Follow widget or email subscribe
I currently have a ‘Follow Blog’ widget enabled on my blog. I want to change this for a mailing list, which I’ve set up with MailChimp, and added as a ‘text’ widget to my side menu.
I would like to now remove the ‘Follow Blog’ widget, but I’m concerned that this will mean I will lose those few followers if I do that.
Does anyone have any advice? Is it better to keep both? I do also have the RSS Feed button, so it’s all going to get quite confusing if I keep everything!
The reason I’d like the MailChimp subscribe instead is because then I get to collect the email addresses for a mailing list, whereas when people ‘Follow’ with the WordPress button, I don’t know who they are (unless they’re fellow WordPress users).
Many thanks, Julie
The blog I need help with is youaresunshine.wordpress.com.
Any suggestions would be most welcome :)
Hey Julie, I don’t think you’ll lose your followers by removing that widget. You just won’t get new followers. :)
Smart move on the MailChimp list. Knowing who is subscribing to your blog posts – and, perhaps, even why they’re subscribing – is a great way to learn more about your audience.
Personally, I’d keep both. That way you’re keeping options open for visitors. If someone has a WordPress.com account, they can follow your blog. If they don’t have an account, they can still subscribe for updates.
Hope this helps! – Andy
We provide support for WordPress.com blog issues but we do not provide either feedburner or mailchimp support.
Regarding the code restrictions: you can drop an image or text link to your MailChimp sign-up form into the text widget.
Thanks for that Andy.
Hello Andy and Timethief,
Thank you so much for your advice and comments. I did try subscribing to the Mailchimp widget with my own email address, and it seems to have worked, so I think it will be okay, but I’ll double-check with another email address.
I’ll keep both widgets then, Andy. Thanks for that suggestion.
I really appreciate you both helping.
Warmest wishes, Julie
That’s great news! Best wishes with your blog.
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