Email subscriptions tutorial for fellow bloggers!
You might recall that, a few weeks ago, I had to transition my email subscription system from FeedBurner (which is what most people on Blogger use) to Mailchimp, because FeedBurner's email subscription system is being discontinued in July. Well, it occurred to me that many of my fellow bloggers would be dealing with this issue as well, and so I decided to record a video tutorial on how to make this transition yourself if you have a blog on Blogger!
It's a pretty long video, because it's a pretty long process—there might be other services instead of Mailchimp that are easier to set up, but Mailchimp (a) is free for most bloggers, (b) is full of features, (c) has a thorough support database, and (d) is not going to go bankrupt or disappear of the face off the earth in a week, so I decided it was the service to go with. The tutorial is embedded below, and if you have any questions about the process that I don't cover in the video, please leave them in the comments below, and I can try to help you out. I hope this video is helpful!
Please note: This is NOT something that my email subscribers need to watch; it is just something I have made to help out fellow bloggers dealing with this issue.
***** Update (June 8, 2021): Mailchimp has worked very well for me as a platform, but unfortunately, it has some limitations that have impacted its usefulness for other bloggers, and I wanted to warn you about them before you make any big changes to your site.
One: Mailchimp's free plan only allows for 2,000 subscribers and 10,000 email sends per month. As an example, if you have 2,000 subscribers, you can send 5 emails per month to your subscribers. If you have 1,000 subscribers, you can send 10 emails per month to your subscribers. This may not be enough for blogs that post frequently—you may be able to set up Mailchimp to combine posts into less emails by choosing delivery only on certain days, but I am not 100% sure that this works.
Two: Mass emails are required to have a physical mailing address at the bottom to comply with U.S. anti-spam laws. Unlike other email marketing services, Mailchimp requires you to provide an address of your own.
Unfortunately, Google/FeedBurner/Blogger has created a real predicament for Blogger users with this issue, and there do not seem to be any one-size-fits-all solutions. I highly recommend researching other email subscription services before following these instructions, in case there are other systems that may work better for you. And honestly, if you're already feeling limited by Blogger as a platform, your time and frustration might be better spent moving to a different blogging platform that still has email subscriptions built in, such as WordPress.com.
I hope you all are able to figure out a solution to this problem, and if the limitations of Mailchimp will work for you, I hope this tutorial is of value! *****