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To buy leads/email list or not?

Postby mellymom3 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:09 pm

I don't even know if this is the right thread to post this in but, I'll give it a shot.
I am currently working on building up my list(I know who isn't?). I have only a few subscribers as I have only had my website up for about 2 months now. Traffic seems to be slowly climbing due to article marketing, forums, free ads, and a few others.
But no one is opting in to my list. So my question was...

I want to get involved with one of the next great giveaways to build up my list even more but in order to participate you have to have at least a few on your own list to contribute to the advertising. (I think it is more like 500 not 5 :lol: )
So, I found a site that has a good price for buying so many subscribers. I have never done this before and was wondering if anyone could tell me how it works and if it is worth it, and why if so.
Any recommendations would help.

Thanks!
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Postby JeanM » Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:46 pm

Hi mellymom3. I can't answer the question about buying subscribers, I am new and trying to do the same thing you are. :)

I do not see a sign up page on your link so that you can get subscribers. It took me straight to the ebook.

Perhaps someone else will be able to help more. Good luck!
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Postby mellymom3 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:23 pm

Thank you Jean.
I realize the confusion you were facing. So I have changed my signature again. The opt-in form is on my actual site.

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Postby JeanM » Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:47 pm

thanks! I seem to stay confused! :?
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Postby karynsolo » Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:40 pm

Buying leads is a risk nowdays, you never know how pre qualified they really are if at all and way too many companies use software to harvest email addresses and lead information and all is compiled into lists that go out for sale.

If you are looking for good pre qualified leads and find a company promising such really question them, how do they get the leads, how are they pre qualified, how old are the lists etc.

I got caught up in purchasing so called pre qualified leads list several times that turned out to be total garbage, expensive garbage at that.

Many lead companies do not offer a money back guarantee and if they do , good luck getting a refund they will use every excuse in the book to not give the refund wen asked for one.

I prefer using methods for leads and list building that are generated right off of my sites. Offer a free newsletter and get the optins that way, there are many things that you can do to get good leads and opt ins without paying a company for something you do not know to be the quality they promise.

Get creative
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Postby DaveAMWSO » Mon May 12, 2008 2:37 am

I would definitely not recommend buying a mailing lead list. Most likely what will happen is that you'll get your email address/domain quickly added to many SPAM blacklists. The "leads" are probably junk email addresses (you'll get a lot of bounce backs, again contributing to you being classified as a spammer). If there are good addresses on there, they are usually untargetted.

Consider yourself, how often have you ever responded or read a completely unsolicited email offer or advertisement?

Keep building your own list. Perhaps consider finding another site/marketer within your niche and work some kind of "affiliate" deal where they'll mention your site in return for your mentioning theirs. Offer some contest or giveaway on your site/blog...some incentive to get people to sign up.
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Re: To buy leads/email list or not?

Postby kirkward » Sat May 17, 2008 4:23 pm

mellymom3 wrote:I don't even know if this is the right thread to post this in but, I'll give it a shot.
I am currently working on building up my list(I know who isn't?). I have only a few subscribers as I have only had my website up for about 2 months now. Traffic seems to be slowly climbing due to article marketing, forums, free ads, and a few others.
But no one is opting in to my list. So my question was...

I want to get involved with one of the next great giveaways to build up my list even more but in order to participate you have to have at least a few on your own list to contribute to the advertising. (I think it is more like 500 not 5 :lol: )
So, I found a site that has a good price for buying so many subscribers. I have never done this before and was wondering if anyone could tell me how it works and if it is worth it, and why if so.
Any recommendations would help.

Thanks!

Melly,

See if you can find Warren Whitlock at Zero Cost Promotions, or email him at warren@BestSellerAuthors.com

I think he will let you start with an almost negligible list ... but you have to have something to give away.

He measures your responses, and the better your list responds, the higher up in his giveaway page you are, and the more you give away to get new subscribers.

I used him once and got a bunch of subscribers. They weren't very targeted, but they had shown an interest in what I was offering.

Do double opt in.

And, do NOT buy or rent a mailing list. The closest you can think of should be a co-reg offer.

And another PS type thingy. New CAN-SPAM rules were announced this week. You may want to read up on them.
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Postby Osobase » Mon May 19, 2008 3:07 am

My experience with buying leads have been awful at best. So I would generally advice anyone to stay away from buying leads.

Consider...

1. If you receive an email from someone totally strange selling you some stuff, would you buy from him? What I do? I hit the spam button quick!

2. 99% of leads being sold are blacklists... Ok, I might be wrong with my stat :) but seriously, think about this: After working so hard to build your list, would you risk your reputation and sell it for some quick cash? I won't and many (if not all) serious Internet marketers won't either.

3. Any guarantee that you're buying a safelist? Some lead companies sell blacklists harvested using spam robots and so YOU might be accused of spamming. Yes, this can happen even though you have, along with the email addresses, the names and other contact information of the list.

4. If any lead company tells you that the leads they sell is exclusive, they've just lied to you (except they sell a lead for $10 or more). This is no 'small' lie at all! If they can say this, then lying that their list is a safelist is no big deal for them. Nowadays, there's no such thing as an "exclusive lead" for pennies on the dollar.

Sometimes, list building can be a painfully slow process, but it's well worth it...
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Postby karynsolo » Thu May 22, 2008 8:35 pm

Osobase is right, buying leads at best is a crap shoot, and the so called " Exclusive " leads are a lie in almost every case that I have found. They will sell you leads at a higher rate than others telling you they are exclusive and turn right around and sell that same list to another person or company at the same or higher rate. Then it becomes a race to get to that contact before someone else does with an offer and hope you are not hung up on.

Email lists are no bargain either, the risk of serious trouble is present with lists that are sold and not verified.

You are better off building your own list the good ole fashioned way, keeping your list to yourself and working it properly.
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Postby mellymom3 » Thu May 22, 2008 8:40 pm

Thanks for all your help. I decided that I would rather build up my list on my own and truly know that they are there because they want what I have to offer.
I know I would not be too thrilled if someone contacted me to try to add me to a list when I didn't sign up to their specific list on my own.
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Postby Katarina1 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:25 pm

Hi,
You still don't have a sign up form on your page mkbwriting.com
I just went there and didn't see it. Must be in the upper, left corner and what works for me best is making videos. Just buy simple web cam and plug it into your computer.Say something like...welcome to my site, I am Miss XX and some kind of intro about biz.Benefits, what is in there for them if they join.
Good luck
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