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If you are a serious marketer you have or will develop your own mailing list. It will not matter whether you do so with a service (such as aweber or get response), or if you have a self-hosted mailing program. In either case you will be working with .csv files either to upload or download your list. In either case, you should maintain a database of your list on your own computer.
With a service, your account is subject to termination at the whim of the service provider. In such case, you need to download your list to your computer at regular intervals. This insures that no matter the termination of your account by the provider you always have an active list of your subscribers. In the case of a self-hosted autoreponder series, downloading your list regularly insures the same result. Any trouble with your server or the files contained thereon could wipe your hard earned work out in a moment. Since your mailing list is your continued bread and butter, it is best to insure you have an up-to-date copy of your subscriber list.
The easiest means of accomplishing this is to create a database on your hard drive (you should also back-up at regular intervals) which contains your subscriber list. It will not matter which database program you use to house your subscriber database as long as you have created one. If you have Microsoft Access, use it, or if you do not have a paid for program you can use the free Open Office program to create your database.
Creating your database is relatively easy. Simply download your .csv subscriber file, open it, then create a database that contains all of the fields within the open .csv file. For instance, some marketers only ask for “name” and “email address” on their form. However, you may find there are hidden files that are returned in your .csv download file, such as “IP Address“, “dates”:, etc. In either case, when designing your database fields, make sure you have one field in the database file for each field in the .csv file. Also important (to avoid manipulation of your .csv file) is to insure that the fields in your database correspond to your .csv file by name and position. For instance, if your .csv file shows field as: Email, Name, IP – then your database should have the same named field in the same field order. Creating a database with fields; name, email, ip will not do. Insure the capitalization is the same as your .csv file and that the order of the fields is also the same as in your .csv file.
Within your database design, make all fields “required”. If you have the opportunity to choose to allow zero length, indicate “no”. Make each field’s indexed response “Yes Duplicates OK”. except the “Email” Field which should be the “Key Field” within your database and should be set to index “Yes duplicates no”. These settings will insure that only complete records are allowed in the database and no email address can be entered twice. If you have more than one website, it is possible that the same person subscribes on separate sites with the same email address. For this reason we recommend you maintain separate databases for each website. However, you can make one master list and we will show you how to maintain it and extract info in a later post.
Now, each time you download a .csv file from your service or self-hosted autoresponder, you will be able to import that .csv file into your database. Since you set the “Email” field to “No Duplicates”, it will disgard any duplication within the database as the import will only record new records into your database and by-pass email addresses already within your database and any data that applied to the line of entries.
Should your service ever terminate you, generally you only find out after your account has been closed so it will be too late to get a .csv of your list. However, you will have the list within your own database ready for empyment elsewhere (into a new service or self-hosted service). You will simply need to export your database files as a .csv file and upload this file to your new service. This is much better than trying to start your list over and losing your current subscribers and will save you hours of work and perhaps even save your business.
Everyone has heard the saying: “The Money Is In The List”. Is it just a saying or is it actually true? We know from experience, it is not just a saying…it is TRUE!
But just having a list is fruitless if you don’t know what to do with it…
This post is two-fold. First we are going to tell you a great place to learn how to monetize your list…then…we are going to provide you a means of building a list at almost no cost. So, here we go:
1. A great new learning facility is about to launch. It is named the One Stop Learning Center. Although it is currently technically on-line at present it is in the building stage. It should be open for business the first of next year. It will be a membership website. Not to worry, it will accept a limited number of free members. In fact, you would be very smart to sign-up now before it officially opens to insure you get one of those placements.
Free members will have limited access to the facilities. Simply put, lessons will have to be viewed while on-line and some courses will not be available to free members. This may be inconvenient to mothers with other family chores or small children to look after. However, remember, courses and individual lessons will be free of any charges.
Again, not to worry. Paid membership will be very inexpensive and we understand it is currently programmed to cost only $9.95 monthly. A paid membership will entitle you to a total run of everything on the website 24/7/365. Also, paid members will be able to download the courses or individual lessons and start their own library.
The interesting thing about this site is that you will not have to do a lot of reading to get through the instruction. Instead, all lessons are taught through video. So, students can watch, pause, copy what they saw and resume to get from start to finish of any task. As stated above, paid members will be able to download each lesson of every course and have it available, at home, if needed again. There are plans to provide Resale Rights, Master Resale Rights and Private Label Rights to most of the courses. This will allow members to market the video products to their own clients and keep 100% of the profits.
While a creative search of the internet (which could take hours to complete) will generally probably allow you to find a video lesson at YouTube or elsewhere about almost any subject free, this site is planned to have it all available within their curriculum. Of course, we would imagine it might take some time before those resources are fully available, the site indicates that they will provide instruction (special videos) if enough interest exists in any subject.
The site is geared to teaching computer and Internet Marketing skills. You can watch it as it develops and get further information at:
2. How about getting started or being able to continue to build your list for under $3.00. This system I just discovered is sooooo simple that you may think it just won’t work but…
…You would be WRONG!
It only costs $2.99 to get started – one time cost with nothing further to pay – and you will then become a paid reseller of the system (basically an affiliate) and you will begin receiving $2.99 payments directly to your PayPal account.
Just visit the page at the link below and make the $2.99 payment. At that point you will be given an affiliate/reseller link to promote the website yourself and you will receive 100% of every sale you make.
Some easy ways to promote this are:
– Send a mailing to your list
– Links on all of your Thank You pages
– Links on all of your Download pages
– Use it as a One Time Offer
– Advertise on Banner exchanges
– Advertise on Traffic Exchanges
– Advertise on safelists
– Post it on Facebook, Twitter and more
– Post it on bookmark sites like Digg
– and any other way you can think of
This is a really easy way to make sales over and over again, day after day and…
You also get to build your customer list by doing this as explained on the website.
Here’s the link to get started:
==>> Click Here to Get Started Now <==
(NOTE: I just started today & I’m already making sales. So can you! This is so easy.)
Enjoy and as always…
Keep Smiling, 🙂
R.T.B. Enterprises, Inc.