One question first, do you know G-Lock Software ? This company creates small softwares for webmasters/internet marketers that can really be useful and a nice alternative too expensive solutions.
Their main product is G-Lock Easy Mail, it’s a mailing list management tool, which you can send your newsletter or promotional emails with. There’s a free, a personal and a business version. That’s cool to send to your list, but you first need to build it.
Now the title of this post is Free Ultimate Email Marketing Guide, so go check their free. Actually you have the choice to buy and download it for $19 or read it completely free online. The guide is available on the G-Lock Easy Mail website which actually is a great resource blog for email marketing. They have many posts for getting a list and take the maximum out of it.
They have created a free WordPress plugin, named WP Double Opt-In List Management Plugin (available on the G-Lock Easy Mail website too). You can add it as a widget to your blog, the users who register will be added to your WP database and you will be able to manage your list from WordPress, sending an automatic confirmation email and welcome email. You can then export your list or link it to G-Lock Easy mail, I don’t know if the list, once exported can be used with another email software, but I think that should be possible.
Two other G-Lock softwares may interest you :
Both have a free trial and paid version. The first will search the internet for blogs related to yours, so you can go and comment on them for backlinks. The second is an automatic directory submission software. There are currently more than 2800 directories it can submit too, but it’s for the paid version. You can still use the free version and submit your website or blog to 150 directories.
Finally you can check G-Lock Software website if you want more details about them.