I was really torn on what to title this piece. I started with;
“Mailchimp, the epitome of dumbasses”
Then I was thought about;
“Mailchimp; from whimsical to a jock in 10 seconds flat”
But it’s irrelevant, just don’t use them. For your OWN GOOD, don’t mess with them. They now equate affiliate marketing to alcohol and porn. For real! They gradually snuck in a few new rules in their Terms and Conditions.
I’m guessing it happened around April and then they really began to enforce those policies around September. Simply evil they way they went about it. I personally HAVE an account and I’ve received no kind of notification. So I went through their blog and still couldn’t find anything.
The only thing they’re really talking about is all the smaller email companies they’ve been absorbing and the fact that they FINALLY reached a million members after 10 years. But guess what? I predict that number will be their high point and they will start to slowly loose member over the next 12 months and probably sometime in 2013 they’ll go out of business.
So maybe you’re wondering why PROHIBITING AFFILATE MARKETING is such a big deal. Well, think it about. There are obvious cases of affiliate marketing where you painfully build up a list and then try and promote goods and services to that list. Obvious. And now a banned technique. But in the broader sense of the concept let’s say you have your OWN product, well that’s just 1 product and they’re almost a 100 percent chance you will eventually write to your list about products and services that work well with your product. Well, now you’re an affiliate and if you use Mailchimp you have to try to sneak the promotion in. That’s Goddamn ridiculous. This is a company YOU ARE PAYING for and you have to sneak a product in. Or let’s say you have your OWN product, well that’s just 1 product and they’re almost a 100 percent chance you will eventually write to your list about products and services that work well with your product. Well, now you’re an affiliate and if you use Mailchimp you have to try to sneak the promotion in. That’s Goddamn ridiculous. This is a company YOU ARE PAYING for and you have to either sneak a product in our ask them to review the product and have them arbitrarily have one of their nimrods decide if they like it or not.
WHY on God’s green earth would anybody put their business in some assholes hands like that? Well they WOULDN’T. And you shouldn’t either. They’re not the company to use. Oh I might STILL use their email service for like answering support tickets or something. But I wouldn’t even use them for what they’re trying to be now; which is basically a newsletter distribution service. They might as well discontinue the entire autoresponder suite of functions and the blasts, and pretty much the whole thing. It’s just so asinine. And so damn EVIL. To not put what’s restricted in bright red large letters right on their homepage is deceptive, underhanded, and such a time wasting venture for anybody who signs up for their service BASED ON THEIR MARKETING OF THEMSELVES.
MAN! Their actions are infuriating. It’s been a LOOOOONG time since I’ve written any kind of “review” for some service. I just don’t have the time and TRUST me I’ve dealt with such horrible services that I could, literally, build an entire blog dedicated to bad, shady, and poor service online. But what’s the point of putting down crappy companies? Well it’s a public service. I came out of “retirement” because this is a big one, people need to know. Use them at your own risk.
I spent months in 2010 comparing email services and FINALLY chose those guys I was JUST about to start putting that account to good use. Then I read an email from Shoemoney and then did a search on Warrior Forum and man oh man the horror stories just start rolling in Even to the point of people not writing any marketing INSIDE the email, but having a link to their own site with just a BANNER on it and having their accounts closed. So I wrote Mailchimp and they confirmed it. And then I asked when they started the policy and where they announced it. And they went silent. Never heard from them again.
Now I use another mail service and advise this domain service.
Here’s some links to read about people having their asses handed to them by Mailchimp…
And I think in this on there was some stuff in the comments where the guy gets shut down
And this is some big time marketers talking about how bad this move was…