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Newletters - any tips for choosing scripts or software?

Never wrote one before, not sure what to look for

9:23 pm on Jun 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've never put a newsletter on any of my sites before because I was afraid I'd never be consistent and keep writing and sending them out. But now I'm going to try and hope that I can do it right.

Anyway, I was looking at some free WP plugins for newsletters, which seems ok, but they might be limited in what they can do if in the future I have lots of people sign up for it.

I haven't seen any that mention that you can easily export email addresses from them - I don't know if that is because you can't or that now that is such a basic thing that they don't even mention it as a feature. But if you need to upgrade to something better, that would be important to have.

I've seen some that mention having a double opt-in, which sounds good because I what to consider the legal issues also. Which also makes me think that maybe it would be better to go with a 3rd party hosted solution, which maybe I would need in the future anyway.

Also, would potential advertisers be more likely to trust what you say about how many subscribers you have if you are using a 3rd party solution rather than a script you host yourself?

Ideally I would use something that would be free or pretty cheap for now, but that could be upgraded when needed so I wouldn't have to change software.

Any suggestions for other features that I may not be aware of that I should look for? If we are allowed name specific scripts, etc. here, if you have suggestions that would be appreciated too. Thanks!
11:00 am on June 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I use subscribe2 for my wordpress blog , and dadamail as a hosted solution for another website (hosted on a VPS). No major problems so far.
9:39 am on June 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi,AJ Email Marketer is the best & the affordable newsletter software where it allows you to create, send , track your bulk emails using creatively-designed templates with numerous campaigning features and mailing options.

5:28 pm on June 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Though long in the tooth, Majordomo is very solid.
6:49 pm on Aug 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I use MailChimp - it has millions of users and they are always coming out with new ways to serve their customers. I've been very pleased thus far.
7:10 am on Sept 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I also use MailChimp. The database is held on mailchimp and I have set up an automatic email to go out weekly to my subscribers with new blogs that I have posted on WordPress.