Should You Move Blog Subscribers To MailChimp?

My guests and I have blogged in the past about the benefits of using MailChimp to send a regular newsletter, but here’s another idea to consider: I recently moved my entire blog subscriber list to MailChimp and I’m glad I did.

mailchimpBefore MailChimp, I depended on the multi-talented WordPress plugin JetPack to manage adds and unsubscribes for my blog’s email subscribers and to send out excerpts of each new post I published. Since I moved my website from free to self-hosted, I’ve always been an advocate of JetPack and it’s done me right.

Until a few weeks before I packed up and left.

So what caused my change of heart? Jetpack developed a glitch and wasn’t sending my posts out. And unfortunately, Tech Support, which handles JetPack issues, wasn’t helpful in finding a solution. I’d thought about moving off and on for a while, but that problem motivated me. So I took a deep breath and made the leap.

Before I set up on MailChimp, it was helpful to review Jeri Walker-Bickett’s comprehensive post about setting up a MailChimp newsletter, How To Use MailChimp – From Sign-Up To “Send!” But instead of a newsletter template, what I was after was an RSS-feed-driven campaign that would auto-send new content on a specific day and time whenever MailChimp recognized new content had been posted on my blog.

Here’s how does it works: Register for MailChimp. Upload your subscriber list. Set up an “RSS-Driven Campaign,” input your RSS feed (Need help with that? Read this post: What’s An RSS Feed & How Do I Find It?), schedule the timing you desire, design the layout of the email, test the design by sending it to yourself until you get it right (this step takes a little longer for folks like me), then simply activate the campaign. And forget about it!

Although it is another aspect of blogging you have to learn and it did take me a bit of time to design – but I tend not to be the type of person who easily zips right through things, ha ha – I’m quite happy with the results. Here’s my feedback overall.

MailChimp Benefits:Screenshot mailchimp

  • MailChimp allows you to email 2,000 subscribers for free (as noted in previous posts). In comparison:
    • If you use the plugin Subscribe2, emails are sent out via your web hosting service. Vendors such as my provider, Bluehost, (which I love) will only allow you to send 750 emails per hour max (and you have to ask for this maximum) unless you upgrade your account. When your subscriber list goes above that set number, some subscribers will not be notified of your new content.
    (Jetpack uses WordPress servers to send emails, so JetPack-emailed blog notifications are, of course, free.)
  • You can include more information in your email. Using a standard MailChimp template with a block at the top that draws in your blog’s RSS feed allows you to use the rest of the email for links to related posts, links to your last few posts and/or links to popular posts – this is great for new subscribers. Also great for announcing books and sharing oldie-but-goodie blog posts that new subscribers have not seen.
  • MailChimp’s templates provide a more attractive email than either JetPack or Subscribe2, and did I mention you can add lot more info to the email?
  • MailChimp provides you with analytics for each “send” that shows you how many subscribers have opened and read your email. This is very cool! JetPack doesn’t provide any stats like this.
  • Your subscriber list is automatically cleaned when an email bounces – the truth is I’m not sure if Jetpack did this to the extent MailChimp does, because when I moved my list from JetPack I found a few bad emails still on that list.
  • Need more reasons? Check out Toby Neal’s guest post on my blog, Mailchimp: Ten Reasons it’s the Best Program for Authors Since Twitter.


  • Unfortunately, one of the services JetPack’s subscriber module provided was the ability for readers to “subscribe to comments” so they can follow a discussion. That functionality was not lost for people who were already subscribed to comments. It’s just that no new commenters can sign up, so you will need to add another plugin to overcome this issue. I used the plugin Subscribe to Comments Reloaded.
  • When you set up a MailChimp auto-send RSS-feed campaign, you have to “pause” the campaign to edit it and make any changes to links or design. Seems every time I tried to make changes, it was a Monday – the day of my scheduled send – and when I re-activated the campaign, it wanted to skip the send that day and begin the next Monday. As a result, I thought that making changes the day the email is scheduled to go out would cause MailChimp to skip that day’s scheduled send. I was wrong! in case you run into this issue, Jodi Aman left a comment below and said, “After you release the pause button MailChimp will TELL you it won’t send until your next scheduled publish date, but that’s misleading. If you publish a new post the same day you edit the template, MailChimp will send the email as long as the scheduled time is set for later than the present time. I always change my subject line minutes before I post.” Thanks for clearing that up, Jodi!

Three things to keep in mind!

  1. MailChimp’s RSS-Driven campaign sends an excerpt of your blog post, and I realize a lot of people prefer to send the entire post in an email. But I’m not an advocate of that, and here’s why: Subscribers who receive the full article don’t need to visit your blog to read it. An excerpt will encourage more actual website visits, which will help boost your blog traffic stats. And who knows? Someday an agent or publisher may inquire about the popularity of your blog, and every little visit will help.
  2. You’ll also need to create a “Subscribe to my blog via email” button and embed it on your website. The information you’ll need to do this is all on MailChimp’s website. I ran into a problem when I attempted it the first time, but their Tech Support people are super-responsive and they provided an answer that quickly solved my problem.
  3. If you currently use JetPack and you’re switching to MailChimp, you will neeed to deactivate JetPack’s subscription management function or your subscribers will receive dual sends for every blog post. Here’s how: On your website dashboard go to Jetpack, find “subscriptions,” then click “deactivate.”

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57 Responses to Should You Move Blog Subscribers To MailChimp?

  1. Larry Crane June 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Nice Post Molly, with good information to digest. It doesn’t seem like an easy process to change over to Mail Chimp. For someone with a long list of subscribers, it sounds good, but with my rather short list, I’ll probably wait a while before I do it.

    • Molly Greene June 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      Thanks, Larry! It’s not really difficult, but it takes a little time. Since MailChimp is free, you can always sign up and design a template for your email long before you move. I hope I didn’t make it sound like a challenge!

    • Jeri June 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Larry, the MailChimp learning curve can be frustrating at first, but it’s definitely worth making the switch! It’s so nice to be able to see who’s clicking on what and when.

      • Molly Greene June 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

        … AND it’s great to be able to deliver more information with every blog post notification email – like links to related posts!

  2. David June 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Thanks Molly
    I also started with a free WP blog and used Feedburner for email subscriptions. I preferred this so I could easily move the list when I migrated to a hosted blog. But then WP added its own subscribe feature and turned it on without option. So now I have 2 subscriber lists, even with the web site feedburner links.(rolls eyes)

    A friend of mine used MailChimp happily for awhile until her list got too large. Then she migrated to another service, called “MadMimi.” (Readers, you might want to Google it!)

  3. Jeri June 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Molly, how cool because just this weekend I looked forever, and never noticed where the silly “deactivate” button was. I ended up sending an email to my WordPress subscribers asking them to sign-up for MailChimp. A few did, but now I can stop the posts being sent from JetPack thanks to your timely advice. Happy dance!

    • Molly Greene June 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      I KNOW! that’s why I included it – it’s almost like JetPack hid that from us on purpose :-O So happy it helped!

  4. Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever June 4, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    I had someone do the transfer for me, so all I had to do was make the templates. One more downside is that Mailchimp doesn’t upload your blog title like used to. I go in each time and write my title as the subject line in the email, rather than “New posts from…”. I get more opens with this technique with that hook out there, depending on how good my title is. I suggested to Mailchimp that they add this feature.

    After you release the pause button, like you mentioned, it says the next day, but it always comes out the same day as long as the time is set for later than present time. I always make changes (the subject line and the time) minutes before I post. It only posts on the hour, so it I am a couple of minutes after an hour, I have to wait unitl the next hour. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I have found early morning to be a huge time for blog reading. The earlier I release the better.

    Sometimes I think Mailchimp cleans it out too much. Also the click button doesn’t work with most links, so while it has a great anaylzer for opens, you don’t know how many people are clicking over and actually hitting your blog, unless you have bitly url’s set up to

    I use comment luv, so I have the reply to comments right in there. Hope these addition helps someone!

    • Molly Greene June 4, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Jodi, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you took the time to leave this comprehensive comment!! Your information has helped me, and I know it will also be valuable to other readers. Nice to know I can alter the email just before it goes out without having to go through all the (obviously unnecessary) steps I was going through before. I will also experiment with changing the subject line to reflect that day’s post, and I’ve read before that blog releases sent out early on Mondays get more reads. I might just have to see if I can make that happen. Thanks so much for the heads up!

  5. Juanita Rice June 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I use MailChimp and have had no problems with it! Very easy to use for a non-techy like me. 🙂

    • Molly Greene June 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks Juanita – I was afraid I’d scared everybody off :-O

  6. Deependra Solanky June 16, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Thanks Molly for showing advantages of Mailchimp vs Jetpack. At present I am using Jetpack but was considering Mailchimp as well, your post has given me more information on that.

    On excerpts vs full posts, I am in favor of sending full post content. A lot of people today access emails and RSS feed on their mobile and they don’t want to click on ‘Read More…’ to open the full post in their mobile browser. These users may unsubscribe from the website because its no use for them to read only excerpts. On the other hand, if your content is good there are more chances of people visiting the website often. Just my view.

    • Molly Greene June 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Hi DS! Full post vs. excerpt is a matter of preference, and lots of great bloggers send the whole post. I prefer to read blog posts online and not in my Outlook reading pane. And yes, you’re absolutely right: a few subscribers may leave if they don’t have the convenience of a full post. I’ve decided to choose a higher Alexa rating over subscribers who don’t find my content compelling enough to click through, because I figure they’d probably leave sooner or later, anyway. THANK YOU so much for the read and comment!

      • Mike February 21, 2014 at 5:21 am #

        Hi, Molly, Deependra,

        I think the solution is a bit of both.

        I sympathise with people who use mobile devices to catch up on their subscriptions (I do this, even though I’m often sitting in the same room as a desktop) and don’t want to wait for their mobile browser to load. Or they might have poor wifi coverage, or are using a mobile network and are therefore paying for every moment of access, and for both of these reasons just want to download the full text. In these situations/with these personal habits compelling content only gets you so far, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t otherwise be loyal readers.

        I also think Mailchimp are superior because of the ability to add links to, and summaries of, other content alongside the main topic. Thus, the users described above could have their full text email, but you as the author can also push other content their way that may entice a click-through, or at the very least maintain awareness of your other content in the reader’s mind so that when they sit back down at the desktop, they’ll decide to go and browse your site, generally.

        I base all of this on my own habits, and those I’ve been able to observe as I don’t have any comparative Jetpack v. Mailchimp data of my own.

        I am, however, giving serious thought to an RSS comments feed as I don’t like Comments Reloaded. If you’re using the advanced function which permits similar functions to that provided by Jetpack it needlessly complicates what should be a very simple process with silly things like drop down lists.


        • Molly Greene February 21, 2014 at 9:18 am #

          Thanks, Mike! I’m neither a mobile device person nor a fan of RSS so I can’t speak to your comment. You know more than I do!

  7. Steve eMailSmith June 19, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    As a Professional eMail Marketer, I wouldn’t advocate sending the whole blog post either.

    It is better to send an email that would kind of ‘force’ (but don’t take that in a bad way…) your subscribers to click a link to come to the blog and read the rest.
    From the blogger’s perspective, it brings more traffic.

    But from an email marketer’s persepctive, it improves the sender’s deliverability scoring, because it engages the audience.
    * The more people open your emails (no matter what type of emails, as in new blog post announcements, OR an email broadcast) the better score you get.
    * The more people click the links, an even better score than before…

    Steve ✉ Master eMailSmith ✉ Lorenzo
    Chief Editor, eMail Tips Daily Newsletter

    • Molly Greene June 19, 2013 at 7:14 am #

      Thanks so much Steve, and I completely agree. Some bloggers/authors don’t care about stats, especially when they’re in the start-up phase. But from personal experience I can say that stats and Alexa ratings DO matter, and every little click-through helps. Indie authors interested in going trad would be well-advised to beef up their stats early on, because literary agents will want to know how much traffic their blogs are getting. I appreciate the read and comment!

  8. Elena July 8, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    Great post. I really appreciate the detailed description of the benefits and drawbacks per your experience with Jetpack and MailChimp. Really helpful!

    I really like how simple your “subscribe via email” setup is here, with just that text and a button. I would like to find the instructions on MailChimp that you refer to on how to embed the button on WordPress. I’ve searched to no avail. I see how to put a link or a more complicated and reportedly un-editable widget… any other pointers would be much appreciated!


    • Molly Greene July 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you so much! I didn’t write that part down so had to go back into MailChimp and figure it out. Try this!

      How to configure MailChimp’s subscriber form for your website
      Navigate to your “lists” page
      on the left hand side, click on the “design signup forms” button
      on the top menu, choose the dropdown “for your website”
      click on “signup form embed code”
      You hve three choices on the left:
      1) Super slim form <-- this is the one I used 2) Classic form 3) Naked form (Click on each choice and an example will appear in the "preview your signup form" pane) I believe I removed the verbiage "Subscribe to our mailing list" from the html embed code. Copy & paste their embed code into a text widget on your website and place it where you want it.Play with it! When you're done with that, IF you want to display the number of email subscribers you have, go BACK to the dropdown "for your website" and choose your Subscriber Chiclets

      • Elena July 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

        Great, thanks for the research! Much appreciated!!
        Works perfectly.

        I wanted a form that would be as simple and user friendly as possible. Here is what I found using the first two predesigned forms:

        Super Slim Form
        – Includes email address and a subscribe button only (simple!)
        – Puts the “Email Address” text inside the box where the email goes. Space saving… the Classic form has this text written above the box(es), so the Slim form is indeed slimmer.

        Classic Form
        – Can include many fields (email, first and last name, etc)
        – Puts text for “Email Address”, “First Name”, etc above the boxes (making the form bigger overall)
        – You can uncheck the box for including the text “Required Field” to make this form a bit more slim… simpler, though perhaps not so user friendly, especially if there are several required boxes in your form.

        I used Classic because I want to collect first names as well as email (in order to personalize newsletters, a la “Hi John, …”). I also opted to keep the “Required Field” text because it felt more user friendly in this case… I want users to know that both fields are required before they hit submit.

        Finally, using either Slim or Classic, when the user hits submit a new window opens that tells them to confirm their subscription in an email they will receive. The text and contents of that new window as well as the email that are sent to the subscriber are customizable in MailChimp’s Lists/Signup Forms/Create Forms section.

        Happy Subscribing!,

        • Molly Greene July 9, 2013 at 7:49 am #

          Oh my gosh Elena, thank YOU so much for the information! Super helpful for people reading this post and a great reminder that I need to get in and customize my subscriber reply. Now I have a question for you: Will MailChimp allow an active link in that autoreponder reply??

  9. Elena July 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    You are quite welcome.

    The editor for the auto responders includes an icon for adding a link as well as an icon for viewing the source html so that you can code a link by hand.

    I haven’t tested either of them, so you can let us know how that goes if you try it out.

    • Molly Greene July 10, 2013 at 7:52 am #

      I’m going to try it! Will let you know.

  10. rakesh kumar July 16, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Dear Molly i have more than 5000 email subscriber with jetpack, Jetpack is providing me that great facility free of cost but i am not able to send my custom email through it. Do you know any method my which i can do this. If this is not then is there any method by which i can import this list in to any other email service. Right now jetpack is providing this email list as a Excel CSV file.

    I have also experimented with PHP List a little bit but could not find any feasible solution. Your guidance required.

    • Molly Greene July 16, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      500 email subsribers, how fabulous! Congratulations on your hard work. As far as I know, JetPack will not allow you to send a custom email. The WordPress plugin “Subscribe 2” WILL allow you to send one, and it would be free. HOWEVER, you must check w/your host provider to see if your email “sends-per-hour” are limited. Your other option would be to export your subscriber list and import it into MailChimp or Aweber, but with that large number you won’t be able to get a free account – MailChimp only allows free accounts for a max 2000 subscriber list. Hope this helps!

  11. Latrina July 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Thank you so much for this article. I’ve just made the transition to an “official” blogger so this has been really new to me. I’ve learned so much through trial and error. I found your article really helpful. I was confused as to why I received an automated email regarding my new post as soon as I published it (i subscribed to my blog to test it 🙂 i was confused because I use mail chimp and I was planning to send out my blog to my subscribers. I was getting a bit nervous that my subscribers would get duplicate messages and i didn’t want that to happen. Now I realize it’s because of the JetPack plugin I downloaded. Thanks to your article I went in and deactivated that function.

    You are a tremendous resource and I plan to subscribe to your blog!

    • Molly Greene July 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Thank you so much, Latrina! It IS confusing at first – so much to learn. One step at a time, take things on in small bites, learn what you need to know as you move forward. Walk away from the computer when it gets too frustrating. It will keep you sane. And try to have fun – blogging is an adventure! Best of luck to you and you’re so welcome to my blog!

  12. Brent Kelly September 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated. Switch is made.

  13. Noah's Dad September 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been wanting to change over from a combo of feedburner and wordpress to mailchimp for a while now. With the number of readers I have I’m going to have to do a paid version, but I think it will be worth it.

    One thing that concerns me is the issue with mailchimp newsletters going to gmail email’s social tab, instead of their main inbox. Have you noticed you have had less click through / opens since using mailchimp?

    Here’s a post mailchimp did on it.

    Also if using the native wordpress comments you can put a check mark below your comment form allowing people to sign up for your blog via email (see my blog for an example.) Is there no way to do this with mail chimp? It made it SO easy for people to sign up just by clicking a check box.

    • Molly Greene September 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      Hey Rick, welcome to my blog! Two things about gmail that apply to me: 1) I look at all the email in all my tabs without exception, and 2) I’ve not noticed a difference in opens since gmail made the change.

      I know what you mean about the WP comment-with-subscribe-box issue, but I can’t answer. There has to be a comment plugin that enables that feature but Acccck! I don’t have one to rec’d. As for me, I use the plugin Notification Bar to feature a call-to-action to subscribe at the top of my page, plus a text + link CTA at the bottom of every post. I never missed the check box when I left WP comments behind. Hope this helps!!

  14. RB Austin October 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Hi Molly, do you know if Mail Chimp only works with sites or if I will be able to use it on my site? Thanks for the great post.

    • Molly Greene October 13, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      Hello RB, the answer is “yes.” See MailChimp’s instructions here.

  15. Nicole November 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for how to deactivate Jetpack subscribe so subsribers don’t get double emailed -I think a lot of other people are too, considering the forums, so I’ll be happy to share your post!

  16. Ashley December 5, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Thank you for this! I just signed up for MailChimp and now I’m trying to figure out how on earth it works…. I’m bookmarking this for when I start sending emails! 🙂

    • Molly Greene December 5, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks Ashley and best of luck!

  17. Denise January 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Hi Molly, just came across your post. Today I received about 20 emails advising me about new subscribers. Not sure why this is happening. Sooooo frustrated with Jeipack because these folks are NOT on the Jetpack list of followers and WORST OF ALL Jetpack doesn’t let me add them. Really considering going to MailChimp.. I just hate the learning curve part of the marriage.

    I’ve learn sooooo much – even from the comments!

    • Molly Greene January 25, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Hi Denise – your new subscribers could be subscribing via WordPress, which doesn’t place them on the email subscriber list. Still, the move to MailChimp isn’t too bad, and there is a how-to post on my blog that will help. Best of luck and thanks for the comment!

  18. Mike February 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Hi. I’ve been researching the problem of how to handle subscribers to a self-hosted site for about a week! I think I’ve finally concluded that I’ll have to go with Mailchimp. This is because Jetpack seems to be a marmite solution (i.e. you either love it or hate it) and it comes with a huge amount of bloatware, while other plugins such as Subscribe2 and Comments Reloaded are simply too complex: they rely on too many clicks for a subscriber to complete the process. Meanwhile Comments Reloaded blinds the subscriber with science by presenting a very technical and very badly described set of options in a drop down list (this is if you have advanced subscriptions activated in the plugin, which you naturally will have because the simple version is hopeless).

    I do envy the beautiful simplicity of the subscription process. Two little buttons under the comment form. One click for comments, a second for the entire blog, then off you go about your business without a second thought. Would this be so hard for a self-hosted plugin designer to achieve? You wouldn’t think so…

    Anyway, enough whining. Molly, could you clarify something? Can you confirm that Mailchimp does not only handle overall blog update notifications (new blog post, newsletter, news item or event, etc.) but also caters for new comment updates from individual comment threads, as well? I’m sorry if this has already been covered but it has been my understanding that Mailchimp only does the new blog post type update, and not the new comment update.


    • Molly Greene February 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      Hi, Mike! MailChimp offers no comment-related services. You’ll need another plug-in for that.

      • Jenn May 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

        I’m thinking for comment-related, it’d be best to hold onto jetpack, but..Only thing is if someone signs up for new posts by email under a post, they may receive a duplicate email if they’ve also signed up via your mailchimp widget. Does that sound right?

        I love jetpack subscriptions, I just don’t like the idea of having a collection of “subscribers” with no way of reaching them via e-mail unless I’ve published a post.

        Let me know your thoughts.


        • Molly Greene May 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

          Thanks, Jenn! RE: JetPack, you can’t do both – to keep the comment option you have to keep the subscriber option, and yes, subscribers would then receive an annoying duplicate email if you send my MailChimp as well. There are other comment plug-in options out there, I use “comments Reloaded.” Hope this helps!

  19. Krista @ the happy housie February 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Thank you so much for this post Molly! I found it extremely helpful and made the switch yesterday from Jetpack to Mailchimp. My first campaign went out this morning -yay! It is so much prettier and contains an image- which is awesome!

    One question – I am wondering about those followers who follow through wordpress – do I need to somehow import them to mailchimp? They weren’t on my text list that I imported to mailchimp and I don’t know if they still received an email with my post this morning…. I can’t seem to find any information about this so I just thought I would check to see if you know! Thanks so much!!


    • Molly Greene February 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

      Krista, that is a very good question and I had to Google it! Here’s what I found: “When you follow a blog on, all new posts from that site will appear in your Reader, where you can view all the latest posts published across all the blogs you follow. You’ll also receive notifications of new posts by email.”

      So WordPress manages the email send, even though we don’t have our WordPress followers’ emails. Does that sound right?

      • Krista @ the happy housie February 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

        Thanks so much for that super quick response Molly! I am glad I don’t have to worry about it -one less thing!!

  20. Ande Spenser March 15, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    I have a self-hosted blog and keep getting notifications about subscribers – most of whom just look like spam accounts.

    I’ve been wondering for a while now how to get rid of them, since they won’t be helpful at all and just wind up taking up electrons in a database somewhere. I was looking today for how to view the subscriber list so I could compare it to my email list (opt-in subscribers) and maybe delete some of them, and found this instead.

    I don’t currently have Jetpack installed. I didn’t know what it did, so I disabled it. Looks like the first thing to do will be to have it scrub the emails next time I publish a post. Then I could try yet again to figure out how to use Mail Chimp because it just seems like it would be very useful for me.

    As a shop owner, I have very little time to spend on learning curves. I’m still trying to grok Pinterest, but since you have to log in even to look at it, that’s been a bottleneck.

    Thank you for publishing the RSS post too. I will be checking that out.

    • Molly Greene March 15, 2014 at 9:02 am #

      Hey Ande! If you upload your list to MailChimp I believe it will auto-delete disabled email accounts (anything that bounces back). this is the first I’ve heard of spammers signing up for an email list, though, so don’t delete before you’re sure!

  21. Anthony March 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Super helpful post. Worked like a champ, er, chimp 😉

    • Molly Greene March 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

      LOL! Thanks, Anthony – so happy to help!

  22. Mark W. Guay April 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm #


    I’m looking to give a way a free e-book to email subscribers and can’t figure out how to do this with Jetpack. Is this possible?

    I will switch to Mailchimp if that is the case; however, I can’t seem to find a place where I can “deactivate” the subscription for Jetpack. Any thoughts?


    • Molly Greene April 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Mark! To the best of my knowledge there is no way to program an auto-responder via JetPack, but I have not used their subscription send function for a while, so it really would be best to ask their Tech Dept. before you go – and if you do decide to move to MailChimp, you can deactivate the subscription module only simply by clicking on “JetPack” in your WordPress dashboard, then scrolling down to the subscription module and clicking “deactivate” there – If it’s not there in your version, click “learn more” first. Hope this helps!

  23. Jenn May 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi Molly,
    Great post, but I think I’m missing something..I recently moved from to self-hosted on bluehost.

    My subscribers are still sitting at

    Is there a way to move them from there directly to mailchimp? When I look at my list of subscribers, I do not see an option to download.

    Am I totally lost on this, or is there some hope here? lol Any links or advice will be appreciated! 🙂

    Thank you,

    • Molly Greene May 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Jenn, should be able to move your subscribers for you at no charge. Contact Tech Support here:

      • Jenn May 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

        Thanks Molly. Basically all of my “subscribers” were just subscribed to seeing new posts on their feed so I’m thinking they are sort of lost at this point considering I never had email addresses from them?

        Perhaps this was something I should have taken care of before moving my blog over, but what can ya do!?

        I found the direct link in case anyone else needs it:

  24. Tony Zeoli June 20, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    Hi Molly,

    I found this to be helpful. I’ve gone ahead and done this for a client. While it’s certainly a great option, I did find two weaknesses.

    1. MailChimp will only send out an aggregated list of posts once per day, which means you cannot send out a per post email each time a new post is created and published.

    2. You’re not getting the users registered to your WordPress database to possibly use those subs for something else – some other plugin – if needed in the future. But that may not be a deal breaker for most.

    I found a way to merge my Disqus commenters with MailChimp, so that would get commenters who opted in to email to be added to MailChimp. There’s an API service called Zapier, which provided me with a link from Disqus to Mailchimp, which should then add commenters to an email list. I haven’t tested it fully and if Zapier ever went away, that connection might be broken, but for now, it seems like a good solution to get your blog commenters registered to your email newsletter list in Mailchimp.

  25. Coffee November 8, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Are you still using any module of Jetpack or you dezactivated it completly?

    • Molly Greene November 8, 2014 at 11:33 am #

      I still use Jetpack – love the stats module.