How to start building your first email list for free

Today I’m going to show you how to start building your email list using totally free tools.

This is actually the first of two posts that walk you through the process.

The first step (this post, keep reading) is to arrange a free email autoresponder (the place where your email list will live and where you will customize and send your emails from).

The second step is to set up your website so that it will collect email addresses from your site visitors on autopilot. The second post will be live in a few days – and when it is, you’ll find the link here.

Before we get started, I wanted to let you know that I’ve prepared a printable guide for you – it goes through all of the steps from this post. I recommend you grab it and have it by your side as you arrange your free email autoresponder.


GET THE PRINTABLE GUIDE

Lets get started.

When you’re building an email list, the first tool you need to organise is an email autoresponder.

If you’re running any sort of business – I highly recommend you DON’T follow the free pathway outlined in this post, because you’re going to want the improved functionality that you’ll get from a paid service.

This post was written for people who are looking for a free way to get started with email lists that can easily be upgraded and scaled at a later time, when they CAN afford it.

I’m going to show you how to get started, step by step.

First, you’ll need to click the big button that says “GO TO MAILCHIMP”.

It’s going to open a new tab for you and take you to their website so you can sign up for a free account. Please be aware that I am an affiliate of MailChimp, which means that I might be paid a commission (at no cost to you) if you decide to buy anything from them – but you won’t need to at this stage, because this guide is all about signing up for a free account.

GO TO MAILCHIMP

Click on the button in the top right part of the screen that says “Sign Up Free”

How to start an email list using totally free tools-1Type in your email address and select a username (I use my email address as my username).

How to start an email list using totally free tools-2Choose a password. Your password will need to have one lower-case character, one uppercase character, one number, one special character and a minimum of 8 characters.

Each criteria gets greyed out once your password complies with it.

Make sure you write your password down, and click on the button that says “create my account”

how to create an email list for freeNext, you’ll arrive at a thank you screen, and when you do – you need to go to your email so you can activate your MailChimp account.

how to start your email list for freeIn your email, you’ll find a new message from MailChimp Client Services with the subject “Activate Your MailChimp Account”.

build your first email list for freeOpen that email up and click on the button that says “Activate Account”
email list activate accountIt will then open a window where you need to prove that you’re a human – click the check box…

How to start an email list using totally free tools-7… follow the instructions that they give you and click “Verify” (in this case I was asked to select all images with palm trees, but it will be different every time – just do what you are asked to do)

how to start an email list for freeWhen you’re done, you’ll go back to the previous page – to click on the ‘confirm signup’ button.

How to start an email list using totally free tools-9The next page is where you sign up for your free account. Just add your details in.
How to start an email list using totally free tools-11When you’ve filled out all your details, click ‘save and get started’

How to start an email list using totally free tools-12Assuming you’ve filled out all of the information you’ve been asked for, you’ll be taken to your MailChimp dashboard. It looks like this:

How to start an email list using totally free tools-13Now that your account is set up, we need to create your first email list. This is the place where the email addresses will be stored, once they are collected via your website.

Click on ‘Create a List’

How to start an email list using totally free tools-14then on the lists page click ‘Create List’

How to start an email list using totally free tools-15You’ll need to enter your list name (I use my website name), a default ‘from’ email address and ‘from’ name for the emails you’ll be sending and wording for a reminder to people about why they’re receiving the information from you

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Make sure you check that your contact detail is correct (and edit it NOW if it’s not) and select whether you want to be notified whenever someone new signs up, or just get a daily summary email. I like getting the daily summary. Click save, and you’re done.

How to start an email list using totally free tools-17You now have a new email list that’s ready for you to start adding some email addresses to.

Stay tuned for my next post, where I’ll show you a super-simple way to use your website to start collecting email addresses. It only takes about 5 minutes to set up, and it’s free.

I’ve also prepared a printable guide for you – it goes through all of the steps from this post. I recommend you have it by your side as you arrange your free email autoresponder.


GET THE PRINTABLE GUIDE

Until next time

Amber Ward-1

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