Blogging – Terminology – MailChimp

Introduction

This post is a non-biased post,  created as a part of my research in an attempt to answer my own questions about should I go self-hosted or not.  I am NOT an ExPERT and you must do your own research if you want to make money or run a business.  This blog post is basic research.  I will most likely stay a worpress.com user for some time because at present I have no business ambitions.

Terminology

What is Mailchimp?

Mailchimp is a way of creating mailing list.   Mailchimp allows a free service upto 2,000 subscribers see pricing here.

Things you must be mindful of:-

  1. You can not add someone to your list without their consent.
  2. Your mailing list supplier must be GDPR compliant and allow you to be compliant.
  3. Because mailing lists are a form of advertising  you have to give your address details so people can contact you.  I believe this is a Legal requirement.   Obviously, you do not want to use your home address, or work address, so you may have to think about a PO Box.   PO Boxes cost money.
  4. Most people use mailchimp because it is free to start, but there are other options for mailing list, like Active Campaign, Convert Kit, and others.

Creating a Campaign.

Remember – YOU CAN NOT ADD people to your contact list without their permissions.

As always I share youtube video to give you a flavour of how to create a campaign.  I, unfortunately, can not find a video that actually show you how to set up a mailchimp account first of all.   I have set one up and it really easy to do.   But, you have to give your address!

 

 

What is GDPR?

The reason I am including GDPR in this post is that it is very important to understand that GDPR  when you plan to do anything on the internet.   GDPR – was released on 25th May 2018.  Here are a few links on GDPR.  With a mailing list you are collecting data on a person, so you are responsible for that data, you really don’t want to collect more than you truly need.

Why I Won’t be Using a Mailing List Service

As I have already stated,  I have no idea of what I want to sell,  and currently, I am blogging for fun.  As much as I want to create a mailing which is separate to the email list I have on wordpress.com  is

  1.  I can’t see the value add of having two mailing lists,  effectively one from the blog, and another one using mailchimp; that my blogging friends might sign up too.
    • However, the advantage of mailchimp is you use your landing page,  on facebook and get a mailing list to grow that way, where people may not visit your blog.  Your can run other campaigns that are not blog related.  But, because I am not a business, or offering anything extra I guess this where I get stuck, to see what is the value add of me creating and running a mailchimp list.
  2. Additionally,  the cost to run a PO.BOX  as my address for only 6 months was something like £200 plus pounds.

Conclusion

Do your own research on this, this a basic post to help me figure it out.  I am no expert and I don’t claim to be any clearer in what I should do.

Thanks for reading.  This post was created  7th Oct 2018, it is not meant to be an expert advise post, it is a basic research post of someone who is still a bit clueless.  But, the videos shared are helpful I know for sure.

If you have more experience than I please share it in the comments for other wordpress.com users to learn from.  There are a lot of us that are confused.

This is the last post in this series.

I created all these posts for my personal basic learning and understanding.  I wanted, to share with you all because I know we are interested in these topics.  Thought I am not going to be following up with these -YET,  it has been a great learning curve for myself and I hope you enjoyed it too.

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