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    Okay, I think it's about time I started to listen to you guys and start to build a mailing list for a newsletter. Where do I begin? What online program can I use that will work best and is easiest for beginners like myself? What about the click-n-promote program $15 month or eNews Builder $49 month. Someone guide me in the right direction. How often should I send out the newsletter? Do they really produce profits.

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    I use Subscribe Me latest version is available from The CGI Script Center at http://cgi.elitehost.com .

    From the site it says "A powerful mailing list manager that allows you to build your prospect/customer mailing list completely hands-free! It even includes a built-in encrypted password protected mailing form that you can use to automatically send your updates and information to your mailing list!"

    There are two versions Pro ($$) and Lite (Free). The Lite is still working great for me.

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    Jada, No matter how you decide to do it, DO IT!

    There is nothing more important!

    I use PostmasterGeneral and have had great success with them.

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    I think the most important thing to do first is determine how you are going to harvest new subscribers. I think once you figure that out along with what your sign-up rate is you will get a better handle on what type of structure to put in place to support it. I suggest starting out with a free service first. ENews Builder looks like it would get very expensive even with a moderate sized list. I use topica and I don’t pay anything for it. I could even send html out if I wanted.

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    Microsoft listbuilder is the only one i've used, but I like it... it just works.

    I wouldn't use they're stupid signup process though... I'm letting a lot of emails slip through my fingers... plus I have lotys of forms that could be grabbing the emails but don't... eediot!!

    So, gonna dump all my emails into a single txt file when submitted from various forms, etc and then import into listbuilder... aim for 10,000 subscribers intially, I've got knowwhere near that, yet... but go for it dude [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Worry about making money later, just start doing it and see how it goes... the sooneer you start the better, a year later you might say, oh well I'll give it a go... but you could have had tons of signups in that year!!

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    I agree with breeze. Just do it because it wont hurt. One thing though is you have to make the sign up form prominent though. I was averaging 20 or so signups a week until I made the sign up form bigger and more prominent and had 20 signups in 2 days so I think higher up on the page and as big as possible without over powering your page with a little description of what your newsletter is about. I think topica is good to start with if you dont mind them putting an advertisment in your newsletter but I am thinking about getting my own program since it is growing :rolleyes:

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    Thanks for the guide Professor. I've only collected 13 email addresses since I posted my newsletter sign-up about 2 weeks ago. I guess I need to give away something free to encourage sign ups huh.

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    Jada,

    You can probably double or triple your sign-ups if you ask people to join in big type and offer a freebie.

    For example:

    "Click here to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter and get a free web based email
    account."

    To get the free email account go to CJ and sign up for mail2world. They pay you $.20
    for each mailbox you refer.

    Now in your auto-responder message to confirm the sign-up, you simply put the following:

    Thank you for subscribing to Jada's jadajadajada. To claim your FREE worldwide
    web based email account click here. (put the mail2world link here)

    This way you can make $.20 from everyone who subscribes who registers for a mailbox. Get five a day and you make an extra $30 per month.

    Also, Advertise that your newsletter exists on websitings in the FREEBIE and Publication sections. It's FREE.

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