Why do you need a Separate email list (Mailchimp)?

Why do WordPress.com users need a separate email list?

In 2018 I did a series on Blogging and Blogging terminology. One of the posts was on MailChimp.

I did some research at the time and concluded that as a WordPress.com blogger, I don’t need to have a separate email list such as MailChimp because I already have followers and email list ( I.e those subscribed to my blog via email and via WordPress.com) provided via WordPress.com and also I have nothing to sell.

It has been a few years now since I wrote that post and my understanding of blogging has grown. Also,, I am someone who herself has subscribed to a few email lists. I can now see the total value of them, and how beautiful they can be. The email lists I subscribe to are so wonderful and useful, and I want to provide the same.

Benefits of an Email List Software

I can see the benefit of having a separate email list via MailChimp or any other email capturing tool. Which in short is a list of people who you can keep interested in your work, your business, who get exclusive content, who can be the first to know about products, books, services you want to sell at some point in the distant or immediate future, and much more.   

As all WordPress.com bloggers know, we may have many followers on our blog, but we only have a handful of loyal followers who connect and comment on our blog posts.

These loyal followers on WordPress.com may wish to join our email list to support us and know what we are up to. Additionally, an email list is external to WordPress.com and allows us to capture followers to our email list, from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sources who want to know more about us/me.

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Be careful of Data Protection Rules

Having an external email, be it MailChimp or another software, allows us to have a different fan base that will enable us to run a marketing campaign. But, HERE, we have to BE CAREFUL only to capture essential data of people and ONLY use it for WHAT we said we would use it for, ensuring we comply with GDPR – data processing rules.

Advantages of Mailing Software

The advantage of using mailing software is it allows you to send a welcome email to those who subscribe or unsubscribe to the email list. And of course, it will enable us to run email campaigns. Those campaigns allow us to sell, provide the service, and more.

I believe it is as simple as that.

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Why Use MailChimp?

MailChimp offers a free account for the first 2000 a single email list.

MailChimp has integrations with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WordPress.

You can use MailChimp to create landing pages. A landing page helps you capture emails. You can create an integration – which is what happens when someone subscribes to your email list, or when they unsubscribe.

With the free MailChimp you get one Audience list (email list).

But you may need more than one (audience list), for that you need to upgrade to a paid account. The reason to have multiple list is when you are offering different things to different people. Meaning, when you capture their email address and name, you say to them they will et ABCD, and the other list will get ZXY. Therefore, as a “Data Controller /User” you have to ensure do not over email market and keep the promise you made for the different lists. I hope that makes sense.

I have a Mailing List Finally

On that note, I have finally created a MailChimp List. I would be so grateful if you would signup to the email list. You can join with the simple link on this post below. I understand if you do NOT wish to subscribe – that is totally fine.

What will you get for signing up to the Thoughtsnlifeblog.com Newsletter is :-

  • a post that is written exclusively for those on the email list
  • a regular email on everything positive,
  • Tools that I use for blogging, or scheduling, or how to create an email campaign.
  • what new exciting things I am up to,
  • my writing journey, for example – my attempt at drafting my first book ever (non-fiction),
  • my life journey, and much more.
  • Access to products that are free or reduced in price

All of which I hope you will find interesting.

I mean to write the newsletter monthly, bi-weekly, or every six weeks, or when something fascinating is about to be announced. The point is I won’t bombard you! But, I will provide you with something unique that you will get exclusively first.

Thank you for supporting me and joining my newsletter (email list). You get a free affirmation booklet.

By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with the site owner and Mailchimp to receive marketing, updates, and other emails from the site owner. Use the unsubscribe link in those emails to opt out at any time.

Thank you so Much I really appreciate your support.

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62 thoughts on “Why do you need a Separate email list (Mailchimp)?

  1. hey thoughtsnlifeblog,

    very interesting world you have wrote , actually i am digital marketing expert. i want know email marketing unique idea through blog and other content thank you again for sharing this article.
    i going to share something about email marketing, you have to read this blog , this blog i wrote myself on myemailverifier website best tips for building email list

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  2. I used to subscribe to lots of newsletters and mailing lists, but I’ll be honest and say I only ever read a small amount of them. I never could find the time to read them, so I’ve now unsubscribed from most of them, especially because they were trying to sell me something I often did not want.

    I also dislike the mailing list/subscribe to my newsletter popups on blogs that hide part of the post you’re reading, which keeps popping up every time I visit the same blog. There never seems to be an option to say ‘no thank you – please do not ask me to sign up to your newsletter again,’ so that popup does not keep popping up asking me to sign up.

    I’ve written about things that annoy bloggers and reasons why people unfollow blogs, and popups always came near the top of the list.

    However, I can understand why you’re looking at creating a mailing list, Bella. And I know lots of other bloggers who do the same, many of which have had a lot of success with them. So whilst I won’t be signing up for your newsletter, I wish you much success with it.

    P.S – I hope there is a way for you not to have those annoying sign-up popups on your blog that readers can not get rid of unless they sign up. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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    1. Oh don’t worry no annoying pop-ups. I don’t know how they work and I can’t make them work. Additionally, I think I need to have a business account on wp to do that. So you are safe. And even if I knew how to do the pop-ups I would not do them because I don’t like them either and I would not want to annoy my readers /followers

      It is just something I have wanted to do for ages.

      I can’t even be sure I will keep it up. But it’s fun learning something new even if is free. Let’s see how it goes and what I learn.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I totally get it.

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  3. I have been wanting to do this for very long and not yet seem to find the alignment or time. It will come when it will come for me πŸ™‚ I am very happy to be on your list!! There is some problem and I cannot see the link to sign up. I will check back from my laptop tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you. You just need to put your email and press the join button.

      Yes , I know you want to this for a long time. I have too. As I learn the ropes, I will share. And maybe the timings will be perfect for you.

      Thank you for your support always

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      1. Yes you are on the list I just checked. Wonderful

        Bare with me, just want wait a few more days before I sent out something. Exciting.

        I will try and keep good notes so I can share. I am pretty impressed with mailchimp and how much we can have for free.

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      2. Take your time. It will be beautiful when it comes on its own perfect time :)))
        Yes it has a lot of good stuff, and that’s why I am just sitting on it after just creating an account. It seems I need to take a break from one thing majorly to be able to pick up on working on something like Mailchimp. Will trust the timing :))

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    1. You are so kind. Actually the mailchimp free version is enough for someone just starting out. Better to practice if you can on free. And if you get it free why don’t, especially when I am not earning any money. Thank you for your support truly appreciate it.

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    1. You are welcome and I fully understand. I am still experimenting with it too.

      Perhaps you could sign up to see what the process feels like, and then unsubscribe. If you have two different emails. You could sign one up the blog link in the post. And the other you could..
      Sign up for our newsletter: https://t.co/GrUzJrOMoi

      Then unsubcribe. That way you get a feel of what it is like as a recipient.

      I find I learn the most when I get my hands dirty in safe way.

      I won’t feel bad if subscribe and unsubcribe, or stayed subscribed for a little time before unsubcribing. Just to help you figure out .

      Also it would be lovely to get feed back. If you don’t mind. No force you don’t have to.

      I get it, it has taken me since 2016 !! And I am still a bit up in the air

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      1. oh yes you are in oz. it 9.35pm I am just winding down. No rush Ivor. But, I tell you I am learning loads about Mailchimp. And for a free plan its quite good. I think they have made loads of improvement from when I tried it in 2016 and then 2018. I think it much better. and it has bit of block philosophy too. Obviously the free version doesn’t allow us to do too much, but for what I need and most bloggers needs I think it fine. I was looking at the plans and I actually think the free plan is very very generous – more than the cheapest paid plan. I keep learning more. And I am really happy to share what I learn with who ever is interested. have great day a head

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      2. Oh Ivor, Never rush for me. The world of blogging is global and of course we have different times, so I never expect anything fast. I am just happy to have you on my newsletter, and helps me learn. Take it easy. No need to rush your young bones. take care. speak soon

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  4. I don’t see the point of email lists unless you have a product to sell. And if you do… quite frankly, I’m not interested. I like WordPress because it enables folks to ‘follow’ those who provide content that is of interest to me… and if my visitors aren’t interested in what I might have to say, then I don’t blame them for not ‘following’ me. I trust the WordPress mission ‘to make the web better’; I have far less trust in other systems, especially when they purport to offer a ‘free’ service (I’m no mug, nobody does anything for ‘free’: TANSTAAFL — who else are these people selling my data to?).

    So, no, I won’t be signing up for your ‘mailchimp’ system, I’m sorry to say.

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      1. It stands for ‘There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch’. Which can be interpreted in a number of ways, such as, “you get what you pay for (which is not necessarily what you thought you were going to get)” and “anything ‘free’ is worth exactly what you paid for it (ie nothing)”.

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      2. Oh, I don’t disagree with that, at all. But WordPress offers the ‘free’ service as a hook, constantly pushing ‘upgrades’; and they also get income from the adverts they embed into the free users’ sites — TANSTAAFL still applies.

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    1. The free version is limited, it doesn’t allow you to do more than the basics. A bit like wordoress.com free option.

      I get the standing on this, as that was me and still is me. But, I have been wanting to get this working since 2016, we will see how it goes

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