If you don’t know what an autoresponder is, it is a device where people put their name and email into some boxes and receive a newsletter periodically afterwards. They are very common on blogs.

I am investigating MailChimp because the price is right (ie. they have a free option for 3,000 emails a month). I don’t know if the same applies to Aweber and other options.

The trap I have found is that it is difficult to cut and past from a word processor into the autoresponder. So, if for instance you have been doing newsletters for a while and want to change to sending them via an autoresponder, instead of sending the emails manually, you are encouraged to type the text of the newsletters into the autoresponder. This may mean re-typing the newsletters you want to send in the autoresponder. If you have over 90 newsletters, as someone of my close acquaintance does, this is an awful lot of typing.

I am seeing if I can cut and paste them onto Notepad and then cut and paste this into the autoresponder. Not sure if this will work at the moment.

Moral of the story: if you are a blogger who wants to send a newsletter and think you may want to use an autoresponder to do this sometime – start with the autoresponder, otherwise there may be lots of work to do down the track, Evan.


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2 Comments to “A Warning to Bloggers about Autoresponders”

  1. Chris Edgar says:

    Hi Evan — thanks for this. I know the whole newsletter thing was a struggle for me at the outset — most notably, the program I used ended up sending out a blank newsletter in my first attempt, and I apologized and just BCC’ed everyone with my usual e-mail program and re-sent it.

  2. Evan says:

    Ah, the joys of technology! Thanks for your comment Chris.

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