Eight Essential Questions for Aspiring Ezine Editors
Online business 'newbies' have no doubt heard that offering a free newsletter is one of
the best ways available to build their business and their profits. Some of the benefits include:
Leverage for profitable Joint Ventures
More exposure through article reprints, for example
An additional source of income through advertising sales
While publishing a newsletter can be a very profitable venture, the fact of the matter
is, they're also a lot of work. Here are a few things to think about before you get started.
1. What Type of Newsletter Do You Want to Write?
The type of material you include in your newsletter is as endless as your imagination.
Some suggestions include:
Useful Website Pick
Letter to the Editor
Surveys or Polls
Suggestion/Help Column for Subscriber Websites or Products
Tip of the Day
2. Where Will You Get Your Content?
Will you write all the content yourself, get others to write it for you (ghost-writers),
or use 'recycled' articles from other writers?
Fresh, original content is best. It gets tiresome when you see the same article in
seven different newsletters! If you don't think you can manage writing all of
your content, perhaps you can compromise: mostly your own writing, with the occasional
third-party article thrown in.
3. How Often Do You Plan to Publish?
One of the advantages of offering a free ezine is the opportunity to build a relationship
with your readers. They come to know you and trust you, and you, in turn, learn what
types of products or services they're interested in.
A newsletter that's published too infrequently runs the risk of being forgotten by its
readers. On the other hand, one that's published too often may annoy its readers and
cause them to unsubscribe or delete the message.
Many popular ezines are published once a week or once every two weeks. Use that as a
guideline for determining your own publishing schedule.
4. Can You Afford a Professional List Manager?
A list manager automates the tedious task of subscription management. In other words,
it automatically handles subscribe and unsubscribe requests from your readers.
There are many good list managers available. Some are 'free'; that is, you may use them
for free if you accept third-party advertising in your message or, alternatively,
delivered to your mailbox.
Professional list managers will require an investment. They will allow you to send out
ad-free messages (and keep your mailbox free of more advertising!) and typically offer
a number of features not available in the 'free' version.