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The 5 Minute Way To Create An Awesome Newsletter

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Last week I may have convinced you that you need a blog newsletter. You might be sitting in front of your computer right now sure of the benefits that a newsletter could bring to you, but unsure of where you are going to find the time to do yet another blogmin task. I totally hear you and I am here today to show you a way to create a newsletter in about five minutes that will update and send itself whenever you want it to.  Sound too good to be true?  Maybe, but it’s certainly possible.

 

Newsletters take many forms and can be used to help you achieve many different end games. I am going to show you the most basic of newsletters, which may not be all bells and whistles, but it will get your content out to your subscribers, keeping the relationship alive between you and your audience and it’s VERY low on time invested. Interested?  Good, let’s get started.

 

The 5 minute way to create an awesome newsletter

 

I am going to show you how to set up a RSS feed newsletter using MailChimp.  If you have under 2000 subscribers that you can use a free MailChimp account. I pay $10 per month to enable me to use a few functions that the free service doesn’t offer, but for the purpose of today the free account is fine.

 

Set up a MailChimp account

If you haven’t already got a MailChimp account then you need to sign up now. Pop over to the MailChimp website and click on the ‘Signup Free’ button. Enter your details and create your account. Once you have signed up, head over the the dashboard area.

 

Create your email list

Before you can send your newsletter, you will need subscribers and a way to allow people to become subscribers. Click on ‘Create a List’,then enter the details; name of your list, your email address etc. Click Save

 

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So now you have a place for people’s email addresses to be stored, you need a way for them to give their addresses to you and here’s where you need a sign up form.

 

Add a Signup Forms to your WordPress blog

MailChimp has a variety of different sign up forms, pop-ups, standards forms or little boxes that you can embed.  You can also use a third party programme, but today we will just deal with the quickest and easiest way of creating your newsletter.

 

Go to the Lists page and you will see a downward arrow button next to your email list, click and and select sign up forms, which will bring up this page; showing you the different types of forms you can use.

 

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Select Embedded Forms. This takes you to a page where you can create your form, decide on the fields to include, customise the text and layout.  The form you chose depends to some degree on where it will be positioned, in my sidebar I have used the super slim design.

 

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Then when you are finished, you just need to copy the embed code.

 

Adding the code to your blog

Go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Appearance » Widgets.  Find the Text widget option and drag it to your sidebar, then open the widget and paste the signup form code into the box.  Now you will be able to start building your subscribers list. You may also decide to pop a subscribe form on any popular posts or at the bottom of each post.  It is up to you.

 

How to set up your RSS Feed Newsletter

As explained before you can create bespoke newsletters each week, handpicking certain posts, adding extra information and there is no doubt that this is probably the most effective form of newsletter, but sometimes we just don’t have the time to take on another regular task.  Here is where the RSS Feed newsletter can be a godsend.  The worst thing you can do is to get people to sign up to your mailing list and then never send them anything, so the RSS Feed newsletter will make sure they get reminded of all your latest content without you tapping a single key (after set up that it!), it will do it automatically.

 

To setup an RSS to Email campaign click on Campaigns » Create Campaign(right hand side). In the drop down the last option is RSS Campaign, select this option.

 

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Enter your RSS feed URL, which is usually your blog url/feed (http://www.youbabymemummy.com/feed in my case). Then pick how often you want it to send an email and the time.  Then click on the Next button at the bottom right corner of the screen (sometimes a little tricky to see).

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You will now have to select which list to send these automated emails to, so pick the list you have just created (send to entire list)  Then again click next at the bottom of the screen.

 

Now it’s time to fill in your campaign details. I leave the default settings and just add the name of my campaign. I also have to click acknowledge risk of sending from a gmail account. Then progress by clicking Next.

 

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Now you need to select a template for your newsletter. There are so many to chose from, pick the one that works best for your needs and select it.  When you have selected the template you can drag and drop content items, and customise the text.

 

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Remember the text you add in will show up each time the mail out is sent, so make it general and not specific to any given time. You must add in the RSS Items box to your template, as this is how the content from your blog will find it’s way to your newsletter.  Then click Save and Exit (top right).

 

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That’s it you have set up your email newsletter, which will be sent to all subscribers at the frequency you set.  I hope this post has helped you and if you have any questions please let me know and I will do my best to answer them.

 

 

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Showing 26 comments
  • Simi
    Reply

    Thank you for the advice, now i have to figure out how to do it for Blogspot! x
    http://www.whiitelist.com

  • Tania
    Reply

    A really helpful post, thank you! I’ve set up an email list with MailChimp & am just about to send out my first newsletter. I’ve decided to only send them out monthly to begin with but to put a lot of detail in, almost like a separate blog post. I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with MailChimp, so it was great to see some of the features & get an idea about what to expect when setting up my newsletter. Xx

    Tania

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      So glad it was helpful xx

  • Daddy Mind Tricks
    Reply

    I always like to see how others do it and what the process looks like for them. Thanks for taking the time to share! Will you be doing anything on how you come up with content, etc? Best!! #TheList

  • Laura - dear bear and beany
    Reply

    Wow that does look simple to do. Thanks for sharing x

  • Kriss MacDonald
    Reply

    Aby – this is the post I needed! I keep planning to send out my newsletter but never seem to have the time. Thank you and thank you.

  • An imperfect mum (Catie)
    Reply

    I love mail chimp. I use it all the time now. I followed your advice and made news letter and used Mail Chimp – super easy to use and I can just adapt it each week.
    I also use it for my linky reminders now as I love how you can make separate lists. I am a massive fan!
    Such a great post for anyone who doesn’t know mail chimp hun and for those of us who do – like keeping it general. Thank you for hosting

  • Briony
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    It’s like you are a mind reader, I really needed this post right now. I shall have to give it a go when I get back from hols. #TheList

  • Crummy Mummy
    Reply

    I don’t send out a newsletter but really should – it’s been on my to-do list for ages! #thelist

  • Emma
    Reply

    Oh my goodness this is amazing! I really need to try and find the time to have a go at doing this 🙂 x #thelist

  • wendy
    Reply

    I used to use maklchimp when I was working so I have a general idea of how it works. Never used it from a blogging perspective though so this is very useful, thank you!xx #TheList

  • Elizabeth (Wander Mum)
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing Aby. Although it sounds a little complicated am sure it will make perfect sense when I eventually do it. I think it’s a great way to get your best and latest content to your readers #thelist

  • Julie
    Reply

    That is pretty quick and easy. I don’t send an RSS newsletter by itself, I try to do a manual newsletter, which means I don’t do it consistently because I never know what to say. I like that I get yours automatically though, very convenient.

  • Mess and Merlot
    Reply

    Great post, really helpful, I’m not thinking about newsletters just yet thanks for this and all the other great advice you share on here! #TheList

  • Carol Cameleon
    Reply

    oh well fancy that. One of my blogmin tasks today was to sort out my first newsletter… a task that’s been moving a day back all week due to procrastination! That was soooo easy Aby, thanks to you 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      So glad it helped huni x

  • Sarah
    Reply

    Thanks so much for writing this. Very helpful tips, I will definitely be using these tips in the future 🙂
    Sarah xx
    whimsicalmumblings.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kate Tunstall
    Reply

    I just recently did this, and if I can do it then anyone can! I’d love to spend more time on it, but for now, it does the job. Xx
    #TheList

  • Chantal Milk&Nappies
    Reply

    Oh this is a brilliant and really helpful post, thank you! I have been thinking about a newsletter but want to make sure I am posting enough before starting one. Thanks for the tips! xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      So glad it helped! xx

  • Mummy here and there
    Reply

    Very helpful and informative post as always X #thelist

  • lizzie ( firstooth )
    Reply

    This has been really helpful. I have a mailchimp newsletter but have neglected it over the past few months. Although I have a nice amount of subscribers I don’t get many click through. The same people that subscribe tend to come directly to my blog, not that it’s a bad thing!! But perhaps an attractive new letter like yours may help. One quick question though, how do you encourage subscribers? Or has your list naturally grown without much encouragement? X

  • Mum in Brum
    Reply

    I’ve been meaning to do this for absolutely ages – I set up mailchimp a while back but couldn’t figure out how to link it to RSS and gave up pretty quick. Thanks so much for the great advice hun – I will be returning to this post very soon xx #TheList

  • Lucy Melissa Smith (Hello Beautiful Bear)
    Reply

    This is on my to-do list and I’ve been putting it off. Who knew it could be so easy? I have MailChimp anyway so this should be a doddle!
    Thank you for the detailed, step-by-step advice, so useful 🙂
    X

  • Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    Reply

    I think you must be reading my mind! I’ve been gathering emails for my newsletter but haven’t actually set it up yet. I expected it to be a long and difficult process. Thanks for showing how simple it is! #thelist

  • Cherry Newby
    Reply

    I’ve finally got round to doing this after watching today’s FB Live and it was so incredibly simple following through your step by step guide! Just got to figure out how to have more than 1 subscriber now – but at least that 1 is going to have a newsletter 🙂 . Thanks Aby – absolutely brilliant!

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