offsite mailing list provider?

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  • #3141

    gath
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    Does anyone know of a 3rd party provider of update alerts via email. The majority of my readers do not understand what RSS is but would like updates via email. It is quite simple to write an application that checks the site for updates and then emails a list of people when it sees a new post. In fact, it could be based on the RSS feed. But before I go off and write one, I’m curious if one doesn’t already exist. In fact, I assume one does. does anyone know where?

    #3346

    marc
    Member

    In fact, it could be based on the RSS feed. But before I go off and write one

    So why not write a tutorial on RSS and its use for your readers?

    #3363

    drmike
    Member

    Writing tutorials can be a pain. Actually took a technical writing course while in college. Lots of fun. :)

    We covered this in this thread here.

    Another method you can use is a page updating service. I actually run one myself and would not feel comfortable pointing you in the direction of any. A simple google search for ‘update notification’ pulls up a few links directly to them as well as pages that use services like these. (ie follow the links to the service and signup your own site.) If you go that route, then all you would have to do is provide a link in your links sidebar that says something like “Update Notification” and point them at the service.

    They exist. Most of them are advertising driven so they’ll include an advert in the emails that they send out.

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

    #3420

    gath
    Member

    The readers of my blog are not the technical type so explaining RSS or feedburner are out of the question. I looked around as suggested and found the following update site:
    http://www.changenotes.com/webmaster.php

    this will probably be fine except that it will update even when the text “comments 0” turns to “comments 1” on the page.

    I think I will build an RSS based service I suppose, since no one else has done this, or so it appears

    #3427

    ajaydsouza
    Member

    Are you looking for something like http://www.feedblitz.com/

    #3446

    drmike
    Member

    Another thing you could do is just set up one of those free mailing lists and send out an email whenever you make a post. You wouldn’t be able to do it for comments unless you sat there on your blog but it would be a start.

    -drmike

    #3493

    ajaydsouza
    Member

    I forgot to mention that Feedblitz allows your readers to subscribe to receive the RSS feed via email.

    I have it employed on my blog successfully.

    #3518

    drmike
    Member

    If someone would like to <hint>suggest</hint> one of the “Email when a site updates” services, feel free. I’m unable to as its a conflict of interest for me. :)

    -drmike

    #3530

    gath
    Member

    thanks for the suggestions. Now the only issue is the ability to add items to my template. Is there a template that would allow me to add a form to the side?

    #3886

    r3yzor
    Member

    yes

    #3887

    raincoaster
    Member

    And those would be??? If you’re trying to be helpful, you need to be more specific. As far as I know, there aren’t any.

    Forms per se are not allowed at WordPress.com, but you can use the Contact form, in a blog post or on a static page, to collect email addresses, if the Feedblitz workaround isn’t something you want to do.

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