I for one have had my Aweber account for some time now and really did not have that many problems until some updates just last fall. Others have had issues that stemmed from supposed upgrades but for the most part all was going fairly well. I went into my account the other day and tried to do some normal tasks and even backup my lists, none of the buttons worked. I think for me that was the deciding factor as I have worked through the changes and was doing my best to not get all worked up over the fact that delivery rates seemed to drop. Not all of this was Aweber’s fault, I will point directly at Google for the tabs changes in Gmail.
This latest of issues was the last straw as we keep plodding along and doing our best, then the service just slaps you right upside your head and makes you pay attention to the amount of issues and take stock of how the service is working to make your business easier. I found that with these recent problems that if I were to place a score on this service and make a decision on whether or not it was helping me or hurting, I decided that it had fallen into the realm of harm. Harm in time spent and that was above all else.
I used to get %34 average open rates and higher on my emails and people liked what I had to say. My emails were to the point and I did my best to provide value and free training and tips when possible. I will be sending out an email to my combined lists and sharing my decision to close my Aweber account and I wanted to say why so you understood.
This is not the end of my career, far from it. I will be making inroads elsewhere and I will also be moving my lists to a place where I am able to reach more of you.
I test a lot of software, I usually get it as a JV copy and run it until it breaks or I find that it works as advertised. I will continue to do this as long as folks want my unbiased opinion on what works. If you see a launch of software but didn’t hear from me that is really no indication that it may be bad, far from it. I only test software that fits with my business plan. If I see it does work and it will fit into your business, then you will most likely have an email from me in the inbox. Problem is that in recent times I hit promotions tab no matter the value of what I had to say. That is why I am going to re-frame my business now and change focus on how my message gets to you fine reader.
I do hope you will follow along as I continue to provide the inside look into what software and services are out there and how they will help you.