Should You Pay for Leads to Expand Your Customer List?
It’s common thinking among many Internet marketers that you are never supposed to buy email lists because the people on that list don’t know you. After all, you don’t know for sure they are open to what you are selling. They may mark you as spam and get you banned from email services.
All those things are true, in general, but there are certain lists that absolutely are worthwhile to buy. So you shouldn’t dismiss buying leads altogether because there is a right way and wrong way to go about it. You just have to be very careful about how you proceed because there are risks.
Most Lists Contain High-Target Customers
You should only buy leads if there is a high probability that they are going to convert. What you don’t want is a list of people that you essentially are going to be cold-calling — via email — because that’s going to be low-converting.
Obviously, the best leads — and the optimal way to reach people is to focus primarily on customers who have interacted with you at some point or another. Either through your landing page, sales page, your YouTube channel or on social media.
Those people have already opted-in, so they have in effect given you an implicit permission to contact them. As a result, they are going to be far more likely to open you email and, more importantly, to act on your call to action.
This is a very important point because if people haven’t opted-in to receive your emails, it can be very dangerous for you.
How Much Should You Pay?
Now, you see a lot of companies out there that will sell you thousands of email addresses for $99 and the like. You may be wondering if these are a good option.
It’s a good idea to proceed with caution. Always start with the companies that you have used in the past or been recommended to you by somebody that you trust. It may be a good idea to consider buying a list from them and trying them out.
Beware of making large scale purchases from companies that you aren’t familiar with because there are a lot of scammers out there on the Web who would be happy to take your money and sell you a list that is filled with either dead addresses or emails they have scraped from other places that aren’t going to do you a lot of good.
Paid List: Risk vs Reward
Buying lists can be a big expense, so what you have to consider is the value that you are getting for your money. It can be a financial burden and there also are other risks involved.
For example, you can seriously harm your reputation if you buy the wrong list. Because when you buy a list and then contact people who never heard of you before, they could send it to their spam folder.
Whenever they do this, it sends a notification to the email service. If it happens often enough, it can lower your sender score. Which then may affect your domain’s ability to send emails through that email service in the future. This includes the legitimate emails to people who have asked you to contact them.
If you are marked as spam often enough, every time you send out an email it may be automatically diverted to the recipient’s spam folder. Which means they are never going to see it. In conclusion, is a total waste of time and money.
Don’t Get Banned
If enough people mark your unsolicited emails as spam, you will eventually get banned. Especially on some of the biggest email providers, such as Yahoo and Gmail.
If that happens, you are going to have to shut down your website and start over with a new one. That’s not going to put you out of business, however will delay getting your business up and running.
Plus there will be the additional expenses and/or work.
- Buying new domains
- Setting up new pages
- Re-establishing your autoresponder
- Not to mention the opportunity costs associated with being offline.
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Nicky and Dave
P.S. Make Sure to Read This – How to Build an Email Marketing List Quickly.
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