Update: Here I am. Reading my own post again. I’m really a fan of Mailchimp (I’m using it a lot for one of my clients) so I often wonder why I still have an Aweber account. Turns out since writing this post, Mailchimp put together a really nice article explaining the particulars of their “no affiliate marketers” policy, which was my main deterrent, hence this post. I almost feel like their article was a direct reply to this post, but I won’t let it go to my head. Turns out they think affiliate marketing is fine, they just think affiliate marketers are “annoying as hell.” Being an affiliate marketer myself, I concur with their assessment. Ultimately it comes down to not abusing their system and providing your subscribers with relevant content. And they do in fact need to be your subscribers. An occasional ad isn’t going to get your account banned. But buying an email list, and blasting it with ads and crappy content is.
Listen, guys, if you’re not building an email list, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to make money online. How do I know? Well, because that’s what I’ve been told ever since I got in to this internet marketing thing.
I have never made a cent from my email list(s), but that’s mainly because either I’ve been too lazy to build them out, or I’ve been working on building them, rather than marketing to them.
But the point remains the same: if you have a list of opted-in subscribers that you can directly e-mail to, you are just increasing your money-making potential.
I’ve been building my email list on several of my different sites for the past few years with Aweber, and paying them $30/month for the past, well, forever. Then, a client of mine needed a newsletter sending overhaul, and I figured we would give Mailchimp a shot.
I’ve been fairly impressed with MailChimp, so I thought, heck, they have a free plan, and I’ve been paying Aweber forever for an email list that probably isn’t getting any bigger any time soon, why not just cancel my aweber account and switch to the MailChimp free account and save myself $30/month, until I get serious about building my lists again?
So I finally got serious about it and made a free account with MailChimp, started importing my subscribers, and then boom! Things started not working, as I needed them to.
So, here are my reasons why, at long last, I have decided not to switch from Aweber to Mailchimp.
Reasons Why I’m Not Switching
- No Auto Responders on Free Plan
- No Affiliates Allowed
- Free only up to 2000 subscribers
Even with the little email list building action that I see, I still need to send out an auto responder. i.e. they give me their email address for a free e-book or whatever. And considering that I’m an affiliate, and affiliate marketing is all that I do with my email list, I’d rather not build up a list on a service that isn’t affiliate-friendly. You can see where they ban affiliates in their terms.
Everything considered, I may as well stay with Aweber because the Mailchimp plan that I would need costs the same $30 that I’m already paying Aweber.
I think I wrote this as a consolation post. I’ll come back and read it every time I see the $30 debit from my account each month from Aweber.
Time to get to work on making that investment worth something …