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5 Ways to Get People to Open Your Emails

Aug 17, 2007
Internet marketing can be much cheaper than offline marketing. And a big reason why is because email is free. However, if no one opens your emails, what is the point of even sending them? This has been a problem for years for many Internet Marketers. Lets take a look at five main ways to get people to open your emails. These ways are time tested and proven to work.

(1) Invite people to opt-in and sign up for your free report. Tell them updates will come regularly, weekly supplements to save in a file. People like free stuff and information that is good. Do not spam them, though, and start sending junk. Keep your content fresh and helpful for them so that they will keep coming back. Make sure you supply the new subscriber with instant gratification. This can be accomplished by sending an email to the new subscriber the moment he/she submits their name and email address. In this email thank them for their interest in your site and have the download link in that email for the free report you promised. This will get you off to a good start and make the beginnings of a great relationship with your new subscriber.

(2) Include informative and exciting headlines to (a) brand your emails so that people know who they are from and want to open them (b) entice readers to open them. For example, use something like, Monday IM (Internet Marketing) Report: 7 Top Email Marketing Tips to Open Your Eyes! By branding yourself you make it easy for your subscribers to know who the email is from. Lets face it, your subscribers are on plenty of other peoples lists and you need to do everything you can to stand out above the rest and get your emails opened. Branding is one great way to do this.

(3) Run your email messages through a spamming software test like Spam Assassin at spamassassin.apache.org. Check with your auto responder or email hosts to see if they have any of this software already in place, like Aweber does. This software helps you weed out unwanted spamming phrases that trigger filters to delete your email before your clients get to read them. This is a step many people overlook but in reality this should be the next thing you do after writing your email to your subscribers.

(4) Follow the law and have your mailing address and a working unsubscribe link with in your messages. Simply knowing you have these in every mailing increases readership because people know you are not trying to trick them with unwanted junk content. Plus filters will not remove these when they spot your information inside, increasing the deliverability and hence readership factors. Plus, by having this information inside you will be complying with anti-spam laws thus helping to solidify you as someone to be trusted.

(5) Educate your subscribers about the ability to white list your email address and domain name. This allows your emails to pass through filters. All white listing does is makes certain your email will be delivered to your subscriber. White listing is when a subscriber or anyone for that matter adds your email address to their safe list of emails that they accept without hesitation.

The better prepared you are and the better you prepare your subscribers and list recipients, the better your chances of people opening your emails. If you follow these steps your open rates will increase on the emails you send out. The more open emails, the better chance you have to generate revenue and a fan base.

It is so easy to get lost in the pile of emails people receive on a daily basis. This is why it is so important to follow the steps outlined above. You have to start the relationship off right so make sure you follow step 1 to a tee. People want instant gratification and nothing less. This is just the way it is in our society. If you fail to deliver on this crucial first step you are heading for a disappointing ending.

One last thing. Do not resort to using anything other than text in your subject line. Spam filters do not like too much punctuation in the subject line and will filter your email to the junk folder before you can say hi. If you have to use punctuation stick to one usage with either an exclamation point, question mark or a period. Use this information to start getting your emails opened and read, it works for me and will work for you.
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I advise you to check out the so called "Guru's" out there who say they know where to advertise online. When they come up short and waste your time come back and follow the link here: http://www.nexusgate.com/marketer . You can also find all my articles on my blog here: http://www.nexusgate.com/blog . Yours in Prosperity, Shane Wilson
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