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FREE LIST HOSTS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
ListBot used to have a free version (ad-supported). If you're determined to only use a free list host, two of most popular are:
== Yahoo Groups, http://groups.yahoo.com/ == Topica, http://www.topica.com/
If, however, you choose to use a free service, be aware that although they're free *now*, they may not *remain* free. At any time they could choose to start charging for their services (like so many previously 'free' online services have done) ... or they could withdraw services altogether.
Heck, ListBot was run by Microsoft. If Microsoft couldn't make it work, how much longer do you think these other services will remain free?
FEE-BASED LIST HOSTS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
While searching for a solution to my 'ListBot dilemma', I came across a large number of list hosts. What I was looking for was a host that could provide all usual newsletter management features, along with reliability and a strong dedication to customer service.
In terms of money, fee-based list hosts usually work on a subscription basis. You pay a fee periodically (every month, quarter, or year, for example) in exchange for ability to send a certain number of messages each month. Some list hosts will charge you based on how many messages you send (for example, $1 for every 1000 messages).
Two list hosts that were highly recommended to me are:
== SparkList, http://www.sparklist.com/services/hosting/ == ListChannel, http://buildyourhomebiz.com/listchannel.html
I finally chose to go with ListChannel (SparkList has a minimum of $50/month, which is more than I want to spend). So far I'm happy with ListChannel: it's fast, reliable, and their customer service is consistently prompt and helpful.
If you're a 'ListBot Refugee', ListChannel has set up a special discount for you (good only until August 20, 2001): http://buildyourhomebiz.com/listbotspecial.html
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