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Old 06-22-2001, 05:44 AM   #1
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Question Topica.com ?

For thos who don't know what topica.com is : it's a tool for webmasters to make a mailinglist. They offer you money to put their ads in your newsletter.
Anyone had a good (or bad) experience with this site ?

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Old 06-22-2001, 07:06 AM   #2
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Hi trix999,

I have been using topica for a year now, I have 2 lists with them over 10,000 subscribers I dont put there ads in my newsletter but there service is damm good.

I dont know what would I do without them.


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Old 06-22-2001, 08:18 AM   #3
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If you're looking for the best mailing list service and wan't to pat go with Post Master General www.postmastergeneral.com I know people who USED to ue topica and switched to this... it is just awsome!
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Old 06-22-2001, 08:37 AM   #4
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I've heard that Topica doesn't allow a list owner to run ads in their newsletters... is this true? I've looked at their site but can't seem to find the answer.

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Old 06-22-2001, 08:48 AM   #5
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Topica is great! I've been using them over a year now, and I've had only a few problems.

Cat: Ever since I started using them, I've run ads in my newsletters with no problems. I've also been paid over $1,500 by them for advertising in my newsletters.



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Old 06-22-2001, 09:06 AM   #6
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Again, I will have to exhibit my personal bias - and say Server.com ListApps beat out all of those.



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Old 06-22-2001, 09:30 AM   #7
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I just remembered about restrictions on ads - You can use ads in your mailings, but you cannot use ads that Topica has run.

Lil_red: I'll give Server.Com's ListApps for a webmaster/marketing list I'm building http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Old 06-22-2001, 09:49 AM   #8
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Thanks for all your comments. I think I'm gonna stick with Topica though.
I don't really wanted to make money of my visitors, but just make them come ack to my site and give them additional info http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif . I was thinking of implementing the ads one day.

Thx anyway http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif .
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Old 06-22-2001, 12:27 PM   #9
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Its very, very low right now. I have about 50,000 I send out to regularly and I get maybe $1 - $2 for that many per time I send out.

Probably not worth switching over http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Old 06-22-2001, 12:35 PM   #10
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Suresk, it's not only because of the amount of subscribers you have, but the topic as well. If your topic is for example humor, you will get paid a lot less than if your topic is web hosting.
But still, 1-2 $ for 50000 subscribers is not much http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Old 06-22-2001, 01:14 PM   #11
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suresk:
Do they list the ads they have run somewhere?
If that's their only restriction that would apply to my list, they sound perfect!

I'm also wondering...
My list is somewhat largish (4500 and growing by about 40/day) so I'd have to use the "big list" import.
Does that mean that if I purchase email addys (that have already double-opted in for my list), could I add those as I get them or would I have hit my limit of 500? How would I add them then? (Adding them by invitation and thereby making them triple opt-in seems a little excessive.)

I wrote to support but their answer was rather cryptic. (Kinda like my question, but I can't figure out how to say it clearer.)


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Old 06-22-2001, 04:09 PM   #12
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Now that Listbot has closed down, we are considering transferring our list to Topica.

May we have our own adverts in our ezine e.g. links to Amazon.com via their affiliate program when reviewing a book?

I'm asking because I've seen the following in their terms and conditions (2D):

"You agree that you will not use Topica's Service to engage in commercial advertising activities unless such use is pursuant to one of Topica's programs and/or without enrolling in Topica's Advertising and List Promotion Network. Such commercial advertising activities include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
Offering for sale any products or services;
Soliciting for advertisers or sponsors;
Conducting raffles or contests that require any type of entry fee;
Displaying a sponsorship banner or text advertisement of any kind, including those that are generated by banner or link exchange services, with the sole exceptions of Topica's Affinity Linking program or future Topica-sponsored linking programs;
Displaying text or graphical advertisements for services that provide cash or cash-equivalent prizes in exchange for hyperlinks to their sites; and
Advertising or promoting services that provides cash or cash-equivalent prizes in exchange for hyperlinks to their sites."

I presume that means no ads or affiliate links whatsoever! http://geekvillage.com/ubb/frown.gif

Any other suggestions for a free/low-cost (under $10 list-serving service)?

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Old 06-22-2001, 11:23 PM   #13
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Hmmm now I am curious, if anyone currently using Topica would be willing to give a round estimate of how much they are earning via Topica ads, it would be much appreciated. Currently I only have about 650 people subscribed to my newsletter, but that is increasing by 12-15 people each day. I just want to know if it would be worth it to switch over from my current provider (right now I use yourmailinglistprovider.com whom I am very happy with so far, but they don't provide the ad revenue sharing that Topica does). Thanks in advance guys. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Old 06-23-2001, 08:19 AM   #14
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Well for a free mailing list provider, I mentioned yourmailinglistprovider.com above ... the thing I like about it is that it's free and they don't put any of their own ads in the emails. It seems very reliable so far ...

(AFAIK, they make some $$$ by trying to get people to sign up for other mailing lists after they sign up for yours ...)

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Old 06-23-2001, 12:25 PM   #15
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I've decided to go to Topica, but I've hit a problem.

Topica said in the email that they "require that you send your current subscribers a
letter of 'Intent to Move'. Please cc:
movemylist@get.topica.com. Your list
will not be imported until we have received
a copy of this letter from you. These imports will be 'Opt-In'."

How do I cc from listbot?

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