Posted on October 15, 1999
=================================================== The Add Me! Newsletter *** ISSUE #69 *** "Free tips for promoting your website and business" Add Me, Inc http://www.addme.com The newsletter is only sent to the users of Add Me! =================================================== ...TODAY'S ARTICLE... >> Happy Birthday Add Me! Newsletter << ........................................................ October 15th, 1999 *** ISSUE #69 *** ........................................................ Message from our sponsor: ======================================================= IMPROVE YOUR SEARCH ENGINE RANKING! Boost your search engine ranking with link popularity. Most search engines count links to you from other sites. Get free reciprocal links pointing to your sites in five minutes. Simply upload our links page and link to it. Your site will be added to the list for others to use. We surpass our guarantee of 1000 links pointing to you in 30 days. Web site also includes a multi-search engine LinksToYou counter. A free weekly email report with links pointing to you is optional. To count and add LinksToYou for free: http://linkstoyou.com/ ======================================================= .............................. *************************************************** The Add Me! Newsletter is a high quality newsletter created to help everyone promote their website and business on the Internet. The Add Me! Newsletter is one of the largest newsletters available on the web focusing on this topic. It is read twice a week by over 220,000 webmasters and website owners. Please, forward this newsletter to all your friends and co-workers who might be interested! Interested in writing articles for this Newsletter? Go to http://www.addme.com/list.htm for more info! To un/subscribe, please see the end of the message! *************************************************** .....TODAY'S ARTICLE..... Happy Birthday Add Me! Newsletter =================================== Time flies! Yes, time flies doesn't it? It feels like it was yesterday that we at Add Me! decided to launch the Add Me! Newsletter. With the success of our free submission service came a lot of interest from you to learn more about website and business promotion. So we decided that a newsletter was just what was needed and a natural extension of our service. Of course, we had never published a newsletter before, so we were not sure how to get started. But we knew this: unlike many other existing newsletters covering this topic already, we wanted this newsletter to be very informative and high quality. We also wanted it to be objective and honest (I'll explain what I mean by that further down). Finally, we wanted the format of the newsletter to be clear and consistent from one issue to the next; still today, many newsletters are ignoring this aspect and are therefore very difficult to read. Well, this Sunday October 17th is the Add Me! Newsletter's first birthday. We thought this would be a good time to take a small break and look back to see if we actually did create the newsletter we wanted to create. For this we invite you, at the end of this article, to take a minute and send us your feedback by answering a few questions. Some of you may already have seen a very similar questionnaire 4 months ago. ======================================================= Web site owners -- make MORE from your banner ads! USA Features Media pays 25 cents per click through, regardless of your traffic -- guaranteed. Check us out today: http://www.usafeatures.com ======================================================= You said, honest? Yes, "honest", that small word that is so often forgotten by writers and publishers. I am always stunned when I read some of the so-called newsletters circulating out there. Many of them are not newsletters; they are just advertisements in disguise. There is nothing bad or wrong with having one or two sponsors in your newsletter, but there is something really wrong when, 1) the reader cannot easily distinguish the ads from the article, or when 2) the article itself contains hidden advertisements, carefully inserted by the author. The publisher can easily correct the first problem, by inserting lines around the ads as a way to clearly separate them from the article. But some publishers include so many ads in their newsletter that they might as well put lines around the article to distinguish it from the ads.
Not all newsletters are "bad" of course, and I am not claiming that the Add Me! Newsletter is the only "good" newsletter either. All I am saying is: beware of these practices! The second problem is more serious. We, at Add Me!, receive a lot of articles each week for possible publication in our newsletter. Aside from classifying them as good quality versus bad quality articles, we also categorize them as honest versus dishonest. Many articles are just bad and have no chance of making it through; others are very good but unfortunately a bit on the dishonest side. Of course some are both bad and dishonest and we know what to do with those! Whether it is a business sending us their flashy marketing message hoping somehow that we will publish it, or a person that wrote a seemingly very good article that unfortunately also promotes his or his buddy's website as if it was more popular than Yahoo, all of these are considered more or less dishonest articles, and they go straight to the Trash folder. Some people out there are so desperate for exposure that they will do anything to attract more traffic to their site, and I mean a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. But fortunately there are also very good honest writers with a lot of experience in website and business promotion. Those writers deserve the exposure of our newsletter. You have read their articles in past issues, and you will read more of them in future issues. We hope you have enjoyed them all so far and have learned a lot from each of them. One thing is certain; we will do our best to keep the standards high. And for those of you who are publishing a newsletter or planning to do so, do your audience a favor: select your writers wisely, choose a clear format, and don't over sponsor it! You won't have much of an audience otherwise. And now, if you have a minute, I invite you to go to this URL http://www.addme.com/feedback and tell us what you think. We take your comments very seriously for improving the quality of this newsletter. ----------------------------------------------------------- The Add Me! Team http://www.addme.com mailto:email@example.com ----------------------------------------------------------- This newsletter is sent to you as part of the free Add Me! submission service you have used recently. If you have missed previous issues of the Add Me! Newsletter you can find them at: http://www.addme.com/previous.htm The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Add Me, Inc. Add Me, Inc makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, about the truth or accuracy of the contents of the Add Me! newsletter. We want this newsletter to be the best one around. If you have suggestions, ideas, or feedback about this newsletter, feel free to email us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org To subscribe to this newsletter, please go to http://www.addme.com/list.htm Interested in writing an article for this Newsletter? Go to http://www.addme.com/list.htm for more info! If you are interested in sponsoring this newsletter, place your order online: http://www.addme.com/list.htm ================================================== (c) Copyright 1998-1999 Add Me, Inc ==================================================
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