Autoresponders - Free VS Paid
This will be pretty short and sweet. :)
For years people have been recommending MailChimp as a free autoresponder and to be honest it really is crap when compared to others, not to mention they don't like affiliate marketers.
Next up has typically been Mad Mimi. Although I think it is better than MailChimp it is still not great. I used them when I first started out and I can say their support is really good.
My #1 Recommendation
I recommend Active Campaign to all my clients.
Because it has a lot of great tools and is pretty easy to use, not to mention it is only $9 a month when you have less then 500 subscribers. So a pretty good choice for someone starting out.
BUT ... if your budget is already busting at the seams
Sometimes even $9 is hard to do.
Luckily there is a new player in town :)
There is a new FREE autoresponder called MailerLite.
It is very similar to Active Campaign and is easy to use.
Please do check them out as your free option.