It has been time for this blog to be updated for a little while now. Updates have been moved to the back burner as I launched my new blog (CoolCaroftheDay.com) and got that concept off the ground. And while I still plan on freshening up a couple of my other blogs and sites (LaneBailey.com and GarageHomesUSA.com are both due), I thought this was a good place to start… and I might as well drag it out for a little while and bring all of you along with me.
I will be making the changes as I write the posts (not as they are published… I usually write posts a little ahead of time).
The first part included adding a newsletter/email subscription form. Over at Problogger, it was their first step in revitalizing you blog for 2012.
I already had a MailChimp (affiliate link) account, so I didn’t spend any time doing that. I spent about 15 minutes creating a list on MailChimp for this site, installing the MailChimp Plug-in for WordPress and getting all of the settings right.
- After creating a MailChimp account, go to “Lists” on the menu at the top of the page.
- Click the big red “Create List” button.
- Don’t worry too much about the sign-up form… you aren’t really going to be using it, just make sure you have the info boxes on it that you want.
- Mouse-over “Account” on the top menu.
- Move down and click on “API Keys & Authorized Apps”
- Push that blue button that says “Add A Key”
In another tab, open your WordPress blog…
- Go to Plug-ins > Add New
- Search “MailChimp”
- Install the MailChimp plug-in.
- Under settings, the first thing it will want is the API Key… copy/paste it from MailChimp.
- Select the right mail list from the drop-down.
- Edit the settings so that you have the text you want and the widget looks the way you want it to look.
- Go to Appearance > Widgets to install the widget in the location you desire.
- Open up your site in a new tab… adjust the widget and settings as needed.
Like I said, it only took about 15 minutes for me to do all of that. It might take you a little longer, or you might be able to knock it out a little faster… I hadn’t done it for a while, and had to stumble around and take a few bad turns.
Good luck kicking off your email list… and while you are here, why don’t you sign up for mine.