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Were you ever caught doing naughty things behind a door?

As a teenager, we used to love asking that kind of questions.

Because when the unknowing victim replied “no” in an offended voice, we would say:

“Of course not. I knew it was a good place to hide.”

The power of words, right?

You can learn how to do that when you describe your books as well.

You have it inside you already. Now learn how to use it.

Check it out here http://malka.im/9words

Inboxing Pro questions and objections

(First: If you’re both a subscriber to my writers’ list and to my money-online list, you’ll get this email twice, because I have you on two different systems right now.)

If you’re as much as considering getting Inboxing Pro, the autoresponder I promoted yesterday, I want to remind you of something I nearly forgot myself:

It’s available for only $27, but the price goes up in less than 5 hours.

I was late to discover it, because I don’t normally scout the WarriorPlus best-seller lists like a vulture over a thirsty man in the desert. But better late than never, right?

After my email, I got questions and a serious objection.

One of the first mails I got about Inboxing Pro scared me. You’ll know why in a moment, but I really feared that I’d recommended something that I shouldn’t have.

One of my subscribers asked an anti-spam attorney and an expert at the technicalities of email servers and email marketing what she thought about Inboxing Pro, and she said, “I wouldn’t touch it”.

I asked what had motivated the attorney to say so, and got the following answer:

  1. The domain was only registered a couple of months ago
  2. the site looks like cr*p
  3. there are exactly two companies in the word that certify email senders (us and ReturnPath) so the hook of “trusted sender reputation” is misleading
  4. The entire thing is built on getting to the Gmail inbox, and following best practices will do that… plus everybody knows that a) the algorithms at the receivers change regularly
  5. they talk about “3 protocols applied by every receiver”…bllsht

Any time you do something to get around the protections that ISPs have in place, you look like a spammer

The process is known as snowshoeing, and it is dangerous to your reputation as an emailer.

That’s something of a mouthfull, right?

The autoresponder just launched, so I’m not surprised that the domain is young, and I don’t think the site looks bad. But that’s a matter of taste. Does Aweber’s site look great? GetResponse’s? They all three favor blue and white it seems…

In Bob Bly’s and Kim Stacey’s book “Secrets of Successful E-Mail Marketing” they go over the ways to obtain good delivery, and they include the same measures that Inboxing Pro does. It’s something that SMTP provider SparkPost does too in every email they send to their members. I’m getting a 96% accepted mails with them, and they tell me how I can improve that. Why haven’t I done so already? Because it takes some technical work. Work that Inboxing Pro does for you.

I’m sorry, but I send three emails daily, and best practices don’t help me get into Gmail’s inbox. Sometimes one mail hits while another one misses. Again, I’ve taken some measures (like only including one link in the email, avoiding images…) but other than that, there’s the technical set up which I haven’t done. With Inboxing Pro that’s done for me.

Point #5 – true, perhaps not every receiver applies the 3 protocols. Some might let spam go right through. The purpose of using this autoresponder is not to spam. You’ll need either your own SMTP domain or third parties like SparkPost, SendGrid etc. and THEY won’t accept spam.

I strongly disagree that using DKIM to identify your mailing domain you look like a spammer.

That’s like saying that by registering your company name you look like a crook. It doesn’t make sense to me.

And I looked up snowshoeing which is something completely different. Look it up. This is a short excerpt: “Snowshoers use many fictitious business names (DBA – Doing Business As), fake names and identities, and frequently changing postal dropboxes and voicemail drops.”

With Inboxing Pro you send from the same domains every time. You use the same IP number. You use the same names.

My conclusion: This attorney made a quick judgment and now she’s defending it.

Her arguments don’t make sense to me. I’ll leave it up to you to judge.

Do you have to buy more than one copy?

I got a question from a subscriber who wanted to use it for more than one persona. This could happen if you run a list under a pen name, if you’re a writer for example.

You can set up each list individually with a new from name and add all the sending domains, so that each become trusted senders thanks to the DKIM keys. (Something that to my knowledge all web hosts offers inside cPanel. I still can’t believe how an expert can see this as making me look like a spammer.)

Will I only mail to Gmail users?

No, you can mail all kind of users. They use Gmail as an example on the front page, because Gmail is known for putting marketing mails on the Promotion tab. Even some of my private emails, sent from my email client, went there, by the way. Following best practices or not ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wish I had more time

I would have loved to show you each function in a separate email, but the price goes up in four hours.

I bought it myself this morning. I’m also going to buy the two upsells (PLR membership + lifetime access). I have full confidence in this. I would have preferred the autoresponder to be self-hosted, but I know that you might prefer hosted, because it’s less technical work.

So here it is – it’s up to you now to make a decision.

To buy or not to buy?

If you choose like I did, this is the place to go http://malka.im/inboxingpro

Perfect for struggling authors

When you start out as an author, unless you’re traditionally published, you’ll begin with a lot of expenses:

  • Covers
  • Ads
  • Autoresponder

Even if you skip the ads and create your covers yourself, you need to pay for an autoresponder so you can communicate with your buyers. And get more future buyers.

So you’re looking at around $20 per month normally… Even for a small list.

I’m always looking out for better alternatives. I like the system I use, but I know a lot of people who prefer to struggle with Aweber/GetResponse and their low delivery rates, hours offline, delayed emails, and even deleted subscribers (yes, they do that with “soft bounces”) rather than set up an autoresponder themselves.

I can’t blame them. It takes some technical knowledge, and you’re on your own if you run into trouble.

Today, I noticed a worthy alternative. It’s perfect for struggling authors, because:

  • You can send up to 8,000 emails daily for free.
  • It’s a one-time investment. $27, if you get it today (the price goes up tomorrow).
  • It’s hosted. You don’t have anything to install yourself.
  • High delivery thanks to the way the system is set up.
  • You can create your own templates.

There are many more advantages, but for writers, I think these are the main ones.

Anyway, I suggest you take a look today, while the price is still only $27 for unlimited access. This is a fantastic deal, if you want my opinion. And by the way, tomorrow I’m going to talk more about what to write in the emails you’re going to send to your readers.

For now, check this out http://malka.im/inboxingpro

Running on the wrong path?

Have you ever had one of those nightmares where you’re running, going somewhere…

But you never find the place, and you’re late.

I have. Many times. But it’s been a while since the last time.

Maybe I found my right path?

What’s the use in running if you’re not on the right path?

That’s something Paul Coleman wants you to think about.

He also have something groundbreaking to share with you. An epiphany he got from two seperate issues:

One: A struggling writer that started from scratch and became a millionaire.
Two: A book – one of those life-changing ones that makes you question everything you’ve believed in earlier.

From those two, he came up with a training I think you should read.

Check out what it is here http://malka.im/9words

5 minutes daily challenge

If you can find 5 minutes daily, I have a fun challenge for you.

I did the same thing with a friend many years ago. We had a lot of fun, and it was interesting to read what he’d come up with.

It was interesting to read what I’d come up with… because being forced to write for 5 minutes, without time to think, it puts you directly in the zone.

That’s where your writing gets interesting.

This challenge is fun and meant to help you get into a good habit of writing daily.

I would love to see you inside – and the price is less than $1 right now.

Join us here http://malka.biz/30-day-fiction-challenge/

How can you improve your fiction?

You improve with constant practice.

You improve by writing, by getting in the zone.

You improve by allowing yourself to write junk.

You improve by challenging yourself – or by joining this challenge and write with all of us.

Five minutes every day.

Can you do it?

WILL you do it?

Check it out here http://malka.biz/30-day-fiction-challenge/

Nine words made him a millionaire

You can change.

It’s something that’s said to be unique to humans. I believe that animals can change, too, but they rarely have the urge to do so.

You can.

Sometimes it takes years and months.

At other times, a few words can make a difference.

To me it was five words (I wish it was Friday).

To this struggling author who became a millionaire, it was nine words.

Paul Coleman tells his story, and I will add that Paul has changed his life himself. Because of what he found while he worked on this training.

It’s only available for a short while.

Check the success story here http://malka.im/9words

Five words changed my life

Yesterday, I told you how five words changed my life.

Today, I will tell you a story of a man, whose life was changed by nine words.

He became a millionaire.

In fact, it’s Paul Coleman who told me story, and it’s a real one.

A man, a struggling author, was about to give up.

But the he decided to start again from scratch, and he took a chance on something unique.

Nine words changed his life.

Find out exactly how he did it http://malka.im/9words

30-Day fiction writing challenge

I challenge myself.

Not just when writing fiction, but with a lot of things.

I compete with myself. I look at previous results and aim at improving.

Today, I’m going to challenge you.

Will you join me?

Read all about it here http://malka.biz/30-day-fiction-challenge/

Catch me if you can

Do you challenge yourself related to fiction writing?

If so – how? Hit reply to let me know.

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