Roland Leth
Roland Leth@rolandleth · Full-stack developer, specialized in iOS

Start a mailing list [Any recommendations for the service?]

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This list would be for my blog, which doesn't generate any revenue. The list itself wouldn't either and I don't expect it to grow too much soon, so I'd need an affordable service, but robust would be a higher priority. I went with MailChimp, but before that I thought about MailGun, since it has a bigger free tier and I don't mind the "raw" side of building templates, confirming emails and alike myself. What it didn't offer was a way to also validate the emails, so I don't end up being marked as spam. Does MailChimp offer that, somehow, under the hood? What are your recommendations? Thanks 🙇🏻‍♂️
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@rolandleth how many emails are you expected to have on your list?
@souhailmerroun Probably under a few hundred, unless it explodes overnight, but I don't have such high hopes. Frequency would be twice a month.
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@mo_sn I haven’t used it, but I’ve looked at it; a bit pricey. MailGun does offer validation, but at only 100/mo, I overlooked it. Do providers like MailChimp or Drip actually check if the address exists first? As to not get marked as a spammer by sending repeated emails to nonexistent inboxes? There is double opt-in, but that’s also an email, which is sent in your name as well. All these services offer a lot of features related to campaigns, features that end up in the price and that’s perfectly normal. But is there no one that offers “just” email sending, priced accordingly?
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@mo_sn Hmm, that makes sense. I'll need it to send marketing, the goal being of keeping my readers up-to-date about new posts and, very occasionally, products. As you can see, I'm totally new to this 🙈 No matter how much I read until now, it still shows. I was hoping that through a validation of some sort, the % of inbox delivery increases and was wondering if any provider offers "automatic validation" like MailGun's manual one. But, given GDPR, consent proof and anti-spam laws, I think I'm better off not using MailGun, even if the "raw" part of it feels doable for me. Thanks for the feedback so far!
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@mo_sn Cool, thanks for the suggestion! But they appear to only offer transactional emails; I'd also need a list management feature. Nice app you got there, great idea, awesome design! 👏🏻