Create a Free Autoresponder Using
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Thank you for downloading my report about listwire, the free autoresponder. I hope the
report covers everything you need to setup your own free autoresponder.
In this document I’m going to explain every step from signing up to listwire, creating
your autoreponder, your messages, your subscription form and your thank you page. At
the end of this report you will be able to subscribe to your own autoresponder and
receive the first messages.
In advance, I’d like to apologize for any mistakes in my english writing. I’m living in
Germany and therefore my english is far from perfect. Please feel free to report any
mistakes to my email address so that I can correct them.
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1. Signing up................................................................................................................... 4
2. Your first login .......................................................................................................... 6
3. Setting up your first autoresponder................................................................. 7
4. Creating your subscription form ...................................................................... 12
5. Subscribing to your autoresponder ................................................................ 17
6. Removing prospects from your autoresponder ......................................... 20
7. Defining your follow up messages .................................................................. 22
8. Subscribing to your autoresponder … again ............................................... 28
9. Conclusion ................................................................................................................ 31
1. Signing up
At first you have to create your account at listwire.com. If you like, you can use my
affiliate link: http://www.listwire.com. You may wonder why there is an affiliate program
for listwire although it’s a free autoresponder service. More on this in a few seconds.
The website looks like this:
You can either use the sign up button on the top of the website or below the video. By
the way, in the video Gary Ambrose tells you something about the autoresponder service
and that it’s free and he intends to keep it free forever. There will never be an option to
upgrade when you log into your account.
After clicking the sign up button you arrive at the subscription form below. If you
intentionally used my affiliate link, you should see
“Referred By: List Wire Member – michaelr”,
otherwise it will simply say
“Referred By: List Wire Member – No refferer”.
Just choose a username that is not already used and type in your contact information. It
is important that you enter your correct address because listwire follows the CAN-SPAM
act which says that you have to provide valid contact information in your autoresponder
mails at all times.
Your contact information will show up in your autoresponder mails in the following form:
Business Name, Address Line 1, Address Line 2, City, State / Province, Zip, Country.
After clicking the create account button you will see a thank you page which says that an
email with a verification link was send to your email address.
Once you click on the verification link you will be able to login to listwire.
2. Your first login
When you login to your account the first time you will see the following screen with
another video of Gary Ambrose.
If you joined listwire using my link you should watch this video carefully. Otherwise you
can just skip it ;).
Just kidding… Watch the video and find out why there is an affiliate program for listwire.
3. Setting up your first autoresponder
Logged in to your account, you will see the following page:
At the top you see the main menu to setup messages, get information about your
prospects, change general settings, create/analyse link tracking, manage list builder ads
and get support.
Unfortunately the support section is still in development. You will find a link to a member
forum and a ticket system, but no user guides, FAQs or video tutorials, yet. That’s why I
decided to create this how-to because the configuration is not straight forward.
I won’t cover tracking and builders in this how-to since you won’t need them to setup
On the left hand side you see an account management and an affiliate management
menu. The only thing we’ll need here is the “manage autoresponders” which you should
click now to create a new autoreponder.
You will see this screen:
Initially listwire creates a master autoresponder which is named like you username.
Personally, I don’t want to reveal my listwire username, so I’d create a new
autoresponder by clicking on “Click Here To Add A New Autoreponder List”:
You will have to enter a new name and description for your autoresponder. Don’t bother
with replication for now. As you can see in the description you can create up to 12
autoresponders in your listwire account.
After that you will see 2 autoresponders in your account overview:
The next thing you have to do is to setup the newly created autoresponder. You do this
by choosing list settings in the top menu:
You can switch between your different autoresponders using the drop down list:
Select the autoresponder you just created and you’ll see the following options (initially
Your From Name
This is the sender’s name which the recipients of your mails will see in their mail box.
Your From Name
This is the sender’s email address which the recipients of your mails will see in their mail
This is a description of your autoresponder which will also be seen by your prospects, for
example if they want to unsubscribe from your list.
As described above this is the address which will be included in your emails. This address
can not be empty.
Confirm/Remove Redirect URL
This is the website where your prospects are sent after they subscribed to your list or
removed themselves from your list. As you’ll see later, this option doesn’t work, yet.
Don’t bother with Replication, Twitter and Pausing for now, just update your
The next thing you have to do is setup your confirmation email (the first email which is
sent to your prospects after subscription).
Just type in a custom message for your subscribers. The text from the lower box will be
added to your email automatically. That means after subscribing to your list, your
propects have to confirm their subscription by clicking the link in the verification
Now your autoresponder is ready for a first test.
4. Creating your subscription form
Before you can test your autoresponder, you need subscriptions to your list. In this how-
to we’ll choose the option to use a subscription form on a website. You can choose this
option in the top menu:
After that you’ll see the following screen, telling you that you haven’t created a web
Obviously, you have to click the button to create a new subscription form.
You have to enter some general information for the subscription form:
Simply choose a name for your subscription form.
Form Redirect URL:
This is the website where your prospects are sent after they subscribed to your list. This
URL really works as you’ll see later.
New or Existing Window:
Choose if the Redirect URL should be opened in a new browser window.
We don’t want to use a tracking code and variables for now.
When you entered the information, you can go to the next page:
Here, you can setup the look of your subscription form. If you click on “[Click Here To
Edit This Text]”, you will be able to enter some text above or below the input fields.
Just type in something that describes what your prospects get when they sign up. If you
click on the live preview link, you’ll see how your form will look like on your website:
Note that there will be a link to listwire below your subscription form, if you don’t delete
it in the html code later on. I don’t really know if it’s against listwire’s TOS to delete the
image and link.
If you are happy with your subscription form, you can click on “Save My Form” and you’ll
return to the overview of your web forms:
Now we need the html code of the web form to put it on our website, so you click on “get
code” and you’ll see the following pop-up:
To keep it simple, we copy the code from the lower window and create a very simple
html page from it. Just go to your Windows Explorer and create a new folder called
Double-click the new folder and create a file called “index.html”:
Open the file with the Windows editor and paste the code from listwire into the file. Now
add a <html><body> at the beginning and a </body></html> at the end. The result
should look like this:
Save the file and upload the folder “subscriptionform” to your website. After that you can
access your new subscription form at http://yourwebsite/subscriptionform, it should look
like this (In my example the URL is http://myaimbot.com/subscriptionform):
You can also upload the form to your blog or something like this. Just look for a tutorial
how to put raw html code on your website.
5. Subscribing to your autoresponder
Now you’ll subscribe to your own autoresponder to test it, just enter your name and
email address and press submit:
After that you will see the following screen, telling you that you’ll receive a verification
email with a link to complete the verification process:
This is the verification email we created earlier and it looks like this:
You can see the custom part and the part that is automatically added by listwire with the
When you click the confirmation link, you’ll see a page like this:
Note that I defined the URL http://www.myaimbot.com/thankyou earlier, but listwire
doesn’t send the subscriber to this page. At the moment this option isn’t working, yet.
On the left side, the page says that the requested information was sent to your email
address. Obviously we didn’t define any follow up messages yet, so you won’t get the
On the right side your prospects have the opportunity to order some “Cool Free Stuff”.
That means at the moment your thankyou page is used by listwire to do some sells. I
hope that will be changed in the future.
If you click on one of the buttons you will be sent to the sales page of a make-money-
Back to the browser window where you initially signed up for your own autoresponder:
If you click on the link you will be sent to the defined URL from my example
configuration. That is http://www.myaimbot.com/subscription.
Just like the subscription form itself, I created a folder called subscription and a file called
index.html with the following content:
After that, I uploaded it to my website and when you click the “After You’ve
Confirmed…”-link you’ll see the following page:
6. Removing prospects from your
Before we create follow up messages we have to delete our email address from the
subscriber list so that we can sign up again.
You can see all subscribers of your autoresponder if you choose “prospects – search”
from the top menu within listwire:
You see that there is only one subscriber at the moment.
Now choose “prospects – unsubscribe” from the top menu:
Enter the email address you used for your initial test and press the button below the
form. Don’t blacklist the email address! The email address will be removed from your
7. Defining your follow up messages
So far, we only created a verification message and your prospects won’t receive any
further emails after subscribing to your autoresponder.
To define your follow up messages choose “messages – follow up messages” from the top
In the first part of the screen, you will see that you didn’t create any follow up messages,
Below this you can create your first follow up message:
You can use different tags to personalize the message, just choose from the drop down
list for the subject or the message body and click “<- Insert Tag”:
We are going to create a very simple follow up message:
The subject is “follow up message 1”. For the body we use the message format “HTML
Based Message Only” so that we can use links in the text. The drawback is that we have
to format our message with html tags as well. Refer to any HTML tutorial or use a
WYSIWYG-Editor to create your text. Here we only use paragraphs <p>…</p>, a line
break <br/> and a link <a href=”…”>…</a>.
Note that I used the tag %firstname% to address the subscriber personally.
Below the Message Format, you can choose a Message Interval. If you choose 0 here, the
follow up message is sent directly after your subscriber confirmed his subscription. If you
choose 5 for example, the message is sent 5 days after your prospect subscribed to your
Click on the button below the form to save the follow up message:
Before you subscribe to your autoresponder again to test the follow up message, you
should check if the format and everything is OK. Listwire offers a brodcasting function
which you can use:
Just copy your subject and message body from the follow up message you created and
paste it into the corrsponding field of the broadcast message:
Note that listwire changes the format of your html code when saving the follow up
message. That is no problem because the format is coded in the html tags and it doesn’t
matter if there are line breaks or not.
Choose Message Format “HTML Based Message Only” here, too. Send the email to an
address of your choice, don’t use any additional autoresponders, send the message
directly and don’t bother with twitter.
Click on the button to send the message and you will receive a message which hopefully
looks like expected:
Since the message isn’t sent to a real subscriber, listwire doesn’t know the correct name
and uses “Testers Fullname” and “Friend” instead.
8. Subscribing to your autoresponder … again
Now that the follow up message is defined you can subscribe to your autoresponder
again. It’s exactly the same as the last time. Go to the subscription form, enter your
name and email address, submit the form and click on the verification link in the email
In addition to the mail you got after subscribing for the first time you will get this
You see that listwire adds some information to your follow up message. It adds a box
with a link to listwire, the contact information you defined in your autoresponder and a
link to unsubscribe from the autoresponder or change the prospects contact information.
If you click the “here”-link in the follow up message, the website you defined will be
displayed together with a listwire overlay like this at the bottom of the page:
Prospects can remove this overlay by clicking on “remove frame”.
If your subscriber clicks the link to unsubscribe or update his/her contact information,
he/she will see the following website:
If he/she unsubscribes from your autoreponder he will be sent to this page:
Again, this is not the URL that I defined above (http://www.myaimbot.com/remove), but
a site, where listwire wants to do some additional sales. I hope that will be changed in
the future, too.
If your subscriber chooses to update his/her contact information, he’ll see the following
site where he/she can change his/her subscription details:
OK, that was it. I hope now you know how to set up your free autoresponder with
If you have any questions, just send me an email and I’ll try to answer them.
Now setup your autoresponder and start to make money ;).