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Moving Email Newsletter to Aweber From Feedburner

future and past

Today’s post is more for the people who follow this blog by email, those who have subscribed to the email newsletter to receive emails of the posts. Basically the recent closing of Google Reader has made me realize I can’t hold off moving away from Feedburner any longer. It’s pretty clear that Feedburner is on it’s last leg and that Google will drop it shortly. Another example of some of the risks of hosted services.

In any case, as a result I’ve decide to transition over to Aweber (affiliate link). I’m going to import the email list into Aweber, but the downside is that Aweber requires that everyone re-opt in to get the email newsletter. In other words they will not send you any new blog posts by email unless you confirm your subscription. They do this as a policy to prevent spam on their system. Otherwise anyone could just import any list of emails they wanted and Aweber’s email service quality would go down. The downside is that you’re almost guaranteed to lose some subscribers along the way, and as unfortunate as that is, I don’t think I have a choice.

Therefore please accept my apologies for this inconvenience, and please do go ahead and re-opt your email newsletter subscription when you receive the invite. I look forward to continuing to post many articles in the future. Also starting next week I plan to post one chapter of my book Blog Blazers each week (an interview a week). You can find the list of people interviewed for the book here. If you can’t wait, or you want a hard copy, you can order the book on Amazon here.

In any case, I do appreciate your patience, help, and understanding in transitionning to Aweber. And if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact me. In the meantime expect to see an invitation email to the new email newsletter service later this week.

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  •     Gerry
    · July 11th, 2013  · 3:06 pm  · Permalink

    Was the move to Aweber easy?

  •     followsteph
    · July 16th, 2013  · 12:53 am  · Permalink

    Interestingly enough I’m just finishing up writing a blog post about the transition.

    Technically and in terms of actually doing it, it was really easy. There are many tutorials and you can do it in 10-15 minutes. The only long part is that Aweber only allows you to import 1000-2000 email subscribers a day (I can’t remember exactly how many anymore), so that can take some days depending on the number of subscribers you have. Other than that, it was pretty quick and easy.

    Now in terms of attrition and lost email subscribers, there’s definitely a cost. My personal cost was fairly close to average, which was good. I’m actually in the process right now of writing about this and should have posted live within the next hour, so I’ll refer you to that post, You should also see a link to it here in the comments as soon as it’s posted, if you’re not already a subscriber getting the latest blog posts.

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