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Home Office Organization–21st Century Style

October 29th, 2008

Getting Email Subscriptions Right

I have recently subscribed by email to most of my own blogs to see what my readers were seeing, and I am not happy. But I found out how to make it better and I hopefully will be happy starting today.

What I see when I get an email blog broadcast or digest newsletter from one of my blogs is a message with excerpts of the posts. To read the entire post you have to click on the link that takes you to the blog site. I figure if someone signs up to get your blog posts by email, they don’t want to have to go to the blog to read posts.

I use AWeber as my autoresponder service and I did not realize that my readers were only receiving post excerpts. I looked through their help pages and found that I have to copy and paste the entire post content into the excerpt box for my readers to get entire posts with graphics, videos and HTML included. It will look much like it does on the blog without the sidebars and other blog elements. Or it is supposed to. I will see what actually appears in the emails.

This message and two others are test messages for digest newsletters that are coming out in a few hours so I can check them in the morning and make adjustments and changes as needed.

I will write a part 2 to this post to let everyone know if it worked.

If you use AWeber with the blog broadcast feature, be aware that your readers are only receiving excerpts of your posts unless you are putting all the content into the excerpt box.

Please leave your experiences in the comments and let us know what you have seen and how you run your email blog subscriptions. I am open to all suggestions and ideas.

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3 Responses to “Getting Email Subscriptions Right”

  1. This is not a problem if you use the FeedBurner email subscription service. If I’m not happy with the results I’m getting with AWeber’s templates, I’ll figure out how to get my AWeber list to work within FeedBurner to sent emails to subscribers.

  2. what a great site and informative posts, I will add backlink – bookmark this site? Regards.

  3. Cool looking blog, can I ask you what template you are running and how much it costs? I have been using cheap ones but can’t locate one that I really like.

    The theme is News Blue 0.1 and it’s free on the WordPress.org site under themes.

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