Everyone's finally catching onto idea that publishing an e-mail newsletter (or "e-zine") is a super way to market their businesses. But unfortunately I still see many people making same mistakes that could lead to losing subscribers, and worse.
To help YOU get off on right foot, I'm listing five most common mistakes I see new publishers make. Watch your step!
MISTAKE 1: Sending out their e-zines from their own everyday e-mail programs.
Sure, it seems easy at first, you just create a "group" in your e-mail program and start from there. But once you get over 50 subscribers, you're going to have nothing but problems. Not only will you have to manually handle all sign-ups and removals, but you may get into trouble. Most Internet service providers (ISPs) won't let you send an e-mail to more than 30 people at once. They set limits like this to help prevent spammers from using their networks.
Also, your entire list resides on your computer, so you'll have to be extra meticulous about making backups of your list - imagine instantly losing a list of hundreds or thousands of subscribers that took months to build!
Save yourself some time and headaches NOW, and sign up for a reliable online list service or purchase list management software.
MISTAKE 2. Signing up people without their permission.
Even if you're my best friend, I'll honestly be perturbed if you launch your e-zine and automatically sign me up for it. That's a big no-no on Net, and it can get you in hot water.
If you're wondering how to get your list started, send out a one-time *invitation* to everyone you know, along with a *sample issue* of your e-zine and clear instructions on how to subscribe. That way they can *see* how great your e-zine is, and they'll realize they should definitely sign up.
MISTAKE 3. Not giving their readers useful content.