1
May

The Best Safelists for May 2013

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Welcome to another fun filled month of tracking safelists and viral list builder stats.

Hooray!

I like to start with a little bit of news before getting to the stats and the big news from last month was the relaunch of List Adventure.  The old List Adventure has been chugging along for the past few years bringing decent results but it was… boring.  The new List Adventure is now owned by Jon Nastor and Bill Maloney who are well known for creating some of the most active mailers on the planet.  List Adventure has an all new design, some nice social branding features, activity rewards, and even their own version of badges.  It’s a lot of fun and the results have been great!

On to the stats!

Here’s how it works.  Every day (or as often as they will let me) I send out ads to 40+ safelists and viral list builders promoting splash pages for my own Mister Safelist.  No, you won’t see stats for Mister Safelist below but I hear it’s pretty good.  Yes, I am upgraded at most of the mailers and spend time every day reading emails to earn enough credits to let me send my ads to the maximum number of people.  The stats are the result of my own efforts.  Your results may vary.

 

Max Mailer Pro 5284 29.00% 12 0.23%
Bweeble 1976 52.00% 12 0.61%
100 Percent Mailer 3395 44.00% 11 0.32%
List Adventure 2834 56.00% 11 0.39%
Viral Nugget 2084 39.00% 10 0.48%
List Nerds 2013 56.00% 10 0.50%
Adchiever 3457 44.00% 10 0.29%
Puffin Mailer 2904 33.00% 8 0.28%
Viral URL 119 65.00% 7 5.88%
State of the Art Mailer 2241 46.00% 7 0.31%
AdTactics 1030 32.00% 7 0.68%
Elite Safelist 2581 36.00% 6 0.23%
List Bonus 1271 44.00% 6 0.47%
List Jumper 1922 52.00% 5 0.26%
Email-Hog 1577 53.00% 5 0.32%

Total April sign-ups (including mailers not shown here): 172

Keep in mind that the stats above are only provided to show what is working best for me.  What works best for you might be something entirely the different.  The only want to find out is to use a link tracker.  You can get the same link tracker that I use from trck.me.

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1
Mar

The Best Safelists for March 2013

Author: Jerry Iannucci

It’s March!

It’s been a little bit quiet in the safelist/vlb community over the last few months but not any more.  There were quite a few big launches last month that promise to bring in a lot of new members for us to advertise to.

Clearly the biggest launch last month was List Nerds from the guys at TimTech.  If you don’t know who TimTech is you’ve probably never surfed a traffic exchange.  These guys are arguably the leaders of the TE industry and are responsible for sites like trck.me, AdKreator, Click Track Profit, I Love Hits, StartXchange, and Sweeva (to name a few).  After years of telling them how good safelists and viral list builders are they have finally taken the plunge by launching their own viral list builder.  It’s awesome!  List Nerds was built from the ground up and includes a lot of new features not seen in any other mailers.  The best part about List Nerds is that it’s not a “launch it and forget it” site.  TimTech has the resources to bring in thousands of new members and promises to be active for many years to come.  If you haven’t done it yet definitely join List Nerds and start building your downline now.

Some of the other big launches last month were Puffin Mailer from Dan Moses (4x4Hits), 100PercentMailer from Matthew Graves (TopTierMailer), and Fugitive Traffic Mailer from Jeff Parker (Traffic Fugitive).  All of these mailers are presented by very experienced owners and offer unique twists to make them stand out.  They are all worth joining if for any other reason than to take advantage of all of their recent activity.

Enough about those guys.  Let’s get to my stats…

Here’s how it works.  I am active in 40+ safelists and viral list builders.  I send my ads every day (or as often as they will let me) which promote my own Mister Safelist splash pages.  I am upgraded in most of these sites and spend time every day reading enough emails which allow me to send my ads to the most number of people.  Your results my vary.

Hits Unique Signups Ratio
Adchiever 3561 24.00% 11 0.31%
State of the Art Mailer 2673 23.00% 11 0.41%
List Jumper 2894 31.00% 10 0.35%
Max Mailer Pro 4413 14.00% 9 0.20%
Viral List Builder Plus 3389 19.00% 9 0.27%
Bweeble 2726 30.00% 9 0.33%
Puffin Mailer 1739 26.00% 7 0.40%
Viral Cash Mailer 1208 12.00% 7 0.58%
AdTactics 1293 15.00% 5 0.39%
European Safelist 1088 20.00% 5 0.46%
Elite Safelist 2047 14.00% 4 0.20%
List Bonus 1602 25.00% 4 0.25%
TopTierMailer 1056 19.00% 4 0.38%
Fugative Traffic Mailer 1038 23.00% 4 0.39%
List Outbreak 736 20.00% 4 0.54%

Total February sign-ups (including those not listed here): 154

Mister Safelist is not included here because it’s my own site and it wouldn’t make sense for me to promote it there.

List Nerds didn’t make the cut because it just launched a few days ago.  When you consider that the 1 email I sent this week got me 3 new sign-ups it’s safe to say that List Nerds should be near the top of the list next month.

Remember this list is the result of my own marketing efforts and is provided only to show what is currently working best for me.  What works best for you might be something entirely different.  The only way to find out which sites work best for you is to track your own results.  You can get the same link tracker that I use from trck.me.

 

23
Apr

AdKreator Now More Affordable

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Happy Saturday!

I have a new launch for you today…

Just kidding!

There have been more than enough new launches lately.  I think we could all use a little bit of a break, right?

Today I want to talk about an older tool which you may or may not have tried in the past.

Do you design your own splash pages?

What about squeeze pages?

If you are advertising on incentive based sites like safelists and traffic exchanges it is imperative that you are using short, fast loading pages that grabs your reader’s attention and help you stick out like a sore thumb.

You can design your pages from scratch or hire a graphic designer to make them for you…

.. or you can use AdKreator!

AdKreator rocks!

It is simply the easiest tool I have ever used that allows me to quickly and easily create my own splash/squeeze pages that get me noticed.

The only real problem I have had with recommending AdKreator in the past has been the high price tag of $197 for a lifetime membership or $19.95 a month.

If you regularly hire graphic designers that price is a steal… but not so much for the average marketer.

Now AdKreator is more affordable!

For only $7.77/month you can now get a Platinum membership that allows you to create and host up to 10 pages!

You can even try it for free!

Click the banner below to check out AdKreator today!

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24
Nov

Safelist Genie Review

Author: Jerry Iannucci

About a week ago I started seeing some ads for a new program that was just released called “Safelist Genie” which is supposed to help you manage all of your safelist accounts.

Having written a book on safelist marketing (“Safelist Marketing Tactics“) I thought Safelist Genie would be a good product to buy and review here on my blog.  Luckily, I didn’t need to buy anything because the program comes with a 14-day free trial which is more than enough time to see exactly what it can do.

Safelist Genie is a stand-alone software product that works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (sorry, there’s no Mac version).  It was created by the same people who did TE Browser.

Before I continue I should probably point out that safelist marketing has been a daily part of my marketing routine for the past two years.  Having spent so much time doing it I have naturally developed my own style and method for handling the tedious task of reading credit emails and submitting my ads every day.  It’s not fun, but it works.

It was my hope that Safelist Genie would be a good enough for me to recommend to my readers who don’t already have a system of their own to hopefully make using safelists a little bit easier for them.

So I signed-up for Safelist Genie with high expectations.   I was even prepared to buy the “one time offer” but I was surprised to find that there was none.  Instead I continued with the free 14-day trial and installed the program on my computer.

I don’t know about you but I like to jump right into new programs and start pushing buttons.  I guess I like to learn from experience.  Unfortunately that just isn’t possible with Safelist Genie.

After staring blankly at each of the feature screens for a few minutes I finally came to the “Help/Guide” section which contains the user manual for Safelist Genie.  You must read the manual if you want any chance of figuring out how to setup and use this program.  And good luck getting through the manual without scratching your head in confusion more than once.

My first task was to setup my pop3 email so that the program could download my safelist emails.  I admit that I am one of the few people who still checks their emails with an offline email program.  Because of this I do have some experience with managing my pop3 email setting but I still had a hard time configuring this thing.

After several failures I finally guessed what “port” I was supposed to use by trying the one in the manual’s example.  With my pop3 settings in place I selected a few safelists to test.

The safelists page is basically a giant spreadsheet containing a list of all the supported safelists.  If you enter your username and password into the spreadsheet and click the “update” button the program will retrieve your safelist info… sorta.

As you can see in the image above the software was able to tell me the current mailing limit and even how many referrals I have but it failed to tell me how many credits I have left.  Don’t ask me what “daily use” and “credits level” are because it failed to fill anything in there too.

Checking my email for the selected safelists wasn’t too difficult once I got my email settings correct (there is no error message if they are wrong, it just does nothing).  However I also found myself confused just trying to read the emails.  Back to the manual!

As you can see in the image above (click it to make it bigger) the downloaded emails appear in the top frame.  To open an email you click it once and the email will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen.  To access the credit link click the email twice and the link will be opened in the bottom right corner of the screen.

To speed things up Safelist Genie has 6 different browser windows that you can use.  So you can double click an email to open the credit link, switch to a new reader, and open another credit link.  This saves you time because instead of waiting for the safelist timer to count down you can open up 6 credit links at once.

While this may be a huge time saver for earning credits it certainly doesn’t help the people who are using safelists to get their ads seen.  The actual email becomes virtually meaningless as it is confined to the small bottom left corner of the screen.  While the size of the window can be adjusted to show more of the email it isn’t necessary if all you are after is the credit link.

Even if you wanted to read the emails it’s almost impossible.  It seems that Safelist Genie will only displays emails in html format.  If the email was sent as a regular text email it is virtually unreadable here.

The credit url window isn’t much better.  While it can be resized to make the page more readable I suspect most people will only be seeing the very top of the pages being promoted.

It’s not all bad though.

The safelist submission tool is actually pretty cool.  Once you setup your ads you can simply select the safelist you want to submit to from a pull-down menu and push “Go”.  The submission form immediately appears with your ad already filled in.  What’s cool is that it also fills in the maximum credits to use and even sets the “Save This Message?” button to “No” (I hate always having to change that).  All you need to do is click the “submit”  button and move on to the next safelist.

It usually takes me about 15-20 minutes to submit to my 25+ safelists every day.  I’m guessing once I have this all setup Safelist Genie can probably do the job for me in about 5-10 minutes.

I am interested in hearing what safelist owners think of this submission method though.  Automatically loading the safelist submission form does save time but it also means less revenue for the safelist owners as fewer people will be logging into the site normally and bypassing any offers.

Overall thoughts?

Pretty disappointing.  While I can see the value of some of the features this program is just way too complicated for me to recommend for the casual user.  The interface is neither intuitive or user-friendly.  However, if you have the patience to figure out how everything works I can see how Safelist Genie can be a huge time saver.  I just hope giving members the ability to read emails in tiny windows doesn’t kill the effectiveness of safelist advertising in the future.


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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.

 The Best Safelists for February 2010

26
Jul

Happy Monday!

Ok, it’s starting to bug me a little bit that I update these lists every week and 9 out of 10 of the new sites are junk.  It becomes pretty obvious when you see a new giveaway launched every 2 weeks using the same domain.

I think I am just going to start focusing on the best ones.

So, here is the list of JV giveaway events for July 26, 2010.

JV Giveaway Events

July 27 – Labor Day Joint Venture Giveaway
Contributors: 248  Gifts: 140

July 30 – IM Newbies List Building Event
Contributors: 115  Gifts: 74

August 3 – Social Marketing Gifts
Contributors: 1463  Gifts: 78

August 10 – Summer Splash Giveaway 2010
Contributors: 104  Gifts: 5

You can always find the latest giveaway announcements at:
http://www.GiveawayTactics.com

JV Giveaway Tactics

13
Jul

TE Profits Gets a Relaunch

Author: Jerry Iannucci

The secret to making money on the Internet can be summed up in one simple formula:

Traffic + Conversion = Income

Easy, right?

And yet most people still struggle to make any real money online.

So what’s the problem?

You probably already know how to get the traffic.  If you’re using traffic exchanges you can easily generate a few thousand hits to your sites every day with very little effort.

The problem is the conversion.

Most people can’t figure out how to turn their traffic into cash.  They waste all of their time mindlessly clicking away and end up earning little or no money for their trouble.

What you need is a system that can convert your traffic into cash which is easy to setup and can generate long-term residual income.

One of the only online systems I have been able to find which can do this is called “TE Profits“.

I have been a member of TE Profits for at least two years.  If you have surfed at any of the major traffic exchanges in the last few years you’ve probably seen their splash pages.. many of them include a picture of the owner Scott Douglas (aka “The Dragonfly”).

I admit haven’t promoted TE Profits much because although I think the system is brilliant, the website I guess was just a little bit too confusing for new members which I think made it harder for them to see the forest though the trees.

About a week ago Scott Douglas contacted me and showed me the “new” TE Profits website that he has been working on.

What a difference!

The new TE Profits website is now so much easier to use.  Anybody can sign-up for this system and start putting Scott’s proven money making system to work for them today.

Scott just gave me the “thumbs up” that the new site is now open and ready for sign-ups!

You can join right here:

http://www.TEProfit.com

You will probably see me promoting this a lot more in the future.  I am a big fan of both Scott Douglas and TE Profits so I have no problem with recommending him or his program to anyone looking for ways to make money online.


Click Here to Join TE Profits

2
Jul

The Best Safelists for July 2010

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Hello July!

Yes, I should have posted this yesterday but things got a little bit crazy with my relaunch of Safelist Marketing Tactics.  It calmed down a bit last night but at that point I decided it would be a better idea to shut down the computer and watch Star Wars instead (it had been a really long time since I last watched Star Wars or shut down my computer).

Last month I mentioned that I would be testing out a bunch of new safelists.  I’ve got the results from those but I decided that I would do some individual safelist reviews to give me something else to post about later this month.  So keep your eyes peeled for those.

If the new safelists were good enough you will find their stats below.

I had a comment last month from someone asking for reviews of safelist solo ads.  Now that the new Safelist Marketing Tactics site is up and running I will try and spend a little extra money this month on advertising and let you all know the results.

Ok, here’s the stats for June.  These numbers are the results of me promoting three different splash pages for my Safelist Marketing Tactics website.

Total Clicks Unique Clicks Action Sales CTA CTS
State of Art Mailer 3,430 1,929 67 13 3.47% 0.67%
List Effects 1,151 679 40 13 5.89% 1.91%
ListBuildingMaximizer 2,547 1,018 49 9 4.81% 0.88%
List Joe 1,448 1,044 33 8 3.16% 0.77%
List Auction 1,196 658 25 8 3.80% 1.22%
Adsolutionline 2,712 1,015 33 7 3.25% 0.69%
ViralAdStore 1,515 786 29 5 3.69% 0.64%
AdTactics 1,042 566 15 5 2.65% 0.88%

“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 guess this kinda ruins my surprise but one of the new sites I was testing, State of the Art Mailing System, has jumped right to the top of my list safelists.  I won’t say any more about it until I do my full review but obviously this is a site worth joining.

Not much else has changes except I would like to welcome AdTactics back into the top list.  It’s not as high as it used to be but I sure won’t turn down 5 new sign-ups.

I guess that’s about it.  Keep your eyes peeled for the new safelist reviews and some safelist solo ad reivews coming up later this month.  In the mean time, make sure you are tracking all of your results.  Those stats you see on this page are the results of my efforts promoting my pages.  What works best for me might not work for you.  The only way to know for sure is to track your results.  You can get a free link tracking from from TEToolbox.

 The Best Safelists for February 2010

2
May

The Best Safelists for May 2010

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Hello and welcome to my latest posting where I attempt to rank the top safelists and viral listbuilders based on my own stats from the previous month.

Before getting into the rankings I like to go over some of the major events in the safelist world which happened during the last month.  Unfortunately, there aren’t any.  No major launches to speak of.  No big changes.  ViralAdStore changed their graphics to make them a little brighter but that’s about it.

I did cut back a little bit last month from some of the smaller exchanges that haven’t been producing well enough for me.  I also either canceled my upgraded memberships or downgraded to a less expensive membership on some of the safelists that weren’t bringing me enough sign-ups to justify the price of an upgrade.  I usually estimate that each sign-up I get to my list is worth about $1.00 so if I am spending $20/month on an upgrade and only getting 4 or 5 sign-ups, it’s probably not worth it.

One thing I started doing last month that I hadn’t been doing much before is taking advantage of safelists that allow you to send more than 1 ad per day.  This usually requires being an upgraded member and spending more time clicking for credits but it has allowed me to diversify a bit and send out a wider variety of ads.  So far the two best I have found for sending multiple ads are Elite Safelist and European Safelist.  Both of these sites are well worth the price for the upgrade.

I also tried out a few newer safelists that launched over the last few months.  The results were poor at best.  Maybe I will try them again in a few months if they are able to attract a few new members.  For now it’s better to stick with the safelists that have been around for awhile and are proven to work.

Ok, stats time!  All of these numbers are a result of advertising my video splash page for Safelist Marketing Tactics.

Total Clicks

Unique Clicks Action Sales CTA CTS
List Effects
1,501 921 55 22 5.97% 2.39%
ViralAdStore 2,240 1,141 64 21 5.61% 1.84%
List Auction 2,021 995 67 13 6.73% 1.31%
ListBuildingMaximizer 1,448 703 36 13 5.26% 1.85%
List Joe
1,848 1,298 59 12 4.55% 0.92%
Adsolutionline 2,719 931 49 7 5.26% 0.75%
Elite Safelist 2,018 818 64 6 7.82% 0.73%
Global Safelist
1,123 524 37 6 7.06% 1.15%

“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.

As we can see List Effects continues to stay on top however it’s not dominating quite as much as it had been over the last few months.  It will be interesting to see if it can continue to stay on top next month.

ViralAdStore has climbed back to the top of the list after having dropped quite a few places over the last few months.  Maybe those new graphics are working for them after all.

No other real big surprises but it is nice to see Adsolutionline and Global Safelist back on the list again.

Once again I want to remind everyone that these are my own personal stats from promoting my own personal splash pages.  These stats are only meant to be a guide to help you choose which safelists and viral listbuilders to use.  Your results will probably be different from my own but the only way to know for sure which sites work best for you is to track your own results.  You can get a free link tracker from TEToolbox.

 The Best Safelists for February 2010