"Things Ezine Publishers Wished Their Subscribers Knew"

Written by June Campbell


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b. When sending an unsubscribe request, you MUST userepparttar same email address that you used when you subscribed. If you subscribe to an ezine with your me@hotmail.com address, then send an unsubscribe while your email software is set to your me@home.com address,repparttar 124413 publisher will not find that address inrepparttar 124414 list and will not be able to unsubscribe you.

c. If you are subscribed using 2 or more addresses, you will receive 2 or more copies ofrepparttar 124415 ezine. The publisher and his technology do not understand that both addresses belong to you. If you want to unsubscribe totally, you will need to unsubscribe using both addresses. If you remove only one,repparttar 124416 ezine will continue to be sent torepparttar 124417 other.

4. They Asked for my Name when I Subscribed. The subscribe form asks for your name and your email address. You suspect they are planning to use your name for some nefarious purpose.

Wrong. The publisher is personalizingrepparttar 124418 email that she sends. Most subscribers like receiving personalized messages instead of generic ones. If you fill inrepparttar 124419 form with a bogus name such as AABBCC, when your ezine arrives, it will say "Dear AABBCC", instead of "Dear Mary.'

5. I Didn't Subscribe. I've Been Spammed! Are you sure? It's not uncommon for people to forget they have subscribed to an ezine and decide it is spam. Of perhaps your kid had a good time subscribing to every ezine she found onrepparttar 124420 web. Many publishers use various means to verify and confirm subscribers. A false accusation of spam can prove embarrassing ifrepparttar 124421 publisher can produce mail logs or IP addresses demonstrating that someone did indeed subscribe from your computer. It also happens occasionally that a friend or enemy subscribes people without letting them know. That's not your fault, but it's notrepparttar 124422 publisher's fault either.

Now you understand how things work, get ready to enjoyrepparttar 124423 newsletters that you want!

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PLANNING AND CREATING YOUR E-ZINE'S CONTENT

Written by Dr.Mani Sivasubramanian, M.D.


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Products and services can also be grist for your mill. Just remember to stay within repparttar guidelines - relevant and useful to your reader. => Website Updates

An e-zine is an excellent way to get readers to visit your website again, and thereby create "stickiness" to your site.

Why should you encourage repeat visits?

There are two major benefits from running a "sticky" website:

if you sell advertising space on your site,repparttar 124412 repeat visitors would generate more page views, and therefore additional revenue

if a visitor comes to your site again and again, and becomes loyal to your service, he or she is more likely than others to respond to offers on your site, and to buy products from you.

=> Interviews

Publishing an interview with an expert is exciting, valuable content. And it is easy to conduct one via e-mail.

Here's how it works:

Step 1

Identify your expert

Step 2

Learn more about your expert - special interests, experience, achievements, status in field, etc. This allows you to modify your interview to suitrepparttar 124413 individual.

Step 3

Decide upon a topic forrepparttar 124414 interview. Prepare a set of questions you'd like to ask.

Step 4

Contact your expert with an interview request. Most experts would be happy to participate in your interview. For those who seem hesitant, mentioningrepparttar 124415 exposure they would get from your publication is enough to get them to agree!

Step 5

E-mail a copy of your questions torepparttar 124416 expert and reviewrepparttar 124417 reply.

Make editorial changes suitable for your readership. Rearrangerepparttar 124418 questions so that there is a smooth flow of thoughts.

By intelligently interspersing additional queries and comments, you can make it appear as ifrepparttar 124419 interview was carried out in person!

Ask additional questions, or for clarification when necessary.

Step 6

Get approval from your expert forrepparttar 124420 final version ofrepparttar 124421 interview.

Step 7

PUBLISH !

=> Interactive Features

What sets apartrepparttar 124422 Internet and e-mail from traditional media (television, radio, newspaper and magazines) isrepparttar 124423 potential for "two-way" communication, or reader interactivity. And this is even easier with an e-zine.

Why should you interact with readers?

Easy. To improve your e-zine's quality.

You can establish closer, more personal relationships with subscribers You can find out about their preferences, likes and dislikes You can listen to their complaints and suggestions You can request their feedback on your performance You can collect valuable demographic data on your audience

AND.... you can get fresh content to use in your e-zine!

All of this allows you to make improvements, additions and enhancerepparttar 124424 value and utility of your e-zine to your reader.

Leveraging Interactivity for your E-zine

By employing interactive tools, you can generate content to use in later issues of your e-zine. There are many different ways to do this. Here are a few ideas:

=> Polls

Survey your readers. Ask a question. Request a vote on an issue or topic.

About what?

an article inrepparttar 124425 e-zine - "Did you find this week's feature helpful ?" current events - "Will you vote forrepparttar 124426 GOP inrepparttar 124427 next election ?" a controversial issue - "Do you believe in religion in schools ?" user preferences - "Would you like to receive this e-zine every week ?" demographic data - "Do you have young children ?"

Be imaginative and creative.

Some guidelines:

Be brief. Ask no more than 7 or 8 questions

Offer choices. Framerepparttar 124428 questions to have a YES/NO option

Provide an incentive to reply. A discount, a freebie, a trial membership

Compilerepparttar 124429 results and announce them torepparttar 124430 list. Your readers will enjoy hearing about what their peers think and feel about these issues.

Show that you are acting onrepparttar 124431 feedback received

=> Feedback

Reader feedback is extremely valuable - if you listen to it with a mind open to change, and act on it.

Criticism can stimulate you to improve standards. Questions and requests can indicate areas where you must provide content that helps your reader.

A good feedback loop between e-zine publisher and subscriber is worth a lot - probably as much asrepparttar 124432 trans-continental cables that wirerepparttar 124433 world together!

How can you get feedback from your reader?

Make it obvious that you welcome feedback.

In every issue, ask them to write back with their comments, opinions and suggestions for improvement.

Provide an e-mail address to write to, or send themrepparttar 124434 URL for a web-based feedback form they can submit.

How do you turn feedback into content?

Use your creativity to come up with new ideas. Here are some suggestions:

Write a feature article that answersrepparttar 124435 questions your reader asked

Print outrepparttar 124436 questions or comments your reader sent in, and answer them. Take care to request their permission to use their words. Most often, they'll agree - especially when you promise them a moment inrepparttar 124437 spotlight by mentioning their name, e-mail id or website URL in your post!

Act uponrepparttar 124438 suggestions readers make; then write about these changes

=> Discussion Lists

Building a discussion group around your e-zine is another way to promote interactivity while generating usable content inrepparttar 124439 process. While feedback is a one-to-one communication, a discussion group permits many-to-many interaction, since every e- mail sent torepparttar 124440 group is distributed to each member.

Here's what you can do:

- Create a discussion group using one ofrepparttar 124441 free or pay-services.

- Announce it on your e-zine and invite your subscribers to participate.

Readers could debate controversial articles and news stories, discuss other issues related to your topic and share their views and opinions with other readers.

The material generated in such lively debate could again be used asrepparttar 124442 seed to grow content for your e-zine.

=> Forums

One more method of growing an online community around your e-zine and promoting interactivity is a Forum or Bulletin Board.

An electronic bulletin board is a website where a visitor can read messages posted by others, and respond by writing another message onrepparttar 124443 board. This reply is also displayed for others to read, producing a growing list of discussions on related topics.

After a reasonable period of time,repparttar 124444 messages under a particular topic could be encapsulated into a feature article or other form of content on your e-zine.

Dr.Mani Sivasubramanian, M.D. Editor, THE HEART BEAT Health-E-Zine http://www.DrMani.com/ezine/heartbeat.shtml E-ZINE LAUNCH: the e-book to jumpstart your e-publishing career How to Create, Publish and Market YOUR OWN Profitable E-mail Newsletter on the Internet!


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