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  1. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    If you use Wordpress, you don't need Mailchimp for your readers, they'll get their updates in email if they follow you. So many things can go wrong with Mailchimp.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  2. Team Contract (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Okay, I thought they needed a wordpress account for that to work. Is this not so?

  3. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Naw. I have plenty of followers without WP account. They only have to enter their email address. :)

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  4. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Eep, double post!

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  5. Team Contract (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Oh I see. I just don't have any yet D:

  6. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    > If you use Wordpress, you don't need Mailchimp for your readers, they'll get their updates in email if they follow you. So many things can go wrong with Mailchimp.

    This is definitely not the case unless you mean hosting on wordpress.org. The Wordpress engine itself, sadly, doesn't have a native 'Follow' button for subscribers and email, alas.

    (Or if it does, it's really well hidden because I searched for some time in disbelief.

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  7. leoduhvinci (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @Chrysalis Sorry, but I respectfully disagree. My mailing list attrition rate is far higher than my wordpress one, and without it I would not be able to capture people outside of my blog. That means that any other stories I release, my amazon stories, and others now no longer pull me in direct followers. In addition, you can't send out a targeted message on novel releases- they're limited to your blog (right? Correct me if I am wrong here please). If you don't mind me asking, please let me know what you think can go wrong with mailchimp so I can be sure I account for that risk. I appreciate it!

    @Team Contract- That's one of the downsides to the list. I just leave a link at the end of the post to my mailchimp. I also have what Chrysalis is talking about with the wordpress follow part. If you host the wordpress site, you can definitely add it in. Back when I hosted one I remember there were far more options and I could code my own pages/processses.

    @Patrick I think it does... I only use the engine, and it looks like I have a follow button on my sidebar. Leonardpetracci.com If that is what you are looking for then I can show you how.

    View more from author Leonard Petracci,including fantasy and fiction stories, at https://leonardpetracci.com
  8. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @leoduhvinci Yep, that's what I'm looking for. Are you hosted on your own wordpress hosting or through wordpress.org/com?

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  9. ClearMadness (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Free sites hosted on Wordpress definitely support following by e-mail. If anything it's easier than on self-hosted sites. Look at Twig's site. It's a free site hosted on Wordpress and the follow button you can use to sign up by e-mail is right there in the bottom right corner.

    Edit: Oops, I read the earlier posts wrong. If you are self-hosting try this plugin. https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-follow-button-for-jetpack/

    I used to use that plugin before I switched to different system.

    Author of The Iron Teeth, a online dark fantasy story.
  10. leoduhvinci (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I never set up my own hosting, so I'm through them. Eventually I want to host on my own but I figure it isn't a good use of my time yet. It's funky, but here is how you do it.

    My Site >>> Themes >>> Customize >>> Widgets >>> Sidebar >>> Follow Button or Follow Blog

    Let me know if you need more help and I would be happy to get your screenshots.

    View more from author Leonard Petracci,including fantasy and fiction stories, at https://leonardpetracci.com
  11. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @leo I thought we were specifically talking about web serials hosted on Wordpress? You don't need an email newsletter for those. But yes, if you also have stories on Amazon etc, THEN an email list separate from Wordpress is worthwhile. I think I said so in my first post in this thread.

    I didn't know self-hosted WP sites had no follow button. That's annoying.

    When I said that things can go wrong with mailchimp, I meant if you use anything other than your own domain email. If you send mass emails from gmail, they're likely to end up in spam folders. Also, I think mailchimp has double opt-in (which is overkill for web serial followers) and if a certain percentage of people reports you as spam for any reason - for instance if they don't remember that they signed up - you'll get into big trouble.

    Thread for reference: http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=238790.0

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  12. Team Contract (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Okay I figured it out! Had to create a page on wordpress.com and copy and past the code when in html mode. Success! My mailing list is underway :D

  13. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Just finished setting up this one, actually: https://wordpress.org/plugins/email-subscribers/

    It was tremendously simple (to the point where I was often overthinking the steps, going this can't possibly be this easy). But it was, in fact, that easy.

    Would highly recommend.

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  14. Team Contract (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @leo Hey Leo, thanks for introducing me to that First 10k readers site. It has changed my marketing strategy completely. I can't wait to learn more and apply it to my model. I got a lot to learn about mailchimp, and fast!

  15. leoduhvinci (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @Team Contract

    Of Course :) It really changed my mindset as well, and I've definitely seen improvements. Let me know if you find anything else useful out! I'm always happy to learn something new.

    View more from author Leonard Petracci,including fantasy and fiction stories, at https://leonardpetracci.com

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