Hosting options for email marketers

Choosing a hosting package can be quite a complicated task and the 1 thing you should never base this decision on is price alone

In this post I will explain the basic options available and give the pros and cons for each and then I will provide details of our brand-new hosting package which has been designed by us specifically for our InboxingPro autoresponder customers

Basic shared hosting

This is what most marketers start out with because it is very cheap and does the job of hosting a few websites

Shared hosting allows you to rent space on a shared hosting server along with hundreds if not thousands of other customers, every server has a maximum capacity to store data and send emails, you can find a lot of offers that claim to offer unlimited everything for a few dollars per month, in reality you will get a few customers taking the majority of the space which means the service is slow and sluggish but the biggest issue for email marketers is you cannot add your own domain name to the DNS to help validate the records and in most cases the shared IP is always blacklisted so shared hosting is not recommended for anything but storing data and websites that don’t attract much traffic

VPS Hosting

VPS Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting is a cross between Shared & Dedicated. A physical server, called the parent, runs several VPS instances, which are granted a strict portion of the parent server’s hardware resources.

These instances are rented out and operate as independent servers from one another, so it’s essentially renting part of a dedicated server.

These plans range in prices and offer easy affordable scaling and better performance or security than a shared hosting website.

You also normally get a dedicated IP and for an additional fee you can also get a cPanel license to access the DNS editor to add the records to verify the sending domain has a good reputation

Dedicated Server Hosting

The dedicated server is the top tier of web hosting, Dedicated Servers are just what the name implies, a server dedicated to you.

All the hardware that makes up the server is under your control. Dedicated servers often share network access with neighbouring dedicated servers in a data centre, but they share no hardware and each one is dedicated to its own customer.

 These plans tend to be the most expensive but give you the best performance, security, and flexibility.

As you can see each of these hosting products work in different ways. This means each will have its own strengths and weaknesses over the others.

So, let us compare Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated by a few different metrics to see how we obtained this tier structure.


Performance matters. If you want to keep your customers happy, you need to provide them with top-notch performance. A survey conducted by Kissmetrics discovered that nearly half of web users expect a site to load in 2 seconds or less, and they tend to abandon a site that isn’t loaded within 3 seconds.

Furthermore, 79% of web shoppers who have trouble with website performance say they won’t return to the site to buy again and around 44% of them would tell a friend if they had a poor experience shopping online. The bottom line here?

It takes only a second of difference from slow page loads to lose out many potential or even perpetual sales.

Poor Performance – Traditional Shared Hosting

These plans generally include very limited resources as they are granted only a fraction of the available system hardware. They can find themselves robbed of resources by other sites on the same server monopolizing them. The Shared Hosting tier is good for low traffic and static websites.

Good Performance – VPS Hosting

VPS plans are limited by the available hardware assigned to the plan. There is a performance tax on the hardware when running in a visualized setup. However, this tax has become smaller and smaller over time allow more comparable performance levels to Dedicated Servers.

Great Performance – Dedicated Server Hosting

Direct access to the hardware provides the best possible performance configurations with a dedicated server.


Clearly the option to get the best email delivery is using a dedicated server, this includes the all important dedicated IP which is essential to guarantee delivery to the inbox

The downside is the cost with entry level systems starting around $50 per month

We are constantly asked about hosting and back in 2019 we decided to create a specialist hosting division clearly aimed at the small to medium sized email marketer looking to get the best email delivery without breaking the bank


We know getting emails delivered is dependent on 2 key requirements

Dedicated IP

To get any sort of delivery success, you must send bulk email from a dedicated IP, this is critical to the success of any campaign and is the only way you can control your own reputation and sender score

Domain Reputation

All the major ISPs like Google and Yahoo check the sending domain reputation of every email sender and unless the domain has been validated and verified, emails will end up in the spam folder

We have built this into our autoresponder app and the domain records required are automatically created and are simply copied and pasted into the DNS editor of the server

Our new service takes advantage of the low cost of storing websites using a shared server and adds the critical dedicated IP and full cPanel access so our customers can add the records and send from their own IP

This provides the best of both worlds; you save on the website hosting and get guaranteed email delivery sending from a dedicated IP and we have taken the service to the next level with advanced features added as standard

We provide Cloudflare protection and lightning fast site load speeds using lite speed cache and SSD Storage

We also include a premium domain name and SSL certificate to get you off to the best start

This service continues to grow from strength to strength, we provide a choice of plans based on your situation so you never need to pay for services you don’t need or use and upgrading is quick and easy when you are ready

If you want to check out the hosting plans in more detail, please click the link below

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Should you use Emojis in your email subject lines

The subject line is the most important sentence of your email. A boring subject line will mean your email is overlooked or just deleted. 😲

Meaning all the hard work writing your email would have been for nothing!

It gets worse…

If your subscribers continually don’t open your email, you may begin to get marked as ‘spam’ by the email client (for example: Gmail, Outlook, Apple Mail). As email clients get more and more sophisticated about identifying which emails are engaging, and which emails shouldn’t even make it to the inbox.

So now you can know how important it is to get the subject line right, let’s see how we can make sure yours stand out.

Will Emojis Help Your Email Stand Out?

To avoid sending mundane subject lines to your subscribers, you’ve probably considered including emojis. But do they really grab readers attention?

Other email users seem to think so…

There has been a staggering increase in the use of emojis in subject lines.

Email marketer Jess Nelson reported that emoji usage has increased 775% year on year — (so you know, just a little bit). But could that mean you now blend into the crowd?

Turns out no.

While the increase has been massive, the percentage of people using emojis is still relatively small. According to Econsultancy, just 5% of subject lines in 2017 included emojis.

Will an emoji increase the chances of my email being read?

Other marketers are seeing success from using emojis when used well.

Many claim that emojis help your content stand out in an inbox dominated by text, and that when used strategically and sparingly, they do increase open rates.

Swiftpage, for example, did their own set of tests to determine the impact of emojis in subject lines. Here’s what they found:

  • 29% increase in their open rate (number of people who open the email)
  • 28% increase in the click through rate (number of people who click on a link in the email)

ReturnPath also tested emojis in their emails across multiple holidays and found some interesting results.

On Valentine’s Day, the use of lips in their subject lines increased their open rate by 4%.

On St Patrick’s Day the use of the Irish flag emoji increased open rates by over 6%.

 And they also found that the poop emoji was the most effective across other days of the year. Weird.

If you are a customer of InboxingPro, you will know we include a library of emojis in the campaign editor and you can simply select the emoji you want to add to the subject line and its added automatically

If you are not yet a customer, click here to see our current offers or click the link below to access a free selection

Click here to access a massive range of free emojis to use in your campaigns

It’s not all roses 🌹 for emojis

It can go the other way too. Econsultancy tested 14 different emails, each with multiple variations of the same subject line. They sent each email to over 10 groups of 50,000 people and recorded the results.

They found that 60% of the time an emoji increased the open rate (over the same subject line with no emoji). This means that 40% of the time, the emoji had a negative impact.

And popular isn’t necessarily better

There is data around the most popular emojis (see the list from Mailchimp below), but again, this doesn’t mean that they are the most effective. I suggest testing popular and different emojis to see which ones resonate with your audience the most.

Send half of your emails out with no emoji, and half with. See which gets the better open rate. Do this over the course of a few different email types to find a pattern and see if emojis really do work for you.

 Then try testing different types of emojis and use of multiple emojis to see which your subscribers prefer.

Emoji Subject Line Recommendations

If you are going to test using emojis in your email subject lines, there are a few tips I recommend.

  1. Use emojis sparingly: too many will make your email appear spam-like.
  2. Test your emails: your subscriber base is different, test to see which style they prefer.
  3. Render: make sure you are testing your email in multiple email clients, browsers and devices before sending to make sure the emoji appears correctly.
  4. Improve: take the learnings from previous emails and let them impact future subject lines.
  5. Write, write, write: create multiple variations of your subject line, with different emoji options and give yourself time to choose the best one, it is the most important piece of content of your email after-all.

Sorry — It’s Not That Easy.

Unfortunately, not all browsers and email clients display the same emojis in the same way or at all (check out this article on all the different ways the same emoji can look).

 So, while you might see your sunshine emoji just fine in your test email to a Gmail email address that you opened in Chrome, your recipients who open their email on another email client on their mobile might not see the same thing.

You will have to test multiple email clients and browsers to know for sure. Otherwise you could end up sending an email with this symbol in it ▢ or the word ‘emoji’.

Note: check how the subject line looks when you open the email too! Some email clients display subject line emojis differently within the email.

Could Emojis Impact Deliverability?

According to Experian, emojis shouldn’t impact upon your emails deliverability. So, if you’re seeing a lot of hard-bounces (failed sends) from your emails, then there are probably other factors at play.

To delve deeper into your low deliverability, start with your subscriber list:

  • Should these people be getting this email?
  • Are they all expecting and wanting to see your content?
  • Could you make your emails more relevant and engaging to them?
  • Are you sending emails at the right time for them?
  • Are your emails designed well and rendering correctly across all email clients that they use?

All of the above questions will help you determine why your deliverability is low.

Unfortunately it isn’t as simple as including or excluding an emoji.

So What’s The Final Verdict?

Should you include emojis in your email subject lines? Yes, you can and should trial using emojis!

But you need to work on writing a good subject line first. Then add relevant emojis sparingly to amplify their effectiveness.

Thanks to Amy Baker, Medium for this article

The Anatomy of Building an email list

It doesn’t really matter what product or service you sell online; the key metrics are the same and we should always start with building a list of targeted prospects

In this post I am going to highlight the best practice to build your list and generate revenue with the gold standard being you make more profit from the front-end funnel and back end follow up campaigns than the cost of the traffic and you have a very profitable long-term business

This should be the focal point of your marketing efforts and set up correctly you can capture the visitor’s email and then direct them to whatever page or offer you wish, and this provides the best ROI on your marketing spend

The key to building a list is to make sure you monetise the traffic

There are various ways to monetise your traffic, you can promote affiliate offers or create your own products and providing you build a high converting front end funnel and strong back end follow up, you should be able to make a profit from paid traffic which is the ultimate aim because you are then building your list for free

List building as an affiliate marketer

If you want to promote an affiliate offer many new markers send traffic directly to the vendors sales page which can be very costly and result in low conversions

To maximise revenue, always send your traffic to a review page of the offer you are promoting and collect the email to qualify for the bonus

Get review access as soon as possible from the vendor, if you are new provide as much info as possible so the vendor can see how you intend to promote and what sort of traffic you will be sending

The last thing any vendor wants is a lot of junk traffic because the conversion stats are all important to recruit other affiliates during the launch

It is also a great idea to create the bonus page frame work using the sales page or JV page graphics and headlines first before contacting the vendor because most will appreciate the effort and give you access

Do this as early as possible so you can go through the product thoroughly and create a review which can be a video or PDF

Always make sure you go through the entire product and provide a truthful review, it can take months to build up trust with your list of subscribers and 1 inaccurate review to destroy it

How to create a bonus

Providing good bonuses will increase your conversions but spend time going through the product to find something that could possibly be improved, generally an info product will address 1 key issue so find a weakness and base the bonus products on the missing piece of the puzzle

So, for example, you could be promoting an email marketing training course which covers how to get the most of out your emails but may not provide much in terms of how to get visitors to your website

Your review and bonus could point this out and address the issue with a related traffic product

If you are starting out chances are you will not have any of your own products but you can find some really great products that you can brand and sell or giveaway as your own and our own Plr profits club provides a product portfolio of over 5000 products you can sell and giveaway and we add 40 new products each month so a great resource to have

Other ways to build your list

If you have a blog (and you should have) add a signup offer in the sidebar or add links to the footer of your post linking to a paid offer, so for example you could say if you enjoyed this post you can find the top 3 advanced strategies etc on the link below

Forums and social media posting

Create accounts on the most popular forums in your niche and find questions or problems that have been posted that you can answer, if you don’t know the answer go and research it and you can add a link in your signature back to your blog and this method can be applied using all of the popular social media platforms

You will be amazed at the amount of quality traffic this method can provide even spending 20 minutes per day

The importance of top-quality Lead magnets

A lead magnet is something you give the visitor in return for their email address

Critically important to always provide high value content both as free content and paid offers

Gone are the days of throwing together a 7-page report, now we need to provide real value to get the visitor to give you their real email address

Make sure you provide a related offer based on the traffic you are generating, if you are promoting a list building product, its essential to provide a free report, video training or some related resource to list building for maximum conversions rather than a random offer which may be focused on another niche like social media etc

Always use a bridge page after the signup on the squeeze page

This is key to your conversions but also sets the scene and manages expectations for your new subscriber

A bridge page should give the new subscriber more information on what they can expect and when and how they will receive the gift they have signed up for

You can create a text page with graphics providing the info or create a short intro video

This is essential if you are sending the new subscriber to a one time offer or upgrade offer (and you should be)

Think about it for a minute, you have a brand-new subscriber that doesn’t know you and they have signed up to get your free offer

You obviously don’t mention on the squeeze page that you are going to send them to an offer before they get the free gift so guess what happens when they land on a paid offer? They are not too pleased, and a high percentage may well unsubscribe

Using a bridge page is designed to inform and educate the subscriber so they are fully aware of the process, you can tell them exactly how and when the free offer will be delivered but before that take a look at this offer on the next page because it could short cut the whole process, save money, or what ever reason you feel is appropriate in relation to the new offer you are presenting

Always use a trip wire offer

Once you have captured the lead and pre-sold on the bridge page, the offer you are going to send them to is know as a trip wire offer

A trip wire offer is simply a high value product with a low cost, I like to use an offer that may be an 8-part video training related to the free offer they just signed up for and typically I price this product at $7 which may normally sell for $27 - $37

The aim here is to convert as many cold subscribers to buyers with offers that should just be too good to miss

The value to you of a buyer can be 100 times more profitable than a subscriber so its key to work hard to convert as many free subscribers to buyers as possible

This process should be repeated with different offers sprinkled in amongst great free content in your follow up autoresponder campaigns until the subscriber finds an offer they can’t resist and becomes a buyer

Setting up your autoresponder

You will create a new list for your new subscribers and these leads are cold leads, they don’t know you and you need to spend some time providing genuine value and information that can help your new subscribers achieve whatever they are trying to do based on the niche you are in.

Over time you should achieve the “know, like and trust” status and this process gives you a far greater chance to make a sale and build up a long-term relationship

Segment your lists

Its key to segment your lists based on interests or products, so you can better target both paid offers and free content

Create as many free front end offers as you wish, add 1-2 personal follow up messages related to the actual free content and then set the autoresponder to automatically move the subscribers to a master prospects list so you never duplicate messages

Create a buyers list per product

Automate the lists so once a subscriber buys a product they are automatically removed from the prospects list and added to the buyers list and the buyer then starts on a new pre-loaded follow up campaign

List hygiene

Make sure the autoresponder removes any bounced emails, so you maintain the best sending reputation for better Inboxing

If you are using an autoresponder you should have the features included to automate all of these systems, if your autoresponder does not offer this amount of flexibility or automation take a look at InboxingPro here

This is our own cloud-based autoresponder with thousands of customers using it for all their email marketing campaigns, it provides a total end to end solution and with no monthly fees

Product creation

The one thing all successful marketers have in common is they are all product creators, and some seem to crank out products almost on a weekly basis

The secret here is the vast majority use done for you resale products or PLR products that can be rebranded and launched as their own and this is how I got started and 99.9% of all successful marketers

When you think about it, why work as an affiliate for 50% commission when as a product creator you can earn 100% and have an opportunity to recruit your own army of affiliates

If you want to get access to a wealth of high-quality resale and PLR products check out our own monthly membership PLR Profits Club

This is a one stop shop for internet marketers and you will find a library of over 5000 existing products you can brand and sell as your own with at least 40 new products added each month

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So now you have a blueprint go and get something set up and remember, it is better to have something out there that may not be 100% perfect rather than waiting for months until everything is exactly as you want it so good luck with your efforts