When starting your blog, often beginners use JetPack email subscription feature. However as your blog grow, you quickly realize that you need a real and powerful email subscription service. Recently one of our users asked us if there was a way to move their JetPack subscribers to an email provider like MailChimp, AWeber, etc. In this article, we will show you how to switch from JetPack subscriptions to MailChimp, AWeber, etc so you can have full control over your email list and get maximum benefits.
Why Switch from JetPack to MailChimp or Aweber?
JetPack makes it easy for you to add posts-by-email subscription to your website. However if you want to send exclusive newsletter only content, have an auto-responder, send targeted campaigns, etc then you need something more powerful.
You need a real email marketing service provider to build your email list.
Why Should I Care About Building an Email List
Email is the most important marketing and communication tool on the internet. Studies have shown that email beats social media, blogs, and every other online marketing and communication tool in terms of effectiveness, cost, reliability, and deliverability.
If you are not building your email list, then checkout why you should start building an email list right away.
How To Move JetPack Subscribers to MailChimp or Other Email Service
You will need a list of your email subscribers to switch from JetPack subscriptions to MailChimp, AWeber or any other email service provider.
First you need to obtain the emails of all your existing subscribers. Log into your WordPress site and go to JetPack » Site Stats. On the site stats page, you need to scroll down to the subscribers box at the bottom of the page.
Click on the blog subscribers, and JetPack will fetch the list of your subscribers. Once it is done you will notice that there are two lists of subscribers. The first list is for WordPress.com users. You will not be able to see the email addresses of these users nor you can export them.
The second list is for email only subscribers. These are the subscribers who exclusively entered their email address in the JetPack subscription box. You can export these subscribers by clicking on the ‘Download all email-only followers as CSV’ link.
Now that you have your email subscribers, you can import them into any email marketing service you want. Most email service providers offer import tools allowing you to upload a csv file containing your subscriber information. We will show you how to import your subscribers into MailChimp.
Login to your MailChimp account and then click on Lists. On the lists page you will see a drop down arrow next to your list name. Clicking on the arrow and then click on Import.
On the import page, you will see many different apps you can import from. The first option in the list is to import from a CSV or Text file.
Next you need to simply upload the CSV file you downloaded earlier. That’s all.
MailChimp will automatically fetch the email addresses and add them as subscribers to your email list.
The method is similar for AWeber, MadMimi, and just about every other provider.
We hope this article helped you switch from JetPack Subscription to MailChimp, AWeber, etc. Once you have moved to an email service provider, you can integrate optin forms in your sidebar and comment form. You can even use OptinMontser to boost your email signups.
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