So, if you notice, I’ve added an AWeber contact form to the sidebar over there.
–> You might have to scroll, it’s just below the fold. (UPDATE: has since been removed.)
Since I’m paying for it (thanks to that affiliate marketing thing, the review of which is coming out TODAY!), I figured I might as well use it. I am NOT a fan of the list. Nearly everyone in Internet Marketing will tell you there’s money in the list and the very first thing you should do is build a list of email contacts. Marketers will normally send new products to their list first, and they make money doing it…apparently. Leave a comment with ONE decent thing you’ve gotten from signing up to a list.
Let me see, I have to dig deep for this one, um…..nothing comes to mind. Don’t you think it should? As I’ve stated before, I usually end up unsubscribing.
* NOTE * I do NOT have a free product tied into my web-form yet. I will find something cool.
I figured since I’ve added this here that I might as well go ahead and write a review on AWeber. It’s pretty much the standard as far as autoresponders go.
Why Do I Need an AutoResponder?
An autoresponder is a good tool. It gives you the ability and security to deliver digital products to your subscribers exclusively. You can also send emails called Broadcasts to the whole lot of them. There’s are several other things you can do, but these are the most important. An autoresponder allows you to capture email addresses in exchange for a free product. Honestly, I don’t know all the things you can do with it. I find it a boring chore.
How Much Does it Cost?
AWeber starts you on a 1-month trial for $1. The cheapest plan after that is $19 per month as of this writing. AWeber charges by the number of subscribers you have, so once you exceed 500 subscribers, the price goes up to $29 until you exceed 2500 subscribers, and so on.
You Mean I Have to Set it Up?
That you do. I find this BORING. First off, my password for AWeber looks like this:
It must be at least 6 characters long and have 3 out of the 4 types of characters. Don’t forget the blood of a virgin.
I know, I’m lazy. I don’t mind typing a password. It would be nice to be able to remember the password. */rant
AWeber takes you through the whole set up in an organized manner. If you miss something, they let you know. They have TONS of templates that are all fully customizable. Much of the initial correspondence is written for you, so you are not wasting time writing confirmation and thank you emails. You can write your own, but AWeber has written them for you and you can personalize these as well.
Once you have set up your list, you build your webform like the one you see in my sidebar under “Exclusives” –>. Again, templates make it simple.
AWeber then asks if you will be installing the form on your site or if your designer will be doing it for you. Hahaha…ahem. I’ve always clicked that I’m doing it myself, and that works well. It’s just a matter of copying and pasting a small snippet of code.
Is That All It Does?
Maybe you’re wondering what is so “auto” about it. If you have a product to sell, or maybe an affiliate product to promote, AWeber allows you write up as many emails as you want, and send them out to your subscribers at whatever interval you choose. When a new subscriber opts in, they are sent the emails you have set up in order. This goes for every new subscriber. You can also send them Broadcasts which are messages outside the auto-responses you have set up.
Setting up an autoresponder series is WORSE than messing with AWeber altogether. I had a series written for me that I simply had to edit, and I couldn’t stomach it past the 3rd email. Remember when I talked about finding a niche you can get behind
? Maybe that’s why..I have problems “getting behind” this whole concept.
So, Why Do You Have It on Your Site?
Because I’m paying for it -AND- it allows me to offer you extra things. Let’s talk about it. Here’s my justification…
I’m not completely behind the whole “build a list” thing. I am not currently building a list in order that I might monetize it. This is not to say that I won’t choose to monetize in the future, but I’ll let you know, and you will have the option to unsubscribe EVERY time you receive an email.
I will be sending out sporadic emails when I find exclusive things that you might find useful. It’s like an extra set of eyes out there on the IM world.
I think the largest list I’ve built with AWeber was like 4 people. I’m laughing. It was a crappy niche. You get good value for your money at AWeber, and they really have the marketer at heart. They are celebrating 15 years this year, so they are an actively evolving company that innovates. I like that. If you want a list, this is where you build it.