So long Mail Chimp

Discussion in 'In The News' started by Ironmail, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Ironmail

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    Mailchimp Blocks Affiliates


    In late “breaking” news on this Friday night, it seems that MailChimp, a email service provider for newsletters has made changes that includes banning a great deal of marketers from using their service. According to insiders, this was done because MailChimp was facing significant problems with their deliverability caused by a few less-than-ethical marketers. Since it was late evening, no one picked up their phones to address our questions, but their website made it clear that they were banning a whole host of marketing programs, including all “Affiliate Marketers.”

    I’m not sure exactly what they think “Affiliate Marketers” are specifically, because most of the email marketing industry is a type of “Affiliate” or “Performance Marketing” of sorts, where people are paid some type of bounty from an “Affiliate” relationship with an advertiser. Well, either way, even if you aren’t an affiliate marketer, pretty much every other type of product is now banned from MailChimp.

    Here is their own new terms:

    Also, there are some industries that send certain types of content that result in higher than normal bounce rates and abuse complaints, which in turn jeopardize the deliverability of our entire system. No offense intended, but because we must ensure the highest delivery rates possible for all our customers, we do not allow businesses that offer these types of services, products, or content:

    Illegal goods or servicesEscort and dating servicesPharmaceutical productsWork from home, Internet Lead-gen, Make money on online opportunities, etc.Online trading, day trading tips, or stock market related contentGambling services, products or gambling educationMulti-level marketingAffiliate marketersCredit repair, get-out-of-debt contentMortgages and/or LoansNutritional Supplements, Herbal Supplements or Vitamin SupplementsPornography or nudity in contentAdult novelty items or references in contentList brokers or List rental servicesMarketing or sending commercial email without proper permission
    If you are using MailChimp, I would recommend anyway either iContact or aWeber. They both have excellent rates and little deliverability problems.
     
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    I thought affiliates have been banned in their TOS long time ago? Seems like they merely spelled out the sub-categories and added enforcement.
     
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    LOL! MailChimp packin' heat. :)
     
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    well like most ESP's they need to protect their IP space,which is understandable. What I don't like about MC is their method of review. I had an incident with them a few days ago and received a warning about complaint levels, it was reporting a .2% - 5 days after the initial drop :22: WTH !!!! we all know that most isp's have their way of monitoring rep AOL every 4hrs, yahoo every 6hr ...ect ....so I think its unfair for an ESP to look at cumulative complaints, since its only natural that complaints will get higher as the days pass. When I get these types of warnings its clear to me that the ESP's is lacking knowldge of how isp's work or they need to revise their automated systems. Since this type of feedback is clearly not coming from a human and if it is, they should look at their reporting more clearly :tomato:
     

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