I’ve seen an increase in people who follow this blog outside of the blogosphere (*Waves!*) which basically means they aren’t active on blogs. They aren’t on WordPress, or Blogger or any other blog platform but do follow me through email. For this, I think it’s important to explain some WordPress basics. After all, it wouldn’t be fair not to show everyone around the place. Yes, please have a seat. Coffee?
When you follow someone’s blog, you do this in one of two ways. You either follow them through the Reader—your “Timeline” of sorts where you can read the posts of those you follow when you log in—or you can follow that blog through email. This means you will get an email every time they publish a new blog post. This button is usually located on the blogger’s sidebar (or slide-sidebar) and says, “Click to Follow this Blog and Receive Notifications Via Email”. (For bloggers, you can add this button to your blog by going to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widget > Follow Button. There are two so make sure it’s the one that says under it “Add an email sign-up form to allow people to follow your blog”. Click and drag to the sidebar.)
The best place for this button is as near to the top of your sidebar as you can get it. I wouldn’t put it at the bottom. If your theme is set up that way (where most of the side-bar elements are at the bottom), I would change the theme. If people are lazy, they may not see your button and therefore you increase the chances of them not following your blog.
Adjusting Your Settings
If you opt to receive notifications of new post by email, it means you will receive an email every time that blogger publishes a new blog post.
Some of us post frequently. We are usually the bloggers who publish on the hour, every hour or every single day. Some may refer to us as “Powerbloggers”, or just those crazy people over there who spend unfathomable time blogging. You know, those people with the audacity to spend more hours blogging than you do at work.
We are also usually the bloggers who are very active and supportive of other blogs with little patience to be told when and when we should not write. Yea yea, “Quality vs. Quantity”. We get it, but we’re still going to blog like crazy. (What of both? Post valuable information often. Yea, I like that).
If you happen to stumble upon one of our blogs, it’s important that you take the time to adjust your settings once you’ve subscribed.
If you don’t want us invading your inbox, you can just adjust your blog settings so that you receive emails whenever you want. In other words, configure your blog’s subscription options.
The easiest way to do this is that when you get an email click on it and at the very bottom of the page, in the footnote area, look for Modify your Notification Settings or it will say “Manage Subscriptions”. Click that.
A page will come up with a list of all the people you’re following. You will see something that says “Delivery Frequency”. This is the frequency to which you will receive that blogger’s blog post. Immediate means it will be delivered to your inbox immediately, in real time. If this blogger posts a lot you may not want to get their posts immediately. If this is the case, you can change your frequency to daily or weekly and get the posts once a week or once a day instead of every hour.
Blog vs. Email List Subscriptions
Some people use their blog and email list simultaneously. That is, they use their email list to inform readers of new blog posts. When they deliver a new email via their list, you will also get their latest blog posts. However, subscribing to someone’s email list / newsletter and subscribing to their blog are two different things.
When you hit that Subscribe to This Blog button in my slide-side bar, you are opting to receive emails from this blog every time I publish a new post. When you sign up for my email list or newsletter (through the pop up alert or just by clicking on the link), you are opting to receive my email newsletters. These are not blog posts and are not from WordPress. These are emails sent once or more a month to my list of email newsletter subscriptions. Usually, a person’s email list is hosted through one of these:
- MailChimp (Most popular because the free version lets you send up-to 12, 000 emails to a maximum of 2,000 people a month before an upgrade is needed).
But MailChimp is not the only program for building an email list. There’s also:
- Campaing Monitor
- Active Campaign
- Zoho Campaigns
And the list goes on and on. The point is that if you’ve subscribed via any of these, you’ve subscribed to that person’s email list, not their blog.
I hope this is helpful to those of you who are new to the blogosphere and that it will be beneficial to your navigation. I do post frequently so if you don’t want me bombarding your email, you can always adjust your settings. This goes also for those of us familiar with WordPress but who do not like getting lots of email notifications of a post from those to which we are subscribed. Lots of bloggers complain about getting lots of emails. This is unnecessary stress considering you don’t have to stay subscribed to that blog nor do you have to receive notifications immediately. You can always just modify your settings.
Yecheilyah Ysrayl is the YA, Historical Fiction author of The Stella Trilogy, Blogger, and Poet. She is currently working on her next book series “The Nora White Story” about a young black woman who dreams of being a writer in The Harlem Renaissance movement and her parent’s struggle to accept their traumatic past in the Jim Crow south. “Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)” is due for release spring, 2017. For updates on this project, sneak peek of chapters, the pending book cover release, and full blurb for this series, be sure to subscribe to Yecheilyah’s email list HERE.
22 thoughts on “How the WordPress Blog Subscription Works”
Hmm, I’ve been wondering if I’m lacking in the widget department. I like the clean look, but for people that visit that don’t use WordPress, they might be having difficulties with subscribing depending on their preferred methods of delivery.
I can understand that. It’s one of the reasons I opted for the slide-side bar. As long as the bars are there to indicate something is hidden people should be able to subscribe. So far I have not had any problems with people following.
I’ll see if mine has one. 😊
OK. I just explored your blog. I love your poetry and have followed you through the reader but I have not found where to subscribe via email. Also, question: Are all of your books free? And do you design all of your own covers? And if you do, have you considered taking clients or is it something you just do for your free books?
Okay, I’ll figure out how to add a subscription via email widget. Thank you! And yes, all of my book are free. In the beginning I had a lot of ideas, but didn’t know how to implement them, so mostly I said what I wanted and someone made them, showing me what she did in the process. After spending some time learning photoshop, I’ve done the covers for both novellas, and my most recent novel. I’ll probably do them myself from now on. Like writing, it’s mostly just one of those things that I like to do that’s therapeutic for me. I’ve helped out a few friends here and there, but haven’t done anything to earn money with it. I suppose at some point if I feel like I could handle it as a source of income, I might explore it, but for now it’s just something I enjoy doing. Thank you for the kind words! 😊
I’m happy to hear your blog is continuously growing. I hope you see much more success in the foreseeable future.
Oh, thank you. I appreciate that.
A very informative post. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome hun 🙂
Thanks for the awesome post! I haven’t decided if I’m going to have a mail list yet.
Whaatt. Go for it! Lol
Thanks! I’ll probably set something up soon. =)
Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog.
Thank you for sharing.
Reblogged this on Wendy Unsworth and commented:
Thanks to Yecheilyah for a very useful and clearly structured post on following and being followed on WordPress. Also the difference between subscribing to follow posts v newsletters.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Excellent recommendations. Thanks for sharing.
I see interesting posts here.
I’m impressed, I should claim. Rarely do I discover a blog that’s similarly educative
Awesome. Thanks for leaving a comment on the table. Happy to be of service.