Broke Bloggers Guide To Growing Your Email List

How to grow your email list on a budget. Find out how to grow your email with Mailchimp, How to grow your email with Mailerlite, How to find cheap alternatives to Convertkit and how to create stunning landing pages in WordPressAs a blogger, everyone tells you that it is important to grow your email list and nurture your subscribers into paying customers. Email list growth is necessary, but what happens when you don’t have the funds to get the premium tools that most bloggers swear on?

Every single post I read tells me to use Convertkit because it is seamless and pleasant. Convertkit goes for $29 a month/$398 a year if you manage to stay under the 1k subscriber’s quota. As a blogger who may have spent a decent amount on hosting, themes, blog setup and whatnot, paying $29 a month for an email service when you have no existing list doesn/t sound frugal

If you are short on funds and want to grow your list on a budget, here are some free options you should consider.

Email Service Providers

To begin collecting emails, you need to sign up with a reliable email service provider. An email service provider facilitates the entire process of storing and sending emails. The most recommended email service provider is Convertkit, which cost $29 a month. As a newbie blogger without an email list or funds, this may not be the ideal option for you.

The Broke Blogger Alternative to Email Service Providers

Mailerlite- I use Mailerlite, and I love it. They have a free plan that allows you send unlimited messages to your first 1000 subscribers. Asides from that, they have features that Convertkit has such as email automation and email dripping. With Mailerlite, you create email courses and drip them to your subscribers. If you have ever thought of creating a 5-Day Email Course for your blog, you can do that with Mailerlite.

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MailChimp- This is another alternative on Convertkit. I started using MailChimp before switching over to Mailerlite. I found their platform confusing and complicated. They allow you to send up to 12,000 emails to 2000 subscribers for free. The layout of MailChimp emails is very tacky (my opinion) I find it quite ugly. I am not a MailChimp fan, but you can try it out and see if it works for you.

JetPack- Jetpack has its email sign-up forms. If you use a WordPress blog, your posts can be delivered to your readers for free with the Jetpack sign-up forms.

Pop-Up Forms

Pop up forms are a good way to capturing the email address of your readers. Most email service providers already come with the option to create pop up forms. Mailerlite and MailChimp have this feature. Other options to look at includes Mailmunch, AddThis, and  Elegant Forms. All these are free options that you can use.

Landing Pages

Landing pages are unique pages designed to capture email addresses of your readers. If you are on a tight budget and will love to create a landing page, Mailmunch, Mailerlite, and WordPress are good alternatives. Buiding a landing page on WordPress without any plugin may require some little bit of coding, I suggest staying away from that option if you have no coding skill. Mailmunch has insufficient landing pages designs that you can use as opposed to Mailerlite that has lots of options.

How to grow your email list on a budget. Find out how to grow your email with Mailchimp, How to grow your email with Mailerlite, How to find cheap alternatives to Convertkit and how to create stunning landing pages in WordPress

Collecting email addresses and keeping in touch with your email list doesn’t have to be a stressful or expensive process. You can blog on a budget. Do you have any budget-friendly alternative to recommend?

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6 Comments

  1. The whole email list thing is so important and yet I find it the least attractive part of blogging. Probably because I avoid signing up to other people’s! I hate my inbox filling up with stuff and I’m not interested in ebooks or courses so I assume others aren’t either. I use the free Feedburner one on my blog and it does what I need it to do – maybe if I ever want to go to the next level I’ll need to stop avoiding this whole issue – great tips for frugal bloggers like me btw 🙂

  2. I love this post! Seriously it’s killer!
    I use MailChimp and I’ll say they’ve come a long way but not as pretty as some of the others.

    If you are getting close to the limit with either Mailerlite or MailChimp and know you are going to upgrade to something like Convertkit then you should do it at least a month earlie(probably 2). You are obligated to keep your MailChimp/mailerlite going incase someone wants to unsubscribe to an old email by law.

    You run the chance of having to pay both during your transition. So if you switch prior to running out of your free limit you’ll be safe.

  3. This is a great article and will come in handy. I have really been struggling with whether or not to purchase convertkit that I keep hearing about. I will def. try out Maillite. Thank you so much for the recommendation.

  4. Great suggestions. I use and love Mailerlite

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