Ezine Tips: Format and Structure

Written by Richard Lowe

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How wide should each line be? - Keeprepparttar line width at 60 to 65 characters.

How long should your ezine be? - The thing you need to consider here is that many people pick up their email over dialup connections. This meansrepparttar 124383 same rules you use for web pages also applies to ezines. Keep your size down to under 100kb certainly, and under 30kb ideally. Remember, you are not trying to duplicate your web site in your ezine - you are trying to get people to come back to your web site.

It's also important to remember thatrepparttar 124384 amount of email that people can store on their email server is limited, often to just a megabyte or so. If your ezine is too large you can take up space that they need for other email.

Onrepparttar 124385 other hand, since you've takenrepparttar 124386 time to write to your audience don't cheat them with a three line ezine either. My feeling is if you cannot send at least a few pages of text, then don't bother. Do you include original content only? - My vote is to include mostly, if not all, original content in an ezine in most instances. Why? Well, when I sign up for an ezine, I am interested inrepparttar 124387 knowledge and opinions ofrepparttar 124388 ezine publisher (usually a single person or a small group). Unlessrepparttar 124389 third-party articles are very well focused, I am very likely to delete or unsubscribe if there is not enough original content. This also holds true of websites - I will probably not visit a web site a second time ifrepparttar 124390 only thing it contains is regurgitated content.

This does not mean you should not include articles by other authors. It just means you need to be careful that what you do publish is of interest to your readers and has not appeared on every other site and ezine onrepparttar 124391 web.

Do you post an archive of newsletters on your web site? - Yes. Why? Because you've gone through some work to create your ezine and you can get more use out of it still by putting it on your web site. First, by including an archive you add credibility, especially asrepparttar 124392 archive grows. It shows that your newsletter is indeed published on a regular basis. Second, you can postrepparttar 124393 newsletter as a web page (convert it to HTML if it is a text ezine), add some keywords and you've added yet another page for search engines to find. This is a great way to pick up visitors.

How do you allow people to opt-out? - Include a link on your page, generally atrepparttar 124394 bottom. If someone clicksrepparttar 124395 link they are opted out. For your own sake, don't make it complicated for people to leave your mailing list - if you do, you will get reported as a spammer. You can also allow people to send a return email with "REMOVE" or "UNSUBSCRIBE". Personally, I prefer a link. However, it is a good idea to allow both methods to work as some people will simply reply with REMOVE no matter who you explain it to them.

This is such an important point that I will make it again. You MUST ensure that it is easy for someone to opt-out of your ezine. A single click or a reply to an email, that's all it should take. Do not require them to do any more. Otherwise, you are takingrepparttar 124396 chance that you will be reported as a spammer.

What isrepparttar 124397 mechanism for signing up? - I like a double opt-in system. What this means is someone subscribes on my web site via a web page. They enter their email address and click submit. Now an email is sent to their email address, which they must respond to in order to be added torepparttar 124398 list. This makes absolutely sure that a person not only wants to subscribe, but thatrepparttar 124399 email address is indeed his email address. This is about as safe as you can get.

Another method (which I use for my daily tips ezine) is to use an autoresponder. If you wanted to receive my newsletter you would send an email to my autoresponder address. This also ensures thatrepparttar 124400 ezine is sent only to someone who wants it, since you must send it fromrepparttar 124401 desired email address. For more information on autoresponders see http://www.themestream.com/articles/332918.html

Any other advice? Don't wait. The sooner you start promoting and sending out your ezine,repparttar 124402 sooner you will get return visitors.

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets. This website includes over 1,000 free articles to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge. Web Site Address: http://www.internet-tips.net Weekly newsletter: http://www.internet-tips.net/joinlist.htm Daily Tips: internet-tips@GetResponse.com

Thinking of starting your own newsletter

Written by Vern Anderson

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After looking at different options for a few days, you decide, I will not turn all of my subscribers over to any one else.

You are afraid ofrepparttar horror stories of sites selling these list forrepparttar 124382 money involved. So you decide, I will do this myself, where I have control of my subscribers, and no one else.

Let me tell you what I did, and hopefully you will know better than to do this. I purchased a cgi script, since I know how to install cgi programs.

I didn't think this thru good enough, or I would have known, that this was not what I should be doing.

I paid, "hang onto your hat" $99.95 for this script. If you read my newsletter, you know what happened. My web host went down for about ten hours, andrepparttar 124383 end result was, I lost my entire subscriber list.

Thank God, I had most of it in my printed file as people subscribed. Think ofrepparttar 124384 fun I had going thru over three hundred pieces of paper, setting up a new list.

On that very day, I said to myself, "Vern" that's what I call myself, most ofrepparttar 124385 time. The other times, I can't put in print. I said this is going to change, before this happens again.

I tried many programs, ranging in price from $199.95 to $499.95. Some were so hard to setup, that you needed to be a computer expert to set it up.

I finally decided on Postmaster, $299.95, going to $349.95 very soon. I picked it, because a dummy like me can set it up.

I feel confident now that I can collect my subscribers info without having to worry about it.

Putting out this newsletter, takes time away from my advertising, but I thinkrepparttar 124386 advertising I get by putting it out, out weighsrepparttar 124387 time I missed promoting.

PS. If you are thinking of starting your own newsletter, (do it.) Send merepparttar 124388 way to subscribe, and I will.

Vern Anderson Author of (Show Me The Way) ebook being shown at the Ebook Palace 101 South Cherry Street Lexington, Illinois 61753 http://www.marketingnewsnewsletter.com vern@marketingnewsnewsletter.com For autoresponder articles vern@freeautobot.com

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