Do you back up your AR (Auto Responder) email list regularly?

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So I'm wondering, since our list is the lifeblood of our business, do you guys back up your list regularly?

I do every so often, but how about you?

Started a 30 day poll:

Enter your habits
#auto #back #backup #list #regularly #responder
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun OReilly
      I mainly use a self-hosted autoresponder and with it I
      have a cron job set-up to back-up my list database
      every day.

      Lists are the most important asset in my business so I
      look after the subscribers and the database too.

      I heard an old mentor say that he took the most recent
      copy of his list to a safety deposit box at the end of
      every week.

      If you're using a third-party autoresponder service like
      AWeber, then back-up your lists regularly - weekly at
      minimum.

      Dedicated to mutual success,

      Shaun
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      • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
        Not NEARLY as often as I should...

        I better do it today, while I'm thinking about it. And set up a regular schedule.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bio Emma
        Originally Posted by Shaun OReilly View Post

        I mainly use a self-hosted autoresponder and with it I
        have a cron job set-up to back-up my list database
        every day.
        I do the same as above.

        My list is much too valuable to leave in the hands of another person/company (ie., Aweber and/or GetResponse).

        In lieu, I forked out the cash to have a self-hosted autoresponder installed onto my dedicated server. The main difference between myself and Shaun? I have a cron job set up to backup my list database every 12 hours.

        Unfortunately, I need to make a decision now: either cut it back to every 24 hours, or purchase a bigger dedicated server that can handle multiple lists (that are rather large -- XX,XXX people each) being backed up every 12 hours.

        I think it is definitely worth the money to protect the list.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ellrose
          Great question. I don`t backup but sorta knew that I should be doing it.One more thing to put off in favor of chasing more leads.
          I think I`m gonna change that right now!
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        • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
          Originally Posted by Bio Emma View Post

          I do the same as above.

          My list is much too valuable to leave in the hands of another person/company (ie., Aweber and/or GetResponse).

          In lieu, I forked out the cash to have a self-hosted autoresponder installed onto my dedicated server. The main difference between myself and Shaun? I have a cron job set up to backup my list database every 12 hours.

          Unfortunately, I need to make a decision now: either cut it back to every 24 hours, or purchase a bigger dedicated server that can handle multiple lists (that are rather large -- XX,XXX people each) being backed up every 12 hours.

          I think it is definitely worth the money to protect the list.
          Why not have the old file deleted? I keep 5 of the freshest old backups and each time a new one comes in the 6th one gets deleted.
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      • Profile picture of the author Godmode
        Originally Posted by Shaun OReilly View Post

        I mainly use a self-hosted autoresponder and with it I
        have a cron job set-up to back-up my list database
        every day.

        Lists are the most important asset in my business so I
        look after the subscribers and the database too.

        I heard an old mentor say that he took the most recent
        copy of his list to a safety deposit box at the end of
        every week.

        If you're using a third-party autoresponder service like
        AWeber, then back-up your lists regularly - weekly at
        minimum.

        Dedicated to mutual success,

        Shaun
        Mind sharing the name of your self-hosted responder. I want to move my list over to a self-hosted vs aweber.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    I back up to external flash every evening. Learned the hard way once.
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Stembridge
      I've been doing mine once a month, guess I should heed the lessons of others and begin to do it more often
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      • Profile picture of the author madzstar
        Same as Mr Stembridge. about once a month but havnt for a whole month now
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyBabb
    I backup mine sporadically every few months. If I have a good surge of subscribers I will go in and back it up. I do need to do it more often and will be adding a reminder in my task program.
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  • Profile picture of the author dylan4f
    I have never done that, but it seams I should start to back up it
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    About backing up AWeber email lists or even self-hosted lists, does the backup include information regarding where they were in the autoresponder sequence?
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  • Profile picture of the author threezerozero
    never done it until today. i'll have to start doing it regularly.

    for those with Aweber here's the link on how to do it:

    https://help.aweber.com/entries/2168...nd-subscribers
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshster
    Ooh, Looks like this thread reminded a few people to backup their subscriber lists!

    Glad I posted it

    Cheers,
    Josh
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  • Profile picture of the author AigulErali
    Yes, I do it at least once per month
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