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    I currently use listbot to host a newsletter with about 600 subscribers and a discussion list with about 200. The advertisements are becoming annoying.

    I like the fact that listbot automatically removes email addresses that bounce and that it is very easy for a visitor to sign up.

    What are some alternatives I can use?

    Thanks.

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    You might want to check out http://www.postmastergeneral.com, they are by far the best service I have used for list management so far.
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    Hi,

    I use http://www.topica.com - which I really like.

    Kam

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    I second the Topica.com suggestion. I use them and couldn't be more happy.

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    What is it that you folks like about those services (bar the auto delete of bouncing addresses) ?

    You see, (if you've read my post, you'll know this), I'm creating a PHP/MySQL email management system which will integrate an advertising management system so that you can track how successful each ad is (percentage clicked) etc...

    Just looking for ideas really.

    Free copies to all SitePoint Forums members as you are all so cool.

    Cheers,

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    Well, I actually have some ideas- not too technical, though.

    1. Definitely an automated list managment tool that will handle bounced emails. Is it possible for it to flag addresses that get "mailbox full" errors and produce a list of those email addys?

    2. Personalization features (i.e. "Joe, here's your SitePoint newsletter" in the subject line, and the recipient's name in the copy)

    3. Categories of interest, etc. so that recipients can be organized into specific groups. That way, if there is a promotional offer or something more suited for a specific group, then you can just send the email to them.

    4. Duplicate address removal.

    5. A log of who has been sent what to prevent mailing them the same thing multiple times.

    I'm sure I've got some others, but I'll stop there. I wish I had the time and resources to develop something like that.

    Good luck and I'd like to see the finished product!
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    Originally posted by KMxRetro
    What is it that you folks like about those services (bar the auto delete of bouncing addresses) ?

    You see, (if you've read my post, you'll know this), I'm creating a PHP/MySQL email management system which will integrate an advertising management system so that you can track how successful each ad is (percentage clicked) etc...

    Just looking for ideas really.

    Free copies to all SitePoint Forums members as you are all so cool.

    Cheers,
    I use free sites like Topica.com because I started off with them before my host provided e-mail list capabilities and since I am more than happy with Topica, I have no reason to change. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    Also, Topica promotes my list, something that won't happen if I host my own list locally. How do they promote my list? It's featured, along with others, in their sports newsletters section.

    And what if I would change hosts? It would be a pain moving subscribers, if even possible, and it wouldn't effect me at all with Topica.

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    Also besides all the stuff James mentioned - they dont have ads in the lists - just something like this at the bottom:

    T O P I C A -- Learn More. Surf Less.
    Newsletters, Tips and Discussions on Topics You Choose.


    Plus You can set headers/footers, I also find it very easy to use.


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