Key List Marketing Review

Key List Marketing

Key List Marketing is another one of the safelist mailers I use on a regular basis and I have to say I like it. Read on to find out about the many advantages of using this great safelist.

The Best Bits about Key List Marketing

There’s quite a list here so you might have to bear with me (or you could just stop reading, click the image above and sign up now!)

Key List Marketing is one of the few safelists that actually has a PTC (Paid To Click) page. Sadly, there are not that many ads there so don’t join for this reason. It is no ClixSense or Buxvertise, that’s for sure. However, I am one of these ‘glass half-full’ type of people so I look at PTC ads as unexpected bonuses when they appear.

There Are Some Great Weekly Competitions

Next, it has a Top Promoters competition that runs every week. Why I particularly like this is that you don’t have to get any referrals (although it’s great if you do, obviously). No, for this competition, all you have to do is show your link to as many people as possible. Every time someone sees your link, you get two points. If you are the top promoter at the end of the week (Sunday evening/Monday morning), you get a prize. Funnily enough, while I was looking around the site trying to find out what the prize was, I discovered something. You can earn more points for promoting your link on particular sites, which is even cooler. Remember, you don’t have to refer anyone, you just have to show your link.

Another competition that Key List Marketing runs is a weekly jackpot. This is about points as well, but there are many more ways to earn that just promoting. Please ignore the links in the image as they are not active.

Key List Marketing Jackpot Points

Finally, the last thing I like about Key List Marketing is the credits that you earn for each email opened. These start at a respectable 20 credits and increase the more you open. I realise that the point of these safelist mailers is to get us to upgrade. However, I feel much more inclined to upgrade when I feel that the owner is being generous. When I think the owner is being stingy, by giving only a few credits per email, I feel less inclined to upgrade.

The Bad Bits about Key List Marketing

Key List Marketing’s missed credits page is extremely annoying. You get a list of unopened emails. Then, you click on the first subject line and another page opens up (but not the actual email). Then, you have to click on the link in the email and, finally, the email which earns you the credits opens up. Many safelists allow you to go straight from subject line to email, which I think is eminently more sensible.

The other disadvantage of the above is that Google Chrome has a very useful little extension called ‘Linkclump’. This allows you to select multiple links to open at the same time. Okay, this works with Key List Marketing, but the point is that it doesn’t speed up the reading of emails, which is what you want to achieve when using ‘Linkclump’.

Another slightly annoying thing is that you can only open five emails at one time. It’s only a little thing but it slows you down. The difference between opening five and ten, which many safelist sites let you do, is quite surprising. On top of this, the script that Key List Marketing uses sometimes gets a bit confused so that, while you think you have five emails open, Key List Marketing thinks you have six, or even seven, so you will only be able to open three emails at a time!

Finally, if you are into Zubees, you won’t find any here. I collect Zubees all the time, although I have to confess I am not quite sure what to do with them, and if you do too, then you will be missing out.

Remember! It’s All About the Numbers

And that’s it. As with all safelists, it’s a numbers game. If you can stick at emailing to thousands of people every day, knowing that you will only succeed a couple of times, then safelists are for you.

And don’t make the mistake of thinking that ‘only’ a couple of successes a day means it’s not worth doing. If I get a couple of people signing up to my favourite program, TrafficWave.net, every day, I am extremely happy, because it means I’m well on my way to reaching my goal of $88,000 a month! Put your info in the box below for more great news about TrafficWave.net.

State Of The Art Mailer Review

SOTAM

Today, I’d like to do a little run through of State of The Art Mailer, which will be known as SOTAM from now on, for obvious reasons.

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State of The Art Mailer Is One Serious Mailer

State of The Art Mailer (Sorry, SOTAM), which has been online for SIX years, is a mailer with 30,000 plus members. One of the reasons I like SOTAM so much is that it is not like all the other mailers out there; even its website is unusual. Of course, you might be reading this in the future when it has been copied by a bunch of other people but at the moment, it stands out from the others in almost every respect.

It has some of the usual features of other mailers too, though. It has different levels and these levels tell you how many members you can send an email to. The image below is a screenshot of my homepage. I’m at the bottom as I haven’t upgraded yet (and tell you why in a minute). As you can see, I can mail 500 members every five days, which is a longer wait than most but not as long as some.

State Of The Art Mailer

Golden Solo Tickets Are Golden

One way you can upgrade is to use credits that you have earned by reading emails, which ranges from 10 to 15. The problem with this is that I never reach the required amount of credits. Well, I do, but I never use them because I am always spending them on Golden Solo tickets, and that was me segueing in to what I think is one of the best things about SOTAM.

Golden Solo tickets are tickets that allow you to email your offer to 30,000 members. There are two ways to get a ticket. The first way is to buy one. Below, there is an image with the prices for 1, 5, 10, and 20 tickets. You can also see that SOTAM says you will get nearly 1000 visits per Golden Solo ticket (with the usual disclaimer, of course). The second way is more fun and is the reason why I never have credits to level-up.

Every day, SOTAM sets you a target to read all your emails so that you have less than 10 remaining in your inbox. If you achieve this, you then get one chance to win a free ticket (see image below). But that’s not all! You then have the opportunity to read Extended Ads. If you read 100 Extended Ads, you will get a second chance to win a ticket.

State Of The Art Mailer

Time-Bonus Banner Ad Time

I think this is a very cool feature but you may be asking why I blow my credits on extra chances to win a Golden Solo ticket. Well, I’ll tell you. If you don’t win (and I haven’t yet) you get your entries converted into hours that can be used to show you banner(s) on SOTAM. Take a look at the shot below of the Time-Bonus Banner Ad time.

State Of The Art MailerMy Fast Cash Mechanics Banner – Expired

State of The Art Mailer My Fast Cash Mechanics Banner – Active

One annoying thing is that I have allocated 50% of my Banner Ad time to my banner but it doesn’t seem to be working, and I haven’t worked out why. Still, it’s hardly a game-changer so I’m not over bothered.

Button Escalation

There is also something called Button Escalation. I was going to tell you all about it but then I remembered that the guys at SOTAM had done a video all about it, so here it is.

 

There are many other features, that I won’t go into now, which make State of The Art Mailer one of the best mailers around and explains why it has been going so long. Personally, I love it and I feel it is really worth the time. If you’d like to check it out, here’s the link, or just click the Golden Solo Ticket below.

Golden Solo

Why Safelist Mailers Are Still Worthwhile

Simple Safelist

There seems to be quite a lot of confusion about whether safelist mailers are worth the effort or not, so I thought I would add my twopenneth worth to the debate and give my opinion about why I think safelist mailers are still worthwhile.

First of all, we should have a look at some statistics but before we look at statistics I need to write a quick disclaimer. All the statistics in this article are based on my own results and research. They should be taken only as a guideline and should in no way be taken as a guarantee of your own future earnings. Okay. That’s the boring, legalese BS out the way. Let’s continue.

The Downside to Safelist Mailers

Getting your emails opened (and acted upon) is one of the hardest things to achieve in email marketing. The problem with safelists is that they’re not like traditional email marketing. With traditional email marketing, you are sending emails to a list of subscribers that know you and, if you’ve done your job well, trust you.

With safelist mailers, you are sending emails to a list that don’t know you from Adam. Worse still, a lot of people who use safelist mailers are only doing so to earn credits to send out their own offers and may not be really interested in what you have to offer. In fact, with the way many safelist mailers work, they might not even be reading your offer.

A quick aside. This above is not always true, of course, or I wouldn’t even be writing this post. At the time of writing, I am promoting THW Global Advertising and I have managed to build a seven-level downline of nearly 600 members only using safelist mailers. However, this is an exceptional result to an exceptional program and should in no way be seen as something that happens often.

Safelist Mailer Open Rates

So let’s get back to those statistics. A really good open rate is around ten percent. I’m going to put this in to context for you to understand why this number is so good.

I belong to a safelist called Simple Safelist which has 5149 members. Each Bronze (free) member can send out an email once every two days. That means I could receive 2574 emails every day and that is just from one safelist. Of course, I am not a member of just Simple Safelist. This is because each safelist has a downline builder so I have joined each safelist in the downline builder. Here is a list of them and how many members they have.

Okay, so that’s 26 safelists with a total membership of 186,672. Even if free members could only send one email a week, that is still far more emails than I could possibly read, which is why a 10% open rate is very good indeed. Having said that, you really shouldn’t fixate too much on open rates or click-through rates anyway. As I said above, because a lot of safelist mailers don’t force people to stay on the page, many people are not even looking at your offer, let alone reading it.

It’s All About The Numbers

So why do I think safelist mailers are a good idea? Well, it’s a numbers game. The more emails you send, the more people will see your offer. Yes, as I said above, lots of people are not reading your offer but there are still many people who are. In fact, just before I started writing this post, I checked one of my favourite programs that I am constantly promoting, TrafficWave.net, and I had received another signup from one of my safelist mailer emails.

One of the other major problems with safelist mailers is that to get enough credits to send emails, you need to read lots of emails. This is a real pain. One way you can stop all that email reading is to upgrade. This vastly cuts down the amount emails needed to be read but it costs. If you would like to upgrade but have limited funds, I would suggest you upgrade Simple Safelist to gold. If you are not a member yet, you will get a nice OTO when you do. If you can afford to take up the offer, I would do that.

The gold monthly upgrade is about $16 a month which is the other way to go. Join all the downline builder programs and then promote Simple Safelist as much as you can. Slowly but surely, you’ll get referrals and as they upgrade (in Simple Safelist and all the programs in the downline builder), you’ll get the benefits of more credits and, if they upgrade, more money too!

Don’t Go Over The Top

One last piece of advice. Don’t go crazy! Just joining Simple Safelist and the programs in its downline builder will give you more than enough to do and will give you more than enough safelist email marketing to get you going. Oh, and before I go, stick at it. This will work but it takes commitment. Don’t give up after a couple of weeks. Stick at it and you will see the results.

Please leave a comment below if you have anything to add to this post. Also, if you’d like to find out more about TrafficWave, sign up in the box below and I’ll send you some emails telling you all about it.

Two Top Tips to Triumph with Viral Mailers

Viral Mailers

A statistic that’s frequently quoted is, “75% of individuals on the net trying to employ safelists or viral mailers correctly, do not achieve their goals.”

Alright, I just thought that one up, but it was necessary to make my following observation. I feel that even though that statistic may have been right, it would still be absolutely rubbish mainly because it does not take into consideration each one of those people who have experimented with viral mailers, both as I write and in the past, who have not achieved anything and ultimately abandoned the whole deal. If there were a statistic for this group of people, I reckon it would be:

“99.99% of people who’ve tried viral mailers, have been miserably unsuccessful.”

And I believe I can give you an explanation why – insufficient amounts of organization. There is certainly a huge amount to be done when viral mailing and an even huger amount of self-discipline needed to keep doing it, and since most would-be marketers do not get organized when they begin, they get completely confused with the whole process and ultimately stop.

Here’s the scenario. A person (let’s call him Johnny) joins as many of the viral mailers as he can (and to make viral mailing work well, you should sign up for every one you can find), and he gets started sending out emails whenever he has time. But Johnny hasn’t made a record of when he sent out the emails, how often he can send one out for each mailer, or how many credits he needs for a decent mail blast, but what were his options even if he had remembered? The two most obvious choices were remembering when to blast out emails, which is impossible, or keeping an up-to-date record on a computer, which is almost impossible.

Viral Mailers Top Tip #1

What Johnny didn’t know was all he had to do was register with mailerninja.com (Aff link), which I strongly recommend you do as well, and he would have been sorted. Mailer Ninja allows him to record each of the viral mailers he belongs to. Furthermore, it tells him when to send out another email with each of the sites. Plus, Mailer Ninja lets him know which websites are coming up in the near future. This lets Johnny read emails from other members and build up enough credits to send out a respectable number of emails. Plus, Plus, Plus! For a ridiculously low price of four bucks per month (for as many websites as he wants), why wouldn’t he have joined if he had known about it?

Don’t be like Johnny! Here is my Mailer Ninja affiliate link. Remember, it’s only $4 a month!

Here’s a screenshot of my Mailer Ninja homepage to see what it looks like.

Viral Mailers

Incidentally, if you would like to find out a rough number of viral mailers there are, click here.

Viral Mailers Top Tip #2

Unfortunately, Mailer Ninja is not the only thing needed. As I mentioned above, you need to be tremendously organized. You need to have everything you use to promote your offers in a single place. This not only involves your affiliate links but involves links for all of your banners, your email swipes, your splash page links, and your personalized splash page links. That is a lot of stuff and when you keep needing to go into your mailer sites to retrieve your links, banners, and so forth (because you didn’t get organized), you will eventually go mad!

You will find a couple of alternatives next and, as they are both free, you could try both. However, I would go for the second option. Firstly, you can use an excel document, although the way excel works, you might find it really annoying. Alternatively, you can simply use Evernote™. This is a fantastic little bit of kit and tends to make everything easier in terms of locating your affiliate stuff. I have put a screenshot of my Evernote™ down below so you can see what I have done.

Viral Mailers

You should be able to see that I used to categorize everything by what type of site (mailer, text exchange, traffic exchange and the like) it was. After a while I realized that it did not get the job done quickly. Now I categorize everything based on what sort of promotional material it is: banners, splash pages, personalized hyperlinks and the like as I discovered it is a great deal quicker when copying and pasting links, e-mails etc to my different mailers.

In any case, it does not truly matter which approach is the best when starting off. The crucial detail is simply to get organized and stay organized. After a certain amount of time, you will make up your mind what is the best way for you. You can download Evernote™ here. There is a choice to upgrade but don’t bother, you will never need to.

And there you have it. I hope you found this reasonably useful. Remember to check out my list of mailers here. Also, it’s worth remembering that this is a great way to get traffic to your site but it’s best to start slowly. That way, you can stay organized and not get lost. Once you get proficient with a couple of sites, move on to a few more and so on.

Feel free to leave a comment below and happy viral mailing!

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