far the best provider at the best value. totally kicks aweber in every aspect and its about a tenth of the price per month
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        • Profile picture of the author NoBSGuy
          Originally Posted by nakmuay7 View Post

          by far the best provider at the best value. totally kicks aweber in every aspect and its about a tenth of the price per month
          Well it`s hard figure out what you mean by cheaper then Aweber. It depends on various factors. I suggest to take a closer look at the prices to realize that Ymlp.com costs a lot more than Aweber.com in a wider range. Just compare the amount of monthly emails you are able to send:

          comparison:
          Aweber : unlimited emails to up to 500 subscribers -
          19$ monthly (after trial period)

          Ymlp: limited emails every month
          from 3.75 € (500 emails) to 100 € (100000 emails)

          Conclusion:
          Aweber lands not just one but two winning reasons to be far superior than Ymlp. But judge for yourself. Best example: now calculate 3 mailings a day to 20000 subscribers and you will see the difference
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Williams
    Thank you all! The typical high quality responses I've come to expect at here at the WF!
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  • Profile picture of the author girliemarketing
    I've never heard of ymlp. Do they offer unlimited campaigns?
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  • Profile picture of the author menkaur
    i recommend you try lists.iathao.com.

    it's an unlimited campaigns unlimited emails unlimited subscribeer unlimited everything free service. as far as i'm concerned, that's as good as it gets
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  • Profile picture of the author hamlak
    Originally Posted by Mike Williams View Post

    It's a weird question I know. But some of my customers are flat broke. So I've been thinking about what someone could use to build their list that's free.

    Any suggestions? Maybe some fancy use of Twitter?
    This should be it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
    Originally Posted by Mike Williams View Post

    It's a weird question I know. But some of my customers are flat broke. So I've been thinking about what someone could use to build their list that's free.

    Any suggestions? Maybe some fancy use of Twitter?
    if they're using WordPress, I wrote a post about a great plugin I found:
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketers.html
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    • Profile picture of the author MAV923
      I heard mailchimp was decent. Are you working for free? If they are flat broke how are they going to pay you?
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  • Profile picture of the author BH_Winchester
    I have to admit, I was skeptical about paying for Aweber - however after trying the $1 trial month; I've got to say I'm already amazed and normally I don't even do list email marketing. Yet I was able to create grand email lists and newsletters and rake in a fortune of it. After switching to Aweber it very quickly became one of my top profiting web tools
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    I used Mailchimp and while the chimp is cute and free is awesome, I found the interface bulky. I believe they don't allow affiliate links either.

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  • Profile picture of the author Underground SEO
    Don't go for a free one - they have many problems especially in terms of delivery rates.
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  • Profile picture of the author BingeSite
    Serious business should not use Free service for email marketing unless they have the expertise to set one up themselves. I can list 100 reasons for this but I'll give you some obvious ones.

    1. Free lists are most likely massively abused and therefore blacklisted by email delivery servers more often
    2. Even cheap email systems are very attractive to spambots. a spammer these days will not mind paying even 100$ a month to get a system and the cheap hosts will most likely be too late to detect their activity or even fail to ban them for the risk of loosing business. Short sighted of them but happens very often.

    3. Aweber is established. they are taking care of everything. Like someone mentioned , the biggest bargain is probably their professional tools. "ability to create..."

    4. Aweber is proven tool, oother may be good but obviously they are not able to beat aweber despite the pricing.

    5. Even if you were able to setup a free script for ALL your customers (I am guessing they all dont know what MX record is). the onus of maintenance is on you. Do you get blacklisted means the list stops working all together and drops to 10% deliverablity if at all.? Aweber is doing it for you. I get 1000 of email in spam even from some CB AMs but Aweber NEVER hits the spam.

    6. Dont take this wrong way, i am just a noob learner, but if your customers are flat broke you should email them to get a 2-3 hours job once a month to pay for Aweber as that is the only way they can get started.

    Heck thats what I did :/ today I run my own servers and hire my own people.

    however when I am experimenting with a new idea creation and want to save money, I use this twitter idea you mentioned but its a stop gap and I hate to use it in the interim .

    setup a twitter. Make at least 1 tweet. Then goto feedburner and add an rss. to it you give the URL to your own twitter.

    Then go to publicise tab in feedburner and activate email subscription. Now you can tweet your mailing list .

    hope it helps.

    Edit: I know this post is old, but I want to add so it might someone else searching.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Wright
    Personally a free autoresponder means your always at risk, ie losing your contacts, its like having a facebook fanpage with x amount of "likes" you can't actually control what happens and facebook could one day turn around and block your facebook account and you have no say about it! This I think is the same with a free autoresponder account, obviously if you are paying for a service you are always going to have say "unless you are like a spammer of course!"
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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      Some nice resources, Warriors. Good work.

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    • Profile picture of the author BingeSite
      Originally Posted by darylimjz View Post

      Wow, I'm surprised nobody brought ListWire up yet!

      Its a great, free autoresponder that has almost all the features a paid one has.

      ListWire
      Are you using this yourself? Do they include their own links and ads?

      I mean whats the catch, nothing is free really.

      Edit: I checked it out a bit more. When I go to sign up it seems the autoresponder will use their domain name? This looks good for training purposes.
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  • Profile picture of the author fbdevil
    Mailchimp definitely gets my vote as there the only one that I have found that can work with an api for more custom list building through software/websites etc. This way your have a little more freedom. The prices are just about identical, but imo MailChimp has way more features. I actually like the interface better as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryBurke
    Getresponse is free for the first 100 subscribers then you pay more as your list expands
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    I would give your customers a not so weird answer. If their interested in building a viable online business, you should never cut corners. Aweber is one tool I would never be without. If your not willing to invest a small amount of money into your business, tell them to get a 9 to 5 they are probably better suited for that.

    An email list is the best investment you can make for your business by far. This is where the main majority of your money will be made. If you cannot spend a small amount of money, to make a large amount of money.

    You have no business being an Internet marketer, or a small business owner for that matter.

    Be honest if they do not like your answer oh well. At least you were telling the truth. That is how I strongly feel, and I feel a lot of other marketers feel the same way.
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    • Profile picture of the author rts2271
      So wait, you want a free service for broke clients?
      Are you missing a key point about business? You are there to make money. If they do not have the money to start a business in the first place then perhaps you are doing them a disservice.
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      • Profile picture of the author plainwords
        I have to endorse the comments of those who question why you would be looking for a free autoresponder service for your clients who are broke. Certainly, it's a great thing to have kind and generous heart.

        But presumably you are doing this as a business? If so, there are two vital things to bear in mind. First, don't waste you time with clients who can't really afford your services. They will suck you dry, for no return, and you will never get anywhere with your own business.

        Second, start out with the best service that you can afford - whether it be autoresponders or anything else. People who start out cheap don't have any vision - they are dominated by fear and they are not likely to succeed. People with a big vision will be willing to pay a fair price for quality services.

        Sorry for the rant. If you really MUST have a freeautoresponder, go with Mailchimp until the list gets above 500. It's horribly unfriendly to use, though. The time you'll waste trying to figure out Mailchimp would be better spent with Aweber's beautiful, user-friendly interface.
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    is there any way so that i can use autoresponder script for my blog on bloggers
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    Originally Posted by Mike Williams View Post

    It's a weird question I know. But some of my customers are flat broke. So I've been thinking about what someone could use to build their list that's free.
    Do they have a website with PHP? If so, perhaps phplist may be worth a go.

    It's free. It keeps the list under their control too.
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  • Profile picture of the author grumpyjacksa
    1. constant contact offers a 60 day free trial

    time2respond allows you to have up to 50 subscribers for free - unlimited time period

    trafficwave.net has a 30 day free trial - no limits

    but the totally free ones add their own ads to your emails....

    so it distracts from your offer.

    just my 0.02c

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    • Profile picture of the author mcmahanusa
      Perhaps the poster, when he said his clients were broke, simply meant that they were operating on a tight budget. As are we all, right?

      For free, Listwire seems very good. Don't know about ymlp.com - yet.

      Profollow, the private label version of Aweber, for much less money per month than Aweber, offers a 30-day free trial. My suggestion would be that the OPs clients try the free trial, and at least one month of the paid subscription. At the end of that time, they certainly should be getting enough income to cover the cost. And they would have in place one of the most vital tools of marketing, without incurring the hassles that accompany changing from a free autoresponder to a paid one (i.e., having customers opt-in again).

      That's my .02. Now I'm going to take a look at ymlp.com
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  • Profile picture of the author anions
    1. Try aweber $1 subscription

    2. Mailchimp

    3. This guy shows how you can use feedburner and a wordpress blog to combine as a free autoresponder Link: Free Wordpress Autoresponder | Best of Blogger

    Another link: How to Use Feedburner as Autoresponder for Email Subscriptions ~ Make Money Faster! Online Blogging Tips, Articles,Essays, Tools, Advice, Coaching,Guide - Internet How to, What is, Why is that (site has a dhtml popup)
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    If a client does not have that much money...

    Start them in the best of the best free options so that later they don't find they have built a list in a untrusted, blacklisted, free, nightmare that they cannot get out of.

    Then once they get their list built up to the point that they exceed the free trial limits or the cheap plans at wherever they are just make sure that they are actually using their list to market and if they are then they would have easily added enough monthly revenue to cover the $10-$20 cost of going to the next level.

    As has been mentioned MailChimp is one of the best of the best for certain markets and you can have up to 500 subscribers for free...

    But there are also many top notch services with affordable starting points.

    For example iContact is just $10 per month for a small list. Analytic Approach is just $6 a month for up to 1000 emails sent. Getresponse is free for up to 100 subscribers.

    So often people get so confused trying to save $10 or $20 bucks that the end up loosing thousands in lost opportunity or bad decisions. So make sure they start where they most likely will want to stay.

    Focus on the marketing and everything else will fall in place.
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  • Profile picture of the author macchiavelli
    I would only reccomend paid email services because they are reliable.
    Lord forbid someone tries to sue the heck out of you due to spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    This site was made by a warrior and is free for at least up to 500 subscribers, as I read it. If you are getting more subscribers than that, shouldn't you be making enough money from the list to start paying a bit?

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  • Profile picture of the author Trieu
    If you want to take your business seriously, dont go free. If you want a chepaer alternative to Aweber or getresponse go for profollow which is basically the same as aweber
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  • Profile picture of the author shern20
    you can try out simplycast.com i believe they allow up to 750 subscribers for free and anything above that is very affordable.
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  • Profile picture of the author nelsencaleb
    I am interested in a free email alternative that works with wordpress. Any recommendations? Sorry if you call this thread pirating.
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  • Profile picture of the author nelsencaleb
    Hey everyone, I just signed up for the $1 trial for aweber, I'm probably going to keep it if I make some good money soon or cancel it at the end of the month. It's unbelievably user-friendly and I had it set up in less than 8 minutes, after that I just experimented with stuff so I could master the interface. Highly recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author eleary
    I would say that usually you get what you pay for. I haven't tried the free versions. But from everything I have heard/read, you will get sent to the spam box a lot more often; which in effect makes it useless! I use AYL (Automate your List) I think they are a very good alternative to Aweber and cheaper, especially in the long run.

    If they are looking for totally free, I would suggest they work on Facebook. Eventually the FB email will be the way we all do it - but for now, you can advise them to get a following that they can "sell" to
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    • Profile picture of the author kyraward
      Aweber is by far the best autoresponder out there. SPAM is nothing to play around with for legal/ethical reasons. Aweber is a trusted name.
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      • Profile picture of the author dutchguy
        A big customer of my previous company was using ymlp.com (paid version). This was working correctly . So it would also be my first choice for small or medium sized e-mail list because it does the job and it's much cheaper then aweber.
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  • Profile picture of the author cb1803
    Generally free services are not reliable. iContact provides awesome service at a reasonable cost.
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    • Profile picture of the author joekoffi
      Originally Posted by cb1803 View Post

      Generally free services are not reliable. iContact provides awesome service at a reasonable cost.
      You are right. Their mails often get trapped by most spam filters
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  • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
    iContact is free up to 500 subscribers. I think they are great!
    I would highly recommend them. Very easy to use and easy to export and import contacts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zaheera
    nice post.... having too much FREE Autoresponder information . rather than Aweber.

    But i recommend Aweber is the best, either it is paid.
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  • Profile picture of the author NelsonSanabria
    Mailchimp been working for me...I know its an olf post but had to throw out what ive usef and worked pretty good!
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  • Profile picture of the author peterso
    +1 for Aweber with my personal experience and easy of use. I was using getresponse earlier, but quit by seeing the professionalism of Aweber.
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