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Mistakes Made In Email Opt-In Usability

The reader needs motivation in order to subscribe for emails from a company. This is the very first step towards increasing the email opt-in rate. The website should have display the benefits of subscribing. Simple, nondescript boxes inhabit the homepage which say ‘Subscribe to the company’s newsletter’ and nothing more than that. There is lack of reason why the user should sign up unless they already find the content of the website interesting. It is agreed upon by many that the content should be kept basic. But how basic is the question. Lonely sign up boxes are a big no-no. There should at least be a brief promotional line which gives a specific and concrete benefit that would get the reader motivated to fill the box with his email address and click on the sign up button. The promotional matter should answer questions such as ‘Why should the reader sign up for the newsletter?’, ‘What are the solutions being offered by the newsletter?’, and ‘Is the newsletter focused and specific, concentrating on the needs of the reader?’
The same technique is to be used with the type of words and language being used in the promotional copy or more better, on the complete website. The links should be clear and shouldn’t have any empty, vague or generic matter. The content should be able to solve the problem which the reader is looking forward to be solved. The readers must be offered with back issues and sample to give them a good idea about what they can expect from future newsletters they will be receiving.
After the reader signs up, many of them receive a big nothing. They get big blackness and dead silence. The subscriber wants something to happen in his inbox immediately. Therefore, it is a good idea to send a welcome email right away which can include the latest newsletter or sample of the best newsletters. Try to include some email-special offer. At the end of the message tell them they will be expecting such great offers and newsletter in a short while. The new subscriber should feel that he has joined the club and has already received some benefit. He should feel the signing up process worth the effort. The welcome email also does the job of confirming email, which checks for the validity of the email address.
On one hand there are people who have barely any motivating information on their website and on the other there are people who have too much information on their website. The information is not organized and the users are overwhelmed with innumerable choices. If the company has too many things to offer, it should narrow them down by grouping them into categories. On the basis of these categories, the newsletters too must be sent out. The newsletters should have specific content and any new material posted on the website should be posted in just a link and not more than that.
The last thing which puts off the subscriber is asking too many questions. In the sign-up page they are asked for their email address only. Next they are linked to the preference page, followed by twenty more pages. This is a really blown opportunity. Initially, it is good to keep it sweet and short by asking information like first name, last name, and email address. Then send them a confirmation email where they can click the link for making choices. Marketers should know where to draw the line. A box asking just for the email address is a great way of not getting any subscription.
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Charles Kaluwasha is passionate about helping thousands of people around the Globe make a difference in their lives by starting and running a successful home business. To subscribe to a Free Home Business Secrets Mini- Course and find the best home based business ideas and opportunities visit:
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Understanding List Fatigue and List Churn

Email list dies a slow but steady death if action isn’t taken from time to time. For most of the companies, fifty percent of their subscribers leave them every year. Everyone uses their click, conversion and open rates in order to measure their email program’s success. But they fail to measure the size of their and quality of their email list. Email list hurdle rate is the new metric to be considered, along with the other old ones, in order to keep the list growing.
The email list hurdle rate determines the loss rate from the email list which needs to be overcome for the list to grow. It gives the exact number of new subscribers to be attracted in order to replace the old ones which have either left the list. The other stumbling blocks to be tackled are list churn and list fatigue.
List churn is the percentage of subscribers who have left the list during a certain time period. This is measured either monthly or annually. Out of this only three percent constitute of people who have unsubscribed from the list. Other thirty percent constitute of email addresses which have been lost to hard bounces every year. The subscribers can either enter their email address incorrectly when signing up or the emails addresses might no longer be valid, causing the emails to bounce. The rest of the percentage constitute of people who have reported spam complaints. Even the biggest legitimate permission marketers get spam complaints.
The list churn rate can be calculated monthly by looking at the email performance reports. The yearly lost subscribers can be calculated by adding up number of unsubscribed, hard bounces, and spam complaints. The total should then be divided by the current size of the list to find out the list hurdle rate. Calculation of the list hurdle rate is very important for the annual planning process and for forecasting the revenues. If this metric isn’t considered a lot of explanation is due to your boss if you fail to achieve the required list growth goal. The list churn rate can be improved by reducing the number of spam complaints and bounces.
List fatigue deals with the subscribers on the email list which have hibernated and have become inactive for quite a while. These people haven’t unsubscribed, but have stopped reading the emails and interaction. Therefore the un-subscription rate cannot give a clear picture about how the readers feel about the company’s emails. The most common cause of list fatigue is irrelevant offers, over mailing and newsletter content which dose not deal with the interest of the reader.
The percentage of the inactive subscribers should be calculated to figure out the list fatigue. People who haven’t clicked or opened not even a single email over a certain period of time should be counted. Usually thirty to fifty percent of an email list becomes inactive annually. There can be a variety of reasons cause of which these people are receiving your emails but aren’t unsubscribing. Major reason is because your mail can be going directly to their bulk folder or because your un-subscription link isn’t working. So there can be a possibility that out of the fifty percent, forty percent are inactive and the rest ten percent are busy, on vacation, or just not motivated enough by the subject line or email content. Small surveys can be conducted to understand the changing needs of the subscribers.

These sleeper subscribers need to be activated from time to time by giving them spicy stuff like special offer, different newsletter outlook, interactive tools, etc. On one had the old subscribers must be re-energized and new subscribers must be added from time to time. Otherwise the list gets shorter and shorter. Resources must be obtained and plans must be established in order to get the targeted list growth rates. The ratio of inactive subscribers must also be reduced and slowed down.
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Charles Kaluwasha is passionate about helping thousands of people around the Globe make a difference in their lives by starting and running a successful home business. To subscribe to a Free Home Business Secrets Mini- Course and find the best home based business ideas and opportunities visit:
http://www.LifeOnTheNet7.com
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What to do after joining an Affiliate Program

After joining a strong and reliable affiliate program, you need to take several steps to become successful. Without these steps it will be difficult for you to earn a reasonable amount of money every month. Usually people don’t know what to do after selecting an affiliate program and they simply f]]>Choose the market that is hot and suits your interests. While selecting a market, look at the benefits they are offering to the affiliate markets. Try to select the market that is hot and which is offering a good profit share to their affiliates. Before selecting a merchant to be an affiliate for, look at its history. How many affiliates does this merchant already have? What are the opinions of the affiliates with whom he is working? By answering these questions, you will know a lot about the reputation of your merchant. Avoid new merchants and join those who are strong in the market and have been in business for many years with success. It will be easier to promote the products of the merchants who are senior in the field. Customers will feel more at ease to make a purchase from a merchant that has been around for awhile. When you have chosen a specific market, now it is time to select a product. You will definitely want to add all of the products at the beginning, but it is advised not to do this in the start. If you choose more products in the beginning, you will not be able to focus. Your attention will be diverted to different products. So it is better to choose one product to get the best result from it. When you have started getting the sales you desire and feel comfortable, then you can add more products. Make your own website. Your website is meant for the business. So it must look professional. It should not be over loaded with heavy graphics and lots of flashy banners. Simple is the best. Try to use light colors. Make a nice header to show your company name and theme. The site navigation must be simple and easy. People should not have any difficulty in searching for a specific page or information. Otherwise they will not re-visit your website. If you don’t want to invest money in having your website designed for you, then you can get free website design templates. There are many websites on the internet that are offering free website templates. Just visit these sites and choose the template that you like. Fill the template with you own content and upload it on your server.
Your website should have a search box on every page to search your website. This will be a great help for the visitors that want to search a specific product or information on your website. You can write articles and publish them in the free article directories. You can embed your affiliate links in the text of your articles. If your articles are well formatted, informative and the article directory has large traffic, then you can expect some good traffic to your affiliate links. And you know that more traffic on your affiliate links will result in more sales through your affiliate links. Conclusion After joining an affiliate program, you are required to choose the right market, right merchant and right product. After that, choose the right methods to promote your products to become successful as an affiliate.
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Charles Kaluwasha is passionate about helping thousands of people around the Globe make a difference in their lives by starting and running a successful home business. To subscribe to a Free Home Business Secrets Mini- Course and find the best home based business ideas and opportunities visit:
http://www.LifeOnTheNet7.com
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Using RSS in Affiliate Marketing

It is a fact that the success of affiliate marketing depends on the traffic to your website. More traffic is always considered to be a symbol of more sales. Here we will discuss RSS, which is one of the biggest factors for increasing traffic to your website.

RSS is a very popular technique used to get more traffic and is among the top ten techniques to improve ratings. It is a fact that most of the internet users are in hurry and they want to save time. They like to do scanning instead of reading. So RSS is especially for those visitors, they would surely get its benefits.

How does RSS increase traffic to my website?
If you use RSS, then you will notice an increase in your traffic in the following ways.

RSS improves search engine rankings

First of all, RSS will enable you to get higher search engine rankings. This will result in more traffic to your website. If you want to get even better results, you should setup a blogger on your main domain. This will result in adding thousands of users per month to your website.

RSS builds relationships and trust

Using RSS, you can get the trust of visitors successfully. If someone visits your website and is impressed by the contents you are offering, he will add your RSS in his reader or aggregator. Although he has not given you his email address, he has added your RSS. Now he can look at your headlines everyday and whenever he sees some interesting news he will visit your website. In this way, RSS will help you to get returning visitors. After some visits, it is likely he will give you his email address. This is how the RSS is building the trust and relationship between your website and visitors.

RSS is a powerful alternative to email marketing

People who search for information on the web are generally busy and impatient.
Using email marketing (which is still effective), you are required to get the name and email address of the user, and you can send them your e-courses along with the advertising messages. But this is only possible if you can get their email address.
It is the fact that email marketing is an effective way of promoting your products. But people are sometimes hesitant in giving their email address to a new website. Many websites gather the emails of their visitors and then sell them in the market. This results in spam being sent to the visitor’s email address. Nobody likes this so they try to avoid giving their email address to a new website.
You may lose the majority of your visitors if you are not using RSS. As you know, using RSS, you can promote your website without even knowing the email addresses of your visitors. RSS can be considered as an alternative to email marketing.

Conclusion

RSS has become a very useful marketing technique. If you want to dominate your niche, then you must use RSS technology to make this happen. As we all now that RSS reader allows visitors to quickly see new content appearing on the website, and whether visitors like it or not, you always have an opportunity to get his attention, encouraging him to click your web page.

RSS is more effective than email marketing. In email marketing, getting the emails of users is a difficult task. Also it is not guaranteed that the user will read your email. But in the case of RSS, there are no such requirements and the user is always updated with the new contents that are offered on your website even without visiting your site. This builds a hidden relationship with your user. If you are updating your website with useful content, this hidden relation may convert into a business relation.

A New Breed Of Autoresponder, Auto Message Setup

Posted by Tom Kulzer (AWeber CEO)

The concept of the follow up autoresponder revolutionized Internet Marketing. Now, “Auto Message Setup” promises to bring the field an even greater degree of efficiency.

This recent innovation lets experienced marketers painlessly transfer marketing know-how to their entire downlines. A marketer can now provide each of his downline representatives with a follow up autoresponse system that is already packaged with the marketer’s pre-written messages.

The result? Just a few minutes of work on the part of an experienced marketer, and each of his reps is set up with the same tried and true marketing messages.

Case Study: Marketer Matt and the New Breed

For example, take a look at the case of a fictional network marketer named Matt M:

For years, Matt has been successfully marketing All Natural Pharmaceuticals using a follow up autoresponder. In fact, much of his success can be attributed to the set of seven messages e-mailed to all of his potential customers. Matt has carefully crafted those messages over the years, and they’re really great.

Recently, Matt has been trying to pass what he’s learned along to his downline representatives. He explains his marketing principles over the phone, and he knows that several of his reps pass his follow up messages around amongst themselves.

However, Matt finds that his pearls of wisdom rarely survive this ‘telling and retelling’ intact. He knows his reps aren’t getting anywhere near what they could out of his knowledge. He wishes there were a way to harness today’s technology, and put it to use for the greater good of his downline…
Enter Auto Message Setup

Using an Auto Message Setup system, Matt’s downline reps can order their own follow up autoresponse accounts that are already packaged with Matt’s pre-written messages. They can reap the fruits of Matt’s experience with ease.

Each rep will customize Matt’s messages for himself by logging in to his new follow up autoresponder account, and entering his own contact information.

Here is Matt’s original autoresponse message:

Hi LEAD NAME,

Thanks for stopping by the All Natural Pharmaceuticals web site today! We hope you come back soon!

Best Regards, Matt M.
matt@all-natural-pharma.com 918 Awl St.

Natural, PA 22314

Notice that the message greeting uses a variable, (LEAD NAME). The variable ensures that each of Matt’s leads will receive a message personalized with his or her own name. Notice, also, that Matt’s name and address are at the end of the message.
Case Study: Downline Dan and the New Breed

Dan is one of Matt’s downline representatives. He’s ordered his own follow up autoresponder through Matt. Since Matt is using Auto Message Setup, Dan’s account came pre-packaged with Matt’s marketing messages. Dan personalized those messages to himself by answering a few questions in his Online Control Panel. Now Dan is sending his own personalized version of Matt’s messages to his customers! All of the basic content is Matt’s, but Dan’s contact information is on the letters. Here is the autoresponse that Dan sends to his potential customers:

Hi, LEAD NAME

Thanks for stopping by the All Natural Pharmaceuticals web site today! We hope you come back soon!

Best Regards, Dan D.
dan@pharma-ceuticals.com 5 Farm Way
Sootuh, TN 88457

Notice that the contact name and address at the end of the e-mail are Dan’s, but that the greeting at the beginning of the message still includes the name of Dan’s lead.
Mission Accomplished

With Matt’s experience in hand, Dan is now marketing more successfully than ever before. And he isn’t the only one – Matt’s entire downline is now using his marketing messages! Matt’s commissions are growing exponentially.

Matt and Dan’s situation is not unique. Any network marketer with an established downline can take advantage of the opportunities available in an auto message setup system. There’s no better way to put more auto in your autoresponder.

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