30 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Not to Use AWeber (Plus 1 Bonus & 1 Secret)

  1. Hi Adrian,

    Long time no see πŸ™‚

    Okay! I know you always come up with a contrary post with some very logical thoughts. Well, the same thing here. You haven’t really said that Aweber is bad and something else is better than that. All you have said is, “People! Apply common sense and do not become a copycat”

    I like it and I have nothing against that argument.

    I use Aweber, I know they are not the cheapest but I will not change to anything else yet unless someone guarantees me for a better email delivery rates and a cheaper price without losing the functionalities. By the way, I think I use RSS to email feature and I think it does save time πŸ™‚

    Cheers!
    Kumar
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  2. Hi Kumar,

    Thank you for your comment. Maybe I should brand myself as, “Expect the Unexpected” πŸ™‚

    As for deliverability… You know, I’ve recently read some comments on Warrior Forum (example) where the posters were complaining about Aweber’s decreased email deliverability.

    I don’t know whether your IMPRESSION is right or not. I don’t know whether their impression is right or not.

    What I know is that no one can guarantee what you ask for. Not even Aweber.

    Why? There’s a simple reason: if your email lands in my spam folder, it doesn’t exist the technology to warn the sending company. Irrespective of the name of the company (incl. Aweber), that email will be reported as just fine.

    There are broadcasting services having a bad reputation indeed. I don’t want to give an example here, but if you use such a service, you’ve got a problem.

    However, the pro email marketing companies – a lot of them – have a good reputation. So it doesn’t really matter whether you use them or Aweber. Most of the times what matters is the wording you use, the domain name inserted in your emails, and other things that depend on YOU.

    When I’m talking about good or bad reputation, I’m not referring to what people think, but I’m referring to what ISPs know based on their users spam reports and more. All big dogs have a good relationship with the major ISPs, exchange information (feedback loop), take action for correcting the issues, etc.

    The only metric that is accurate is CTR. Open rates? Deliverability rates? Don’t rely on the figures provided by anyone. They aren’t 100% accurate. There’s no technology for that.

    I’ll finish, I’m not going to write another article here πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Adrian,

    True, but as you said, don’t fix what’s not broken. While the logic makes absolutely perfect sense, I have seen people having bad delivery using some of the other services while things improved for them after switching to Aweber.

    Now, they may have a biased view on this whole thing but I have been happy about the delivery and CTR with Aweber and I am not going to rock the boat for a a few dollars of cheaper service.

    If they have a good reputation, it must be for a reason? πŸ™‚

    What do you say?

    Regards,
    Kumar
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  4. Kumar, if you’re happy with Aweber that’s fine. My explanation was “forced” by your “I will not change to anything else yet unless someone guarantees me for a better email delivery rates

    If you don’t want to switch to another service because you’re happy with Aweber’s services, that’s fine. If you add the part that is bolded above, that’s unrealistic.

    While no one asked you to switch to another service (at least not me), what you’re asking from another company (to guarantee better delivery rates) it’s impossible.

    For example, Aweber cannot and will not guarantee me a better deliverability for my emails πŸ˜‰

  5. Hi Adrian

    I’ve tried Mad Mimi, AWeber and GetResponse and all of them have their good and bad points.

    I most recently moved from AWeber to GetResponse because there are so many more features for your money – particularly with autoresponders and list segmentation.

    I like the idea of a self-hosted autoresponder but as I’m still on shared hosting I reckon I’d probably get in trouble with my web host!

  6. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for stopping by, commenting and sharing. I appreciate it.

    Indeed all services, not only the ones you mentioned, aren’t perfect. I never seen anything done by humans that is perfect. That’s it, we have to face it πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Adrian,

    I have many blogger friends, who pester me with the importance of building a list and recommend Aweber for getting the task done.

    But so far, I haven’t really made up my mind to use it. According to my analysis, in my case, building a list is not of much importance. So, why waste precious time and money trying to build one that is of no use? πŸ™‚

    To satisfy the needs of readers, I’ve been using the humble Jetpack mail subscription service, which is free. It isn’t feature packed or stylish, but it does help send my latest posts to the handful of subscribers I have. πŸ™‚

    As I read the title, I thought that you’ll be exposing some serious drawbacks of Aweber. And yes, you did reveal some points worth noting down. Will sure bring this post to my friends’ attention! πŸ™‚

    Arun
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  8. Hi Arun,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    You can succeed online even if you don’t have a mailing list. Matt Zuckerberg and others have created online empires without building a list πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Maneesha,

    Letting Aweber aside, shall I understand that every time when you see a headline that says “x reasons for NOT using a certain service” you think that you’ll read a piece of text about a service that is useful? πŸ™‚

    I mean, do you understand the meaning of the word “NOT” from the headline and the HUGE difference between “reasons for using X” and “reason for NOT using X”?

    Finally, if you’re wondering why I removed the link to your latest blog post, there’s a simple reason: I don’t allow on my blog texts on languages I don’t understand. Such texts may or may not be appropriate, I cannot know. I don’t take the risk.

  10. Emmanuel, what do you mean by “I don’t think so”?

    Update April 27 – No response? Ok, here’s the thing. My article isn’t about hosting companies. But your latest article is about hosting companies. So … did you post a comment only for the sake of writing some words related to your latest article? OK. The link to your latest article is removed.

  11. Never thought about it those terms before, so I guess I’ve been a ‘follow the crowd guy’, although the crowd I’m following is GetResponse (my choice though, not my mentor’s). Mind you my previous choice was ListWire which barely qualifies as ‘adequate’ except for the fact that it’s free.

    Thank you for the thought provoking post. I’ll be back for more.

    Regards,

    Steven Lucas

  12. Hi Steven,

    Thank you for your comment.

    If someone asks, “What autoresponder do you recommend?” then most of the answers that person will get are AWeber and GetResponse. Both are brands that take advantage of the fact that they were kind of pioneers in this field. Good to them πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Adrian,

    Just few minutes ago I was reading the article about Aweber at Kumar’s blog. He has moved to an another company for his e-mail Marketing.

    Like you said that it’s very expensive and charge for everything.

    I hope people can find any other company which can provide better facility at affordable price.

    Thanks for letting me know more.

    Have a nice week ahead.:)

    ~Ravi
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  14. I notice a lot of people using Aweber, or perhaps they’re not and I just notice the ones that do. I’ve always considered moving over to AWeber from MailChimp as I’ve always heard people raving on about them. I was quite surprised at some of the things you highlighted AWeber does, but the one reason that I never moved over was because of the expense. Guaranteed delivery rate? Pffft, I’m sure most email marketing companies boast about those kinds of things in any case, so what’s the point, every company loves a bit of hype. Good points, thanks for sharing this Adrian, I guess I won’t ever be using AWeber.
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  15. Thank you for your comment, Fabrizio. It’s true that the deliverability of the emails depends on the sender (the email marketing company), but it also depends on other things out of their control. Guaranteed delivery rates? Jokes for attracting the noobs or claims from reviews written by email marketing noobs πŸ˜‰

  16. I’m a user of both GetResponse & Aweber. I must say that GetResponse is better than Aweber in many aspects. Not only it is cheaper but also comes with better templates and features. Aweber is also a good service but the only reason I don’t like Aweber, it is very costly specially when you have a list of 20000+ subscribers like I do.
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  17. Hi Sensei,

    It was the sheer gap in the price range that did it for me too. I had contacted them all before going for Mad Mimi to check all details including the price and the customer service.

    Just like you stated, Aweber presented a over priced product and then “offered” me a discount. Sure, inflate the price, and then give me a “so-called” discount.

    Sorry, but this old fashioned “sales” gimmick will never work on me. And I kept getting mails from the sales guy offering me to re-negotiate on the price.

    Sorry Aweber, you lost me with your first email, Good Bye!!

    Piyush

    1. Hi Piyush πŸ™‚

      You reminded me of my previous cable company. They kept increasing the price while decreasing the level of their services until I said, “Stop. I had enough!” Then they called me trying to explain their problems. As if I care. Then… A final call from someone else – upper management level…

      “What’s wrong? Ohh… I see, why didn’t you say it earlier instead of finishing the contract? Let us offer you a 50% discount!”

      Me… “Nope, too late. I won’t come back even if you let me have your service for free. This isn’t about money, but about respecting your customer” πŸ˜‰
      Adrian Jock recently posted…Mad Mimi vs MailChimp – A Comprehensive ComparisonMy Profile

  18. Aweber is not letting me save my emails (it is not letting me move past the email creation stage or autosaving) and I can’t find any help. Why am I paying for something that doesn’t do what I’m paying it to do. Any help on this guys PLEASE!

  19. Some of the other options I’m looking at have an β€œagency” model where I can manage multiple accounts from one main account. I don’t think Aweber has this feature but I could be wrong…

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