On June 22, 2001, one of most popular list hosts announced that it was replacing it's excellent service with a 'new and improved' version. We have to save all our subscriber lists and archives by August 20, or they'll be lost forever - unless, of course, we upgrade to their new service.
You might already know that I'm talking about ListBot. Yes, extremely popular ListBot is to be replaced with something called 'ListBuilder'.
Now I don't begrudge them for eliminating 'free ListBot'; they're a business, after all, and they have to try to remain profitable. What bothers me is that they don't seem to care one whit about what this means to their customers - free AND paying customers.
Let me add that they had a lot of loyal customers - people who loved their service and were willing, even happy, to pay for it. I was one of them ... until recently.
This change has a big effect on those of us who used ListBot to manage our newsletters. Our ListBot subscription links will now be defunct. In other words, years of hard work promoting our subscription links - in articles, eBooks, links, and so on - are completely *wasted*.
THAT is why I'm disgusted. It's hard to believe that ListBot would behave so callously towards their loyal, paying fans.
My trust is broken. I loved ListBot. I *don't*, however, love what they've done. So instead of upgrading to their new ListBuilder service, I went looking for another solution.
One option is to purchase a script to manage your list. Two such examples are:
== Opt-in Lightning, http://www.optinlightning.com/ == Mail Master Pro, http://www.cgitoolbox.com/package.html
With scripts, there's a number of things to consider. For example, does your web host allow you to install and run scripts? Is there an extra charge for doing so? Do you know how to install a script - or know someone who can do it for you?
On good side, once installed, your list management is completely under your control. No more relying on another company to handle your newsletter! You typically pay a one-time purchase fee for script (and possibly installation as well) and it's yours to use forever.