Do I really need a website for my specific business plan?

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Here is my business plan;

Use Fresh Member to create membership sites (so the sites would be my websites)
Use LeadPages to create squeeze pages
Use aWeber for my email list
Use social media to blog, promote affiliate offers, share content, and get traffic (Facebook Pages, and Twitter)

I plan on having multiple membership sites/FB pages/lists, etc., one for each of my niches, starting with one until I get it up and running then set up the next, so I won't be overwhelmed with too much).

I don't see why I need a separate website/domain to achieve my goals.

So my question is, with aWeber I need a paid email address but since I don't have an actual domain or website, how could I get one? When I signed up for aWeber I thought it gave you an email address since it is an email system, but apparently not.

Does anyone else here use aWeber (or similar service) but not have a website?
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  • Profile picture of the author rritz
    I don't know Fresh Member ... if you create a site with them is it hosted on their server or your server?
    As I see it you are trying to completely rely on third party services. So what happens to your business if fresh member server is down, if your account gets closed for any reason ... etc?
    There's nothing wrong with getting hosting for a couple of bucks a month and setting up at least a wp blog
    If you really don't want to do that go and borrow an email address from someone who owns a domain.
    Using a free email like gmail can affect your email campaigns regarding deliverability
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by rritz View Post

      I don't know Fresh Member ... if you create a site with them is it hosted on their server or your server?
      As I see it you are trying to completely rely on third party services. So what happens to your business if fresh member server is down, if your account gets closed for any reason ... etc?
      I will still have my email list though, so if Fresh Member happened to go down, I would just email everyone telling them where the new member area would be. I doubt Facebook would go down, that's mainly where I'd be doing stuff.

      There's nothing wrong with getting hosting for a couple of bucks a month and setting up at least a wp blog
      I just spent over $200 on getting a site! I hate WP so i'm using the built in site builder, but as i'm building it I am realizing it is pointless, i can only have 5 pages on it with the package I got, and all I would be doing with it is giving links to the FB page and membership site. I don't need a blog, I was just going to post my stuff on the FB page.

      If you really don't want to do that go and borrow an email address from someone who owns a domain.
      But that wouldn't have my domain name, that wouldn't be very professional.

      Using a free email like gmail can affect your email campaigns regarding deliverability
      Yeah that's why I am trying to figure out how to get one without having a website too. Isn't there a paid email service that only gives you an email address, nothing else?
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      • Profile picture of the author rritz
        I thought you just wanted an email address to use for aweber? Seems to me you are complicating matters for yourself a bit here

        Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

        I just spent over $200 on getting a site!
        So where was this site hosted??
        In order to have an email address you just need a hosting plan and a domain, and with that domain you will be able to set up your own email address with your domain name in it. You don't need to build a website at all, let alone 5 websites. Hosting plus domain can be less than 2 bucks a month. The hosting quality wouldn't even matter much if you are only using email.

        Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

        But that wouldn't have my domain name, that wouldn't be very professional.
        If you don't have a domain then you can NEVER have an email address with your domain name in it!

        Where did you build this site for 200 bucks on? If it was your own domain then you can have your own email address for aweber too.

        If you don't have a domain, you will need some other email address. What does it matter for aweber what domain that address is on? People look at the FROM NAME, not the email address.

        Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

        Yeah that's why I am trying to figure out how to get one without having a website too. Isn't there a paid email service that only gives you an email address, nothing else?
        I don't know of one, google for it.
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        • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
          Originally Posted by rritz View Post

          I thought you just wanted an email address to use for aweber? Seems to me you are complicating matters for yourself a bit here
          I do want an email address for aWeber but that's only part of my business plan, I also want to build membership sites.

          So where was this site hosted??
          Hostgator.

          In order to have an email address you just need a hosting plan and a domain, and with that domain you will be able to set up your own email address with your domain name in it. You don't need to build a website at all, let alone 5 websites. Hosting plus domain can be less than 2 bucks a month. The hosting quality wouldn't even matter much if you are only using email.
          It just seems like a waste of $200 to only have an email address. aWeber also needs to know the name of my website so I thought I kinda had to make one?

          If you don't have a domain, you will need some other email address. What does it matter for aweber what domain that address is on? People look at the FROM NAME, not the email address.
          I do have the domain, through Hostgator. I just haven't finished building the website yet because that's one area i was never good at, even with a simple drag and drop editor. And it doesn't matter for aWeber what domain the address is on, I just NEED a domain to have an email address. I know they see the from name, but aWeber says your emails will end up in spam folders if you are using a free one which is why I need a paid one.
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    • Profile picture of the author ProducerK
      Originally Posted by Mariaparkar View Post

      In today's world of cyberspace, a website is very essential for the business.
      I think this is only half true, it really depends what niche your in.

      I, for one, have a large customer base and Rolodex of people I work with.

      I stay in constant communication with them to discuss their needs and am always looking for opportunities.

      That one business I work in, I have no website, nor do I need one due to being able to build strong relationships with people.

      A website is really only need to inform people about your product/service and to try and generate leads/sales.

      By no means do I think its a necessity, but I am sure other people would disagree.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robsn
    Basically you don't need a separate website or blog to be able to rock it with your business plan. Nevertheless I do suggest getting at least a domain, which is $10 and a professional email for that domain. You have two options here. Either you go with a hosting plan from like namecheap or hostgator and create a professional email that way, or you simply buy a professional email from like google with your domain, which is like $5 per month...

    I do suggest getting a namecheap hosting plan, which is very cheap for the first year! It's still under $10 for the first year and $36 for the following year.

    A professional email is always better than a @gmail or @hotmail or whatever email...
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by Robsn View Post

      Basically you don't need a separate website or blog to be able to rock it with your business plan. Nevertheless I do suggest getting at least a domain, which is $10 and a professional email for that domain. You have two options here. Either you go with a hosting plan from like namecheap or hostgator and create a professional email that way
      I already have an email address through Hostgator, but it certainly wasn't just $10, my bill came to around $200!

      or you simply buy a professional email from like google with your domain, which is like $5 per month...
      I bought my domain through Hostgator already though, so if i cancel my hosting account, i will lose my domain name. How do you get a professional email from google?
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      • Profile picture of the author rritz
        Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

        I already have an email address through Hostgator, but it certainly wasn't just $10, my bill came to around $200!



        I bought my domain through Hostgator already though, so if i cancel my hosting account, i will lose my domain name. How do you get a professional email from google?
        You can still keep the domain even if you cancel your hostgator account ... you'd have to transfer the domain to a new registrar and if it was a free domain you got with the hosting you'll just have to pay for a year registration.

        I usually register domains through namecheap although you can use any service you like and get a good deal on.

        I usually have domain and hosting on two different services. So, domain is with namecheap, hosting is somewhere else.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdallen
    Where are all these membership sites hosted??
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by mdallen View Post

      Where are all these membership sites hosted??
      I didn't create them yet, but the site is called Fresh Member, you can have an unlimited number of membership sites there.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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    Get an account at fastmail.com or any other email service. You can set up unlimited email aliases.

    No - it's NOT free. Nothing worth using, is.

    I am not an affiliate.

    Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author whitecap
    How do you intend to get the traffic? Without that, the rest of the plan wont matter much.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaiaGoddess
      Originally Posted by whitecap View Post

      How do you intend to get the traffic? Without that, the rest of the plan wont matter much.
      Through Facebook mostly, I plan on using all of Chris Farrell's free traffic strategies like posting in groups, putting my link anywhere I can put it, also having Lead Pages sites. That's what I will do for all of my other niches but for my main one (festivals) i already know where i'll get everyone, a lot of them are my friends on FB already and the rest post in festival groups and event discussion pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    I think a blog or site its very good because you can build an email list fast and you can have a good relation with your customers because they will trust you more if you have a blog this show them that you are an expert in the field
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    • Profile picture of the author ProducerK
      Originally Posted by spartan14 View Post

      I think a blog or site its very good because you can build an email list fast and you can have a good relation with your customers because they will trust you more if you have a blog this show them that you are an expert in the field
      If you do decide to run a blog, it would probably help if your posts were not just one massive run on sentence as well. People enjoy reading posts that have some level of sentence structure.
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Originally Posted by ProducerK View Post

        If you do decide to run a blog, it would probably help if your posts were not just one massive run on sentence as well. People enjoy reading posts that have some level of sentence structure.
        Great. Just what we need. Punctuation police on forum posts by people from another country.

        Oh, the humanity.

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  • Profile picture of the author thatkeywordguy
    Originally Posted by GaiaGoddess View Post

    with aWeber I need a paid email address but since I don't have an actual domain or website, how could I get one?
    I'm not sure if this is true anymore.

    I've been with Aweber for several years. And they used to "strongly recommend" this. And say this a lot.

    But:
    • I've used Aweber using a regular gmail address.
    • I've used Aweber using a server email address.

    I never saw any difference at all.

    I think this is an artifact of a time in which antispam filters were more naive.
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