Do you use your own residential address on Aweber?

by ckbank
49 replies
Feel like it's a bit weird and creepy to know that total strangers will know my address.
#address #aweber #residential
  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    Absolutely not. I rent a PO box for that purpose.
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    • Profile picture of the author ckbank
      Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

      Absolutely not. I rent a PO box for that purpose.
      LOL. Didn't think so either. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author nav123
    I think there's nothing wrong sharing your address to Aweber as the company has been for quite some time. I don't think they want to do something bad to your address.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by nav123 View Post

      I think there's nothing wrong sharing your address to Aweber as the company has been for quite some time. I don't think they want to do something bad to your address.
      Bear in mind that the address you provide is the one that get's shown on every e-mail you send out in order to be compliant with the law.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by ckbank View Post

    Feel like it's a bit weird and creepy to know that total strangers will know my address.
    I've had a P.O. Box ever since I started with Aweber. There's no need for people to know where I live.

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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    PO Box...its standard.
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    If you don't even show the people that they can reach you, then why should they trust you or your business.
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    • Profile picture of the author ckbank
      Originally Posted by WeavingThoughts View Post

      If you don't even show the people that they can reach you, then why should they trust you or your business.
      Definitely, but they don't need to "reach me" at home. A person doesn't get a PO Box just to put it on a piece of paper. That will be your business address, and I would think you'd want to check the letters your business is getting.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmntv
    You can use a registered agent with a mail forwarding service and use the address they give you.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhmseoservices
    Why would you try to fake the system? If you point people to a no-where address how exactly did you want your business to be recognized online? How can you get a Google Places card by mail?
    To be honest - the more honest you are with your business related aspects the more beneficial it becomes for you as a credited business.
    And let's face it not many people really care where your located as long as you provide a service they need.
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    • Profile picture of the author ckbank
      Originally Posted by bhmseoservices View Post

      Why would you try to fake the system? If you point people to a no-where address how exactly did you want your business to be recognized online? How can you get a Google Places card by mail?
      To be honest - the more honest you are with your business related aspects the more beneficial it becomes for you as a credited business.
      And let's face it not many people really care where your located as long as you provide a service they need.
      What are you talking about? How's using address B instead of A faking the system?
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    How much does a P.O. Box typically cost?

    What about the forward mailing alternatives mentioned?

    Can agree with not wanting to have an address in an email sent to thousands.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael D Forbes
      Originally Posted by Simon Ashari View Post

      How much does a P.O. Box typically cost?

      What about the forward mailing alternatives mentioned?
      I pay something like $46 a year for the smallest P.O. Box. If you don't like using a P.O.Box 1234 style address, look into "Street Addressing" that USPS offers in many locations. That allows you to list your box as something like 1001 Broadway St #1234 instead.

      On another note...

      As for having your home address listed on every email you send out, think about it. Can you imagine the owner of your local McDonalds printing his home address on every receipt? Nah, didn't think so.

      There are a heap of good reasons to not have your residential address going out with your autoresponder messages.
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      • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
        Originally Posted by Michael D Forbes View Post

        I pay something like $46 a year for the smallest P.O. Box. If you don't like using a P.O.Box 1234 style address, look into "Street Addressing" that USPS offers in many locations. That allows you to list your box as something like 1001 Broadway St #1234 instead.

        On another note...

        As for having your home address listed on every email you send out, think about it. Can you imagine the owner of your local McDonalds printing his home address on every receipt? Nah, didn't think so.

        There are a heap of good reasons to not have your residential address going out with your autoresponder messages.

        That's quite cheap. I will begin to use a P.O. box from now on.

        You're absolutely right. I barely notice the address at the bottom of the email.

        If I wanted to harm someone, I would pay attention.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMSince2003
    I can't believe that people are advocating giving out your home address in the interest of transparency! Are you guys nuts? There's a LOT of crazy people out there. What purpose would it serve to point them to your front door? That's just plain idiotic and potentially dangerous.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vadimarket
    I use my rented apartment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Gray
    I use my UK address which is both my business address and my home address.

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  • Profile picture of the author critterman
    I never felt comfortable with putting my home address down I have a wife and kids and I don't want people to know where I live.. I just made an address up does anyone know if that is a bad thing? and if so why?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      I have had an account with Aweber for over 6 years and my home address goes on every email I have ever sent, which at this point is hundreds of thousands of them.

      I have never had a single incident, nobody has ever called me, written me, hunted me down or anything ever.

      The internet is a big place and every piece of information you have ever given anyone anywhere at anytime is available to anyone if you know where to look.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaizense
    Yup vote for a business address. That said many years ago came across some marketer who used it as a way of bonding and creating trust with his list. Basically to kind of solidify that he was a real dude who existed in the real world
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  • Profile picture of the author matchoo77
    PO Box all the way....all though when I first started I had my home address on there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I would not put my home address on. Some do, but unlikely bad things sometimes happen, unfortunately.
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  • Profile picture of the author YTuploadservice
    PO box here aswell.
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  • We use our PO Box as well. TOS from AW doesn't say you have to use your home address, nor does the canned spam act.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I’m not in the US. Many of my clients are from the US, but also from many other countries. It’s really impressing to see from how many countries people come to my sites. I love this global communication online.

    I don’t think that anyone would like to visit me here in Greece, but I give them my real address. On the other hand, I like to do everything in a legal way and follow the rules without hiding anything. I don’t like to hide myself.












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  • Profile picture of the author mikemeth
    Yes I use it, it's kinda against TOS not too, but there are ways around
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    • Profile picture of the author GuyDon
      Originally Posted by mikemeth View Post

      Yes I use it, it's kinda against TOS not too, but there are ways around
      Tell me how to..
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  • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
    Originally Posted by ckbank View Post

    Feel like it's a bit weird and creepy to know that total strangers will know my address.
    Get a PO Box, but keep in mind anyone can find you if they want these days.

    Other things you may want to keep in mind is zoning, not every home can claim to be an office.
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  • Profile picture of the author GuyDon
    I'm from India ,How can I get a US P.O address? is it possible? no body in US will not buy from me if they know im from India..
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    I use a P.O. Box and that seems acceptable.

    In the past I use to use my physical address everywhere,
    until one day I noticed that Google Maps not only showed
    where I lived, but if you clicked on the correct links, it
    even showed a photo of my wife's car in the driveway.

    That was sort of creepy, so I switched to using a P.O. Box.


    I also have a friend who had a customer/fan show up at
    her door unexpectedly. He just dropped by out of the blue,
    with no bad intentions, but she thought it was sort of creepy,
    so I recommend P.O. Boxes.

    When I was first trained in email marketing, I WAS told that
    using a physical address instilled greater confidence in potential
    customers. I'm not sure if that is true any more, but I don't
    worry about that since my name is already well-known after
    being in the business for 16 years. So, I prefer a P.O. Box
    since Aweber does append you address to every email sent.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chelsie1687
    Why on earth would you do that?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by critterman View Post

      I never felt comfortable with putting my home address down I have a wife and kids and I don't want people to know where I live.. I just made an address up does anyone know if that is a bad thing? and if so why?

      Thanks
      Uh, yeah - that's a bad thing. You can get booted from your AR service.

      On another note, it really seemed scary to me at first when I put an address down even though it was a PO box. Turns out I never got any completely awful emails and in fact I've had people send me nice postcards on occasional holidays.

      Not giving a proper address is just scummy. Think about it - if you signed up to someone elses AR service, and sent them a letter and it got returned to you would you not start thinking scam?

      It's silly bad practices like these that give IM a bad name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael D Forbes
    Simply using a P.O. Box is NOT hiding, and I can't really figure out why someone would think it is. It's simply an alternative way of receiving mail. Some people live far enough in the boonies (that's "country" to those that don't know) that a P.O. Box may be their only option.

    The concern people may feel for their privacy is very real though. This concern undoubtedly rises in proportion to your "fame". Can you imagine what would happen if Frank Kern were to send out his home address with every email? You KNOW there would be at least a couple people that would drop by to try to ask questions, get him to promote for them, want to have his baby, etc...

    Yes, if a snoopy person is determined, they can find out all kinds of things about us online, I prefer to not make their job any easier when possible. I have nothing to hide whatsoever, but I don't think the details of my private life (The car I drive, the assessed value of my home, etc) are anyone else's business at all.

    And again, if you think a physical address instills greater confidence, use street adressing for your P.O. Box or get a box from UPS or something, most of those are addressed as "suite xyz" or something like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author DarioMontesdeOca
    Personally, I use the address of a brick and mortar business owned and run by a close relative. I'm not trying to "hide" at all but your home is your home and you never know what kind of people are on your list that have easy access to that information.
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  • Profile picture of the author missmystery
    Question to everyone with a PO box here. Do you use a personal PO box, or a business one? Does it make any difference?
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Like all others, I make use of a paid P.O. box address for my Aweber account. You do not want someone stalking you or spamming you with snail mails, would you?
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  • Profile picture of the author betterwtveter
    It depends on your list. If it is a personal audience that regularly interacts with you, than you can use your own address, but if it is mass traffic that you are getting, than I recommend a PO Box
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    • Profile picture of the author ej2
      P.O. Box -around 50 bucks yearly

      ups store mailbox -around 125 bucks yearly

      keeping your identity safe -PRICELESS

      Never Use Your Home Address...
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  • Profile picture of the author markwilson4074
    Absolutely not. I rent a PO box for that purpose.
    Using a P.O. Box number might do the trick.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    I used to do that... and I did for many years, but after some baking, an angry customer, a troll phone call, and more, I decided to change my ways... and now use a PO Box..

    It doesn't matter if your the KING of cool, handing out your home address like candy, could always have an adverse affect... (it may not) but worth the chance? Nope

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  • Profile picture of the author brentb
    I know most of you email to lists like 500 subscribers, 3k subscribers, maybe even 15k subscribers. I have had the opportunity to email out to hundreds of thousands of people per month. I have seen death threats and things like that get mailed in.

    IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR SAFETY, NEVER PUT YOUR HOME ADDRESS!
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  • Profile picture of the author tomtommarketing
    I've had my PO box for 6 years. Best investment ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willing2Learn
    I'm currently using my home address because I don't have a P.O.Box and I have to have something but I'll be investing in one in a few weeks and will change it after that.
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