Who Needs a List?

Hi everyone, I’m back after another month’s absence from my own blog and my last post Writing for Who Exactly?. This long absence is pretty awful but also tells its own story. I’m busy with all the stuff I do online and that means doing the rounds to all my blogs takes longer. So posts are naturally fewer and farther between.

Well, now you know, so let’s not waste any more time in trying to explain what doesn’t really need explaining! So what’s this post all about? Who needs a list? What kind of a list is he talking about?

I’m talking about what Internet Marketer’s call “The List” which is a list of harvested names and email addresses taken from opt-in forms that offer a free giveaway of some kind. Every good Internet Marketer is busy building his or her own list. The List is what we will eventually sell stuff to, as such marketers who have been around a long time do on a regular basis. It makes them a lot of money because they use their List as milking cows, to be bled dry on a regular basis by being sold yet another crappy eBook that is going to show them how to get rich quick on the Internet.

Well, its a system that is taught to all good Internet Marketers with the catchphrase “The money is in the list”.

What’s crap about it is that its true. When you’ve built up a big enough list of names and email addresses, you can pitch all kinds of new products to them and this being a numbers game, the more numbers you have to pitch to, the more sales you’re going to make.

I don’t like this idea.

I subscribed to it myself when I didn’t know any better and started building my own list. But I don’t like it when some smarmy git emails me with this or that latest must have product and practically rams it down my throat, all because I made the mistake of opting in to their free this or that. Stuff that just teaches you to build your own list and hawk your own crap to them.

I really don’t like this idea.

I took down my opt-in form from my blogs a while ago, as I never actually sold anything to my List. So that list is no more. Dissolved, disassembled and departed. There are many more honest ways to make money online that work just as well and don’t entail trying to rip anyone off or sell anyone crap they don’t need. Stuff that I talk about in my money oriented blogs and websites, so I don’t need to talk about them here.

Who needs a List?

Not me, mate!

Terry Didcott