How to Use an Email Service to Deliver Products

Not too long ago, we made sure to begin asking our readers what their biggest struggles were. One question was:

I want to deliver an ebook once people subscribe to my email list. What would be the best way to do this?

After thinking for a few minutes about the issue, I figured that the easiest solution would be to simply send the file as an attachment. Below is the process to send a file as an attachment when people subscribe to your list.


Aweber has a fairly intuitive editor for their messages, which makes adding an attachment to an email a fairly easy process.

  1. Go to the follow-up messages section for your list.
  2. Create a new follow-up message, or edit the existing one, with interval of 0. Giving the message an interval of 0 means it will be sent as soon as someone subscribes to your list. 
  3. Once you are in the message editor, simply hit the attachment button and attach your file.
  4. Complete the email as your normally would.
That is it. Your attachment will be sent as soon as subscribers confirm their subscription to your list.


Delivering a file with GetResponse is a very similar process. I must admit though, that I am partial to GetResponse because they have so many features that Aweber does not.

  1. Go to the ‘Create Follow-up’ page and select ‘New Email Creator’.
  2. Fill out the Subject on this page as well as any other information.
  3. Select a template .
  4. At the bottom of the page, select the attachment button and attach your file.
  5. Complete the email as normal.

In Closing

As you can tell, both of these are very easy solutions that should allow you to easily beef up your email list by delivering ebooks or other products to new subscribers.

Do you have another favorite method of delivering products to new subscribers? Let us know about it in the comments below.

Written by Eric Binnion

Eric Binnion is a computer science student at Midwestern State University. When Eric is not online, he is usually volunteering in his community or enjoying time with his family. You can find Eric on Twitter.



  • Avinash D'Souza says:

    No love for Mailchimp, I see? :-)

    • Eric Binnion says:

      Hey Avinash,

      The problem I have with recommending Mailchimp for bloggers is that their TOS do not allow affiliate marketing, which is how many bloggers make their money.

  • Chris Langille says:

    Good stuff Eric, I was wondering which one was the best. I’m thinking of doing an e-book. Is one of these better than the other for that purpose?

    • Eric Binnion says:


      Personally, I recommend GetResponse. They all have the functionality of attaching a file to a follow-up message, but GetResponse includes other features that I think put it at the top, such as 1000+ free stock images and the inbox inspector.

  • shamsudeen says:

    nice one again eric,but let say i want to start sending out mail to my list once every week, how will i would i do that?you said 0 means they will get the message immediately,am having problem sending it out once in a week .i have to be doing it manually every time i want send it out.i want it to be preset.thanks eric.

    • Eric Binnion says:

      You would need to create several follow-up emails, all spaced one week apart to do that. So, you could have a 0 day, a 7 day, a 14 day, etc. If you don’t mind me asking, what are you trying to accomplish?