Autoresponder Services – Which One Is Best For Your Needs?

It can be very frustrating experience figuring out all the options of various autoresponder services. If you don’t choose the correct one you may regret it later. First think about about why you need one, then look at the pros and cons of each type. For example if you only need to send an automated reply to emails you receive a single response autoresponder would be sufficient. If you need to send a series of follow-up email messages then a sequential autoresponder is necessary.

4 Types of Autoresponder Services

1. Included with your web hosting plan

When you sign up for a web hosting service they usually include a number of single response autoresponders. The number will depend on the plan you purchase. This type of autoresponder sends automated replies to e-mails. For instance, when someone sends you an e-mail they immediately receive an automated reply that may say something like..

“Thanks for your e-mail, we’ll get back to you shortly.”

2. Autoresponder script

This is a script you install on your own server. The benefit of this type is you don’t have to pay a monthly fee. Instead you pay a one-time fee to purchase the script. Before you choose this option check with your web hosting provider how many e-mails you can send each day. If it is a shared web hosting environment they may limit the amount of e-mails you send because they don’t want to affect other clients using the same server.

3. Desktop software

This is autoresponder software installed on your computer. You’ll make a one-time payment to purchase the software so you won’t incur any monthly fees. Check with your Internet service provider (ISP) to see if there are any limits on the amount of e-mails you can send. If an ISP receives spam complaints they may block your IP address. This means you no longer will be able to send e-mail to your list from your computer. This can be very frustrating if you spend a lot of time contacting an ISP to remove the block.

4. Web-based autoresponder

The most popular autoresponder services such as Aweber, Getresponse are web-based. All your e-mails are stored and managed in an online database and you have a team of dedicated professionals making sure your e-mails get delivered. The beauty of this service is that you can send e-mail messages anytime from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. The monthly fee increases in proportion to the number of people on your list. For instance Aweber charges $19 per month for 500 subscribers and $29 per month 501-2,500 subscribers.

My recommendation is to sign up for a professional web-based autoresponder service. It will enable you to send unlimited e-mails, use unlimited autoresponders and not have to worry about spam complaints or ISP rules.

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