Guerrillas Need An Optin List

Written by John Botscharow

Guerrillas Need An Optin List by John Botscharow

The most important marketing weapon any business needs is their own opt in mailing list. Why?

To answer that, first we must define what opt in means. An opt in list as I userepparttar term is a list of people and their addresses (can be either snail mail and/or e-mail addresses) that you built yourself. These arerepparttar 124360 contacts who have come to your web site and have requested information from you. Or they have responded to an ad you placed either on line or off line. The particular way they contacted you is not really important for this article butrepparttar 124361 fact that they requested your information is. They have given you consent to send them information.

Why is it important that they have requested that information? The answer is NOT what most of you are probably thinking right now. I'm not talking about Spam here. The importance lies inrepparttar 124362 subscriber's receptivity. If I request information I will be much more inclined, first, to read it and, secondly, to follow through with it.


A side bar here! The fact that some government agency or your ISP disapproves of my marketing tactics is not relevant. What is important is that, sending mail to someone who did not request it, that is, someone who did not show any interest in your information, is counter-productive for YOU and a waste of YOUR time, YOUR effort and YOUR money. -----------------------------------------------------------------

I want to stressrepparttar 124363 word "information" here. Your subscribers did not request to be bombarded with nothing but blatant advertising. If you use your list to send ONLY advertising, your list will disappear very quickly. Most people get enough pure advertising via their mail (and for this article "mail" includes both snail mail and e-mail) to last them a lifetime. They really are not asking for more.

What you need to provide for your list is important, valuable, and relevant content. The criteria you must use to determine if this content is valuable or important or relevant is not whether YOU think it is, but whether your subscribers think so.

How do you determine what your subscribers think is important or valuable or relevant?

First of all,repparttar 124364 demographics of your list will give you some general ideas. When you set up your list, you must define a "target market" Who do you want on your list? Not specific names, but you need to pick some specific characteristics) you want all your subscribers to have in common. Perhaps, they should all be dog owners or hot rod fanciers or people who raise bees.

This target market is defined first of all by what area of expertise you intend to specialize in. Are you going to be an expert in martial arts or marital relationships? Once you have defined your area of expertise, then you ask yourself, "Who will be interested in this information?" Try to narrow this group down as much as possible. But do not overdo it or you will have such a narrow target market that your list will never grow to a sufficient size to be profitable.

Why I Don't Publish An Ezine...Even Though I Can't Seem To Shut Up!

Written by Roger J. Burke

This article may be freely used in ezines, on websites or in e-books, as long asrepparttar by-line is left intact.

Notification of publication would be greatly appreciated, and if possible, a copy ofrepparttar 124359 relevant ezine or newsletter. Please send notification to:


I was a bit hesitant to write this, as I know that it won't sit very well with some - perhaps many, in fact?

Very rarely a day goes by that I don't get an email or ezine exhorting me to "get in there and get published with your own ezine." But, I don't pay any attention to them, any more. It's not that I don't have anything to say - Sherry has a hard time shutting me up...sometimes.

Anyways, I had an ezine, before. When we first started out onrepparttar 124360 Net.

But, I stopped doing it.

Now, I want to tell you why...

I actually *liked* preparing it each fortnight (it was published twice a month) and sending it out, knowing that I was delivering something of value (I hoped) to my small subscriber list.

However, after many months, I noticed two things...

I was receiving ezines from *many* sources, all of which were writing about my own chosen topic - developing wealth through online marketing. As I read and learnt, I eventually saw that there were a lot of other people who were *far* better qualified than I was (and better writers also) with far bigger subscriber lists.

Suddenly, I had a mental picture of that ram, butting his head against that dam - only *this* dam was a bit *too* high for my high hopes!

Co-incidentally, as I became more enthused with my ezine writing,repparttar 124361 time required to completerepparttar 124362 task expanded, of course, to meet it. Other tasks slipped, other committments were rescheduled and suddenly, I was behindrepparttar 124363 eight ball!

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