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By: Jonathan Fields

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 18:18:01 +0000

I have used a variety of top e-list manager/newsletter services over the past 5 years, including Topica, Constant Contact, AWeber and others and found Aweber to have the best delivery-rate of all. In fact, from what I know, most hardcore internet marketers use them because of this. Plus, for anyone looking to develop significant offline revenue through regional service-delivery, like speaking or local events, being able to segment the list, at least by zip-code, is mission-critical. Also, being able to market to your list, independent of your blog content, provdes a powerful additional opportunity. One reservation with Aweber over Constant Contact (I use both now, for different businesses) is that, to protect against spam, as far as I know, you cannot manually add contacts in AWeber, at least, if you set up your lists as double-opt-in (DOI). That may have been changed since last time I looked, if so, that would be a nice improvement, or just avoid the DOI option. My concern with that, though, is that your delivery-rates might drop and you may find your list blocked if the list is not DOI. Much peace, Jonathan



By: Jonathan Fields

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 18:18:00 +0000

I have used a variety of top e-list manager/newsletter services over the past 5 years, including Topica, Constant Contact, AWeber and others and found Aweber to have the best delivery-rate of all. In fact, from what I know, most hardcore internet marketers use them because of this. Plus, for anyone looking to develop significant offline revenue through regional service-delivery, like speaking or local events, being able to segment the list, at least by zip-code, is mission-critical. Also, being able to market to your list, independent of your blog content, provdes a powerful additional opportunity. One reservation with Aweber over Constant Contact (I use both now, for different businesses) is that, to protect against spam, as far as I know, you cannot manually add contacts in AWeber, at least, if you set up your lists as double-opt-in (DOI). That may have been changed since last time I looked, if so, that would be a nice improvement, or just avoid the DOI option. My concern with that, though, is that your delivery-rates might drop and you may find your list blocked if the list is not DOI. Much peace, Jonathan



By: Chris Garrett

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 16:49:58 +0000

Please do :)



By: Chris Garrett

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 16:49:00 +0000

Please do :)



By: Marketing ICE

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 18:31:12 +0000

We have been using Aweber for some time now for this exact reason. The customization is MUCH better than anyone else. I have been telling anyone who sends me one of these Feedburner post notification emails to try Aweber, but now I can just send them a link to this post b/c you have explained perfectly why they should switch!



By: Marketing ICE

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 18:31:00 +0000

We have been using Aweber for some time now for this exact reason. The customization is MUCH better than anyone else. I have been telling anyone who sends me one of these Feedburner post notification emails to try Aweber, but now I can just send them a link to this post b/c you have explained perfectly why they should switch!



By: Chris Garrett

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 10:17:37 +0000

@Henri - I think sequential messages mixed in with timely messages is very powerful. Someone ought to create a sequential system for blog RSS :) @Guilherme - A friend recommended I go the open source or plugin route but I want to have a company that I can rely on rather than maintain the technology. It's a time versus money issue, I feel I get more value this way. @Phil - I hadn't but I will check them out now :) @Bryan - Looks interesting. Aweber was just the most famous one I had heard of with great reviews. I'm happy with my choice but I am sure I could have done more research and found a great many just as good services. @shaners - Yes, I haven't even touched on what is possible with it :) @Wendy - I am going to be putting it to the test real soon :) @Francis - All in one sounds good but I am not *quite* ready for the shopping cart yet @Mark - Yes, unique content but I might cross-post as and when it warrants and the audiences diverge. @Terra - Thanks :) @Simonne - The aff program is an advantage but on the other hand it made me wary when researching if people were recommending it just for the commissions. I worked out there were some trustworthy names saying good things so figured it was at least worth a try. @Ramanathan - I agree to a point but I also agree with Mark ;) Advertising is not a great model for every single service or customer. @Mark Silver - Agree on all points. I wouldn't want to build a core of the business on "free". There are free services I rely on, but I pay for hosting my blog when I could have it on free, I pay for my newsletter when I could use open source, I pay for programming now even though I am a programmer ... We all have to make these cost-benefit decisions.



By: Chris Garrett

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 10:17:00 +0000

@Henri - I think sequential messages mixed in with timely messages is very powerful. Someone ought to create a sequential system for blog RSS :) @Guilherme - A friend recommended I go the open source or plugin route but I want to have a company that I can rely on rather than maintain the technology. It's a time versus money issue, I feel I get more value this way. @Phil - I hadn't but I will check them out now :) @Bryan - Looks interesting. Aweber was just the most famous one I had heard of with great reviews. I'm happy with my choice but I am sure I could have done more research and found a great many just as good services. @shaners - Yes, I haven't even touched on what is possible with it :) @Wendy - I am going to be putting it to the test real soon :) @Francis - All in one sounds good but I am not *quite* ready for the shopping cart yet @Mark - Yes, unique content but I might cross-post as and when it warrants and the audiences diverge. @Terra - Thanks :) @Simonne - The aff program is an advantage but on the other hand it made me wary when researching if people were recommending it just for the commissions. I worked out there were some trustworthy names saying good things so figured it was at least worth a try. @Ramanathan - I agree to a point but I also agree with Mark ;) Advertising is not a great model for every single service or customer. @Mark Silver - Agree on all points. I wouldn't want to build a core of the business on "free". There are free services I rely on, but I pay for hosting my blog when I could have it on free, I pay for my newsletter when I could use open source, I pay for programming now even though I am a programmer ... We all have to make these cost-benefit decisions.



By: Mark Silver

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 16:01:41 +0000

Ramanathan- I'm sure Chris will have a good answer, too, but I have to disagree. I use aweber for a number of reasons- great customer service is among them. I also pay for my conference call service for the same reason- my clients pay a respectable fee to participate- and what I pay the conference call service is made up when something (not the service's fault) happens and the line went down- and they had the people to personally call and contact the folks who were on my call and connect them. Aweber has similar levels of customer service. I pay for services that my business depends on. Free services are great, if they fit the bill, but when my business is depending on something, I'm willing to pay to make sure it actually works, and that there are people behind the website who know me and can help me out.



By: Mark Silver

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 16:01:00 +0000

Ramanathan- I'm sure Chris will have a good answer, too, but I have to disagree. I use aweber for a number of reasons- great customer service is among them. I also pay for my conference call service for the same reason- my clients pay a respectable fee to participate- and what I pay the conference call service is made up when something (not the service's fault) happens and the line went down- and they had the people to personally call and contact the folks who were on my call and connect them. Aweber has similar levels of customer service. I pay for services that my business depends on. Free services are great, if they fit the bill, but when my business is depending on something, I'm willing to pay to make sure it actually works, and that there are people behind the website who know me and can help me out.



By: Ramanathan Annamalai

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 11:22:34 +0000

This is an era of 'free' services. Every company, be it blue chip or a starter, has started to work and concentrate on 'ad' based business model. I see no compelling reason for AWeber to charge for a service that is available for free elsewhere. Having said that, I also appreciate their innovative features. Its not long before Google makes these changes available to Feedburner. Thanks.



By: Ramanathan Annamalai

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 11:22:00 +0000

This is an era of 'free' services. Every company, be it blue chip or a starter, has started to work and concentrate on 'ad' based business model. I see no compelling reason for AWeber to charge for a service that is available for free elsewhere. Having said that, I also appreciate their innovative features. Its not long before Google makes these changes available to Feedburner. Thanks.



By: Simonne

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 10:30:24 +0000

I usually use Outlook, as it offers some possibilities of personalization, if you import lists from a database or Excel spreadsheet. However, I just joined the affiliate program from AWeber and I'm starting to strongly consider subscribing to their services.



By: Simonne

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 10:30:00 +0000

I usually use Outlook, as it offers some possibilities of personalization, if you import lists from a database or Excel spreadsheet. However, I just joined the affiliate program from AWeber and I'm starting to strongly consider subscribing to their services.



By: Terra Andersen

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 08:55:02 +0000

Great blog, and great article! I stumbled over from Darren's blog. My name is Terra, and I author betterforbusiness.com - your content is wonderful!



By: Terra Andersen

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 08:55:00 +0000

Great blog, and great article! I stumbled over from Darren's blog. My name is Terra, and I author betterforbusiness.com - your content is wonderful!



By: Mark Silver

Sat, 16 Jun 2007 21:22:21 +0000

I've used a newsletter for years, and am a johnny-come-lately to blogging, and I've been very happy with Aweber. And, I especially love how they keep adding new features- the RSS bit is something I haven't taken advantage of yet, but it looks great. I'm wondering, Chris- are you going to have different content in the newsletter than you have on the blog?



By: Mark Silver

Sat, 16 Jun 2007 21:22:00 +0000

I've used a newsletter for years, and am a johnny-come-lately to blogging, and I've been very happy with Aweber. And, I especially love how they keep adding new features- the RSS bit is something I haven't taken advantage of yet, but it looks great. I'm wondering, Chris- are you going to have different content in the newsletter than you have on the blog?



By: Francis

Sat, 16 Jun 2007 14:42:46 +0000

Hey Chris, Love your website & newsletter. I've started helping some friends promote their small businesses, and one of the components of promotion is building a newsletter. I've been using automatesales.com (a combined shopping cart, mailing list manage), I'll have to check out aweber. regards,



By: Francis

Sat, 16 Jun 2007 14:42:00 +0000

Hey Chris, Love your website & newsletter. I've started helping some friends promote their small businesses, and one of the components of promotion is building a newsletter. I've been using automatesales.com (a combined shopping cart, mailing list manage), I'll have to check out aweber. regards,