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If you wish to reach higher levels however, you must approach your online venture like every other business, and devote your full time and energy to it.
The collection of email address, from "freebies" however, is a valid method of building a data base. But if you do, remember that there will be undeliverables as time passes. Some ISP's servers will automatically go into a "self protect" mode and shut you down if bounces reach a certain level. For that reason, you must have an emailing package that automatically removes bad email addresses from your database.
It is simply too much work to attempt to do this manually. Your standard email packages, in addition to having a limit on number of emails that can be sent at one time, don't have ability to automatically remove bounces from database.
Once your mailing list exceeds a thousand or so subscribers, if you are sending out a newsletter or bulk "opt-in" email, your best bet is to use a commercial List Server. To prevent spamming, many of List Servers however, use a "double opt in" procedure that requires potential subscriber to verify their subscription request.
If you publish more than one, they make prospect "jump through hoops" to become subscribed to each one, and many people simply won't do it. We use Topica", and they require "double opt in" procedure. We found that a very small percentage of people requesting to be subscribed, actually wound up doing so.
To counteract this, we designed a web page that potential subscribers could simply select publication(s) they wished. This is sent directly to "Topica", and subscribers are sent one confirmation that will add them to multiple lists. Since implementing this, we found that rate of subscribes is right back where it should be.
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For smaller lists, consider a software package such as "Aureate" which resides on your computer, and allows you to automatically manage your bounces and unsubscribes.
If you do decide to follow publishing route in an attempt to build your business, it can be done. If you do it right way, perhaps concept of "Publish or Perish" does make some sense.
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