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Discussion in 'Making Money' started by synergy317, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. synergy317

    synergy317 Newbie

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    A good college buddy of mine, has given me part of a list to use from a blog that he sold (he didn't sell the list. . . I have no idea why). Here is the trick, the TOS for these opt-ins will only allow communications from the initial blog.

    The list is of a specific niche and demographic, and from what he tells me the emails are all healthy but I am not sure how to verify without sending a blast.

    Is there anything that I can do with this?

    Thanks all!
     
  2. TayaX

    TayaX Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Well I see 2 options here.

    - Either you wanna go full white hat, and then you would have to buy the initial blog.
    - If you can't comply with the TOS, then you are black hat; you can do whatever you want with this email list. Blast them with a product that fits the niche.
     
  3. synergy317

    synergy317 Newbie

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    Sadly the white hat method is not really an option.

    Doing it black hat seems risky, since I am based in the US. That would considered spam?

    The best idea that I have now is sending an email blast to a drop shipped product on amazon or ebay. Worst case scenario I get smacked down with fines per email.... balls.
     
  4. bartosimpsonio

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    Send a blast already.
     
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  5. synergy317

    synergy317 Newbie

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    Oh yeah, that is the plan. The devil is in the details.
     
  6. synergy317

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    Are there any strategies that I can research to get this I'm action? I know sending bulk email is a technical challenge especially without proving they opted in.
     
  7. captainEO

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    You won't get in trouble for sending spam. At worst, you'll just have your account banned on whatever ESP or hosting platform.

    Legal action is just something you'll never encounter.

    To clean your list, the cheapest way is to send a "blank" message as I call it through something like Interspire Email Marketer (using a VPS through a web host).

    Or you can use something like BriteVerify (http://www.briteverify.com/). It's main benefit is that it doesn't require an Interspire Email Marketer setup. But it's more expensive. Another service would be Verifalia (although I've never used it).

    This site here: https://www.email-validator.net/email-list-validation-cleaning.html is pretty good for verifying emails too. It's pretty much 100% accurate. And you can verify up to 10 emails a day for free. If you want to verify more, just change your IP.

    My advice would be to NEVER send to AOL addresses, ever! They'll get you banned on any ESP, because of their high spam complaint rates. Yahoo! addresses are better, but they also have relatively high complaint rates. But I think they're okay to send to.

    The toughest ISP to inbox is Gmail, because it's so standoffish. The best ISP of all is Apple, and in this order: @icloud, @me.com and @mac.com

    Good luck. I'm still trying to perfect my email marketing method, but right now it's looking bleak because most of the addresses in my list belong to the strictest ISP (Gmail).

    And I'm also trying to find the best way to send my emails. If I ever figure it out, I'll tell you how.
     
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  8. synergy317

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    I heard about a method of using virtual credit cards, host gator, and proxies. It seems that a vps may be needed if you have a big list.
     
  9. serpmover2014

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    You should blast them already.
     
  10. Katie Watters

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    The best first step would be to have the list cleaned and verified - this will remove any invalid or bad email addresses. Second, I'd look into working with an email sending platform that allows cold contacts as these opted-in contacts may be considered 'cold' by the more popular ESPs (i.e. MailChimp, AWeber etc). If that's the case, you can take a look at Clickback - it's one of the only platforms available that allow sending to cold contacts. Hope that helps!