Build list from personal e-mail / Mailchimp with purchased lists?

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{Advice} Another newbie question - Can I send an e-mail to my personal e-mail list telling them about the launch of my new blog and asking them to opt-in or does that violate CAN-SPAM?

Also, does buying a list really work? If I purchase a niche list, i.e. stay-at-home-Moms, and e-mail to them, will I end up on a spam list?

I heard Mailchimp doesn't let you use purchased lists and that's what I'm using with my Wordpress site.


Thanks for any advice you're willing to share.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by Mompreneur Ink View Post

    {Advice} Another newbie question - Can I send an e-mail to my personal e-mail list telling them about the launch of my new blog and asking them to opt-in or does that violate CAN-SPAM?
    Yes, sending an announcement to your own personal contact list is fine. By definition, you have a "pre-existing relationship."

    Originally Posted by Mompreneur Ink View Post

    Also, does buying a list really work? If I purchase a niche list, i.e. stay-at-home-Moms, and e-mail to them, will I end up on a spam list?
    About the only people who will tell you this works (and I've no doubt some will) are the ones selling said lists. Most of the ones you see offered are either very tired co-registration lists or lists scraped from WAHM sites and such.

    Even if you avoid the blacklists, the method isn't really effective.

    If you want to try acquired lists, you'd be better off buying good solo ads or ads in ezines related to your field. Subscriber lists from mainstream magazines, rented through a professional list broker are another possibility.

    The best tactic with that type of list isn't a straight up offer. It's a two step approach offering valuable information in exchange for subscribing to your house list. Once they do that, you have permission to contact them multiple times until the unsubscribe.

    Originally Posted by Mompreneur Ink View Post

    I heard Mailchimp doesn't let you use purchased lists and that's what I'm using with my Wordpress site.
    What does Mailchimp have to say on the matter? Rather than listening to strangers on a forum, why not ask Mailchimp if what you want to do will fly with them?
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    1.) Can you email your already built up list and send them to your blog? Sure why not?

    2.) Can you purchase an email list that you didn't build yourself and email them? NO!

    If you do not want to spam people or waste your money doing so, it is best for you to build your list from scratch.

    Purchasing a list of email addresses without naturally building it is one of the worst mistakes you can make.
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  • Profile picture of the author markeeter
    The blog announcement is good to go. (as others have already said )

    Buying a list is a bad idea. Trust me, because I have learned this from experience. Any sort of traffic that you buy is in most cases going to be crappy. The likes or the email list you buy don't genuinely care about your product. They have been bought for money. How can one expect them to buy anything or even promote it?

    Build your list genuinely, and with a little hard work. It isn't going to be very difficult to do it either!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kingshouse
      As long as the list is yours (built with the permission of those on it) you can tell them what you want. These are your followers.

      Building a list can be a lot of work but it does work.

      Think of it this way. If you send people straight to your sales page only a small portion if at all will buy particularly if they do not even know who you are. Would you buy sonething for say $97 from a total stranger online?

      Anyway it works in the sense that you build a list and build a relationship with the people on that list and then 'sell' something that will help them in their online endeavours.

      I would advise against 'buying a list'. How have the names on this list ome about?

      Think of yourself sending emails to people who have never heard of you before. Do you think they will shout SPAM! I do.

      This list would be worthless excepyt you qualify them.

      You might have to clear what you mean by "...purchased lists and that's what I'm using with my Wordpress site".

      I hope this helps.

      Will D Kingshouse
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    • Profile picture of the author Mompreneur Ink
      Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author ninosem
    - Can I send an e-mail to my personal e-mail list telling them about the launch? Yes...

    - Does buying a list really work? If I purchase a niche list, and e-mail to them? NO!
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