Monthly Archives: September 2008

Aweber vs 1ShoppingCart vs GetResponse – autoresponders comparison

I was searching for the best autoresponder to use for business and as many of us do – went to Google to search for unbiased opinions, reviews and experiences. The quest was a bit time consuming – Google still has a work to do eliminating useless spam and zero-value pages from their index. Until they do – we – the searchers has to do it ourselves. So I did it and filtered through the content of all these results to make the final choice.

My research might save you time if you’re after similar task.

I already have basic shopping cart account with 1ShoppingCart and they also offer autoresponder at extra monthly cost. Another contender is AWeber. I also found quite a few people using GetResponse. I wanted to find which one is the best and whether I might be missing other choices in this area.

Choosing the right autoresponder is VERY important as the task of moving away from it later on could mean serious loss of established business (old list members refuse to re-optin).

I decided to search for reasonably fresh pages – dated less than 1 yr old. I wanted to find decentĀ  reviews/comparisons/articles regarding choosing the right autoresponder.

So here I just list the reasonably decent posts I found and at the end summarize my choice. […]

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5R System: How to build your opt-in list 4 to 7 times faster

I missed this week’s call with Michel Fortin and Daniel Levis about growing your online customer and prospects lists 4 to 7 times faster. Luckily Michel Fortin (my fellow Ottawan) was kind enough to mail me MP3 recording of a call. This call was obviously pre-sale for more complete and detailed system by Daniel Levis but nevertheless it was full of actionable tips that could be utilized by any webmaster in any business immediately.
Just by reading these ideas and acting upon them could really improve the speed of any opt-in prospects gathering process quite a bit.

So here they are.

5R system by Daniel Levis – well defined workflow for improving conversion. It boils down to:
Effective Communication
which in 5R terms could be spelled as:
Right person communicating Right message to the Right audience at the Right time in the Right way
What these principles are (in different order): […]

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Building fast SEO-optimized websites

This tutorial is the result of my quest to find the best way to build fast, CMS-based, easy to manage, SEO friendly websites that would be well capable of generating money.

(I wanted to use the word “extra” but then why “extra”? It could very well be “main” money! The act of “generating money online” I envision as an act of easily delivering useful products or services to other people with the help of a website and being compensated for your work. The less problems or tractions that are happening during this process – the better)

The following features of WEB site building tool as well as features of final website were of the most importance:

Ability to quickly build fully featured website. No painstaking struggles with web building software itself is acceptable.
Ability to easily manage website from any internet-connected computer with any browser. In other words I want CMS (Contents Management System) based solution. No “create here and then copy there” solutions are acceptable any more.
Ability to clone website – duplicate your success at will!
Web site needs to load fast – Google spider wouldn’t wait 30 seconds to read your sluggish pages and will move on.
SEO: Web site needs to be highly optimized for search engines and SEO-important elements and structures needs to be highly customizable.
Web site needs to be WEB2.0 ready. Meaning:

Allowing your visitors/members to contribute and share contents right on your website.
Having Social Media / Social Networking elements either built-in or easily added.

Web site needs to be perfectly suitable for online e-commerce – in other words I want to be able to build online store to sell anything.
Web site needs to be compatible with modern membership-based solutions (for the webmasters who wants to build membership sites)
Web site needs to be able to be properly indexable by spiders and able to rank high on major search engines. This of course depends on skills of webmaster, but having these skills – the solution needs to be on par.
Web site needs to have integrated backup facility – I had my share of defacings done by mentally challenged script kiddies and backups are a necessity of life.

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