Best free autoresponder I ever use with premium features

Since 2007, I was looking for a good and free autoresponder. Like anybody I use google to search the best free autoresponder possible.

I test everything in the top five autoresponder.

None of them had the professional quality I was looking for.

I finally invest into a premium autoresponder. It was good but very expensive at the time. My small freelance business was not ready for this.

Everything changes when I discover Mailchimp.

Mailchimp is a free autoresponder that you can use to send 6000 emails to 1000 subscribers per month.

Let me repeat that, you can send 6000 emails to 1000 subscribers every month at zero cost.

That’s an amazing deal. I left my previous expensive autoresponder to test Mailchimp.

Let’s talk about the Autoresponder

You have a very easy send setting. You can segment the list track links, track open rate and much more. It is very complete. It was easy to use for me.

free autoresponder at mailchimp

List management

The list management is great because you can create many groups or list. However it would have been cooler to have a way to sign people into a group without creating a new list.

API

You can play with a complete and free API. This is a great deal.

I plan to play more with it during this spring. I will talk about my progress in a near future with this API. In the meantime you can play with a list of great plug in.

Support

You need to be an internet savvy. My friend tests it and she was not able to use mailchimp. She did not understand where to start and how it would help her.

There is no phone number. I do understand that for a free service it is a little bit too much but not everyone is confortable with the whole e-mail support feature.

That’s my big problem with mailchimp. If you are an internet savvy then you are going to love mailchimp.

Before you spend your money anywhere I highly suggest that you check out mailchimp.

When you are ready or your business is growing you can spend your money on mailchimp or anywhere else.

You can check mailchimp from my special link below.

Go check and open your mailchimp account

They will not pay me from this link but I will receive great karma from them.

If you do sign up from my link or not you can always contact me. I will help you set up your mailchimp the right way.

I have simple tweak that I use right now to get more subscriber everyday.

Submit your article to ezines articles suck. I said it now the best ezines alternative

In my previous post I said why I will never submit an article to ezines. It is good but I need to find a way to submit a great article that will help specific people.

Last week I stumbled upon an article on my favorite blog from Tim Ferriss.

It is a guest post about charisma.

It is not a subject I will search on google. However, read about the subject was very interesting.

You can read the guest post here.

Something special happened after I read this guest post. Not only I was looking to know more about the author but I was ready to buy his book.

Let’s look how he tricked me to buy his book

A quick introduction about the author

The context about this guest post

How to do it in 3 steps

A bonus: live video example about the subject (very cool example)

Explanation about this bonus

Finally a link to buy his book


Ezines vs Guest post

Now go back to ezines articles and compare the guest post article to any ezines articles.

None of them have this quality.

On top of that, none of ezines articles have the same level of feedback.

Who will make the most money? Ezines article author or the guest post?

The guest post is the answer.

Both will have massive traffic but only one will attract quality traffic.

It is quality traffic because it is from a community of real readers and lovers.

Now the next step is to reach out to popular blog to drive traffic.

Submit your article to ezines article suck. I said it now the best ezines alternative

In my previous post I said why I will never submit an article to ezines. It is good but I need to find a way to submit a great article that will help specific people.

Last week I stumbled upon an article on my favorite blog from Tim Ferriss.

It is a guest post about charisma. It is not a subject I will search on google. However,  read about the subject was very interesting.

You can read the guest post here.

Something special happened after I read this guest post. Not only I was looking to know more about the author but I was ready to buy his book.

Let’s look how he tricked me to buy his book

A quick introduction about the author

The context about this guest post

How to do it in 3 steps

A bonus: live video example about the subject (very cool example)

Explanation about this bonus

Finally a link to buy his book

Now go back to ezines article and compare the guest post article to any ezines articles.

None of them have this quality.

On top of that, none of ezines article has the same level of feedback.

Who will make the most money?

Ezines article author or the guest post?

The guest post is the answer.

Both will have massive traffic but only one will attract quality traffic.

It is quality traffic because it is from a community of real reader and lover.

Recommendation from friends and authority people are always the best option.

Now the next step is to reach out to popular blog to drive traffic.

Why I will never submit an article on ezines articles. Google spam

Year after year, I hear you should submit an article to ezines articles. They are the best articles business out there. They will help you drive traffic and get high quality incoming links.

You need ezines to rank on google.

Those are solid reasons I get all the time.

Now look at ezines article website for a second.

ezines article submit suck

There is a ton of ads and a mini “article” to solve or promote a product.

Not only the article sucks but most of those expert author publish more then one time around a keyword to make sure they dominate the search engine ranking.

Many people start to notice that there is a huge problem. You can read the techcrunch article about the broken google system.

I start to use blekko to do my search online.

What’s the best ezines articles alternative?

The best ezines alternative is a popular blog. It is the best alternative because you talk directly to a specific audience. It forces you to write high quality and specific answer for a community.

I connect more with guest author from my favorite website then a random article like ezines articles.

I never hear: I become successful because I publish on ezines. It does not work like that.

You may end up with money (pocket change) but you will not have a fan base.

I plan to build a fan base this year.

I think the best way to build a fan base is to reach out to a community and fan club online and offline.

Ezines is now the biggest spam machine.

I do plan to write my strategy to reach out other successful websites.

Last thing, it is not cool to write as featured on ezines article ….

The best of 2010 at BlackySky

I was very busy this year. I think 2010 was the best year of my life and I hope 2011 to be 10 times better.

I learn many things in 2010.

1-       Ship early and often

2-       Solve a problem and create wealth and then find a business model

3-       Test test and test

4-       Act now not later

5-       Help people without asking nothing in return

6-       Focus

7-       Network and ask for help

I learn so much this year.  I have many surprises this year too.

The most popular post here was How to fake check ins on Foursquare. Expect more hacking cool stuff. Nothing crazy.

Make more money this year was very popular too.

I receive unexpected comment from Ryan Eagle and Shawn Collins. Expect more post about my personal opinion.

My goals for 2011

Solve more simple problems.

Ship early and often

Find 1000 true fans

Conversion rate at 75%

Get one rejection a day

Proud to make money online

Happy new year everyone