Recently, there has been an uprising concern about Mailchimp's Term of Service regarding affiliate marketing. They say that they do not allow affiliate marketing.

However, I just discovered this in Mailchimp's website:

http://kb.mailchimp.com/accounts/compliance-tips/a...

From what I read, Mailchimp prohibit affiliate marketer who buy bulk email list and send them unsolicited emails. Also, some affiliate links are OK except if they were blocked by their spam filter.

Aside from that, there are some content type that were prohibited to be promoted. You can read it here:

http://mailchimp.com/legal/acceptable_use/?_ga=1.1...

It looks like that website in making money niche, affiliate marketing niche, dating niche, and so on is indeed prohibited.

Now my question: If you send an email with Mailchimp that contains only links to your website post that is not fall in their prohibited content (e.g.: Fashion niche or Electronic niche), then does it breach their ToS? (whether your website post contain or not contain any affiliate link)


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KatieMac Premium
Mail chimp no longer allow affiliate marketers or people with a work from home type of site
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Everlight Premium
Yes Katie, that's true like what they have stated in the ToS :)
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KatieMac Premium
it is a shame I did notice they are saying you can integrate e store commerce
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tclough Premium
We all need certain services to run our affiliate marketing businesses.

Some of the companies providing those services demonstrate respect for affiliate marketing and some don't.

My personal feeling is that we should reward the ones who respect our industry by spending our hard earned money with them and not with the companies who disrespect us.

Sorry, but I think Mail Chimp falls in to the disrespectful category.

I know others will disagree but that is my opinion.

Tom
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Everlight Premium
When I read their Term Of Services and explanation as I gave the link sabove, I honestly think that their explanations seems a bit confusing and easy to be misinterpreted by a lot of people (especially the "affiliate marketer" definition).

However, it is true that they have put too many restrictions in their services. I heard Aweber and GetResponse are friendlier toward affiliate marketing.
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AlexSol Premium
I stopped paying too much attention to these rules a long time ago.

Currently I am building my list with MailChimp and sometimes I have affiliate links in the email, sometimes I just have links directing to my sites (make money niche and others). Haven't had a single problem.

Of course mailchimp (and most other popular autoresponders) will tell you that they don't allow you to run an IM list, or dating list or weightloss list simply because many people in these niches have abused the system in the past.

Whenever I write an email I spend a lot of times thinking: does that feel like spam? If I received this email would I mark it as spam or would I be interested in clicking the link?

Following common sense like this keep me out of trouble.

p.s. I do try to have more links to my site rather than direct affiliate links because I feel like I can usually pre-sell the lead in a good way ;)
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Everlight Premium
Thanks Alex. It seems we are worrying too much then. :) I will take your advice.
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AlexSol Premium
;)
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hayhurstpaul Premium
Hi,

My view would be don't design your marketing campaign to suit your mailing list provider, instead find an email service that allows you to do what you need to do.

Aweber and Get Response are two great alternatives

Paul
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Everlight Premium
Thanks for the response Paul :)
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