The Best Email Autoresponder – Free

I’ve looked and tested all the big autoresponders around and I have found that the best email autoresponder is Aweber. It is sleek A list of email adressesand quick to set up, great support and it is simple to start collecting email addresses.

There are loads of reviews on GetResponse, ConvertKit, Sendinblue even Mailchimp but at the end of the day, you want a Free autoresponder that you can set up in half an hour.

If you are a money-making website then you need Aweber. Let’s get started with screenshots!

Every time someone visits your website you want to offer them a bonus to give them your email address. In this way, you can develop a great relationship to help them achieve their goals.

Although an email list is a sales tool it is important to remember that these are real people, with real needs.

Your Free Aweber Account

First, you need to create an account with Aweber. Click this link to gain access to their free account for up to 500 subscribers.

Let’s get started with an Overview

  1. Create a Lead Magnet and Emails
  2. Choose an autoresponder
  3. Open an account
  4. Create a workflow in your autoresponder

1. Create a Lead Magnet and Emails

Before you select an autoresponder company to use, you will need to decide how you will entice people to subscribe to your website. There are several ways to do this but the easiest is to give something away. An E-Book or PDF that will help your subscribers to solve a problem.

Writing a PDF may take you a few days, so schedule a time to do this before starting your journey. It doesn’t need to be fancy as long as it gives quality content in 5 – 10 pages, includes a cover with a picture. Make it attractive.

You may choose to create this in a word document so that you can polish and keep a copy. Once finished Save as a PDF and upload it to your My Google Drive for easy access to your subscribers from a link you will include in your Emails to them.

Tip # 1

Before you sign up for an autoresponder read about some little details that are important to opening an account with any autoresponder. When you join any auto responder they will ask you some basic questions like your contact email address.

Use your website email address not your personal email address as it looks more professional and if later you decide to sell your website as a going business it is easily redirected. Put your website name in the business section so that your account is registered under your website.

You will be asked for a mailing address. This will appear on the bottom of all your emails etc as legally required, so think very carefully about what you want to appear on all your correspondence if you value your privacy as it cannot be removed.

2. Your Free Aweber Account

First, you need to create an account with Aweber. Click this link to gain access to their free account for up to 500 subscribers.

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3. Open Your Aweber Account Dashboard

Now that you have chosen Aweber and started an account open your email into the Dashboard. This is what you will see.

Dashboard of Aweber

1. At the top you will see Sign Up Forms, Click on it! Then click on the Green button on the right to Create a Sign-Up Form.

2. Below is where you can create a custom field on your pop-up and choose a template to fill in your lead magnet details.

Create a pop up

 3. Below is an example of my pop-up that I created. Follow the steps at the bottom of each page until you are ready to publish.

Create a pop up in Aweber

4. When you get to the publish page you will have three choices. One isn’t better than another but I chose to install the Aweber plugin onto my website and add the javascript to it, very simple.

Add Aweber plugin to your website

Javascript for Aweber plugin

5. Time to create the emails that you will send out after someone subscribes. You will be able to drag and drop them into your new campaign.

6. Click on Messages. First, click on Create a Message and use the Drag and Drop email builder. When you have designed your three emails to send out on auto to your new subscribers then click on Messages and go to Campaigns.

Creating emails and a campaign

7. Aweber has a terrific drag and drop flowchart that you can create to deliver your emails after a new subscriber has confirmed their email address. Start by dragging the ‘Send a message ‘, then drag ‘Wait’ to below the email (set it to whatever time you think) then add another ‘Send a message ‘ and then another ‘Wait’ ….. and so on until you have a nice sequence of emails going out over a week to your new subscribers.

Create a campaign

8. Below is a basic flowchart for email delivery after a subscriber has confirmed their email address.

Campaign flowchart

9. You can click on Messages and then Campaigns to look at your active campaign. If you click on Active and then on Messages on the right you can click on each email if you want to edit any of them in the future.

Campaign emails

Now you are ready, you have a pop-up on your website to offer a lead magnet so people will subscribe. Once they have confirmed their email address they will then receive your emails with the link to their free gift and encouragement from you.

Making the Most of Collecting Email Addresses

Now with Aweber set up on your website, there will be time for you to consider other ways to collect new subscribers. You could create a separate landing page that you promote on Pinterest or Facebook. You can add a link to your Canva pictures that sends them not to your website but to your subscription landing page.

The Money is in the List

Setting up an autoresponder can take some time depending on how quickly you can create your lead magnet and write draftsthe money is in the list for the 3 emails that you should schedule as a basic setup.

I hope the screenshots above will move you quickly through creating a pop-up for your website and a campaign flowchart.

It is crucial that you create a plan for collecting and supporting subscribers so that they can become a resource for promoting future products. This will create more organic traffic to your website.

We all know how it feels to have contact from someone you trust, you look forward to reading the tips in their emails and getting special prices on products.

I hope this quick overview of setting up Aweber will save you a heap of time. Please contact me if you need to ask a question or would like any help.

I hope this has helped, please leave a comment or like and share. Thank you.

Warm Regards,


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26 thoughts on “The Best Email Autoresponder – Free”

  1. Lily, I think this is an excellent article on the benefits of Aweber and how to initially set-up your account and transfer it to your WP site.  I especially like the screen shots and details you provided in this article since I am a step-by-step kind of a guy.  Thanks Lily for posting this great article.  

    • You are very welcome Reyban. I love being able to follow screenshots setting up anything strange to me. I really put off creating an autoresponder as I felt that they were expensive and complicated. Fortunately, I found Aweber and it has been very simple. I hope this helps you to get started quickly.

  2. Having a free email responders sounds like a really good idea to me, something that I think that I will strongly need for my online business, and thank you that you can recommend one of the best there is in the market for me. I will definitely use this for my online business. I know that it is good for those that are into email marketing so sure, I’ll use this autoresponder.

    • Hi Jackie and thanks for reading my post. I’m happy to pass on the ease of Aweber to everyone who needs to collect email addresses for their business. Let me know if you need any help with this. Don’t put off collecting emails for your business.

  3. Hello there! Thank you very much for sharing this review on the best email auto responder. I’ve gone over the review and it’s a very detailed one. I know of email auto responders, I know it’s function and I’ve heard of it and I thought it was generalized, I had no idea that it wasn’t. The aweber email responder from the article looks like a very good one. The sign up process is not difficult, I’m going to try it out and come back with feedback. Thank you. 

    • I’m so pleased that this was nice and clear Sophie. It took me 2 weeks to figure out why to use an autoresponder and to find one that was easy to use. I hope it works for you. Let me know if you need any help.

  4. An email autoresponder is one of the vital or essential tools for creating or owning a website. It helps to reach out to a large number of users on the website. There are several email autoresponder tools out there and from what it seems, Aweber is the best among them. There’re no regrets signing up for an Aweber account and your post really helped in sorting through the choices, thanks.

    • That’s great Phil. It’s not a simple or easy process to do and I’m glad that my post really helped you to make a good business choice.

  5. Thanks for writing this informative article on the best email auto responder to use. I have read two review articles on AWeber, this review article makes it the three. I have not tried AWeber out, but from all I have read from this review article and previous ones, AWeber seems really be the best email auto responder out there. And the fact that it is free is really amazing!

    • Hi Kelvin, I’m so glad that you found this helpful. I know that I had wasted a lot of time trying out the different autoresponders and getting my head around how it all works, that’s why I decided on doing screenshots to make it all easier for anyone else. I really found Aweber excellent for professional business sites.

  6. Email autoresponders are essential for a successful online business especially if you are in the digital marketing niche. The majority of the sales I make are through email marketing. Aweber is an amazing tool, with beautiful classy designs and good functionality. It is truly the best email autoresponder that you can use for free.

    • Hi Peter, I can only agree. I’ve found Aweber to be so user friendly. Apparently, they didn’t always have a free package, that is a real bonus for everyone to try them out without too many restrictions. Email marketing is the best.

  7. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing article here, having a good autoresponder make your work really fast and neat it is good to look out for products that can be of help like this as they help save a lot of time. I’ll share this article and it is very thoughtful of your to put it out here. Thank you

    • This is a lovely comment and I’m so pleased that I could bring Aweber to your attention. They really help you with templates and training. Thanks for sharing this article.

  8. Oh, now I see that you know a lot about email responders and you know how they work too. That’s something that I call fascinating. The best part of this is that I would be getting to make use of the autoresponder for absolutely free and I’ll surely look into that.

    • Whenever you are looking for tools for your business Aug, Free is good. It’s best to read reviews about each product to find the best one for you.

  9. Hello Lily, it’s very good to be here and I have to admit that it’s really great to be learning one very important thing that can give my business a major boost and that is good. Having an autoresponder system in your business gives you so much edge and there will be less stress for you and that is something we should give a try. Thanks for the tips shared. 

    • Hi Sean, thanks for your kind comments. It sounds like you found some answers in my post. You really can’t lose with Aweber and of course, it’s free to start. You can always go to the sign up through this link.

  10. Well! Lily this is really beautiful. I do not think it could have been written any better. It is detailed and quite easy to understand especially considering the use of screenshots. I think Aweber is one of the best Email Autoresponder out there. Could really prove useful in composing of personalized email contents and messages from templates

    • I’m delighted that this could be a great tool to move your business forward Roro. The templates are easy to use and if you follow the screenshots you will be up and running in no time.

  11. I had read good reviews about Aweber. In fact, I had always read it was one of the industry leading companies when it comes to autoresponders. But I didn’t know that we could have an account and start building our list up till 500 subscribers for free. I’m glad I read your post. And I’ll take advantage of this right away.

    • Hi Paolo, I’m so pleased that you read my post and that this will work for you. It would be great if you use the link in my post to subscribe but that is entirely up to you. Finding the right autoresponder took me months and I’m glad to have saved you all that time.

  12. Hey Lily,

    wow, I really like the structure and the use of pictures in your article. You clearly made a great step-by-step guide on how to use an email autoresponder. I heard that there are tons of them online so it is great that you made an article on that to show how to use it and even making use of a free version! I heard that Aweber is one of the best ones to choose from and has also great pricing plans. Not expensive and has all the features you need to create your emails. So, I would say a perfect choice for beginners!

    Thank you for this article, I will definitely incorporate the information of this article in my next choice!

    All the best,


  13. Hi, I am pleased to come across  your website, which has provided us with crucial information. It’s my first time to come across aweber, which seems to be the best email autoresponder. I am going to visit it’s site to get started with aweber, and I hope it will help me a lot for my website. Thank you so much with this important information, and I hope you will provide more.

    • Hi Kokontala, I’m pleased that you now know about Aweber, it has really been working well for me and I hope it helps you to build your email list.


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