While I am working on cleaning up this blog, I decided that I would be a great time to do a tutorial. When you create a blog on any platform, there is a feed that is also created. That feed is basically an archive of your blog posts. Readers can consume your blog posts in many ways. One of which is through email. So today I am doing a quick tutorial on setting up Mad Mimi’s (affiliate link) RSS to Email feature.
Go to Mad Mimi and create a free account. Enter your business email address, followed by a password in the box next to the big orange button that say “create my account” (you can’t miss it). You are going to be asked to provide some additional information – your first and last name, along with the name of your Business. You can substitute your blog’s name if you don’t have a business name yet. You can change or update your information in the future.
With your account you have the ability to send unlimited amount of emails and can store up to 100 contacts, which is a great first goal for building your list. When you get to around 80, start making plans to upgrade to the Basic Plan which will run you around $10 per month (or $120 a year) plus sales tax or VAT (value-added tax) depending on what state you live in. I love that you can upgrade or downgrade based on your needs.
In Mad Mimi your list is refer to as your Audience. Using the images below as a guide. You are going to create a list, then associate a form to that list. So first click on the “Audience” tab (labeled A). This will take you to the next screen where you are going to put a name to your list. When you’re there click on the “Add a List” button (labeled B) and type in the name of your list in the box that appears (labeled C). Click the orange check mark on the end of that box and you are done. Your list has been created.
Next we need to create a form that you will be able to link to and showcase on your blog for people to subscribe to your Blog‘s Feed via email. So go ahead and click on the link that says “Webform” across from your “Audience” tab”. There may be a form already there for you but let’s go through the step to create our own.
Using the images below as a guide, start creating your form. Click on the big orange “Add a Webform” button. For this tutorial, I am going to keep it basic. Let’s change the text on the form by clicking on the little pencil (labeled C). Click on the orange check button to save your changes.
Next, change the name of your form (this will help with organization in the future), by click in the box web form (labeled D). When someone signs up their information needs to be saved a list, so choose the list you create earlier from the dropdown menu (labeled E). You can collect more then the person name if you want but let’s just leave it as is for now. Your basic form is now completed.
In a future tutorial, I will go over how to jazz up your form by adding color and images.
We are in the home stretch now. Click on the “Add Things” from the menu at the very top of your screen. On the next page scroll down until you see RSS to Email option and click on switch to on.
Next click on the big orange “Add a Feed” button, and then enter your feed url, which will be http://www.yourdomain.com/feed. (Replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name). Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the continue button.
On the next screen, click the Setting button (labeled A). You will be asked to choose a day and time you would like for your email to go out.
You answer here depending on how many times a week you blog. On this blog new content is published every Thursday. Click on the continue button once you have made your selection. Next, add your list.
On the next screen you need to add the information necessary for the email to go out. Input you name, your email (the same one associated with your business or blog), and a subject line. Make sure you check off “Automatically format RSS feed for clean display”. Tracking links and adding share buttons are optional but I would highly recommend allow your readers to share these types of emails. Then share your schedule.