Is sharing your Aweber a good idea?

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I am going to start building a new list soon and me and my friend have decided to share our Awber account to cut the costs. Now I am not sure if this is a good idea or not. I am scared that in the future if he decides to stop paying for Awber, the account will shut down and I'll lose my list. Also, he is planning on building lists targeted to different niches, so I am not sure if that will look good to my list. Also, there is a possibility that he sends an email to the wrong list, he is not so good with computers and the internet so I am not sure if he will know what he's doing.

Is this a good idea or not?
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  • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
    why not

    if your friend run away than you just pay for yourself.

    and change the pass word
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Holmes
    Originally Posted by BigNate View Post

    Is this a good idea or not?
    If you don't mind putting your financial future in someone else's hands, sure - go ahead.

    But anyone who cannot do the work needed to have your list paying for your autoresponder within a few months isn't really interested in creating their own online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    It doesn't sound like you trust him not to screw things up, so I would definitely say no.

    There are other options out there if money is his number one concern (which of course it shouldn't be.) Mad Mimi, for example, has a free option for up to 2,500 subscribers, but does not include support. It's not as robust as AWeber, but it will get him started.
    https://madmimi.com/service_agreements/signup/48
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  • Profile picture of the author vaidab
    I'd recommend you use Mailchimp or another service *until* you make enough money to pay for Aweber. Build your business organically, not by *investing into the *best products or you'll just end up losing money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by BigNate View Post

      I am going to start building a new list soon and me and my friend have decided to share our Awber account to cut the costs. Now I am not sure if this is a good idea or not.
      It's not.

      You need to own/lease and control your own autoresponder service on your own.

      (I'll be surprised if Aweber's TOS even actually allow what you suggest, but I haven't checked.)

      Originally Posted by vaidab View Post

      I'd recommend you use Mailchimp or another service *until* you make enough money to pay for Aweber.
      I recommend that you don't.

      "Switching autoresponders" tends to be a nightmare and a disaster.

      I'd strongly suggest that you start off where you intend to remain long-term, with either GetReponse (first month free, then $15 per month) or Aweber (first month $1, then $20 per month). You only need to cover $20 in two months, to pay for Aweber. It isn't a "business" at all, if you don't make $20 in two months. The costs of getting going, with email marketing, are astonishingly low.

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    • Profile picture of the author John Pagulayan
      Originally Posted by vaidab View Post

      I'd recommend you use Mailchimp or another service *until* you make enough money to pay for Aweber. Build your business organically, not by *investing into the *best products or you'll just end up losing money.
      If he's planning to use Getreponse then this is a good idea.

      I don't think Aweber allows single opt in for email transfers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    decided to share our Awber account to cut the costs.
    Seriously? You can't come up with the $20 per month on your own?

    Now I am not sure if this is a good idea or not.
    I'm completely 100% sure it's a terrible idea.

    $20 per month to start is a tiny investment. If you can't make it, then I suggest you save your money until you are actually in a position to start building an online business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nathan Kruz
      I am stuck in about $100.00 a month in just online memberships alone.
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      • Profile picture of the author JEasy
        just get separate Aweber accounts...it's 20 bucks a month...you guys aren't hurting that much...
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      • Profile picture of the author Rainee
        Originally Posted by BigNate View Post

        I am stuck in about $100.00 a month in just online memberships alone.
        Initially, the only thing you need for most successful, prosperous and scalable businesses (as a beginner) is an autoresponder.

        The real question is...

        Are you building a business or enjoying a hobby?

        Either is fine; however, if you get clear that you're building a real business (vs hobby), you have a responsibility to your list to protect them from the circumstances you mentioned in your first post.

        If making a $120/year investment in your business is a hardship for you, that may be an indicator you are approaching this venture as a hobby. (No judgment)

        It's just important to get clear on your objective, then you will find this type of question won't be an issue.

        Trust me, as an Entrepreneur, you'll have much bigger fish to fry as you proceed on this path;-)

        R

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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Dude...

    Lol...

    I'm so paranoid about my list that I don't even let third party apps (that are trusted) gain access to my Aweber/GetResponse accounts.

    "Sharing" it with a "partner"?

    Seems like a very, very bad idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarke
    This is an awful idea. If you can afford to pay half the cost then you can afford to pay the full cost because your rate will increase with the number of subscribers that you guys get.

    That's just the first reason. The second reason is because if your friend break the rules and your account gets canceled, then you are suffering for someone else's mistake.

    And what if your friend uses your list to promote to spam offers daily. He will turn your subscribers off...and you will be stuck with a dead list.

    Just spring for the few extra bucks and save yourself the hassle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Tell your friend to GET REAL. Have him get a separate Aweber account. I can see many problems arising out of this situation. What will happen if yall have to shoot the 5 (Fight and argue). That would probably be the end of yall's friendship. It's not worth it for money. If you love him like a brother, tell him to get his own stuff. If he wants a real online business, tell him to start acting like a *real* business owner.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I would never share any of my accounts with anyone , I would recommend against it.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Create Your Own account Which is far better than depending on other.
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  • Profile picture of the author karlene
    Hi there,

    I think Vaidab made a good suggestion of your using Mailchimp until you can comfortably pay for Aweber yourself.

    I would suggest that you keep your lists separate and this just keeps things clean and organised.

    If you do share an Aweber account I think things could get messy as you both go on to create multiply lists as Broadcasts could out to the wrong list, messages could sent to the wrong lists etc.

    I would suggest it is best to have a single account for yourself where you control everything that is going on your lists.

    However, you can try it out and see how it goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author karlene
    I also agree with Marian, you list is your business, and so you might want to consider whether it is work the risk?
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  • Profile picture of the author Malteaser
    Your list is the MOST important thing in your business! It's what will bring you money with the click of a button (i.e. when you send e-mail)

    I baby my list and nurture it because I know how important it is to my business and I am sure many marketers think the same on this matter... so imagine 2 people with different opinions and treating the same list. I personally think it's a bad idea and that you should do like many people suggested... save up before. Remember you can get Aweber for like a $1 the first month.

    Offer your services on Fiverr if you have to in order to make enough money to keep up with your online business... just until you get things going.

    Remember to treat this like a business, something like a list really needs to be handled carefully because it's what your business will thrive upon.
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  • Profile picture of the author sr.20
    Bad idea , that is all
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  • Profile picture of the author stan farrier
    Be careful with this, your list maybe worth millions ........keep it for your self.........
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by BigNate View Post

    I am going to start building a new list soon and me and my friend have decided to share our Awber account to cut the costs. Now I am not sure if this is a good idea or not. I am scared that in the future if he decides to stop paying for Awber, the account will shut down and I'll lose my list. Also, he is planning on building lists targeted to different niches, so I am not sure if that will look good to my list. Also, there is a possibility that he sends an email to the wrong list, he is not so good with computers and the internet so I am not sure if he will know what he's doing.

    Is this a good idea or not?
    It's not a smart business decision, both financially and legally.

    Why not start off with a free service like Listwire and then when you're making some money, you can start using a service like Aweber, iContact, Constant Contact, etc. OR you can host your own autoresponder.

    You should be making money in less than 30 days anyway and many of the main autoresponder companies allow you take their services for a spin from free to a buck or two.

    It sounds like you need a better business plan.

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