Starting your own eZine can be a lot easier than you think. With just the basic necessities, all you really need to get started publishing your own paperless newsletter is a wealth of content, an autoresponder with a broadcast feature, and a website (which is optional).
Content: You can compile weeks of content in advance and slowly dispense it to your subscribers over time. For example, you can compile 100 short tips in one day and then dispense 10 tips once a week. This means that you can ultimately compile 10 weeks worth of content in just one day!
Autoresponder: Your autoresponder will be your greatest asset. You will need an autoresponder to send your mails and eZine issues to your subscribers and store your database of people subscribed to your newsletter. Some recommended autoresponders include GetResponse.com and aWeber.com however these have a monthly service. I personally use Autorespnder Plus. It’s a 1 time payment for the license which can then be installed on your website and you’ll never have to pay a monthly fee to use it.
Website: You may be surprised that this is actually an optional component. In short, there are eZine publishers publishing their newsletters without a website! But of course, having your own website can offer you tremendous advantages, such as the ability to bring in more subscribers and having your newsletter indexed in the top Search Engines.
These are the 3 things you’ll need to get started on publishing your own eZine at a bare minimum. Do not underestimate how little you may need though, because several eZine publishers today succeed quite well with only an autoresponder and the content, with or without a website . . . and you can too!