Archive for August, 2010

29
Aug

My First 3 Years of List Building

Author: Jerry Iannucci

I started building my list on June 30, 2007.

I know this because I just checked my Aweber account and searched for the date that my first lead was added.

I felt compelled to look this information up because I received an unexpected email from one of my subscribers tonight.  She was replying to one of the emails I had set to send from my autoresponder 3 years ago!

No, I am not crazy enough to try and write 3 years worth of emails.  I don’t even remember why I did it but for some reason I set the last message in my email series to be sent after 999 days.  The email simply said:

Just checking in to say hello.

How’s it going?

I never expected I would still be doing this 999 days later or that anybody would still be reading my emails after 3 years but sure enough I got a response back tonight:

01 My First 3 Years of List BuildingHi!
thank you for the message.

Have a Blessed new Week.
~ Becky

Thank you Becky!

Over the last few years I have started to gain some perspective on this whole make money from home thing.  I’ve noticed that there is always a handful programs that everybody is trying to promote claiming it’s the next big thing.  It usually lasts for about 3 or 4 months until the focus shifts to a new batch of programs.

For every hot new program you can name now I can name a dead one from a year ago that was just as popular.

I started building my list because I got involved with one of those dead programs which thankfully provided it’s members with lead capture pages to promote.  They had an in-house autoresponder but I chose to pay a little extra to use a 3rd party one.  That’s how I found Aweber.

The company I was promoting is long gone…

But after 3 years, I still have my list!

I’m not saying it’s wrong to promote the latest and greatest opportunity… just do it on the back end!

The only thing you should be promoting are things that build your brand and build your list.  Once people are on your list and have gotten to know you THEN you can introduce them to whatever you want.  If they aren’t interested… well, you’ve got at least 3 years to find something that they are interested in.

So thank you Becky for continuing to read my emails.  I’m going to keep building my list and I look forward to hearing how everyone else is doing for the next 999 days.

25
Aug

The Return of Send Button Profits

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Nobody is perfect.

About a year ago I wrote a review of a new site from Jeff Dedrick called “Send Button Profits”.  It’s funny because at the time I had planned on doing a video walkthrough of the site but decided making videos was too hard.  lol.

You can read my original review of Send Button Profits here:
http://www.getrichwithjerry.com/send-button-profits-use-your-imagination/

At the end of the review I mentioned that the site would be closing soon but would probably open up again “in a few weeks or a few months”.

That was 10 months ago!

Needless to say… I never thought Jeff would keep his site closed for this long!

Well, Send Button Profits is back!

It appears that Jeff has put his Willy Wonka hat on and thrown the doors open once again to his magical list building factory… but who knows for how long this time!

But seriously, Send Button Profits is one really impressive website.  I use it all the time and every time I login I get blown away by how much cool stuff I have access to.

I considered making a new video walkthrough of the Send Button Profits website to show how much stuff had been added since last year but there is just way too much to see.

The video would end up longer than Gone With the Wind!

Ok, so here’s the deal…

If you didn’t join Send Button Profits last October I highly recommend getting in this time.  It’s not free but I have managed to snag a $20 discount code that you can use.

To claim the $20 discount use this link:
http://www.sendbuttonprofits.com/discount/f7cho/

Jeff says the bonus offer will be ending soon and this time I believe him.

If you are serious about list building and making money online definitely check out everything that’s included with Send Button Profits.  It really is one of the most impressive Internet marketing packages I have ever seen and is worth every penny to have access to it.

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15
Aug

Safelist Solo Ad Stats

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Hey guys.

Last month I relaunched my Safelist Marketing Tactics site.  As part of this promotion I decided to purchase a few safelist solo ads to help spread the word.  Since I always track my ads I thought you might be interested in checking out some of my stats.

I should point out that these stats probably aren’t as reliable as my monthly safelist reports.  Usually my stats are based on a full month of daily mailings.  These solo ad stats are 1-time mailings all sent within a few days of each other.  I probably would have gotten better results if I had spaced them out over a period of time so take that into consideration.

Total Clicks Unique Clicks Action Sales CTA CTS Cost CPS
European Safelist 612 563 16 4 2.84% 0.71% $7.00 $1.75
Adsolutionline 1,618 1,135 87 18 7.67% 1.59% $35.00 $1.94
Global Safelist 76 75 6 2 8.00% 2.67% $4.89 $2.45
AdTactics 822 799 27 7 3.38% 0.88% $20.00 $2.86
List Effects 287 279 13 6 4.66% 2.15% $25.00 $4.17
Elite Safelist 636 629 21 6 3.34% 0.95% $29.95 $4.99
List Joe 1,731 1,644 64 19 3.89% 1.16% $100.00 $5.26
FreeSafelistMailer 672 653 36 6 5.51% 0.92% $34.99 $5.83
SOATM 325 259 10 2 3.86% 0.77% $19.95 $9.98

“Clicks” is how many people viewed my splash page.  “Action” is how many people clicked the link on my splash page to go to the main site.  “Sales” is how many people joined my site.  CTA and CTS are “clicks to action” and “clicks to sale”.  “Cost” is how much I paid for the solo ads and CPS is the “cost per sale”.

Not the greatest results.  Especially since I usually try to shoot for $1.00 per sign-up.

European Safelist ended up being the best deal.  I actually sent that solo ad for free as part of my monthly upgraded membership which costs $7.00.  I usually get 7-10 sign-ups from my monthly European Safelist solo ad which is what makes me think all theses results are a little bit weaker than they could have been.

Adsolutionline ended up being a pretty good deal.  It’s a little more expensive than the other solo ads but Adsolutionline has always been a responsive safelist for me.

I’m pretty disappointed in the viral list builders.  I normally get great results from these sites but it appears the solo ads weren’t really worth it this time.  List Joe brought me a lot of sign-ups but if you are going to spend $100 on advertising you’re probably better off with the monthly upgrade.

Just as with my monthly safelist stats please keep in mind that these stats are the results of my own marketing methods.  Your results may vary.  The only way to know for sure what works best for you is to track your results!  You can get a free link tracker from from TE Toolbox.

 Safelist Solo Ad Stats

10
Aug

Are you ready for another video?

I stayed up late last night recording this video review of Instant Blog Subscribers which is the new free blogging site that was recently launched by Walt Bayliss.

Unfortunately it was about 4:00 am by the time I finished recording the video and I forgot to mention a few things.

One of the things I forgot to mention is the ability for people to subscribe to your blog with one-click.

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That button will appear at the top of your blog.  When someone clicks the button they will automatically be subscribed to your blog and they will be notified via email every time you post a new update.  That’s very cool.

Here’s the link to my IBS blog if you want to check it out:
http://www.instantblogsubscribers.com/?w=jerryiannucci

I also wanted to talk a little more about what you can do with your blog.  Basically you can use your blog to share almost anything you want.  For example right now I am sharing my website reviews but you can also post articles you’ve written, share something you learned, rave about something you love, or rant about something you hate.  As you saw in the video some people are even using their blogs as a place to post their ads.  There are really very few limitations for what you can do with your blog.

Finally, I don’t know if the video came off as a review as much as just a walk through of the main features on the site.  In case I forgot to say it, I really really like Instant Blog Subscribers!  It’s sort of the first of what I expect to be many sites that are taking elements of safelist marketing and making them more social.  I think IBS can do more to expand on some of these features such as making comments easier to manage and providing more stats but at this point the site is still really brand new.  I expect to see more developments in the near future.

By the way, in the video you may have noticed that I reposted my review of the site List Zillion which also appears on this blog.  That was less than 9 hours ago.  Since then I have received 5 new sign-ups at List Zillion all of which came from my post at Instant Blog Subscribers.  That’s crazy!

So head over to Instant Blog Subscribers and create your free blog right now.  You don’t need to be a professional blogger to take advantage of this one.  Every post you make will instantly be shared with 200 other members.  There is no better time to start blogging than today.

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9
Aug

List Zillion – Safelist Review

Author: Jerry Iannucci

I know, finally!

I’ve been promising this review of List Zillion for about a month now and I finally have some time to get it written.

I considered doing another video review but to be honest there isn’t a whole lot to see inside the List Zillion site.  List Zillion appears to be run on the same viral list building script that i’ve seen running on a few other sites that have recently launched.  The members area consists of a message displaying the site’s stats (currently 5415 members) and that’s about it.  Other than some banners and full-page ads I guess you could say List Zillion has a “clean” design.

Don’t worry.  What List Zillion lacks in personality it more than makes up for by being an extremely responsive mailer.  Isn’t that what counts?  But I’ll get back to that in a minute.

As simple as the List Zillion design is I still found myself getting lost several times when I first joined.  It seems the link to the “upgrade” page isn’t where you would expect it to be and once there I had an even harder time noticing the link to compare memberships levels.

List Zillion does offer some unique features for those who take the time to explore the site.  There’s the standard link cloaker and downline builder but there’s also something new called the “list builders optimizer”.  This appears to be a way to organize your mailings with other viral list builders.  I haven’t really taken the time to set this up yet but it seems like it could be useful.

Upgraded members can submit “top sponsor” ads which appear at the top of every email.  They also have access to a unique “referral mailer” which acts like an autoresponder by sending a welcome email to your new referrals as well as sending a recurring email to them every 6 days.

Here’s a peek at the List Zillion membership levels.

Membership Free Gold Platinum
Mail To (memberships) Free, Gold Free, Gold, Platinum Free, Gold, Platinum
Mail Frequency Every 7 Days Every 5 Days Every 3 Days
Mail To (members) 300 (up to 1000 w/credits) 2000 (up to 3000 w/credits) 3000 (up to 5000 w/credits)
Message Personalization Yes Yes Yes
Click Tracker Yes Yes Yes
Can Save Ads Up to 2 Up to 10 Up to 20
Credits for reading Messages 10 15 20
Credits for reading Solo Ads 20 40 50
Credits for your downline reading messages 5% 10% 20%
Signup Credits 1,000 4,000 6,000
Credits per Referral 150 250 300
Monthly Credits 0 4,000 6,000
Top Sponsor Ads 0 3 5
HTML Mailer No Yes Yes
Visual HTML Editor No Yes Yes
Commissions 15% 30% 50%
Monthly Cost $16.99 $26.99

So is List Zillion worth the platinum upgrade?

Here’s my personal advertising stats from last month with List Zillion:

Total Clicks: 1,226
Unique Clicks: 741
Splash Page Clicks: 47
Sign-ups: 15
Clicks-to-Action: 6.34%
Clicks-to-Sign-up: 2.02%
Cost per Sign-up: $1.80
Daily Emails Received: <10

Not bad.  This is comparable to most of the major viral list builders out there right now.

List Zillion is still a relatively new site.  With just over 5,000 members there is still a lot of room for growth.  Anyone looking for a solid viral list builder who cares about results should definitely give List Zillion a closer look.

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9
Aug

Happy Monday!

Here is the list of recommended upcoming JV giveaway events for August 9, 2010.

JV Giveaway Events

August 10 – Summer Splash Giveaway 2010
Contributors: 149  Gifts: 11

August 12 – The Ultimate Blogging Giveaway
Contributors: 1629  Gifts: 292

August 17 – The Gentle Mentor Giveaway
Contributors: 1053  Gifts: 75

You can find a complete listing of upcoming giveaways on the events calendar at: http://www.GiveawayTactics.com

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6
Aug

Video Review of My TE Command Post

Author: Jerry Iannucci

It’s Friday night and it’s time to try something new!

I’ve been thinking lately that it might be fun to start doing some video reviews/walkthroughs of some of my favorite sites.  I figure it’s a good way to let people see what some of the sites I use are all about without forcing them to join first.

The first site I have chosen to do my video review for is TE Command Post.  It’s not a new site but it’s one I think any traffic exchange user would want to join once they see how it works.

Here’s the video I made:

And there you have it.

So what do you think?

I’m still getting the hang of this video stuff but I am willing to do more if people like them.  If you want to see more videos please leave a comment below and let me know!


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2
Aug

Happy Monday!

Here is the list of recommended upcoming JV giveaway events for August 2, 2010.

JV Giveaway Events

August 3 – Social Marketing Gifts
Contributors: 1954  Gifts: 113

August 10 – Summer Splash Giveaway 2010
Contributors: 125  Gifts: 8

August 12 – The Ultimate Blogging Giveaway
Contributors: 1053  Gifts: 165

You can find a complete listing of upcoming giveaways on the events calendar at: http://www.GiveawayTactics.com

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1
Aug

The Best Safelists for August 2010

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Hello and welcome to August!

Everything appears to be bright and sunny in the world of Safelist Marketing.

I posted a couple of individual reviews last month for Reactive Adz and State of the Art Mailing System.  If you missed them, check them out.

Unfortunately due to a nasty malware infection on my computer (don’t worry,  I squashed it) I wasn’t able to write my review of List Zillion last week.  I’ll try and have that done sometime this week.

Also, I mentioned last month that I would be testing out some solo ads.  I ended up spending close to $300 on solo ads!  The results are in and I’ll be posting those stats here sometime soon.

As soon as I finish writing this I am going to join two new safelists that recently launched and test them out.  I’ll let you know how that goes next month.

Finally, I am happy to report that one of my favorite non-credit-based viral list builders is now credit based!  Downline Builder Direct gives you the ability to build your downline 20 levels deep.  Now with the credit emails you can reach an even larger audience without referring.

Ok… who’s ready for some stats?

The numbers you see below are the result of me promoting two different splash pages for my site Safelist Marketing Tactics.  I have premium memberships on most of the sites below which allow me to email the maximum number of members as often as I can.

Total Clicks Unique Clicks Action Sales CTA CTS
State of Art Mailer 4,407 2,142 132 26 6.16% 1.21%
List Auction 1,362 731 54 16 7.39% 2.19%
List Zillion 1,226 741 47 15 6.34% 2.02%
ListBuildingMaximizer 2,463 1,036 55 14 5.31% 1.35%
AdTactics 2,585 924 75 13 8.12% 1.41%
List Joe 1,366 994 52 12 5.23% 1.21%
ViralAdStore 1,273 672 45 12 6.70% 1.79%
Elite Safelist 2,227 939 43 8 4.58% 0.85%
Adsolutionline 2,560 1,012 52 7 5.14% 0.69%
Got Safelist 1,808 892 23 6 2.58% 0.67%

“Clicks” is how many people viewed my splash page.  “Action” is how many people clicked the link on my splash page to go to the main site.  “Sales” is how many people joined my site.  CTA and CTS are “clicks to action” and “clicks to sale”.  I ranked these safelists by sales but it is also important to look at the other numbers to determine how responsive each safelist really is.

I can’t believe I avoided joining State of the Art Mailing System for so long.  It was at the top of my list last month and this month I got TWICE as many sign-ups!  If you are not a member of this safelist yet you don’t know what you’re missing.

When did List Zillion join the ranks of the best safelists?  I guess I really should write that review.  Soon, I promise!  For now i’ll just say yes, it really is that good.

Overall I would say it was a very good month.  Anybody who still doubts the effectiveness of safelist marketing is missing out some real quality traffic.

Ok.  Another report down!  Now I gotta go join those new safelists, write some more reviews, and write that ranking of the top solo ads.  It’s gonna be another busy month!

And don’t forget, these stats are the results of my own marketing methods.  What works best for my sites might not necessarily work for yours.  The only way to know for sure is to track your results!  You can get a free link tracker from from TE Toolbox.

 The Best Safelists for August 2010