You want people to come back to your blog after they’ve found it, right? How are they going to remember where to find you? How will they know when you publish a new post? A NEWSLETTER. There are several answers to that question, but today we are just going to focus on the newsletter.
A few examples of ways you could use a newsletter are: to tell readers when you’ve posted a new post, when you have a special promotion going on, or when you have a new download available. A newsletter service will help manage your email contacts, design a newsletter, and schedule when it should be sent.
Most big bloggers recommend using Aweber to manage and send your newsletter subscriptions. I am going to tell you the truth. Aweber is a great newsletter service, but one of the reason the majority of big bloggers recommend it to you is because they receive a higher commission than they would if they recommended a different service.
Most of you will be just as happy with Mail Chimp. And Mail Chimp is FREE for your first 2000 subscribers. Yes, I said it, free. I know that as a new blogger you need, or want, to cut costs as much as possible. This is one time where it is okay to save money and you will still get a great service.
Why we recommend Mail Chimp for your email subscriptions:
- Free for the first 2000 subscriptions
- Easy to use newsletter templates
- Mail Chimp is pretty. I know it is a silly reason to choose a particular company, but they do have a great look and layout for their website. The appearance of their website makes it very easy to navigate. That makes me happy.
Set up your Mail Chimp Newsletter Service
Head over to Mail Chimp and fill out your information to create an account.
After you’ve filled out your information, you’ll get an email to activate your account. Apparently you can’t be a monkey and use Mail Chimp because they make you verify your humanity. They must have thought I was a monkey at first, because mine took a while to load.
Once you have your account set up, Mail Chimp walks you through the process of getting your newsletter all set up and ready to go. Mail Chimp has a lot of awesome tutorials on the ins and outs of newsletters, so I’ll let them teach you the rest (for now).
Oh, and if you’d like, you can sign up for our newsletter!
Q. Did you see an increase in traffic to you blog when you started using a newsletter?
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I am curious if you know a way that Mail Chimp can be used without posting your address?
Kristie Hill says
No. MailChimp’s requirement for an address is in compliance with the FTC’s CAN-SPAM Act According to the law, it is required to provide a physical address in email campaigns. MailChimp understands the want for privacy, so they wrote this post on ideas for addresses to use for your newsletter.