IS “AWEBER” A SCAM?
Are you just getting started with online marketing? Or maybe you’ve been at it for awhile and you’re looking for a good autoresponder. You could easily pick Aweber but you want to know if Aweber is really good. Is it the best? Or is Aweber a scam?
I’m going to review Aweber for you and tell you everything you need to know in order to make a decision based on “facts” – not “hype.” I’ll go over exactly what they offer, how it works, how much it costs, and other side benefits that are included with the Aweber offer. The review will be based on my actual usage.
In searching for autoresponders you’ll always find Aweber at the top of the list. Internet Marketers, both professionals and newbies alike, trust them to provide a consistent and user friendly experience every time. They don’t hesitate to recommend Aweber and are quick to tell you, Aweber is NOT A SCAM!
After constantly upgrading and improving their platform since they started in 1998, they now boast having one of the most powerful autoresponders in the business.
If you’re just starting out and completely new to autoresponders, let me explain the invaluable service they provide. An autoresponder is software that allows you to send out automated emails to those people who have signed up to your email list.
HOW IT WORKS
Suppose you have a business selling purebred kittens. Aweber enables you to post an offer on your website inviting prospects to sign up for a free newsletter all about your business. When your prospects respond, Aweber starts building your list and sending out your newsletters, emails, etc. according to your instructions, automatically.
Choosing the Aweber Legacy Followup Series, you are free to set up a series of pre-written emails and have them sent to your list on a timeline you choose. For example, one day after a person signs up you may schedule your first email. Thereafter every new person who signs up will get that first email. The next email in your series could be scheduled two days later, or three, or four, or however many days you choose. You can continue this series of automatic emails for as far out as you want and as long as you want.
All the while you are continuing to build your list with potential customers who have agreed to receive your emails. You have the ability to contact them with your specials, closeouts, or anything else you like, – anytime you like.
There’s an old axiom in the business that says…”the money is in the list” The larger your list grows, the more money you stand to make. There are other considerations, of course, but by and large the axiom is true and having a good autoresponder is essential to your success.
Aweber does so much more than just build your list. They provide a huge free library of video tutorials and training materials helping you become fully knowledgeable about email marketing. They also provide “Broadcasting” which enables you to send out a message to your entire list anytime you want to. For example, suppose you had a list of over 10k people and you decided to offer them a price reduction on one of your prize kittens. You could send out an email, immediately, to all 10k of them.
Aweber also provides you with “stats” on your emails such as “open rate” and “spam score” and much more. This is important because if you are wasting your time sending out emails with a very low “open” rate, you know a change needs to be made. Perhaps your title needs changing or something in your message needs rearranging. You need to know what is working and what is not! Aweber provides you with that vital information.
Aweber has no equals when it comes to their customer support. Boasting an award winning team backed by a staff that responds quickly to every query, I have never been “left hanging.” Their representatives have always responded to my questions with accuracy and speed. – Additionally Aweber can be reached by phone, email, or live chat. And all of them work without a hitch.
They have recently extended their customer support to better serve their customers to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for email and live chat.
Their telephone service is from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday – (est). I had to call them a few times in the beginning and was totally pleased at how they handled everything I could throw at them. Live Chat is also something to marvel over. These people know their business.
Aweber sets its pricing according to how many subscribers you have. This means that if they don’t produce by getting you more subscribers, they won’t increase their revenue. So it’s in their best interests to see you succeed. They also have a 30 Day FREE trial which I consider the best way to start off. It gives you a full 30 days to check everything out and get familiar with what they have to offer. It’s the way I started and it didn’t take me long to figure out just how powerful Aweber really is.
The monthly prices are as follows and it’s worth noting that all the features that Aweber offers are available to their customers regardless of which pay plan they are on. Again, this means that Aweber cannot charge you more unless you succeed.
$19/month – Up to 500 Subscribers
$29/month – Up to 2500 Subscribers
$49/month – Up to 5000 Subscribers
$69/month – Up to 10,000 Subscribers
$149/month – Up to 25,000 Subscribers
HOW TO GET SIGNUPS
Will people sign up easily? NO! The trick to getting signups, as I have learned, is to offer a “freebie” in return for them signing up. This freebie should be something of value to them, closely related to the subject they responded to.
For example, if people are responding to an article you’ve written about Internet Marketing, the freebie should be closely related to that. You might offer a “free” course on “Affiliate Marketing” or a report such as “The 7 worst mistakes beginners make when starting an Online Business” – Anything that encourages a visitor to put in his name and email address is what you should be looking for. And, incidentally, Aweber sets all that up for you. With their “drag and drop” system of creating emails and “fill-in-the-blanks” email templates it couldn’t be any easier for a newbie to complete with the big boys.
MY CONCLUSIONS ON AWEBER – IS IT WORTH IT?
Aweber is one of the best auto responders you can get, – however, you must keep this in mind; Aweber is only worth it after your website begins to get traffic. My advice? – You don’t need Aweber until your traffic reaches at least 1000 per month. – Keep in mind traffic doesn’t mean signups. Signups will be a small percentage of your traffic. You would also do well to check out their competition: Get Response, Mail Chimp and Constant Contact.
I hope this review answered most of your questions but if it didn’t, please leave a reply and I will answer it asap.
All the best,