The first thing you’ll need to do is head on over & login to your cPanel web hosting account. Once you’ve logged in you should arrive at a page that looks *similar* to this:
Now the first thing we want to do is setup an email account. You can create an auto-responder in cPanel without doing this, but the messages sent to the auto-responder will be discarded. We need to be able to receive the emails so we can confirm our subscriptions to the other marketers lists.
Under the “Mail” section, click on “Email Accounts” as shown below:
The next page is pretty self explanatory, you just need to fill in the fields & hit “Create Account”. You’ll notice that to the right of the email field it already has “@Home” – this means that you don’t need to enter it into the box, you only need to enter the name you’d like before the “@” symbol into the box (e.g. “dale”).
Secondly, since this email account will be getting a lot of emails it’s a good idea to switch the “Mailbox Quota” to unlimited.
Once you’ve done that you’ll now have your own email account setup on your domain name. You can easily access the messages sent to this account in your browser by clicking on the “Webmail” button on the main cPanel screen as shown below:
Now that you’ve created the email account & learned how to access your messages, it’s time to setup the auto-responder. To do this, click the button labelled as “Autoresponder” from the main cPanel page as shown below:
On the next page there will be a list of auto-responders, only it will be blank because we haven’t yet created any. To create one, click the “Add Auto Responder” button as shown below:
The next page might seem a little confusing, but don’t worry it’s actually really straight forward. I’ll run you through the setup then I’ll show you an example image of one I’ve done myself.
Interval: (set this to 0) Email: (this is the same email address that you’ve just created, so whatever you entered into that “email” box, enter into this one) From: (this is the “from” address that the person receiving these emails will see, so it could be yourname@domainSubject: (this is the subject line of the message the auto-responder will send) HTML: (if you would like to add clickable links using HTML code then tick this box) Body: (this is the main email body where you will be writing your promotional message)
Here’s an example:
Once you’ve done that, you’re good to go – your auto-responder is now setup!
Always the most important step – test it & see if it works.
Send an email from your own email account to your auto-responder & check if you get one back. If you do then you know it’s all good and that you can begin subscribing to other marketers lists using that address.
If however you don’t get an email back from the auto-responder go through the steps again & double check you did everything right (you may need to check your spam folder if you’re using a new domain).
The number of leads that you’ll obtain from this method will totally depend on the number of lists you subscribe to. The great thing is that because they sent you an email first, your email often has a much higher chance of landing in their inbox as opposed to their spam folder (though unfortunately, as with all email marketing this doesn’t always happen).