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create a newsletterFinding an easy-to-use newsletter service certainly has its challenges. With Sendicate launching a free service, you may be able to stop looking. The recently launched service gives users a WYSISWYG interface, so you can put together a professional looking newsletter, filled with images, videos and links, in a matter of minutes.

With a variety of themes available, and the ability to create your own theme (provided you have the HTML know-how), Sendicate can also be tailored to suit your own particular needs and tastes.

Putting together a newsletter couldn’t be easier using Sendicate. The first thing you’ll want to do is create your subscriber lists. Click on ‘Manage’ and select ‘Subscribers’, and you can create multiple lists. You can add email addresses one by one, but if you’ve already been using a newsletter service like iContact or MailChimp, you can do a quick import of your contacts using a CSV file. In your original service, you should be able to find a way to export your contacts as a CSV file.

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Once you’ve got your subscriber list in order, you can create a newsletter by hitting ‘Compose.’ The first thing you can do is determine who the message is being sent from, which email address they can reply to and the subject. You can also select the subscriber list that you created to determine your recipients.

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Next comes the fun part, when you can start to fill in your content. There are four types of content you can add to your newsletter.

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The first is a series of columns (one to three) with images and text. Using the WYSIWYG interface, you can upload photos, fill in your headlines and text. If you’re using your newsletter to drive traffic to your website or online content, you can also include a link that will accompany the text.

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This is what this section looks like when you preview your content:

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The second type of content is a ‘headline’ – which also includes an image, a headline, subheading and a link. Inserting a link makes the headline clickable.

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This is what this section looks like when you preview your content – the image is of course entirely optional in all cases:

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The third type of content is an image. Although Sendicate allows you add a title and link, they didn’t show up when we previewed the newsletter.

The fourth type of content you can share is videos:

This is what this section looks like when you preview your content:

You can move around sections, delete them, and add multiple sections of the same kind. The message automatically includes an unsubscribe link.

Once you’ve got all your content in your newsletter, you can preview it, selecting your theme. There are — themes to choose from. You can also send a test message to yourself to see how the newsletter looks before sending it out to your list. You can also create your own theme but it will require comprehensive HTML knowledge.

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With the free plan you can send out your newsletters to up to 500 subscribers, and up to 1,000 emails.

After you’ve sent the message, Sendicate provides you with some pretty important statistics so you can tell if your newsletter is being read and which links are getting the most clicks. The statistics include total opens, unique opens, total clicks, unique clicks, how many times the email bounced and how many recipients unsubscribed.

Be sure to check out Sendicate’s two minute walk-through on how to use the service:

Our Verdict

Sendicate  is an easy-to-use service making it easier than ever to put together a professional looking newsletter. While the format makes it easy to use, it does have its drawbacks. You can’t adjust the size of images, and for some reason, whatever you place in the ‘Sent from’ field will show up at the top of your message, and you can’t remove it. These small complaints aside, the service does an impressive job of providing a decent marketing tool for free.

Sendicate is ideal for small companies, freelancers and non-profits that are looking for an easy and affordable way to create a professional newsletter.

Have you tried Sendicate? Let us know what you think in the comments.


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  1. Adam Sieff
    December 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Will definitely try this, much simpler and faster to use than any others that I've seen.

  2. Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Looks promising.

  3. Mac Witty
    December 2, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Any backlinks or ads for sendicate in the mail?

    • Chad
      December 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      It is completely ad free. The only inserted link is an "unsubscribe" link for spam compliance.

      • Macwitty
        December 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Sounds very nice!

  4. Gerald Huber
    December 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Going to give this a try for my fraternity. thanks for the article

  5. Joel Lee
    December 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Where was Sendicate a year ago when I actually needed a free newsletter? :( Pretty cool stuff. If I ever need a newsletter again, this is where I'll go.

  6. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Nice. What happens once we exceed the 1000 emails limit? If you have more than 20 subscribers it'll run out pretty soon.

    • Chad
      December 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Lisa, it is 1000 emails per MONTH, and resets each month. If you send more than 1000 then there are paid plans you can switch to.

      • Nancy Messieh
        December 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

        Thanks for pointing that out Chad - my bad for not including it in the article.

  7. Tobias Dokken
    December 1, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I think I need to give this service a go. Thank you for the tip! :)

  8. Brian Mok
    December 1, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Looks nice! Thanks! :)