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Getting Email Subscriptions Right

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I have recently subscribed by email to most of my own blogs to see what my readers were seeing, and I am not happy. But I found out how to make it better and I hopefully will be happy starting today.

What I see when I get an email blog broadcast or digest newsletter from one of my blogs is a message with excerpts of the posts. To read the entire post you have to click on the link that takes you to the blog site. I figure if someone signs up to get your blog posts by email, they don’t want to have to go to the blog to read posts.

I use AWeber as my autoresponder service and I did not realize that my readers were only receiving post excerpts. I looked through their help pages and found that I have to copy and paste the entire post content into the excerpt box for my readers to get entire posts with graphics, videos and HTML included. It will look much like it does on the blog without the sidebars and other blog elements. Or it is supposed to. I will see what actually appears in the emails.

This message and two others are test messages for digest newsletters that are coming out in a few hours so I can check them in the morning and make adjustments and changes as needed.

I will write a part 2 to this post to let everyone know if it worked.

If you use AWeber with the blog broadcast feature, be aware that your readers are only receiving excerpts of your posts unless you are putting all the content into the excerpt box.

Please leave your experiences in the comments and let us know what you have seen and how you run your email blog subscriptions. I am open to all suggestions and ideas.

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Cost-Cutting in Your Small Business

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

I just read a great article on the Energy Boomer blog about ways to cut costs with the high price of gasoline. It’s only going to get worse this summer, so implementing fuel-saving measures is getting to be critical. I know I’m doing everything I can think of to cut down on the number of trips I make and keep my car performing at it’s peak to use fuel more efficiently.

Here’s the link to the article: 7 Ways Business Folks Can Cope With High Fuel Prices

It seems things that help the environment save us money.

I hope you’ll hop over and have a read.

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