Leave Your Name and Email and Get a Pounding Headache

Leave Your eMail and Get a Headache

I was reading Darren Rowse’s problogger.net this morning and came across this article.  Boy! did it strike home with me.

I enter my name and email in a lot of online squeeze pages’ and I often learn a great deal of value.

Unfortunately, I often learn what Darren talks about here: (read it, especially if you send, or are thinking of sending to an email list)

… I can just imagine how it happened – the company with the affiliate program probably has a page with some suggested emails that people could send out prospects – those signing up for the affiliate program simply copy and paste the email into my contact form expecting to get rich.

The problem is:

  • The emails lack any compelling reason for me to respond to them.
  • They completely lack anything personal.
  • They give no real or useful information.
  • They don’t tell me a story.
  • They are spin.  …

Ready To Quit Sometimes

I am frankly so sick of receiving the typical drivel I have been receiving lately that I am ready to bag this whole blogging and Internet marketing learning exercise.

It is not that there is not a lot of valuable information out there … there certainly is.

It is not a case of ‘too many crooks’ … a very large percentage of the folks I have dealt with have proven to be honest as the day is long.

It is not that you can’t make money … you certainly can, I make some myself as do a great many others.

The problem is, though, the way so many go about making that money.  Darren’s points are very well taken and I second them, wholeheartedly.

Build a List But Don’t Abuse It

If you want to make money, especially marketing your own product or earning affiliate commissions from other’s products, then you darn well better build a list.  One of the biggest mistakes I have made so far is avoiding building a list.

Furthermore, it is not that hard at all to build a list … if you decide to do so.

But the real ‘rub’ is, what you do with … and to the folks on that list.  they aren’t email addresses, they are people, and they deserve to be treated with respect.  Not bombarded with bullshit … the only proper term for much of the promotional emails I receive … or milked dry like a cow’s teat.

Milking Is Nowhere Near As Easy As You Think

By the way, since 98% of you aren’t interested in agriculture you may not know that milking and caring for cows is a very exact science, coupled with luck and a little art.

Real cows will go off their milk when they are abused … just as email lists will.

Sadly this seems to be a hard lesson to learn.

I found an excellent series of video by a fellow named Frank Kern that I am going to recommend you watch, unreservedly.  They do require a sign-up, so far Frank has been non-abusive.  You’ll learn the right way to make lists and earn money … without abusing anyone.  recommended.

By the way, the list above is not an affiliate link.  I wish it was, but I don’t have time to play with any more affiliate programs … I need to focus on working a number of other opportunities I am already neglecting.  So go, view and enjoy.

(tip of the blog hat to Yaro for recommending these videos.  If you aren’t reading Yaro on a regular basis, you are not trying to learn and earn.  Thanks Yaro.)



  1. Excellent points. The first being that one must have an autoresponder and is often said in the online marketing world “the money is in the list”. But the second point was even more important. You are right. Those email addresses are real people with real needs, desires, and concerns and it is important to build a relationship with them. Not only will that help get the sale, but it builds trust where one could get repeat business. It’s a win-win situation.

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  2. I have heard clickbank, Amazon & eBay Partner Network are good places to start making money online? Coupled with blogging and SEO and a lot of hard work then it could pay well in 6 months time. Month by month I am getting better at it, hope that is a good incentive for others who wish to use the Internet to earn some extra monthly income 🙂

  3. Good thing found at your blog about email marketing! Welldone! You have placed a good information on your blog. But, I want to talk something more about email marketing. Actually, it is not too easy as it seems. Most of the people are under misconception that collecting email IDs and using a bulk email sender can make you successful. But it is not. What do you think? Actually, most of the businesses these days are not selling one product. They are selling different products for diff. niches and for the different markets. So, in this case they should have the different lists of bulk email IDs. Email Marketing is being difficult in these days. But still experiments are being done by a lot of people and companies. I usually keep on trying the products of the different companies. Now a days, some wonderful products are coming in the market that can give you great earning opportunities. I do not want my comment considered as spam here so will not discuss about my blog, but if you visit my blog then you will find, how I am using different products for my email marketing these days and making a lot Really! When I found your blog about email marketing, It was great one and I could not stop myself writing comment? But, last thing, I want to ask, Do you offer newsletter to your visitors or not? Do you know any kind of program to make effective newsletter? Waiting for reply – Thanks – Regards

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