When I first started blogging, I was really gullible. Somehow I believed everything the Internet returned to me. I learned some hard lessons along the way and always tried to bring those lessons to you, the loyal reader. Now, a new lesson…why you need to avoid safelists.
What Is A Safelist
A safelist is a mailing list that double opts you in for security and spam reasons. Basically, people use a safelist as a huge free mailing list because everyone on the list agrees to receive emails from other members. Ususally these emails come with advertisements that you must click through to in order to receive credits. The credits in turn allow you to mail more frequently to the list or even send out solo emails.
Why You Need To Avoid Safelists
I jumped on the safelist bandwagon when I began blogging as a way to get eyes on my blog. It sucked. Plain and simple it was a huge waste of time. Time that could have been better spent that first year with productive tasks. Here is the skinny on safelists.
You receive literally 100′s of emails a day from other members on the list. Most of them have a scam subject line like; re; you have money, here is your account info, etc…..crap. Why do people have to lie?!
Then you click on the email and you read some regurgitated affiliate marketing BS and are asked to click the link below. Below that link will be another link to claim your credits. You click on that link to get your credits and you are presented with a 15-30 second ad from the safelist founder. You have to view the whole ad for the specified amount of time before you get your credits. More crap!
Safelists do not work for the simple fact that people only click through your email to grab their credits. They do not care about your product, service or website. They only sit through the advertisement to gain the credits to start emailing more people and the process begins again. I used to click through, but my mailbox was completely inundated with bogus crap every single day. The more lists you join, the worse it is.
I no longer click through junky subject lines because I have learned. And believe me, if I have money coming I know it! Therefore when I know it, I will click through it. It took me almost 2 whole days to remove myself from all the mailing lists. I had forgotten that they require 2 email addresses when you sign up, so I had to remove both the mailing address and the security email address.
I have always said the Internet is filled with a lot of Bs’ers, but this takes the cake. Safelists DO NOT build blog traffic, DO NOT make you easy money and are a complete waste of time. There is much to be said about building your own list with people who WANT to do business with you.
So, if you were thinking about joining a few safelists to increase profits or traffic, do think twice as it’s best to avoid safelists altogether.