The only way to achieve this is to either use an ESP like MailChimp, Aweber, or SendGrid, … or have it on your own dedicated server or VPS.

What is better, you might ask. Well, if you can go with any of the above-mentioned ESPs, go with it! It will make your life a lot easier if you can follow their strict rules. They will also make sure your newsletter is sent by a perfectly configured system, and handle your bounces and spam complaints. Well if there are too many they will simply close your account and all your work will be lost.

So let’s get back to our subject. How to set up and configure a perfect server like the above-mentioned ESPs have and use it without any rules and limits. Things can get a bit tricky here since there is so much that needs to be done.

Before we start, let us take a quick look at what we’ll do on your soon-to-be-perfect bulk email server.

We’ll create a secure server configuration based on the Linux operating system that we’ll be able to access over SSH and SFTP. We’ll have webmail, POP3, IMAP, and SMTP for our system emails like postmaster, abuse, DMARC, … We’ll set reverse DNSmultiple IPs, domains, … and at the end automatic backups so our work will not be lost in case anything goes wrong.

Your Bulk Email server will use PowerMTA with a smart queue and custom domain rules for best deliverability. PowerMTA will also take care of automatic bounce processingunlimited SMTPs/MTAs, and backoff rules so that even the worst-case scenarios will have a happy ending. Of course, we’ll also make sure our DKIM, DMARC, and SPF records are set up correctly and that Feedback loops (FBL) or spam complaints are properly taken care of without any work from our end.

To manage our lists and newsletters we’ll use Mumara. In case you haven’t heard of it I’ll give it to you like this. I’m sure you have heard about Interspire Emarketer and the fact that it’s used by all serious e-marketers. You have probably also heard about Maborak add-ons that are available for Interspire and that they make Interspire a lot better and easier to use. All this is true and all our ninjas used Interspire for many years, but in the last years, we replaced all our Interspires with Mumara. You could say that Mumara is Interspire with all Maborak add-ons and a lot more. Oh yeah, and it’s on steroids. Honestly, it’s that good.

Mumara makes e-marketing fun. again. It’s super easy to use and what requires 10 clicks in Interspire requires a maximum of half of that in Mumara. If you haven’t had a chance to use Mumara you’ll thank us later. To name just a few of Mumaras features:

  • Create and Manage Contact Lists
  • Create Email Campaigns
  • Stay Delegate with auto follow-ups
  • Spin the words within your email campaign(s) to avoid being spammed
  • Manage your lists with triggers for the best conversions
  • Get the best stats with split (A/B) tests
  • Keep your lists clean by filtering spam complaints and abusers
  • Mask your main domain with multiple remote domains
  • Use multiple MTA/SMTP for better emailing practice
  • Be informed when the reputation gets down
  • Create user groups and user accounts
  • Track real-time advanced statistics along with Geo Location