I’m going to start this article with something hilarious that happened today…

I was on this webinar with Dean Holland yesterday and list building was the subject.

So I thought about writing a little bit about my experiences with email marketing lists and mailing list services only to find out that my Aweber autoresponder is due, yikes!

Anyway so instead of immediately going to their site and make the payment I decided to shoot the video with that there only to show that I use what I recommend on this blog.

Sorry to ruin the fun for you (I should have said “spoiler alert” or something but bah!) let’s get just right into it.

How I Got Started With Autoresponders

Before using aweber… actually no, scratch that.

Before even using any autoresponders, I didn’t want to start building my list since I didn’t have anything to offer.

You always get the recommendation of using a PLR if you don’t know anything, maybe rewriting it a little bit but to me, that was simply a no-go flag.

The problem was, that as I never wrote anything (I was afraid of creating only crap) I wasn’t in a rush to start the lead generation thing on my blog.

A few months later, I thought “screw this, I’m going to start building my list NOW” but I didn’t want to spend my savings on Aweber.

I had the money but I was very cautious with it because when I decided to go full time with Internet Marketing, I was strictly living on my savings, had absolutely zero income.

Trying All Autoresponders

The Freebie.

Obviously, I first started with the free ones since money wasn’t available at the time.

One was provided by some marketer and I absolutely HATED IT because I was receiving a lot of offers from this guy in order to have his autoresponder.

I never sent ONE broadcast with that, I said “sorry but no thanks” and went over to the next thing.

MailChimp.

Then I found Mail Chimp.

This looked amazing inside, had a lot of resources and you can have it for free for a big number of subscribers.

A few blogger friends used it and I said okay, this is it!

So I went with MailChimp and everything was cool until I found out you can’t send affiliate offers with them.

It’s okay to send people to a review article but not directly to an affiliate offer.

To me that was a bit odd and also the fact that your emails are carefully examined, it was like their service is too strict for someone like me.

The final thing that made me get out of there, was that I couldn’t schedule my emails for the exact time that I wanted so I said “thanks and farewell”.

Also, something that many don’t mention, is that you always send this weird vcf file in your broadcast, which is (I believe) a small embedded file that helps with the tracking or something.

To be honest I’m not sure exactly what it is but I hated that because when people are not used to e-mail broadcasts, the first thing they think, it’s some virus so I couldn’t stay there either.

I still have my account with them though. They may not work completely for internet marketers but they can definitely work for something else.

TrafficWave.

Traffic Wave is a very affordable autoresponder service.

A positive point that they have is that they LOVE traffic exchanges and (if I’m not incorrect) they are the only company that actually embraces your business if you are into Traffic Exchanges, Safe Lists and all of that.

However, I didn’t stay with them since every single marketer I was learning from was into Aweber, GetResponse, Infusion Soft or something else but not a single one using TrafficWave.

So… next!

GetResponse.

I started in Internet Marketing with a business in a box (BIAB) created by Stone Evans.

That program worked with GetResponse so they created my account for me and installed a 400 e-mail campaign there for me to start promoting “my business”.

Little I knew at the time, that whenever I upgraded in that, it would be a DIRECT commission to Stone Evans and even if I referred people to this PIPS thing, whenever they upgraded on GetResponse… guess who was making that commission? If you guessed Stone did, you guessed right!

So I said “that’s a bit sneaky my friend but I’m okay with that, you are giving a lot of value anyway” and I went through.

I spent a few months trying very hard to make this work for me but I was literally throwing my money at programs like MyWorldPlus, SFI, GDI and many others so I called it a day.

Decided to quit everything and start all over away from that so I got out of GetResponse and said to myself…

“Okay it’s time to stop messing around, I should have gone with my first damn choice, I knew it!”.

Aweber.

So I went with Aweber, paid the longest I could (1 year) and never looked back.

Something less to think about and waste my time with.

Yesterday was my first anniversary with them and I’m planning to stay there for a long time.

Even if I have to buy more accounts in other places (I’m not close minded to growth and I know Infusion Soft is a great solution but also really freaking expensive for me right now).

Aweber Video

I created this video that says practically the same but you get to see the due payment (which I thought it was a funny timing) and a few comparations to their competition and other recommendations that I’m not going to write about right now since I need to start getting in product creation mode and not in affiliate marketing mode.

So here it is.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2sY7oQRNoY[/youtube]

Note: I read everything I said until the 1:35 mark because I couldn’t think right, the rest is just me like in every other video you have seen.

Get Aweber Here

You can support me (if you want) by getting your account through my link here.

get aweber here

Whatever you decide, is okay with me just DO SOMETHING NOW! ;-)

Payment Update

Well I just made my $193.80 payment a couple of hours ago and thought about updating you people in here.

aweber payment

 

There are two things you do NOT mess with and these are your Hosting Account and your Autoresponder.

There are more but those two are (I believe) the most crucial ones.

Conclusion

Occupy your mind in what matters and please don’t make the same mistakes I did.

It took me literally MONTHS to select the right autoresponder.

In case you still don’t have one, just go to Aweber pick the plan that suits you the best, roll up your sleeves and start learning how to use it.

Believe me, I would have paid a LOT of money if I had somebody to tell me what I just told you, get this recommendation and run away with it.

Take care,

Sergio


Sergio Felix
Sergio Felix

Hi, I'm Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I'm highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.