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How to Create a Subscribe to Blog WordPress Form

If your readers are telling you that they like your blog posts, you’re about to move forward. And because you have their attention, this means they are willing to follow your blog.

So from this point onward, your job is to figure out a way to make the task easy for them. Fortunately, you can get people to easily follow your blog through an email subscription form.

In this post, you will learn how to create a subscribe to blog WordPress form. This way, all your readers need to do is hit the Subscribe button to receive updates from you.

Why should you create a subscribe to blog form?

Having the ability to interact with the people who read your blog is great. You can set up a page on social media where they can leave comments for you to check out and you can reply.

Using social media isn’t bad. But there’s a better route for you to take. And that is to turn to the power of email!

After all, email is very reliable and effective. Messages get through. As long as the recipient opens their email, there’s a high chance that they’ll see the email notifications he received. Then they’ll check out the email you sent them.

Email also offers a direct line of communication. Marketing through email is how you can reach out to your subscribers minus any middle person. And it’s how you can divulge your message better and more clearly.

Plus, email marketing has an ROI of 38:1. That means you get 38 times your investment for 1 email you send.

So if you plan on building a solid stream of visitors for your website, get them to sign up for email subscriptions. By then, you’ll be on the right track!

How to create a subscribe to blog form with a plugin

There is a plethora of WordPress plugins that can answer a visitor’s question on how to subscribe to a blog via email. You can go with whatever subscription plugin you want, of course.

But it’s going to be a relief for you if the plugin to use for this is WP Subscribe. It’s a powerful subscribe to blog form plugin that supports leading email marketing service providers. It offers support for MailChimp for WordPress, Aweber RSS, and FeedBurner.

WP Subscribe Plugin

You can download it from WordPress.org. You can also download it from your WordPress dashboard.

Just select Plugins -> Add New. Then search for it from a pool of WordPress plugins and select Install Now to get started.

Plugins Add New

Once you activate it, it should be included in your list of widgets. To use it, go to Appearance -> Widgets.

Appearance and Widgets

There, find the WP Subscribe widget. Expand this by clicking the arrow next to it. And choose sidebar, footer, or wherever on your site you want to place it.

Blog Sidebar Widget

Then click Add Widget to save the changes.

Click Add Widget

You will then find the WP Subscribe widget in the list of widgets added to your blog’s sidebar.

Blog Sidebar Widget List

Now, expand this section. Key in the appropriate details such as your choice of email marketing service provider. And once you’re done, click Save to allow the widget to go live.

Expand WP Subscriber Widget

How to create a subscribe to blog form without a plugin

Another easy way of approaching this is to use a shortcode: [blog_subscription_form]. Yes, a shortcode is all you need to create a blog subscription form and display it on a page or post of your site.

With it, your readers can easily sign up and receive updates from you every time you add a new post.

To use the shortcode, here’s what you need to do.

First, go to your WordPress dashboard. At the top, click New. Then select Post or Page, depending on where you want to put the shortcode.

New Post or Page

Before anything else, make sure you’re using the Visual Editor. Otherwise, the shortcode won’t be recognisable.

If you’re using the Code Editor, just switch. Expand the icon with the three dots and select Visual Editor.

You can also use the keyboard for this. Just press ctrl + shift and press alt + M.

Select Visual Tab

There, paste the shortcode.

Paste Shortcode Editor

Then hit Publish…

Publish Subscription Form

Using the shortcode as is will provide you with a simple subscribe to blog form. In many cases, site-owners are fine with it. But if you’re not a fan of a simple and straightforward design, you can customise the subscription form.

It’s easy! What you need to do is to modify the shortcode a bit.

Use [blog_subscription_form subscribe_text=”Enter your email address to sign up and receive notifications from this website”] to customise the message that invites visitors to subscribe to your site. If you use the said code as it is, this will be your message: Enter your email address to sign up and receive notifications from this website

Use [blog_subscription_form title_following=”You’re already subscribed”] to customise the message that informs visitors about their subscription status. If you use the said code as it is, this will be your message: You’re already subscribed

Use [blog_subscription_form title=”Subscribe now!”] if you want to edit the title. If you use the said code as it is, this will be your message: Subscribe now!

Use [blog_subscription_form subscribe_logged_in=”Click in order to subscribe to this website”] to specify a subscription prompt for visitors who are logged in. If you use the said code as it is, this will be your message: Click in order to subscribe to this website

Use [blog_subscription_form subscribe_button=”Click here to subscribe”] to customise the message for the Subscribe button. If you use the said code as it is, this will be your message: Click here to subscribe!

Final thoughts

Without a doubt, creating a subscribe to blog form is a treat for your avid readers. With it, they don’t have to rack their brains out in trying to follow your WordPress blog.

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About Christopher Jan Benitez

Christopher Jan BenitezChris is a professional content marketer and writer. He has helped small businesses achieve their goals by implementing a robust content strategy that emphasises unique selling points and promoting created content using effective online channels and methods.

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