I was looking for a good mailing plugin for wordpress and saw that mailchimp is pretty lean and good for beginner. So here are some steps to get it setup.
Step1: You need to sign up for a free account at Mailchimp.com
Step 2: Setup a list inside your account -> Go to Create a list. The details is step by step. Nothing complicated (so that you can pick this list) when you install the WordPress plugin for Mailchimp later.
Step 3: Install MailChimp for WordPress Plugin under your wordpress plugin, activate it.
Step 4: Go to MailChimp General Setting, API Key -> Get an API Key from the main website. Click on the link that say “Get Your API key here”. Follow the step by step instructions. Once you input your API key and save changes. You should see the below screenshot.
*Important to get this step done. Else you cannot use the MailChimp form for lead capture.
Step 5: Make sure you complete your create a list and Start Building your audience steps inside the website.
Step 6: Go back to the “list” which you created. Click on Signup Forms and select “Embedded Forms”.
Step 7: Go to super slim (this is what i prefer), you can choose any one you like. Copy the code below and paste it to your WordPress sidebar (widget area). You can grab a “text” widget to paste these code into.
Step 8: Go to your main side and you should see the subscribe form there.
See example here.
Step 9: Test your form and see if it works as intended. (Very important***). You must enter a valid email to test till the end.
You should see 1 lead captured. Well done. You can start to build a massive list by driving targeted traffic.
P.S: MailChimp Free Version allow up to 2000 subscribers. Upgrade when necessary. When you hit 1000 subscribers, your investment into a paid subscription should be no brainer. 🙂