Last updated on November 16th, 2019 at 10:30 am
Creating and building an email list for your blog is a great way to increase your traffic with return visitors. It’s also a great way to build community and eventually make more money from your blog. Learn how to add mailchimp to Blogger so that you can start and grow your email list now.
Why You Should Add MailChimp to Blogger
Every blogger nowadays has a list. It’s been proclaimed THE way to increase your blog traffic, make money and more.
You have to have a list! Haven’t you started your list yet? They all ask.
But you’re a new blogger and you’re wondering how?
Mailchimp is a great choice for new blogger looking to start their email lists. Here are a few reasons why:
- It’s free up to 2000 subscribers.
- You can create multiple lists for different uses.
- They have an easy-to-use drag-and-drop email builder and templates available.
- There are lots of online resources and tutorials for MailChimp.
- The free plan includes automations, which make managing your list soooo much easier.
Those are just some of the reasons to start your list with MailChimp. MailChimp also has some great tool for advanced users with large lists like e-commerce integration and more.
But today we’re talking about getting started with your list, so, the free plan suits us just fine.
How to Add MailChimp to Blogger
To add a MailChimp form to your Blogger blog, watch the video or see the written step-by-step directions below.
Step 1: Sign up for a FREE MailChimp Account
You’re going to need to claim your free account, so:
- Head over to MailChimp.com.
- Click on the Sign Up Free button and create your account.
- Activate your account via the email sent by MailChimp.
- Complete your Account Setup by supplying your name and other blog details. *You will need to supply a physical address to start your account. This is the law most places.
Step 2: Create Your Signup Form
In order to create a signup form for MailChimp, need a list to add your subscribers to. Luckily, MailChimp creates your first List for you!
- While logged into your MailChimp dashboard, click on the Lists link in the top menu.
- You will see your automatically created list on the Lists page.
- Click on the List name to adjust your settings and start creating your form. This is the main page where you will be able to see your subscribers and manage your list.
- Click on the Settings link to manage your List Settings. Using these settings you can choose single or double opt-in, add a reCAPTCHA field and set what fields to use on your form. Explore these settings to find your perfect setup.
- Once you’ve finalized your Settings, click on the Signup forms link.
- Under the list of form options, click the Select link next to Embedded forms.
- Under the Embedded forms page you have 5 style options: Classic, Super Slim, Horizontal, Naked and Advanced. In most cases, you are going to want to choose Classic. It has basic styles and works well for sidebar areas. (Horizontal works well for wide widget areas and Advanced if you have some CSS skills).
- Customize your form settings on the left and view your form Preview on the right.
- Once your form is ready to go, copy the code in the box under Copy/paste onto your site.
- Hold onto this code for the next setup.
Step 3: Add MailChimp Form to Blogger
This is the final step and then your form will be ready to start collecting emails.
- Login to your Blogger Dashboard.
- Go to the Layout page.
- Find the widget area where you want to add your form.
- Click the Add a gadget link for this widget area.
- Click the Save button.
Voila, you have added your first MailChimp signup form to your Blogger site!
TIP: Try adding a few forms to your site in different locations like the sidebar, footer and a popup to collect more signups.
Want to Customize Your MailChimp Form?
Want to fancy up your MailChimp forms? Check out our tutorial on how to customize your MailChimp forms.
Sum It Up
MailChimp is a great free tool that can help you kickstart your blog email list. Hopefully you’ve found this tutorial helpful to help you get started with MailChimp. Check out our other MailChimp and list building tutorials under Build Your List section.