How to Add a Mailchimp Newsletter to WordPress.Com Blog – with Style!

EDIT!!!  Today is February 23, 2016. I published this post in May of 2014, and a lot of people have written to tell me how useful and helpful it was to them. That is awesome! Even more awesome, though, is that WordPress.com now offers a widget to embed a Mailchimp Subscriber Popup. Here are some excellent instructions on how to use it. I would recommend trying that first, and then using the instructions I have here as a back-up plan. Good luck!

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The true gift of having a clearly defined definition of success is that you begin to find exactly what you need to achieve that success. I discovered  YOUR FIRST 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl exactly when I needed a guide for book marketing. I want to get the word out about my books, and I want to do it without being subservient to a cumbersome system I neither understand nor enjoy. Grahl gives me a blueprint to achieve that, and having a newsletter is an integral element in his system. In this post, I share what I’ve learned about setting up a Mailchimp newsletter and integrating it into your (free) WordPress.com blog.

Here are the main points I will cover:

  • Getting started with Mailchimp
  • Customizing Your Mailchimp sign-up form to coordinate with your WordPress.com blog
    • Use Google’s built-in developer tools to find the hexidecimal code for colors on your site
    • Set the font or background in your Mailchimp sign-up form to match your blog
  • Add the Mailchimp sign-up form to your WordPress.com blog

I chose Mailchimp because I get newsletters from other authors using it, and those newsletters look nice. Plus, Mailchimp has stellar set up guides and knowledge base articles. They also offer a basic free account that meets my needs, allowing up to 12,000 emails to 2000 subscribers.

There are a couple of things to know before you set up your newsletter:

  1. CAN SPAM law requires you link your mass email campaigns to a physical address – if you don’t have this and you are reported to Mailchimp, your account can/will be suspended!
  2. Mailchimp’s free account doesn’t provide auto-responders to send automatic emails triggered by specific subscriber actions. This means you will not be able to easily send every new subscriber a series of emails, unless you set it up for each user yourself. It is something to consider when selecting a plan, as auto-responder “drip campaigns” are an effective marketing tool mentioned in Grahl’s book .

Ready to get started? 

STEP 1  Sign Up for Mailchimp

Sign up for a Mailchimp account

STEP 2 Define your First List

Follow the Mailchimp setup directions to Create and Import a List of Subscribers. This list is the “bucket” where all of your WordPress.com subscribers will go into once they sign up for the newsletter. The List Name you select is visible to subscribers, so take care to choose something descriptive and polite!

STEP 3 Build the Signup Form

Now the real fun begins! It’s time to build the signup form associated with your list! The signup form is your newsletter’s first contact with a potential lifetime supporter. As such, it should be clear on what is offered in return for signing up, and be respectful of the subscriber’s time. Remember that the more fields a person has to fill in, the more likely they are to decide not to subscribe. I started out with five fields, and have since altered my form to request only what I need (email and first name). I also left in the option to select Plain or HTML text, but if the subscriber is comfortable with the default (HTML), they need take no action.

The Signup form is located in the Navigation bar at the top of your List. Select the General Forms if you are going to link the subscription page to your WordPress.com blog. Here’s a picture of the Mailchimp Lists page, when Signup Forms is selected:

Mailchimp Signup Form

From the main Mailchimp page, select Lists in the left panel. Then select the list you created in Step One, and click Signup Forms (see image above). Click the General Forms button. Once you are on the Create Forms page, select the Build It tab.

Mailchimp Build It

On the Build It tab, drag and drop items from the right onto the designer area on the left.

Mailchimp Build It

Don’t worry about the looks, we’ll take care of that in the next step. For now, just arrange the fields you want the user to enter the introductory text.

STEP 4 Customize the Signup Form to Match Your Blog

Now that you have the content and fields defined, it’s time to make the signup form look like it belongs on your WordPress.com blog. To do this, I am going to show you how to use the Google Chrome developer tools to locate the hexidecimal value for the colors on your blog. You can use another browser, as they all have Developer tools, but my video will show how to use Chrome. The first step is to open your blog in Chrome, then follow the video.

The video shows you these steps:

  • From the Settings, select Tools -> Developer Tools
  • The Developer Tools open by default at the bottom of the browser. The left pane shows the elements on the page (links, titles, images) and the right pane shows the attributes associated with each element.
  • By default, the background color for the page is displayed at the top of the left pane; go ahead and copy that value (or memorize it, if such appeals to you!).
  • You can discover the hexidecimal color value for any element on the page by clicking the magnifying glass on the Developer Toolbar (far left). Click the element you want to know about on the blog page, and scroll down in the right pane of the Developer Tool until you see the “Color” section. You will know it is correct because there is a tiny square of color in the Developer tool that tells you the color associated with the hex value.

Here’s the screencast video: Use Chrome Developer Tools to Get Hex Values

The screen cast may be slow to load! If you click PLAY and the screen goes blank, please wait. When the entire video buffers,  you will be able to play it without experiencing lag. Thank you!

Now you can match the background color of the Mailchimp Newsletter to the background of your WordPress.com blog!  This will give a seamless appearance to the experience of clicking from your blog to the newsletter signup. The background color for the Mailchimp signup form is located on the Design It tab of Create Forms:

Mailchimp_DesignIt

You can repeat the process to match the signup form font with the color of the font on your blog.

Finally, if you want to discover a complementary color to use in your signup form design, the Color Hexa site is amazing. I used the complementary purple color to my green font to color the asterisk that indicates required fields. It’s a small detail, but remember: newsletters are where you get and keep loyal supporters!

Complementary Color

Not only does Color Hexa show you complementary colors (and their hex or RGB values!), but it will also show you the values to use to get a darker or lighter tinted version of the same color.

Shades and Tints

In my newsletter form, I used a darker tint of the background color to fill in the fields on the form to make them more visually pleasing.

Complement and Tint

 

STEP 5 Link the Mailchimp Signup Form to Your WordPress.com Blog

You are ready to go live with your newsletter sign up form! The final step is to add a widget to your WordPress.com blog and provide it with the URL for your newsletter. This will provide your potential subscribers an easy way to access the signup form, which is hosted by Mailchimp.

  •  First, copy the URL from the Lists -> Signup Forms page on Mailchimp. Mailchimp URL
  • Open your WordPress.com blog dashboard.
  • Go to the Appearance -> Widgets page.
  • Drag a new TEXT widget into the Sidebar at the right.
  • Enter a Title for the Widget (at the moment, mine is “Be a VIP!”)
  • Enter the following HTML into the free-form text area:

  <a href=”http://YOURMAILCHIMPURL“>The link text people will see!</a>

For example, mine would be:

<a href=”http://eepurl.com/SxxLn”>Subscribe to Aniko’s Newsletter!</a>

Remember, the text inside of the href will be displayed as the link users will click. Here’s what mine looks like:

Newsletter Widget

The green font “Subscribe to Aniko’s Newsletter” is the portion that was in the HTML added to the text widget. Note that if you copy and paste my example, to replace the “smart” quotes around the URL – the way they are rendered in WordPress will break your link if you do not replace them!

Reload your blog, and verify that the link to the Mailchimp signup page works. Go through the sign up process, adjusting anything that feels strange or awkward about the setup. You are now the proud owner of your very own Mailchimp Newsletter, linked to your WordPress.com blog!

Congratulations!

xoxo,

-aniko

 

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225 thoughts on “How to Add a Mailchimp Newsletter to WordPress.Com Blog – with Style!

  1. Excellent, Aniko – thanks for this! I’ll try to get my head around it when I have a little more free time. I’m sure it will be much easier with your step-by-step guide!

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    • Mari, hi! It looks more daunting than it is. I think it took me maybe three hours, and a sizable portion of that was trying to figure out wording for the signup form.

      Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help!

      -aniko

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  2. Hi Aniko, I tried doing this and got a message from Mail Chimp with regard to the EepURL:
    “We created EepURL as a trackable shortening service for MailChimp’s built-in twitter integration. At the time, we opened it up to the public, because we felt there weren’t enough monkey-based URL shorteners out there.

    Alas, we have had to disable the service from public use, in order to protect the reputation of the domain and the high deliverability rates our customers get from our service.”

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks!

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    • Hello,

      I’m not sure why you are seeing that message, but you should not need to create your own EepURL. It is automatically generated when you set up a Sign Up form for a particular list. From the left navigation pane, select Lists. Pick the list you are associating with your newsletter. From the navigation pane near the top of the page, select Signup Forms. The EepURL for your list is near the top of the signup form page.

      I hope that helps!

      -aniko

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  4. Wonderful! Thanks so much for this! You have made my life so much easier, I do appreciate this!
    Would it be asking too much if I asked if you also knew how to put in the code so the link words on the WordPress site stand out – such as in bold or a different colour please? My link is not very obvious to subscribe (www.thedreamwell,com) – in the footer.

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    • Hello!

      I am so glad that the tutorial helped you! I looked at your site (super interesting, by the way!!), and I see what you mean about the link not standing out. I tried this HTML in a test page and it made the font bold:

      Sign Up Here

      If you give that a try, I think it will do what you want!

      Have a great day,

      -aniko

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  5. Thanks so much for the help with this! Was worried I’d have to move to a wordpress.org site to get this to work. It took a little tweaking but finally have it live. Appreciate your willingness to help us ignorant authors out!

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  6. Hi, Rada!

    I think the issue is that my directions on how to build the HTML are unclear! 🙂 You do not need to append the URL of your blog to the end of the Mailchimp URL. What I was calling “YOURURL” in the directions corresponds to the “-hlbz” portion of your MailChimp URL, http://eepurl.com/-hIbz .
    So, I think to make your link work, you need the html as follows:

    The link text people will see!
    I see that WordPress turned that into a real link! Neat, except you can’t really see what I typed easily. The solution is to copy href=”http://eepurl.com/-hIbz” to replace http://YOURMAILCHIMPURL.com/YOURURL in the example in the tutorial.

    I tested with a small webpage, and this brings me to your newsletter sign up.

    I hope that helps – and thank you for helping me see a place where I can improve this tutorial! 🙂

    -aniko

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    • It is really strange, as I tried it before and it did not work… 😦 I tried it again today and it still shows me that page cannot be displayed. The weird thing is that if I use http://eepurl.com/-hIbz on its own in any browser – it displays the sign up form right away. But if I try to add it to text widget on the blog it does not work… 😦

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      • Did you see the link in my previous post, that says “The link text people will see!”? That works, so there must be an extra space or possibly a strange double-quoted characters in your URL. If you copy the text below into your text widget and delete the “@” characters, it should work:

        The link text people will see!

        I put the “@” characters just so that the web browser doesn’t turn it into a real link when you view the comment. When you delete the “@” do NOT add a space. Then copy it exactly as it is typed into your text widget. If that does not work, I am all out of ideas!

        Good luck!

        -aniko

        PS – OK, this link thing is not working! The browser keeps interpreting the link as a real link. Would you like me to try and email the HTML to you, so you can see it?

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  7. Ahh thanks SO much for this! I’m a new lifestyler blogger and all of the coding/widgets is emotionally draining to learn how to do. But I did this one following your steps and it worked! Yay! I now have a beautiful signup form, now all I need is some followers for it to be put to use 😉

    Thanks again,
    Jen

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    • Jen, hi!

      Thank you for letting me know the tutorial was helpful. My day job is in software, and I realized that when I was using so much of what I learned there to update my blog, it was probably a good topic for post! I am glad you found it useful.

      Happy Newslettering!

      -aniko

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    • Thanks for the link, but those instructions are for a WordPress.org site. WordPress.com does not allow users to install the plug-in, so your instructions will not work for the wp.com people I’m trying to help.

      -aniko

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  8. Hi Aniko.
    Thanks so much for this helpful post. I was able to get it working on my site (btlowry.com)
    I just have a couple questions for you, if you will.
    I’d like to offer people an incentive when they sign up. Do you know how I might do this with mailchimp?
    Also, if they sign up in the way you’ve shown here, will they be automatically updated when I post on my site, or they’ll just receive posts which I put together in mailchimp? I think it’s just with mailchimp right?
    Thanks a lot!
    Bevis

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    • Thanks for letting me know the post read useful.

      Pop-ups are installed by adding plugins to your site. WordPress.com does not allow the installation of plugins. To get a pop-up, you will need to migrate to WordPress.org.

      -aniko

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  9. Thank-you Aniko for these clear instructions on how to add Mailchimp to Wordress.com site. I’ve read about it before and am just now adding it to my website/blog….Will let you know how it goes! 🙂 My Best….

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    • Carrie, hello!

      Depending on how your subscribers were gathered, I believe MailChimp has ways to import the lists from other newsletter services. You can also manually enter each person into the new MailChimp list, but be careful if you do that! People can call it spam and potentially get your account locked if they do not understand how they got on this “new” list. If you purchased the list from a third party, MailChimp very strongly discourages import of those addresses. I believe that doing so is in violation of their user agreement. Double-check me on all of this, though, as I am not a MailChimp spokesperson.

      Best of luck!

      -aniko

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  10. Hi Aniko,

    Thank you so much for this guideline. I’ve just tried it, but when I click on the link in my WordPress page, I get an error message saying:

    ”We created EepURL as a trackable shortening service for MailChimp’s built-in twitter integration. At the time, we opened it up to the public, because we felt there weren’t enough monkey-based URL shorteners out there.

    Alas, we have had to disable the service from public use, in order to protect the reputation of the domain and the high deliverability rates our customers get from our service.

    Don’t worry. Past URLs are still being redirected, and nothing is changing inside the MailChimp application. EepURL still works fine in the app.

    We’re basically trying to prevent the URL from getting blacklisted by idiots.

    If you’re looking to build your own url shortener, take a moment to look at Shaun Inman’s Lessn. Building your own url shortener is the best way to avoid having your links connected to a blacklisted domain name.”

    Can you tell me what went wrong here? I would really appreciate it.

    Many Thanks,

    Maaike

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  11. Aniko I am considering starting a blog with the free version of wordpress and want to make sure I understand this correctly, I can use the instructions above to directly link my mailchimp sign up list to a free wordpress blog by creating a sign up form in wordpress? The reason I ask is because I have an old wordpress site that is self-hosted and I used gravity forms to allow people to sign up for my mailchimp newsletter. If I understand your post correctly I don’t need gravity forms for the free wordpress site and I can link directly to my mailchimp list sign up.

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    • Hello!

      You will not need anything other than your wordpress.com site and your Mailchimp signup form URL to allow users to sign up for your newsletter. I am not familiar with gravity forms, but I didn’t use them to implement my wordpress.com and Mailchimp sign up, so you shouldn’t need them, either.

      -aniko

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  13. Hey, thanks for this post, it was really helpful! But when I go into my website and click on the mailing list, this message comes up. Any ideas on how to fix it? Thank you!

    Josh

    EepURL
    We created EepURL as a trackable shortening service for MailChimp’s built-in twitter integration. At the time, we opened it up to the public, because we felt there weren’t enough monkey-based URL shorteners out there.

    Alas, we have had to disable the service from public use, in order to protect the reputation of the domain and the high deliverability rates our customers get from our service.

    Don’t worry. Past URLs are still being redirected, and nothing is changing inside the MailChimp application. EepURL still works fine in the app.

    We’re basically trying to prevent the URL from getting blacklisted by idiots.

    If you’re looking to build your own url shortener, take a moment to look at Shaun Inman’s Lessn. Building your own url shortener is the best way to avoid having your links connected to a blacklisted domain name.

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  14. Thank you so much for writing this post! The embed process between Mailchimp and WordPress is anything BUT intuitive! After tearing my hair out for days trying to figure this out on my own I am most grateful for your clear, easy to follow instructions.

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  16. Thanks Aniko! OMG I just started today with Mailchimp and everything looks so SO confusing for me, in plus working on wordpress.com instead of .org (everything looks easier for the org to me for some reason XD)

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  17. EepURL
    We created EepURL as a trackable shortening service for MailChimp’s built-in twitter integration. At the time, we opened it up to the public, because we felt there weren’t enough monkey-based URL shorteners out there.

    Alas, we have had to disable the service from public use, in order to protect the reputation of the domain and the high deliverability rates our customers get from our service.

    Don’t worry. Past URLs are still being redirected, and nothing is changing inside the MailChimp application. EepURL still works fine in the app.

    We’re basically trying to prevent the URL from getting blacklisted by idiots.

    If you’re looking to build your own url shortener, take a moment to look at Shaun Inman’s Lessn. Building your own url shortener is the best way to avoid having your links connected to a blacklisted domain name.

    Also… same problem T___T

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  18. Really clear instructions. I didn’t appreciate that the text box could be used in this way. Opens up so many other possibilities too. Thanks for this excellent article (and still pulling in the comments I see!)

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  19. Thank you so much for posting this information. I had been struggling with setting up MailChimp Subscription Form integration into a wordpress.com site for some time before I found your excellent description of the process.

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  20. Thanks! This is a great tutorial. My only suggest is to include the tag “target=_blank” (e.g. “a href=”www.google.com” target=”_blank” so the form pops up in a new window.

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  21. Reblogged this on The Beauty of Words and commented:
    This is a reblog of Aniko Carmean’s excellent post. Let me tell you–I’m in awe.

    I was just under the impression that since Mailchimp had a pug-in, and WordPress.com won’t take plug-ins, I was going to have to self-host and convert to WordPress.org to get it done. And, y’know, it costs more money, I’m a writer, so I’ve been pumping it all back into writing with little to show for it so far in terms of monetary rewards. (Three short story sales. Yeah.)

    But then my publisher informed me that we had a book coming out THIS MONTH, and that lit a fire under me. I found this lovely article buried in the WordPress help forum. It’s not even in the menu–it’s buried in the questions section.

    I’m in awe. I mean, she even tells you how to fiddle with the colors. It would be enough if the thing worked–and it does work. And if I can do it, you certainly can.

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  22. This is incredible. I owe you big. Reblog anything of mine, I’ll be happy to write a guest post, whatever you can think of that may help you.

    I was really banging my head against the wall on this one. Thank you sooo much.

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  23. it worked… been trying for couple of hours figuring out how to implement this signup thing, got me scared to have to move to the wordpress.org, then found your instructions and was able to make it work.. thanks a lot !

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  24. Please Help! This is what I typed into text: The link text people will see! Your article says something about replacing smart quotes, but doesn’t say WHAT to replace them with. I tried deleting the ” ” but it just put them back in. I’m getting this when I click on the link: Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “/D/16382/391385/000/eepurl.com/cF_mQ” on this server.

    Reference #18.1775f648.1446682336.f5f9933

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    • Kathleen, hi –

      Your link is missing the “http”. You have //eepurl.com/cF_mQ, and it should be http://eepurl.com/cF_mQ I was able to add the http to your HTML on a test webpage and see the signup page for “Close to My Heart News.” If you just add the http to exactly what you already have, your link will work.

      You have already done this, but to help anyone who comes by later, to replace the smart quotes, which appear as backwards if you copy out of WordPress, by simply deleting the “backwards” quote and replacing it with a normal quote.

      Good luck,

      -aniko

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  25. I buy into all that you describe and have recently added a MailChimp subscription link to the home page of my blog: Learning from Dogs. However, of my more than 1,500 blog followers, only a little over 100 subscribe to the blog using their email address. Those followers have been ‘ported’ across to MailChimp.

    The vast balance follow my blog through their own WordPress account and I do not have access to an email address. How do I get those followers onto my MailChimp file?

    Secondly, we have removed the WordPress ‘Follow’ applet so as not to confuse with the MailChimp link. But that has also removed the reporting of how many people are following my blog. I don’t want to lose that but haven’t yet found a way of reporting how many are following my blog if there is no WordPress ‘follow’ button.

    Hope that makes sense and thank you in advance for your reply.

    Merry Christmas.

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    • Merry Christmas to you, too, Paul.

      I don’t think there is any way to get the email addresses of WordPress followers who have not provided one. People must provide their information to you themselves, preferably with a double opt-in (provide email, then click link to complete subscription). Even porting the addresses that were entered to follow your WordPress blog into a Mailchimp mailing list seems to fall into a gray area of CAN-SPAM law (see “Compliance Tips” in http://mailchimp.com/resources/guides/mailchimp-for-bloggers/html/). To help encourage your current WordPress subscribers to join you newsletter, I suggest a prominent link in the side-bar and closing each post with your newsletter link.

      As for removal of the follow applet, I have no advice. Perhaps a WordPress forum will be helpful?

      Best of luck with your newsletter and happy New Year!

      -aniko

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  26. Finally! I’ve been looking high and low for someone to give me some real solution to my problem. It took me nearly half a day and still couldn’t find an answer to my question until i found your website. Thank you so much I finally manage to get my mailchimp email subscription up on my wordpress website. Thank you so much!!

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  27. Thank you for this, it was super helpful. My only frustration at the moment is I can’t for the life of me figure out how to put background color to the field boxes.

    Great post!

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  30. Reblogged this on Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors and commented:
    I had a blog like this on my list of blogs to write, but she has done such a good job I don’t see any point in rehashing it. In this blog she tells you not only how to get the mail chimp (newsletter sign up) form on your blog, but also how to MAKE the form in the first place using Mail Chimp’s site. As a Mail Chimp user, I do recommend them (no, they don’t pay me!) as being simple to use.

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  31. Thank you for sharing this great info Aniko! I’m working on improving my website/blog, and your step-by-step instruction will be a big help for me! I love, love them!

    Peace,
    Tamara

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  33. I’ve attempted many times to set-up MailChimp and found it difficult or I should say not as easy as I had hoped, so your post is one I’ll save when I’m ready to tackle it again. Thanks, Aniko. 🙂

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  34. Aniko, here is the message I just got when trying to build my signup form… “Visit MailChimp »
    EepURL
    We created EepURL as a trackable shortening service for MailChimp’s built-in Twitter integration. At the time, we opened it up to the public, because we felt there weren’t enough monkey-based URL shorteners out there.

    This service is no longer available for public use. We made this change in order to protect the reputation of the domain and high deliverability rates for MailChimp customers who use EepURLs in their campaigns.

    Existing URLs are still being redirected, and EepURL still works in the app.

    We’re trying to prevent the URL from getting blacklisted.

    If you’re looking to build your own url shortener, take a moment to look at Shaun Inman’s Lessn. Building your own url shortener is a good way to avoid having your links connected to a blacklisted domain name.”

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  35. Thank you so much for this article, Aniko! I joined Mail Chimp two months ago but couldn’t figure out how to add the link to my WordPress.com blog, so I didn’t. I saw this article a few days ago and saved it so that I could spend some time trying to do it your way. Today was that day, and it worked first time!

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  36. Hi Aniko!

    Thank you for your great website. I am a bit hopeless with Mailchimp, and I’ve followed your instructions but the link doesn’t seem to work. I suppose I’ve missed something obvious. The sign up form link is on the contact page, featured content homepage slider and blog posts page of http://www.integralyogaworld.com. I wonder if you could advise? Also, I would like to embed an image, is it possible?

    Kind regards,
    Gabriella 😉

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    • Hello, Gabriella –

      I think I see the problem. In your widget, you have the following text:

      Receive Your Free Gift by clicking here!

      That simply displays text; to make it a link, you need to provide your MailChimp URL. Mine looks like this:

      Now, that would show just a boring link, without even your nice text! To include the text, do this:

      Receive Your Free Gift by clicking here!

      (Don’t forget to replace my MailChimp URL with your own!)

      If you want to show an image, you can use HTML in you text-widget that looks like this:



      Again, remember to replace the URL in href with your MailChimp URL and the img src link with a path to your image. I uploaded mine to my WordPress account, and then got the link to use in my widget out of WordPress.

      Thank you for asking your question in such a polite, friendly way.

      Best of luck,

      -aniko

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      • Well, that isn’t very helpful! The links were all interpreted as literal links, even though I put them in block quotes. This time I’m going to replace every instance of “<a" and "” with <CCC and </CCC. When you use the code I provide, you'll need to REPLACE every CCC with the letter a.

        Trying again…

        Hello, Gabriella –

        I think I see the problem. In your widget, you have the following text:

        Receive Your Free Gift by clicking here!
        That simply displays text; to make it a link, you need to provide your MailChimp URL. Mine looks like this:

        Now, that would show just a boring link, without even your nice text! To include the text, do this:
        Receive Your Free Gift by clicking here!
        (Don’t forget to replace my MailChimp URL with your own!)

        If you want to show an image, you can use HTML in you text-widget that looks like this:

        Again, remember to replace the URL in href with your MailChimp URL and the img src link with a path to your image. I uploaded mine to my WordPress account, and then got the link to use in my widget out of WordPress.

        Thank you for asking your question in such a polite, friendly way.

        Best of luck,

        -aniko

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      • Hi Aniko, thanks for the post! You greatly helped me. Is it alright if I email you also so that I can get the button code? I’d appreciate it!

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  37. hallo aniko. thank you.
    I am using wordpress.com. everytime I publish a new blogpost, all of my e-mail followers get it automatically per e-mail. how can i replace this automatic e-mail-sending with my own mailchimp??

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    • Hello,

      I do not believe that is possible. Your WordPress followers would need to voluntarily sign up to receive your Mailchimp newsletter, and they would still get the WordPress emails, too.

      Best of luck,

      -aniko

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  38. Now trying the new link and I don’t have anyone to test it to see if the popup is working!! How to do that especially if its now in the sidebar menu? This is confusing for me!
    Please help if you can… Thanks Louise

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    • If you visit your own site, you can click on the widget in your side bar to see if it is working. I have not tested or tried the new widget. There may be something of use on the WordPress user forum. Good luck!

      -aniko

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      • Thanks – it seems still not to be working though – there is no direct link to the new content posted to the mailchimp mailing. I am not a computer programmer either so its a bit confusing!

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      • Louise, hi! I googled your name and I believe I found your WordPress site (Thoughts on Life). When I visited your site, a pop-up window appeared that invited me to subscribe to your mailing list. I did – you can check, so I think everything is working as intended. Congratulations!

        I did not realize that the new widget would not add a link in the sidebar. Thank you for helping me learn that. I bet there is something built in so that the widget does not bother your visitors every time the come to your site, or even something built in that recognizes that it is you visiting, and so doesn’t display the pop-up. You could try using the Google Chrome Incognito Mode (Settings -> New Incognito Window) and see if you can get the pop-up that way.

        Best of luck with your MailChimp newsletter!

        -aniko

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      • the only thing I don’t know now is if I add a new post – that you will get through the mailchimp – that is the disconnect now

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      • The link from the wordpress site back to mailchimp when you post a new post seems not to be working or not there but I have no idea how to do that!

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  39. Hi Aniko,
    I’m sorry to bother you and go off topic. Do you know how to add a progress bar into my website’s sidebar? I asked WP and the second guy sent me to a site with a knitting craft one but it wasn’t very pretty and it wasn’t active like the plugin I saw at WP (What’s up with that? Here it is but you can’t have it!)
    Any help will be appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Pixie

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  40. Hi! This was so helpful. The sign up appears as I want it on my website, and when I click to subscribe, the mailchimp sign up appears in another window. After typing in info, clicking subscribe, I am not getting the confirmation email to complete sign up. Redid the whole thing, with same result. Any idea where I may have went wrong? Thanks so much! -Allison

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  41. Unfortunately the eeep URLs are no longer working. I got this message from MailChimp:

    We created EepURL as a trackable shortening service for MailChimp’s built-in Twitter integration. At the time, we opened it up to the public, because we felt there weren’t enough monkey-based URL shorteners out there.

    This service is no longer available for public use. We made this change in order to protect the reputation of the domain and high deliverability rates for MailChimp customers who use EepURLs in their campaigns.

    Existing URLs are still being redirected, and EepURL still works in the app.

    We’re trying to prevent the URL from getting blacklisted.

    If you’re looking to build your own url shortener, take a moment to look at Shaun Inman’s Lessn. Building your own url shortener is a good way to avoid having your links connected to a blacklisted domain name.

    —- Any easy low-tech work arounds, please let us know!—–

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