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Starting an ezine or newsletter? I use Topica, http://www.topica.com/ for my mailing list. Type up your ezine in a text processor, copy it, and paste it into "Post message" box. They supply sign-up code for your web page, although you can adapt this, or use your own, if you prefer. They will provide on-line archives, but these can only be read by Topica members, so I keep mine on my web site as well. eGroups is a similar service - they are now part of Yahoo! - http://groups.yahoo.com/
Auto-responders can be used to send out information to anyone who requests it. I use OttoResponder from Newbie Club, http://newbieclub.com/responder/?pramclub and GetResponse from http://www.getresponse.com for my articles, "lessons by e-mail", and sample ezine. For example, if you send a blank e-mail to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org , you will get a list of my free e-mail lessons. You can send out a series of e-mails, or just one. You choose an account name, and post your e-mail message(s) to that account. Every time a blank e-mail is sent to that e-mail address, your auto-responder sends out information you've stored.
Some of my favourite freeware sites: http://www.completelyfreesoftware.com/ http://www.webattack.com/ http://www.jumbo.com/ http://www.moochers.com/
Dianne Reuby is co-author of the e-book "First Website Builder", http://newbieclub.com/builder/?pramclub Dianne created and runs the Free Site Builder web site and ezine, dedicated to helping newbies create web sites with free tools, services and resources. Visit FSB at http://freesitebuilder.co.uk/ Send for a complete list of free articles and lessons by e- mail : mailto:email@example.com