I Cancelled My AWeber Account and Still Am Charged

Hello, I’m Kristin.

In the past, I’ve been a fan of AWeber. I’ve used their platform to grow my blog from a side hobby to my full-time job. As a result, I’ve become a loyal customer and contributor. However, after becoming the owner of a travel blog and deciding to use it as a platform to share my travel experiences and tips with others, I had to cancel my AWeber account. Why did I have to cancel my account? Let’s find out.

The Reason Why I Had To Cancel My AWeber Account

When I first decided to take my travel blogging more seriously and use it as a way to supplement my income, I knew I needed to find a way to generate more traffic to my site. After all, while it was great that my blog was gaining in popularity, my sole income was coming from sponsored posts on other platforms. Not exactly the kind of income I was after when I started blogging!

I was fortunate enough to score a few sponsored posts on various blogs and platforms during my time as an AWeber contributor. However, as I became more established as a travel blogger, I was approached by brands and media that wanted to partner with me to grow my blog and my business. As a result, my income started to come largely from affiliate marketing and sponsorships instead of from the occasional sponsored post.

While I was comfortable with the idea of earning a few extra bucks online, I did not want to sell my blog’s contents for the sake of making a quick buck. That, in essence, was the reason why I had to cancel my AWeber account. I didn’t want to partner with brands and businesses that wanted to use my blog as a way to advertise their product or service.

Why Did I Still Have To Pay For My AWeber Account?

Even after I canceled my account, I still had to pay for it. Technically, I wasn’t using their service, so why was I still being charged?

In a word: bills.

AWeber tracks your activity on their website and charges you for it. When you sign up for their Unlimited Plan (formerly named Pro Plan), you are prompted to make a credit card payment each month. If you don’t have a credit card, you can make a direct payment to their account through PayPal. Even if you cancel your account, you will still be charged for whatever activity you’ve had since signing up. In my case, that was $139.99 for the month of April.

Will This Change In Billing Model Hurt My Online Businesses?

If this model changes and becomes more common, will it have a negative effect on my personal blog and other businesses I’ve founded?

Yes. In a word: hell yes. You see, when Google Adsense started paying us a decent amount for real, organic traffic, many scammers rushed to take advantage of the system and built entire blogs with fake clicks. As a result, Google tightened up its anti-spam policies and started disallowing many blogs from using “fake” traffic to generate income. To this day, Google Adsense prohibits the use of “synthetic” traffic (yes, that’s actually a thing).

Unfortunately, many businesses try to skirt the system and use “white-hat” techniques to build their sites. However, because the algorithms and the way these policies are written are complex, many entrepreneurs and business owners fall victim to scams and simply give up. As a result, they no longer have a way to make money online and are forced to find other means of income. And you know what? That’s a tragedy.

If you’re worried about whether or not you’ll have enough money to pay your bills, you’re in the right place. Now that you know how much AWeber charges its customers for simply using their service, you’ll have a better idea of how much money you’re spending (if you’re even spending any money at all). You can also reevaluate whether or not this is the right service for your needs.

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