# 1: What Is MailChimp?

Oh my goodness, you totally need an email list!

But you already know this, right? If you’ve had a blog for more than a minute, then you’ve heard it said, the number one rule after you start your blog is to begin building your email list.

I know, right? You just got your blog up and running, you haven’t even published your first post yet and already the “experts” are screaming about an email list.

What’s up with that?

Have no fear blogger friend. I’m here to help.


Let’s start at the beginning. But, before we do, make sure you get the most out of this series by taking advantage of all the goodies I am offering with each post.

I’ve created a page just for Mastering MailChimp where you can catch up on the latest posts, create your own Pinterest board, and download a checklist for building your own email list. Ok, head on over there and then we’ll get started.

Great job. Now, let’s get started.

Blogging is awesome. I don’t know how else to say it. Writing and sharing what you know is amazing and using a blog to spread the word is downright fun.

But, blogging is much, much more than writing and posting your big ideas. There are a million and one elements that go into creating a successful blog. One of those elements is building and maintaining an email list, a list of readers who like what you have to say and want to keep up with everything you publish. Kinda cool, right?

There are a variety of options when it comes to collecting the email addresses of your readers. I believe for beginning and intermediate bloggers the best way to stay connected to your readers is via email marketing software (EMS) and the best choice for your EMS is MailChimp.

If you are ready to expand your reach and grow your blog, then it's time for you to start building your email list. The best tool to help you do this is MailChimp. What is MailChimp? Find out in this beginner's guide. Learn how to master this powerful email list-building tool and grow a blog you love. ★ Learn HOW To Blog ★

 

MailChimp is free software that you can add to your blog to help you collect email addresses and other info from your readers. In return, you can send your audience updates, newsletters, promotions, and other communications that relate to your blog, your products or services, and your niche.

It’s a win-win for everyone. Readers stay connected to your site and you have access to a ready-made audience who can help spread the word about your blog. It doesn’t get much better than that.

MailChimp is the means by which you market your blog.

“Oh, but I’m not a marketer.”
“I don’t like to talk about myself too much.”
“I don’t want to seem too promotional.”

I hear ya friend. It is always difficult to be the one to push your own material. But, as a blogger if you don’t do it, nobody else will. That’s why you need the right tools. MailChimp allows you to self-promote without feeling skeezy.

Using an email list service will prevent skeeziness. Using MailChimp will propel you straight to the top of your class. BAM!

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Here’s the low-down.

1. You sign up for MailChimp
2. You install their software on your blog to collect email addresses
3. MailChimp builds a list from the email addresses you collect
4. You send an RSS feed or a newsletter or even a Christmas card to your list
5. Your list members are happy because you send them quality information
6. Your list grows
7. Your blog grows
8. You ROCK!

Over the next few weeks we are going to break this all down into simple, manageable steps. So, get ready and let’s get to work.

 

#YouCanDoThis

Welcome Readers!
This post is part of my Mastering MailChimp series. If you are just joining me you can read all the posts to learn how you can grow your own email list using this powerful tool.

You are also encouraged to find community & ask questions in my Facebook group BIG Idea Bloggers.


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Comments (6)

  1. Reply Kirsten Oliphant

    I’m excited for your take on Mailchimp! I’ve been a Mailchimp user for years and then moved to Aweber and didn’t like it and now moved some of my list to Mad Mimi because of some of the features they offer. No email is perfect! But I love some of the things Mailchimp offers and can’t wait to hear your list!

    1. Reply Debi @ DebiStangeland.com

      Thanks Kiki! I’m excited to bring this series to new MailChimp users. I know there are lots of options out there, all with their own advantages and disadvantages, but I truly believe MailChimp is a great tool for growing your email list. Happy Blogging!

  2. Reply Ruthie Gray

    I do have a Mailchimp account I created from my last blog. So I’ll be able to implement this as we go. I’ve always felt that Mailchimp was a little hard to set up, so thank you for creating this series! 🙂

    1. Reply Debi @ DebiStangeland.com

      Excellent Ruthie! I’m so glad you can follow along. Happy Blogging!

  3. Reply Lucy

    Just come across this series in Pinterest. Looking forward to mastering Mailchimp. I newish to blogging so I’m currently working on an ‘opt in’. Thanks for taking the time to write these posts.

    1. Reply Debi Stangeland

      Awesome! I’m glad you found this series. It will help get you up and running in no time. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Happy blogging!

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