This page explains how the Subscriptions module of Jetpack lets visitors to your site sign up to receive notifications of your latest posts.
How does it work?
Many visitors land on your site once, never to return. Convert more visitors into regular readers by making it easy to subscribe to your site so new content is pushed directly to them. Jetpack takes care of letting them know whenever you publish a new post.
We can make this part of Jetpack because of WordPress.com: the WordPress.com servers handle the messy work of sending and managing all the email for you. Your blog is still yours, but subscriptions are handled, by us, for free, on your behalf.
How to turn Subscriptions on
Subscriptions requires no special magic to activate. Once you activate Jetpack on your site, Subscriptions will be on by default.
Visitors can choose to subscribe to new posts, or to subscribe to new comments on a post they’ve commented on so they can stay involved in the conversation.
Where will subscriptions appear on my site?
Signup options for Subscriptions can appear in 3 places. One is on by default; the 2 others you have to activate manually.
1. By default, you’ll see two new checkboxes at the bottom of the comment form of every post and page. It’ll look something like this, depending on the theme you’re using:
2. You can also add a Subscriptions option to your sidebar, which we strongly recommend. Go to your Dashboard, and head over to ‘Appearance – Widgets’. You’ll see a widget called ‘Blog Subscriptions (Jetpack)’. Click on it and drag it to the part of your sidebar where you’d like it to appear. Easy!
3. You can also include a subscription form anywhere in your site. To do so, add the following shortcode in any page or post:
What will my blog readers see?
Visitors subscribe by typing in their email address. In a few minutes they’ll get a confirmation email that looks like something like this:
Once they click Confirm, they’ll receive a notification of every future post by email (each containing a link to Manage Subscriptions, so they can unsubscribe at any time). If they ignore the confirmation email, they won’t receive anything.
Note: You can customize the contents of this confirmation email by going to Settings > Reading in your dashboard.
How to turn Subscriptions off
If you don’t want to use Subscriptions, you can follow the instructions here to turn them off.
Can I see who my subscribers are?
Sure! Here’s how to find them:
- Go to your Dashboard
- Click on Jetpack > Site Stats
- Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page
- On the left, you’ll see a section labeled Subscriptions
- Click on the link labeled ‘Blog’ to see a list of email address for all the people who have subscribed.
(We know it’s a little tough to get to this information, and we’re working on that!)
How to transfer your Followers from one site to the other?
So you’ve moved from WordPress.com to your very own Jetpack-powered site? We can help you transfer your WordPress.com Followers and your email subscribers from your old site to the new one. Contact us, and we will take care of the transfer for you!