Starting To Build A Mailing List

Auto Responder

Computer sending off triggered emails to subscribers

Hello again folks, I am in week three of the course already. I have learned so much in this very short time.

Auto Responders

Now, I am learning about auto responders and will soon start to use one. Auto responders have many different uses, one such use is for ‘out of office’ email replies. For this course, however, it will be used as a method to trigger a sequence of emails when a user completes a certain action on my blog.

The purpose for using an auto responder near the beginning of the course is so I can start building my own mailing list as soon as possible. A mailing list is a list of all your subscribers who have given you permission to email them. Building a list is one of the most important aspects of making money on line. It is my list of future subscribers who will follow my blog, accept my gifts and eventually buy my recommended products.

Aweber Auto Responder

There are many auto responders to choose from but John Thornhill, my course leader, has recommended ‘Aweber’. He says he has used it for a long time and has never had any trouble with it. Because of his recommendation I have now signed up as an Aweber subscriber. This was not compulsory but I thought it would make it easier to follow his directions by using the same program.

Creating a Mailing List

OK, once signed up and logged in; the first thing I had to do was create a mailing list by filling in a form with some basic information. This, in fact, was just a case of setting up Aweber to receive subscribers in a named list. In the future it will be probable that I will have many different mailing lists all within the Aweber Account.

Confirmation Email

Aweber automatically sends out a confirmation email to those who have clicked on the opt-in or sign-up button on my blog page. (More about this button in my next blog) When the subscriber receives this first email they must confirm they would like to receive additional emails from me. If they do not confirm I will not send them any more emails. Aweber provides this confirmation email and my job in this lesson was to edit the confirmation letter to my liking.

Follow Up

The next thing to do is create a follow up email. This will be sent out by Aweber as soon as the subscriber confirms. It is easy to create a follow up email because I was shown step by step through the technical bits. It was my choice what content I included in the first follow up email. Using the same techniques it will be easy to send out a sequence of follow up emails to subscribers. There is a facility that allows a choice of preset time intervals in which the future emails will be sent.

See you at my next blog.


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  • Darren Hudson

    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    Your blog is looking great and starting to take shape.
    Keep up the great work as, it will pay off with the end result.

    Plus its true the money is in the list , wish I heeded this advice when I first started online a few years back . But you’ve done the right thing joining the course. Also you’ve got a great team of support behind you 🙂

    Take Care


    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Darren
      Thank you for visiting and commenting.
      I look forward to seeing my list grow.


  • David Bay

    Reply Reply February 27, 2014

    Hi there Pauline
    Nice posts!
    Keep it up. I must go and do some as well!

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply February 27, 2014

      Thanks for popping in Dave, it is much appreciated. I will do the same for all the people who comment.

  • Steven Cousley

    Reply Reply February 26, 2014

    Hi Pauline

    Looks like you are doing well so far on this journey. The blog looks great and your posts are informative for anybody starting on an IM career.

    Keep up the good work. 🙂

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply February 27, 2014

      Hi Steven

      Thank you. I am trying to be as informative as I can without giving so much that people don’t need to take the course for themselves.

  • Steven Spiller

    Reply Reply February 26, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    Good to see you are following the lessons from John. He does explain the how of setting up a blog for the first time ever really well. I have only reached week 10 in the 2013 version of P2S (week 8 when I decided to switch to 2014) and the quality of training is very high.

    Look forward to reading about your successes!


    • Pauline

      Reply Reply February 26, 2014

      Thank you Steven. I am enjoying it but I cannot deny it is hard work at times. But onward I shall go.

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