How to build list for free

by true900 Banned
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Ok could someone tell me some good auto responders for free? so i can start list building. also any recommndations?

thanks.
#build #free #list
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  • Profile picture of the author Kauzmo
    This was a topic yesterday as well.

    HERE is the thread for that. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    While starting your list is great step in building your business, I would go with AWeber $1 first month/$19 mth after. As you and your business grows your going to want have a professional auto-responder to automate your messages to your list.

    I personally haven't tried any of the free AR's but I have heard mention that it's nearly impossible to import your list successfully after it's established without having to get your subscribers to re-optin and re-confirm their subscription, which can have a major impact on the number of subscribers you've worked hard to get.

    Another words, if you are planning to stay with this, and you are focused on building a solid list, it's advisable to go with an inexpensive paid service. This way after you build your list to a decent number, you won't have to worry about the pain it is to import them to a new/paid AR service.

    Hope that helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author TheInternet
    I don't know whether I should bump that thread with this or post here. I'll go with here. One person on the thread said you can't do affiliate marketing with MailChimp, but you can within certain constraints. I e-mailed them for clarification: MailChimp and Affiliate Marketing

    Summary:
    We can support affiliate content if the following is in place:

    All email addresses are confirmed through a double opt-in process that the recipient initiates.
    • Permission can’t be assumed.
    • The affiliate content is placed to compliment traditional newsletter content. The affiliate content can’t be the sole focus, or drive the sole focus, of the message.
    We exchanged a few more e-mails to clarify some things.

    Q: By double opt-in, do you mean using the subscribe form and confirming
    with the link in the confirmation e-mail?

    A: This is correct.

    Q: I’d be sending out content series and information about upcoming posts. Are you making a distinction between content and affiliate marketing?

    For example, sending a guide on WordPress theme frameworks, and including a (marked) affiliate link to a few I’ve seen in use.

    A: This sounds fine as well, noting the focus is on newsletter content and complimented by the affiliate reference.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    I consider list building the most important aspect of building your online business and it took me forever to piece all the components together to do it, that is why once I got it all together, I give it away for free to other newbies so they don't have to struggle like I did to get started.

    Having tried many free and not free services, I ended up with aweber which is the one most experts recommend anyway.

    I ended up with aweber because it had more features, was easier to use for me, and has great help and training for newbies, like how to increase open rates, how to put a sign up box on facebook, lots of free templates and great analytics.

    Since I got all this information about aweber (and other things you need to know to build a list) I created a list getting 3-5 signups a day with a 75% conversion rate in just about a month.

    So my advice to you is to look at a lot of services during the free or low cost trials and decide. It might be worth a little money to save a lot of headaches.

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  • Profile picture of the author Doug Taylor
    I also have tried several different autoresponders ( both free and paid) and have ended up using Aweber.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeavery10
    I am doing great with InfusionSoft dot com. Its really strong and full with many useful options which you may need. I am very happy with its service.
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    • Profile picture of the author JVManna
      Free autoresponders cost you more than what you might think:
      • Service - You get what you pay for...
      • Email Reputation - How good do you think their email reputation if there is no barrier to their service?
      • Trust - If your email list gets hacked or marketed to in an unauthorized way, how will that look on you?
      • Expertise - Are they employing the best and brightest to support your email marketing needs?
      • Support - Look, problems will happen. Do you have a customer-focused support team who has your back?

      I think the likes of iContact, MailChimp and AWeber are great solutions for starters that can build up their list reliably and affordably. Once they get too large and business needs mature, there are bigger and better solutions available, too.


      Originally Posted by mikeavery10 View Post

      I am doing great with InfusionSoft dot com. Its really strong and full with many useful options which you may need. I am very happy with its service.
      Thanks! I'm happy you are loving the service. However, I want to be crystal-clear about this for the purpose of this thread. Infusionsoft is not intended for starters. We are perfect for businesses who are comfortable with email marketing, CRM/sales and eCommerce functions. This means that they are feeling the pain of a growing business like "too much work to do" and too many opportunities you're passing up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by true900 View Post

    Ok could someone tell me some good auto responders for free? so i can start list building. also any recommndations?
    Yes ... GetResponse is free for your first 100 subscribers. That's enough to get off to a good start. And they're a reliable, well-established company with high deliverability.

    Some autoresponder companies are just "permanently free" and many Warriors have had various disasters by using their services. This is very, very high-risk and it's really worthwhile avoiding it, for all the reasons explained here.

    Your list is perhaps your business's single most valuable asset. Be very careful whose services you rely on, not only for building and using it, but for its safekeeping, security, accessibility, transportability and so on. Read terms of service very, very carefully indeed. "Choosing an autoresponder" is one of the few things in internet marketing over which it's amazingly helpful to make the right decision the first time you make it, rather than the second. It really matters, partly because the potential future downside of getting it wrong can be difficult to envisage.

    Specifically, if you're planning to "start with a free autoresponder with a view to moving somewhere else/better later on", then you'd certainly be very well advised to think again: it doesn't work that way, and there are reasons for that (explained, among other places, in the thread linked to just above).
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Jasonmona View Post

      www.sendfree.com Free Autoresponder Also doubles up as a Free targeted email advertising tool for you! You get to place Free Ads in other Member's Autoresponders!
      And they get to place them in yours!

      It's a spamfest, in other words. :rolleyes:

      How professional will that look? Do you imagine anyone actually opens these emails after about the first week?

      Originally Posted by Jasonmona View Post

      www.freeautobot.com Free Autoresponder with absolutely no advertisement but no export facility Use this for small lists but the moment your list crosses 500, shift to a professional one
      How, if there's "no export facility"?! :confused: :p :rolleyes:

      These are exactly the type of considerations I'm warning against in post #9 above, and among the many reasons why you shouldn't use a "free autoresponder".

      Call me a skepchick, but free autoresponders are nonsense. They're either based on a non-viable business model or they'll spam your customers to death with their links (because they have to make money somehow and one way or another you'll pay it for it with your open-rates, lack of security, loss of customers and so on). They come and go all the time, and you should have nothing to do with them, let alone entrusting your business's most valuable asset to them!
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      • Profile picture of the author barbling
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Call me a skepchick, but free autoresponders are nonsense. They're either based on a non-viable business model or they'll spam your customers to death with their links (because they have to make money somehow and one way or another you'll pay it for it with your open-rates, lack of security, loss of customers and so on). They come and go all the time, and you should have nothing to do with them, let alone entrusting your business's most valuable asset to them!
        Totally totally TOTALLY agree.

        I would never ever use a free autoresponder; every message I send I want to focus on *my* business and not anyone elses!

        I have no problem with saving money in business, mind you...but some things are worth investing.

        Like building your list with a professional autoresponder. Besides, it's a business expense and so is tax-deductible too.

        Hope that helps!
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


        Call me a skepchick,

        Skepchick! :p
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  • Profile picture of the author kenomen
    If you want to build a real business, you'll have to spend (Invest) money. As in the real world, you can't setup a business with no money.

    I would't put my business in the hands of a "free autoresponder" company. Aweber is not that expensive, $1 trial and $19 per month to start. It's a low investment for a business startup.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Wow, thanks for this thread and Alexa Smith's link to the explanation of why a free autoresponder is a bad idea! I had just spent a half-hour or so this morning setting up a free autoresponder account, form and messages and installing the form on my page...traffic has gotten to the point where I'm having trouble keeping up with the signups. But then I read this thread and the linked post...and feel that I dodged a bullet.

    I've immediately removed the free autoresponder form (which had an ugly image from the company and distracting information about themselves which had stopped me from using the service earlier) and put the old manual one back up...I feel like I've totally avoided a serious mistake thanks to you guys.

    I'll have a look at aweber. Maybe that's a better fit.
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  • Profile picture of the author RandySeet
    There are quite a number of free services out there where it stated you can have up to a number of lists.

    Please read the fine print before you use any of them.

    Do you have the control of your list and who own it?

    Do you have any business plan for the next 30 days?

    If Yes I suggest you to sign up for Aweber $1 trial where you will be able to recoup back your investment.

    2cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Kage
    You could try Interspire, it will only cost you once but then it's free. You have to set it up though.
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