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How to Grow Your MyListing Website Business With Sendinblue

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Guide Contents

Overview

Our How to Grow Your MyListing Website Business With Sendinblue guide will show you how to easily implement this solution to increase the deliverability and visibility into your email.

Sendinblue Features

Sendinblue has a massive feature set and it can do so much that they even have their own academy for those that use, support, and sell their products.

  • Email Marketing
  • SMS Marketing
  • Chat
  • CRM
  • Marketing Automation
  • Transactional Email
  • Signup Forms
  • Facebook Ads
  • …and more

To start, this guide will focus on reliably sending Transactional Email (Account Management, Order Management, etc.), from your MyListing website, and will evolve over time.

Sendinblue Pricing

Sendinblue’s signup is simple and they have a FREE plan that includes 300 emails and a day for unlimited contacts, which is good for testing or for those just starting out with their MyListing website.

You are able to get your hands on their FREE plan, without having to input payment information, which is a nice feature.

Due to the many features of Sendiblue and the different availability of those features across their plans, we recommend checking out their pricing page for more information.

Sign Up

As is the case with many FREE services, we often see the vendor’s branding show up everywhere, but with Sendinblue, their branding is not present on Transactional Email which is a nice touch.

The Sendinblue FREE plan should do quite nicely for any business starting out to where the 300 emails per day limit will not likely be eclipsed.

  1. Sign up for Sendinblue.
  2. Confirm your email address.
  3. Complete your profile setup.
  4. Click ‘Continue with a Free plan’.

Transactional Email

MyListing websites rely heavily on Transactional Email for communicating order confirmations, password resets, account alerts, and more.

It’s important to set up your website transactional email in a way that prevents it from ending up in SPAM/Junk folders or not received at all by your users.

Sendinblue helps take your transactional emails to another level, with on-brand designs and reliable deliverability

  1. Install and activate the Sendinblue WordPress plugin on your website.
  2. From your Sendinblue dashboard, navigate to SMTP & API, which is under your user profile name.
  3. Click ‘Create A New API Key’.
  4. Name the API Key to help identify the website where you will be using the key.
  5. Click ‘Generate’.
  6. Copy your API Key.
  7. Within the settings of your Sendinblue plugin, paste in your API Key under the ‘Activate your account with your API Key v3’ section.
  8. Click ‘Login’. (Note: At this point, you may receive a message about contacting Sendinblue to activate your Transaction Email and if you do, just reach out to them and then continue on with this guide once they activate that for you.).
  9. Under the ‘Transactional Emails’ section, choose ‘Yes’, next to ‘Activate email through Sendinblue’.
  10. Choose the desired sender, enter an email address to send a test to, and click ‘Send Email’.

Add and Verify Your Domain

  1. From your Sendinblue dashboard, navigate to Senders & IPs, which is under your user profile name.
  2. Switch to the ‘Domains’ tab/menu item.
  3. Click ‘Add A New Domain’.
  4. Enter your domain name and check the box to confirm SPF, DKIM, and DMARC usage.

At this point, Sendinblue will give you a set of DNS records you will need to add, and you’ll do that wherever you manage your DNS.

Note: If your DNS is hosted with Cloudflare, for example, the DNS propagation will be instantaneous, unlike many other DNS providers.

We recommend checking out our Cloudflare for MyListing Websites guide and getting your DNS set up there, before following this section of the guide.

If you run into any issues or just want additional guidance, don’t hesitate to post a question in the MyListing Club Facebook Group, where we can offer no-cost assistance.

We also offer MyListing Website Support services, if you would like us to help you set anything up.

  1. Add the DNS records provided by Sendinblue, being sure to verify them as you go along. 
  2. Click ‘I’m Done’.

Import Contacts

If you are just starting out and have yet to accumulate contacts, you can skip this section, but if you do have contacts, what we will be doing here is migrating them over to Sendinblue.

  1. From your current email marketing solution, do a fresh export of the contacts you wish to bring over to Sendinblue.
  2. From the main screen of your Sendinblue dashboard, click on ‘Import all of your contacts’.
  3. Choose the ‘Upload a file’ option and select your export file (.csv) from Step 1.
  4. After the import completes, click ‘Confirm your file’.
  5. For the ‘Mapping Data’ step, simply go line by line and manually assign the correct fields that need assigning.
  6. Click ‘Confirm mapping’.

Note: Depending on the email marketing platform you are coming over from, some fields may not be available in Sendinblue by default, in which case you can use the ‘Add a new attribute’ option.

There may be fields that just aren’t that important to your business and taking the time to add new attributes isn’t required.

A good example of this might be the phone number field, which Sendinblue doesn’t “enable” by default, and in a lot of cases, you shouldn’t need or want to know a person’s phone number.

  1. For the ‘Select a list’ option, choose the default list that Sendinblue has in place and click ‘Confirm your list’.
  2. Confirm your ‘Opt-in’ and click ‘Confirm your import’.

Multiple Senders, Domains & Dedicated IPs Under One Account

The following steps show how to include additional businesses under a single Sendinblue account.

Senders & IP

  1. From your Sendinblue dashboard, navigate to Senders & IPs, which is under your user profile name.
  2. Click ‘Add a New Sender’.
  3. Enter the ‘From Name’ and the ‘From Email’ address.
  4. Click ‘Save’.
  5. Verify the email address you specified for the ‘From Email”.

SMTP & API

  1. From your Sendinblue dashboard, navigate to SMTP & API, which is under your user profile name.
  2. Switch from ‘API Keys’ over to the ‘SMTP’ tab/menu item.
  3. Click ‘Create a New SMTP Key’.
  4. Name the API Key to help identify the website where you will be using the key.
  5. Click ‘Generate’.
  6. Copy and save your SMTP Key to a secure location.
  7. Click ‘OK’.

Secure Your Account

In the steps below, we will cover the activation of ‘Two-factor Authentication’, which adds an additional layer of security to your account by requiring more than just a password to log in.

  1. From your Sendinblue dashboard, navigate to Security, which is under your user profile name.
  2. Click ‘Enable two-factor authentication’.
  3. Choose your desired authentication mechanism and click the corresponding button to get started. (Note: We recommend the ‘Authenticator App’ method.).
  4. If prompted, save your backup verification codes to a secure location.
  5. Click ‘Enable two-factor authentication’.

Add Collaborators to Your Account

If you are a part of a team or need support from a consultant, this section can be followed to add more people to your account.

Note: You must at least be on the Premium plan to unlock the team member feature.

  1. From your Sendinblue dashboard, navigate to Users, which is under your user profile name.
  2. Click ‘
  3. If prompted, save your backup verification codes to a secure location.
  4. Click ‘Enable two-factor authentication’.

Wrap Up

Getting ahead of your transactional email delivery issues is super important for your company’s reputation and internal success.

Sendinblue’s FREE offering is extremely generous for what you get and we see no downsides to implementing this solution.

Depending on how popular your MyListing website gets, you may never need to pay Sendinblue, but if you ever do, that would be a good problem to have.