I’ve been trying to figure out Mailchimp for a while, and I just don’t understand it at all. It’s not incredibly intuitive. I mean, I created a template. I added a “list” but the list has no emails in it. And I can not, for the life of me, find a button anywhere that says “create a sign up link” or something like that.
If anyone can walk me through it, or link me to a good tutorial that would be great. Until then… It’s blog posts or nothin folks.
I’m by no means an expert, but this is my understanding of how to do it:
To create a signup page, go to to lists.
Find the list you want to use and press on the dropdown on the right (Where it says stats). Press the dropdown bit and not the stats bit.
Then press signup forms.
Since you’re on a wordpress.com site, you can’t embed the signup form on your website, so you’ll need to use a form on theirs. So press General forms.
Then you can design the form to look however you want.
When you’re done, MailChimp should give you a URL to the form.
To send out an email, you need to create a Campaign. That process is relatively straight-forward other than that it’s called a campaign and not just an email 🙂
Thank you, I’ll try this
No problem, glad to help 🙂
Glad to see another author using a mailing list. I would echo what Simon said. A few more things:
You probably want to “set it and forget it” once you’ve actually created your mailing list. I would install the Mailchimp plugin for WordPress. It will integrate with your Mailchimp account, and once your form is created, it will give you a WordPress shortcode that you can use instead of having to copy and paste code back and forth. Just put the shortcode on whatever page you want, and the plugin will take care of the rest. It works very well.
I hope this works out for you!
I couldn’t find a way to do that without paying for WordPress and Mailchimp. Right now my money is better spent on editing. Eventually I hope to be making enough from writing to pay for all this extra stuff, till then it’s the freebies for me.