Thoughts on Building an Email List

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Hello Warriors,

I am currently in the process of doing two different "projects". One, is my first membership website. The other is I'm setting up a property management company.

Anyway. For the both of these I hope to build an email list. Specifically for the membership site, I want a decent amount of subscribers before it launches, so I can send out an email to all my subscribers like the day before release to remind them.

Now. I am currently with aWeber. However, I am not getting enough subscribers to warrant the cost per month. In addition, I don't really like their opt-in form styles. Who does the best/most professional looking opt-in forms?

I'm thinking on going with MailChimp, just because it's free until I get to the stage of actually being worth my while paying.

Any advice would be great
#building #email #list #thoughts
  • Profile picture of the author actionplanbiz
    i use optimizepress and their opt-in form style saved me a lot of work when i realized the default forms of pretty ugly (getresponse).

    dont know much about funnelkit. but a lot of friends like it. if i remember correctly the opt in button is clean and the overall form looked good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    It all depends on what route you want to go with your business... learn to create your own forms or hire someone who creates professional ones for you. Other similar services to Aweber also have pretty much the same opt in forms, which yes, are pretty cookie cutter. So I would suggest taking your time to create your own.

    Learn a little bit about design because you'll also have to create reports (if this is the route you are going) or find someone that is goo at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
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    I just made a post on this earlier this morning - Instead of copy/pasting the whole thing - here check this out:

    How to build an email list

    NOT trying to hijack this thread, just think you'll find it useful.

    Hope this helps

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    And one more thing...

    There are a lot of ways to go bout it, some free ways also, but the main thing is that you apply the work and create something. Even if it's not beautiful... as long as it works. You'd be surprised that sometimes ugly works better than a beautiful designed opt in box or even website. I say this because I clicked on your link and it leads to a blank page. Something you need to fix quick.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Yes you don't have to use Awebers style you can make your own with there numbers. The optins are coded with numbers.

    Use lead rocket or gururotating. They are two i use and enjoy.

    As far as AR companies I'm not a fan since I love self hosted but if I had to pick it would be getresponse and not mailchimp by any means. I have did numerous tests and mailchimp did the worst is spam to inbox ratio. Aweber a close second and Getresponse next but my self hosted did the best overall.
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    • Profile picture of the author CliffUK
      Originally Posted by hustlinsmoke View Post

      As far as AR companies I'm not a fan since I love self hosted but if I had to pick it would be getresponse and not mailchimp by any means. I have did numerous tests and mailchimp did the worst is spam to inbox ratio. Aweber a close second and Getresponse next but my self hosted did the best overall.
      I agree. If you 'self-host' your list you get complete management control over it and you don't inadvertantly stash away all your valuable data with these other AR hosts - some of which have had major issues recently - which can massively affect the responsiveness of your list i.e. the value of your data. It is also not an additional cost to you now, or ever (so long as your self-hosting package is upgraded as you grow to always be up to the job).

      Good luck building your lists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Fuhrman
    No matter who you use it does not take much to create your own look for your opt in so don't worry about how forms look. Also it has been proven and tested over and over that what you may consider "ugly" does a great job of getting opt ins. Right now is kind of a hard time to be recommending any service since aweber and get response are having major problems. But when they come out of it I have a feeling they will be safer from these types of attacks than other services who have not received these kind of attacks yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    Well what you need an autoresponder service is to collect emails so you can communicate with your list. Aweber is my recommendation. You do not have to create your own sign up form through them however. You can create your own landing page, this of course you need your own landing page, and to design it I recommend you use a plugin called OptimizePress from their you can connect Aweber.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlamae
    I just got funnel kit, but I haven't used it yet...I just looked around in the back and it looks like there are a lot of customization options for the forms...including adding video or a photo.
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