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Aweber Question: HTML -and- Plain Text Formats?

Postby MommyEnterprises » Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:58 pm

For those of you that use Aweber:

When you are creating your follow up messages, do you create both a text email and HTML. I have been just creating a HTML message and not the text.
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Postby Lynn Terry » Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:20 pm

Yes, if you generally send HTML formatted emails, you'll want to include a plain text version for those that have email clients (or online email readers) that cant parse HTML.

If you usually just send plain text emails, then that's all you need.
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Postby MommyEnterprises » Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:24 pm

I normally send HTML and was thinking I should be creating the text version but wasn't quire sure. Thanks for confirming.
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I do both

Postby mindy1978 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:58 pm

I send both. If I send a html message, I always include a text version as well. I was sending a formatted monthly html newsletter, and got a couple responses from my members. Those who didn't have html enabled on the email program, couldn't make any sense of the html newsletter. It was just a jumpled mess of html.

So to avoid some members missing out, I have moved to mainly text emails.

Have a great day!

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Postby Les » Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:06 am

I know with html formatted emails it's nice to think you can get 'opening rate' stats and your messages look nice but...

You've got to be aware when sending html format emails that many people, and most corporate entities, will automatically not accept them for fear of something nasty getting on their system.

And of those html emails that do get through, many will get filtered to the junk bin.

Also, some popular email readers like Thunderbird, don't show images. So all the reader see's is a bit of a mess.

By the way, the 'Open Rate' feature is based on an invisible image in the message being called by the email client and the stat measured by Aweber.

So all this kind of negates accurate open rates and pretty messages.

A way round all this is to send a plain text message with a link to the new edition of your newsletter online, which is posted on your website. That way you get your opening stats, pretty pictures and formating, plus a new page as spider food for the search engine bots.

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Postby Michael b » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:33 am

I send both. I start by writing all of my emails in plain text. This helps me keep it neat and clean and also converts easy to HTML with a copy and paste.

Having both also helps drop your SPAM score ranked on spam assassin as it sees anything with mainly html as spammy. <----- is that a word :)

It also helps the members who can't see HTML as noted by many others before hand.
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Postby Oregon Coast Guy » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:51 pm

I only send text.

As long as my links are intact, it gets the message across and it's nicely formatted, I'm a happy camper. :wink:


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