Last week was a most difficult week for me at a personal level where I became emotionally drained from concern due to health issues of several family members. Some of those issues have been resolved, others are still continuing. None the less, I was actively preoccupied and had to temporarily put most of my business along with the quick start challenge on hold.
It was back to work for me this past Tuesday as I did get a confirm page, along with two different success pages completed that included an upsell for those pages. I want to split test the success page by presenting the upsell two different ways. The idea behind this is to see which version is more successful with visitors. This is not part of the challenge, but I consider it extra credit.
I also selected my freebie using the suggestions of others along with what I had available. My decision is to offer an affiliate marketing eCourse with each lesson being delivered by email. Also I created a pdf guide to go with the eCourse that can be downloaded immediately after confirmation. So far, I have also completed 11 out of 25 lessons for the course.
Today, I just completed a little research I did on a few top autoresponder services and immediately came to some conclusions based on what I consider to be disturbing. The services that I had narrowed down to were between Aweber and GetResponse. But after looking at terms and conditions, it became clear to me which one is really the better choice.
Because I live in the USA, I didn’t like that GetResponse is from Poland and is not required to follow US laws where Aweber is.
Second and more important, GetResponse has a no refund policy! So for example, if I were to pay for services on June 1st and opted to pay for a year’s worth of service to get a discount, but then on June 5th decided to cancel their services, I would not get a refund and lose all that money I paid for the year! Not only do I find it ridiculous, but actually outrageous!
On the other hand, even though Aweber fees are somewhat higher than GetResponse, Aweber does have a 30 day refund policy. Aweber also offers a discount if you pay a year in advance (refundable) and even has a quarterly option with savings.
So the cheapest doesn’t mean the best! It is like cell phone deals where they give great rates as long as you allow them to lock you in for a 2 year contract. If anything happens within that time, too bad for you. That’s why I have a pay as you go plan for my cell phone.
So GetResponse is no different. You get a good discount with an annual payment, but you are locked into it. If you want to cancel before the year is out, you can do it, but too bad for you financially because there is no refund!
I obviously decided to go with Aweber as my autoresponder, and for only a dollar I can trial it for 30 days. My next step will be to upload the email series to my Aweber account and create an opt-in form to place in my website sidebar. So I am just about done with the module 3 challenge and happy to be so.