When AWeber Goes Down
By now, it’s all over the Internet because on Tuesday of this last week I was trying to email my subscribers to tell them about some free affiliate marketing training.
The email was already written, however, I couldn’t send it out because due to a fatal error, AWeber was down all day. This was something I had never experienced before but, it got me to thinking.
As business owners, shouldn’t we be prepared for the inevitable? Nothing is foolproof, no matter how big or how well the company prepares itself. Therefore, we should have some alternatives. Here are a few backup auto responder companies we should consider.
This is an auto responder company much like AWeber and you’ve probably heard of it before. They are a little bit less expensive than AWeber to start out. They charge $15 a month for up to 1,000 emails.
After that the price goes up accordingly. Most auto responder companies operate in this manner.
They call themselves the “World’s Easiest Email Marketing Platform”. With all companies, they have their good and bad points. Some people love them and some people, not so much.
This is some of what they offer for List Management Services:
|Multiple Lists and Segments|
|Social Networking Signup Form Options|
AutoResponse Plus or (ArpReach)
This is very interesting because it’s a piece of software. The software is $395 and there is an installation fee, however they offer 50% off of the installation fee.
This automated software is uploaded to your web server and you can load it up with emails that will go out automatically at the time you desire.
Once you buy the software, there is no monthly fee for sending out emails so, you can send out 1 or 1,000,000.
You can sign up for a 30 day free trial to see if you can’t live without it! Basically, there are no controls about what you can send, when you can send it or how many you can send.
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Support and updates are available for the software
and there is an affiliate program. The commission is 25% for the first level and I saved the best for last. If you sign up as an affiliate you receive $25 in your Affiliate account right now, as a bonus.
On the application, a question they ask is who told you about ArpReach? I would appreciate a shout out. Thanks, in advance.
- Standard plan – which is $195/no monthly fee and a free $97 installation.
- Gold plan - which is $395/no monthly fee and a free $97 installation
There is a lot more information but, I touched on the highlights. Go investigate, you’ll be glad you did.
Amazon SES ( Simple Email Service)
Here is a platform where you only pay for emails you send. They claim to have a high deliverability rate due to the fact that content filtering technologies help detect and block messages containing viruses or malware before they can be sent.
They maintain a complaint feedback loop which means that they keep track of emails you mark as spam.
Multiple E-Mail Sending Interfaces
This is a nice feature because there are 3 ways to send email.
- SMTP – is ideal if you want to take advantage of your existing SMTP-enabled email client or software program.
- Amazon SES Console - which is the quickest way to get set up.
- Amazon Query SES API – which is a more advanced option
If you are an Amazon EC2 user, you can get started with Amazon SES for free, however, there is a charge for attachments which is 12 cents per GB of attachments sent.
You are charged 10 cents per thousand emails sent to a single recipient and one email that is sent to many different addresses is considered to be a unique message to each recipient.
There is no charge for data transfer as long as it’s inbound and coming to Amazon SES, however, there is a charge for outbound data transfer.
Here is a place where you can compare the different email marketing services and decide for yourself what’s best for your needs.
Good luck with your choice!