Offering an email subscription for your blog is a smart idea. I talk about why in my article: Use a newsletter to get more traffic to your blog! A great email subscription service for bloggers is MailChimp. You can use MailChimp to collect and send emails to your readers. I have seen a lot of questions on the web lately about setting up an RSS newsletter. (Hi Breanna, Hi Adina!)
This tutorial is going to show you how set up an automatic RSS newsletter through MailChimp.
When you are done with this tutorial, your email subscribers will get an automatic email notifying them there is a new article on your blog. You can include the whole article in the email, or just a short teaser. The choice is yours.
Alright, let’s get started.
Directions for setting up an RSS newsletter in Mailchimp
Step 1: Log in to your MailChimp account
Step 2: In the left column (the main navigation section of your dashboard) click Campaigns
Step 3: Click Create Campaign
Step 4: Select RSS-Driven Campaign
Step 5: Type in your RSS feed URL. If your blog is located on your home page it is yourdomain.com. If your blog is located on a different page, put that URL. For example, my blog is located at kristiehill.com/blog
Step 6: Select which days you would like MailChimp to check for new updates on your blog.
Step 7: Complete the necessary steps for sections Recipients, Setup, and Template.
Step 8: The Design section is where you decide what is displayed in the email. Drag and drop RSS header if you want the title of the new article to be in the email. Next, drag and drop RSS items. Click on the RSS Merge Tags Cheatsheet to help you determine which information you would like to be in your email.
Step 9: Confirm your newsletter and click Start RSS!