The free and easy mailing list solution for WordPress using Jetpack

easy mailing list solution for WordPress

You need a sign-up form on your blog.

If you’re looking for an easy mailing list solution for WordPress that’s also free, you’ll love the Jetpack subscriptions module.

Jetpack is a suite of plugins that’s installed by default on a free WordPress.com site but is available on your self-hosted site as well. Read more about Jetpack here.

Being an easy mailing system it does have some downsides:

  • You can’t import a list of previous subscribers
  • You can’t customize the layout and design of the emails
  • No stats or tracking

It does allow you to export your subscribers which means you can upgrade to a more flexible newsletter system like Mailchimp later.

How to use Jetpack subscriptions for your blogs mailing list solution

1. Visit Plugins >> Add New to Install and activate the Jetpack plugin suite. More about installing Jetpack here.

2. Navigate to Jetpack from your dashboard and make sure that the Subscriptions plugin is activated.

Subscriptions plugin - Jetpack

Clicking on Configure will take you to Settings >> Discussion.

Jetpack Subscription Settings

Adds a subscribe option to your comments form as well

3. Navigate to Appearance >> Widgets and drag the Blog Subscriptions (Jetpack) widget into your sidebar, preferably at the top.

Sign up Form - Jetpack Subscriptions

4. Visit the front-end of your site and marvel at your free newsletter sign-up form.

5. Send a really annoying status update to your Facebook friends and demand that they sign-up to your blog.

Managing Subscribers in Jetpack

To see your current subscribers go to Jetpack >> Site Stats and scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Blog link.

Email Subscribers Blog StatsThis will display your subscribers emails as well as give you the option of exporting them to a CSV file.

Issues or questions? Let us know in the comments below. :-)

5 Responses to “The free and easy mailing list solution for WordPress using Jetpack”

  1. Ammar Ali May 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    I can’t find any option to export all followers into a CSV list. :|

    Do you know how can I do it?!

    • Herrin Larkan May 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      I show how to go about that right at the end of the article. Navigate to Jetpack >> Site Stats and then find the Subscriptions section and click on the Blog followers link.

      Then you’ll be able to view the email addresses of your current subscribers.

      If you’re looking for a more flexible email newsletter system I would look at Mailchimp. http://www.mailchimp.com

      • Ammar Ali May 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

        ah, that means I’ve to manually copy and paste these email ID’s in a CSV file?

        • Herrin Larkan May 17, 2013 at 10:24 am #

          From there you can download the file that can be used to import into a system like Mailchimp.

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