In my opinion, State of the Art Mailer (or SOTAM) is effective and, more importantly, fun safelist to start with.
A combination of the most effective list mailers is the best way to generate substantial traffic. Using SOTAM for traffic generation is a solid starting point.
State Of The Art Mailer In A Nutshell
- Traffic generated with a free account (real statistics):
300-350 visits per month with less than 5 min per day of work
- You’ll receive ~50 mails per day in your inbox (and you can learn here how you can still keep your inbox clean from all these emails)
- Solid and proven traffic generation in comparison to other list mailers; visitors interested in the IM niche
- Diverse advantages of safelists, including downline building explained
- Perfect for outsourcing traffic generation (traffic for 0,6 US cents CPC!)
- Step-by-step instructions to give away to your assistant (or for your own use)
Your Main Goals:
- Generate traffic using the safelist State of the Art Mailer (or SOTAM).
- Sent that traffic to a landing page where you can gain real subscribers (once they sign-up)
- Market your message to your subscribers (ideally relevant to the internet marketing niche)
How Much Traffic Will You Be Able To Generate?
From my experience over more than a year, you can generate 300 visits per month with the State of the Art Mailer. That’s for the free account. If you go premium, you can get more visits, but I didn’t test that.
It’s clear you need more traffic.
You can achieve more traffic by scaling up to more similar list mailer services. Once you understand the principle you are about to learn here, you can reproduce that with any list mailers!
We made a series of trial and error runs, and found the most time-effective way of using SOTAM.
Who is “we”?
I outsourced the credit generation for SOTAM to several Virtual Assistants who did not have any previous experience about that topic. I made sure to teach them exactly how to generate traffic most effectively.
Now, I am going to show you an…
Effective Step By Step Guide To Using Sotam
1. Create A Simple Signup-Page
Important elements of your landing page:
- The title (most important element of the whole page)
- A few bullet points with your advantages for the subscriber
- Your personal voice – there are too many gurus out there
2. Equip Squeeze Page With An Aweber Signup Form
You will gather subscribers with SOTAM traffic (and from other list mailers for more effectiveness) here. With AWeber you can split test the best variations of your sign-up call-to-action. This will maximize your conversion rate.
AWeber has an excellent built-in split-test feature to optimize your conversion rate
3. Generate Credits With The Help Of A Virtual Assistant!
With the free State of the Art Mailer membership account, you can mail up to 3000 members every 5 days from your previous email.
Before in sending your email template to 3000 members, you should maximize your credits to 3000 credits for maximum traffic.
You can spend the time clicking away to gain credits yourself. It may sound easy, just clicking away, but it can be very dragging and tedious work…
- You should use a separate email or Viralinbox account only for SOTAM and other viral mailers.
- You can open multiple windows from your email account (CTRL+left click) to “claim credits”. This is not possible from within the SOTAM account website because they allow only one window at a time.
The time waiting and clicking will probably just burn out all your energy (my VA Jomvie can attest to that!).
These credits can be generated with the help of a virtual assistant.
This information is all you need to start outsourcing traffic generation today!
4. Create A Catchy Email With A Bit.Ly Shortened Link For Link Tracking
Before spending our credits, you should create a catchy email body and title that will be used to introduce your landing site. It needs to be catchy because you only have a few seconds to get the attention of the SOTAM user clicking through your email.
In our case, since my website talks about OUTSOURCING, we have created a catchy and inviting title.
To be able to monitor and track the traffic, we used bit.ly’s shortened link to track all updates.
Create your own bit.ly account (or use ViralURL for more synergyzing effects). Its sole purpose is to track and monitor your visitors (and potential subscribers!) clicks.
5. TIME TO SEND YOUR FREE EMAIL TEMPLATE TO 3000 MEMBERS!
- Final draft email (body of email)
- Shortened link
6. Now Your Email Readers Will Sign Up To Your Aweber List!
The reason why you need your squeeze page with an AWeber signup form is to expand or increase your list with the help of State of the Art Mailer traffic.
Once they open our email and click the embedded shortened link, they will then be redirected to your landing page. And with the help of a catchy title and email, they will now register using your sign-up form and join your list.
With your list expanding with the free (or, if outsourced, dirt-cheap) list mailer traffic, you can market to your list and get direct and returning traffic.
More Good-To-Know Facts
How Many Mails Will You Receive Per Day?
You will get an average of 50 emails a day. Each email ad consists of 12-15 credits, which mean you can get more than 650 credits a day.
(Rememember our tip to use a separate email account or a ViralInbox account)
Solid and proven traffic generation in comparison to other list mailers; visitors interested in the IM niche.
Traffic Quality Is Very Good – Mainly From High Cpc Countries
Using tracker links, we analyzed the traffic quality of State of the Art Mailer traffic. The results:
Solid quality traffic mostly from high cost per click english speaking countries (USA, UK and Canada).
The State of the Art Mailer is a recommended safelist generates solid traffic for you. This process is
- easy to outsource for maximum ROI.
[contentblock id=5]Using Craigslist to generate traffic can be very effective, if you have the right audience for it. Because I’m based in Germany, I needed a workaround for a craigslist phone verification to be able to post to the US.
What Worked: Getting a Phone Verified Using Fiverr
On Fiverr, you can easily research services that do Craigslist posting and account verification for the US for you.
- Hassle free (I got my account verified in under one hour)
- Minimal cost (5$ is less than it cost me to have my VA looking for solutions for this challenge)
- None. You have to make a free account for Fiverr.
- The whole project cost me a whopping 5$ and about 10 minutes of my time. Not really that big of a “con”.
Investing 5$ for a Craigslist Phone Verification – Step by Step
Cough up the 5$ (pay via credit card or Paypal). You automatically receive a notification with what further info is needed from you. In this case, my login info.
Note: by the Terms of Service on Fiverr, you’re not allowed to share your email address.
It’s recommended to write “(at)” instead of “@” and “ema1l” instead of “email”.
This lowers the risk of your Fiverr account being banned. Just like the service provided did in his answer (see below).
Note that I gave this unknown person access to my Craigslist account. This strategy of getting US verification for your Craigslist account is only recommended if you use a new account that does not contain personable or sensible information.
I checked my email five minutes later and copied the Craigslist notification as well as the activation link to the service provider.
The actual work by the Fiverr service went within one hour, and we exchanged a few messages to clarify what was needed. It all went very smoothly.
He even let me play around with the newly phone verified account as long as we both still had access to it.
When I tried posting to San Francisco, US, the ad went live without any problems.
You Can Also Successfully Verify Your Craigslist for the US Using the Same Method!
It took a few weeks of testing out different ideas until I finally cracked the problem with bypassing the Craigslist phone verification step. Naturally, I was pretty happy when it finally worked 🙂
After the gig, I changed my password for my Craigslist account back to another safely generated password using my favorite password management tool, LastPass.
For the sake of completeness, let me tell you about what I have tried out before finding out the method described above.
What I Tried Out First: Asking a Friend in the Us to Set Up the Account for Me
You can always ask a friend in the US to verify a Craigslist account for you.
When my friend set up another Craigslist account from the US, I still had the problem that I needed phone verification for that account.
Unfortunately, my friend already had used his phone number for his own account.
When you do this, note that:
You can’t use
- a toll-free number
- a prepaid phone card
- any number from outside of the US.
Third Option: Hiring Someone on oDesk to Post Craigslist Ads to the Us
My VA already had prepared a backup solution if the account verification with Fiverr would not have worked:
Save Time, and Use the Fiverr Workaround to Verify Your Craigslist Account in The Us
Seriously, my assistant and I went through some trouble finding this solution. We really hope you can save yourself the time and the hassle.
And as soon as you have set yourself up to post to the US, you can publish and refresh your ads as often as you want.
Even Simpler: Get Your Ads Directly Submitted To Craigslist (Even in the Us) As A Service
If you don’t want to post yourself, you can use Fiverr to have your ads submitted to Craigslist (or similar sites) yourself!
Here are some people who provide these gigs (my Virtual Assistant actually researched them):
Happy posting to Craigslist!