Free Autoresponder Software – Are They Really Free?

If you’re new to email marketing or just having to stretch your dollars for now, the allure of free autoresponder software is quite appealing, but beware. You will never find a truly free system; there’s a big catch.

With free autoresponder software you could be earning income for the autoresponder company in the way of advertising (Ads are included in your work). You’re really advertising for other marketers and companies. Do you really want to be working for all these other people?

Can You Use all Their Features with Free Autoresponder Software?

The free autoresponder software companies don’t allow you to use all the features of their system. You’re limited to how many email messages you can program or how many campaigns you can build. What’s worse is that you may be sharing your leads with the autoresponder company. They have to get paid somehow.

Why I Use TrafficWave Autoresponder

Its so cliche and forgive me for saying this, but you do get what you pay for. I’ve used several different systems over that last twenty two years. Yes, I’m going to shamelessly plug the TrafficWave autoresponder/email marketing system. Why… because of cost. The leading autoresponder companies increase the price of their system the more subscribers you get or if you want to construct more campaigns than they allow for in their introductory price. TrafficWave’s price never goes up and it is truly unlimited.  Add in the extra features and you have a great value.

Here is a breakdown of some of the leading systems:Free unlimited autoresponder

Other Good Autoresponder Systems

free autoresponder softwareAweber and GetResponse are systems used by many of the top affiliate marketer on the net. I’ve used both at one time or another and the more subscribers or the more campaigns you create, the price goes up. This will actually help keep your list cleaned of dead leads because you’ll be deleting leads that are unresponsive. I did notice that GetResponse does not use the usual terminology as the other companies so the learning curve was a bit more severe for me.  I did notice that GetResponse does not use the usual terminology as the other companies so the learning curve was a bit more severe for me.

GVO works the same as these others.  You only get five campaigns and only 500 subscribers unless you upgrade to a higher level.

I just recently tested MailChimp and I found that it works quite a lot like GetResponse where you have to drag boxes for text and images into the email composition window to be able to write your letter/newsletter.  I found that too tedious; I just want to open a page and write.

Free Trials

All the companies out there have a trial for free or just $1.  But to sum it up, they are all good systems. You just need to try them out to see what fits best with you.

Hope this helps…  Smiles, Joan




  1. Kevin McNamara

    May 21, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Joan,

    Great post. I hadn’t heard of TrafficWave before so thanks for enlightening me on that. I use Awebber and have a couple of thousand subscribers but always interested in learning new and better ways. Autoresponders are so important now online so articles like this can really help people. Thanks again Joan, I will check it out and maybe give it a go for a while,


    1. Joan Colvett

      May 22, 2017 at 9:07 am

      You’re welcome. Always like saving money. Smiles.

  2. Craig Rutkowske

    May 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing Joan. I’ve also heard a lot of information about Mail Chimp and read that it looks to be free for the first couple thousand subscribers you acquire. What are your thoughts on the pros/cons of Mailchimp vs TrafficWave?

    1. Joan Colvett

      May 22, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Yes, the first 2000 subscribers and 12K emails per month is a good value is you don’t have a large business. I noticed that the email composition features were a bit too involved for me.

  3. Michael Kenny

    May 21, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks Joan, This is what I, I tried both aweber and get response and I tried to wrap my head around on how to set a schedule for each article. But when I tested it out for myself. it comes back differently from what I thought? the aweber platform is difficult to know how to delete unwanted articles on a campaign for I was working on before, I definitely give TrafficWave a go and this is so inexpensive not like other platforms, cheers for sharing this 🙂

    1. Joan Colvett

      May 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      You’ll have a smaller learning curve with TrafficWave but it is well worth it. Best wishes

      1. Michaell Kenny

        May 22, 2017 at 2:44 am

        Thanks Joan. I give it a go 🙂

  4. Loni Hall

    May 21, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    This is all such fantastic information!! I am going to go through it all now, but from what I can see this page is nothing but an asset!! Very Well Done!!!

    1. Joan Colvett

      May 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Loni for your kind words.

  5. Justin

    May 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Great title, I was question myself when they say its free are the REALLY free??? Thanks for letting me know why you use trafficwave, really interesting and I also like your other suggestion son auto responders, keep up your good work, very interesting to know this and much appreciated….

    1. Joan Colvett

      May 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      You’re very welcome. Smiles. jc

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