How to Create Your Own E-mail Mailing List

By Techwalla Internet Editor

By creating your own e-mail mailing list, you can send copies of a message to a large or small group of recipients. It's a handy way to keep in touch with family or work groups or to distribute a newsletter to people who share your interest in a particular topic.

Things You'll Need

  • E-mail Accounts
  • E-mail Software

Step 1

Collect the e-mail addresses of your recipients.

Step 2

Open your e-mail program and save these names as a group. Look for a function that is called something like Address Book, Contacts or Nicknames. Name the group and enter your recipients' e-mail addresses separated by commas or semicolons. Click Save. Note that many e-mail programs require that you enter all of the individual addresses to your Address Book before you can add them to a group.

Step 3

Open a new message and address it to yourself.

Step 4

Add the subject and body of the message.

Step 5

Put the group e-mail addresses in the field marked BCC (blind carbon copy). Your e-mail software should allow you to do this automatically from the Address Book or from the Nickname function. If it doesn't, copy the list and paste it in the BCC field of your message.

Step 6

Click Send. The original message will be sent to you, as you entered your own address in the To field.

Step 7

Each member of the group will receive a copy of the message.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using the BCC field instead of the CC field allows the messages to be sent without showing each recipient the e-mail address of the other recipients. This is recommended for two reasons. First, your e-mail is easier to read if recipients don't have to scroll through a list of addresses to get to the message. Secondly, it preserves the privacy of the people on your mailing list.
  • Using the BCC field instead of the CC field allows the messages to be sent without showing each recipient the e-mail addresses of the other recipients. However, not all e-mail programs support the BCC feature.
  • Some free e-mail services operate by inundating you with advertising e-mail messages from their sponsors; others make you view ads on the screen.
  • To avoid being accused of spamming, include only addresses of people who have agreed to receive your messages.