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How to Switch from JetPack Subscription to MailChimp, AWeber, etc

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How to Switch from JetPack Subscription to MailChimp, AWeber, etc

When starting your blog, often beginners use JetPack email subscription feature. However as your blog grow, you quickly realize that you need a real and powerful email subscription service. Recently one of our users asked us if there was a way to move their JetPack subscribers to an email provider like MailChimp, AWeber, etc. In this article, we will show you how to switch from JetPack subscriptions to MailChimp, AWeber, etc so you can have full control over your email list and get maximum benefits.

Why Switch from JetPack to MailChimp or Aweber?

JetPack makes it easy for you to add posts-by-email subscription to your website. However if you want to send exclusive newsletter only content, have an auto-responder, send targeted campaigns, etc then you need something more powerful.

You need a real email marketing service provider to build your email list.

Why Should I Care About Building an Email List

Email is the most important marketing and communication tool on the internet. Studies have shown that email beats social media, blogs, and every other online marketing and communication tool in terms of effectiveness, cost, reliability, and deliverability.

If you are not building your email list, then checkout why you should start building an email list right away.

How To Move JetPack Subscribers to MailChimp or Other Email Service

You will need a list of your email subscribers to switch from JetPack subscriptions to MailChimp, AWeber or any other email service provider.

First you need to obtain the emails of all your existing subscribers. Log into your WordPress site and go to JetPack » Site Stats. On the site stats page, you need to scroll down to the subscribers box at the bottom of the page.

JetPack Subscribers

Click on the blog subscribers, and JetPack will fetch the list of your subscribers. Once it is done you will notice that there are two lists of subscribers. The first list is for users. You will not be able to see the email addresses of these users nor you can export them.

The second list is for email only subscribers. These are the subscribers who exclusively entered their email address in the JetPack subscription box. You can export these subscribers by clicking on the ‘Download all email-only followers as CSV’ link.

Downloading the list of your JetPack Subscribers

Now that you have your email subscribers, you can import them into any email marketing service you want. Most email service providers offer import tools allowing you to upload a csv file containing your subscriber information. We will show you how to import your subscribers into MailChimp.

Login to your MailChimp account and then click on Lists. On the lists page you will see a drop down arrow next to your list name. Clicking on the arrow and then click on Import.

Importing subscribers into MailChimp

On the import page, you will see many different apps you can import from. The first option in the list is to import from a CSV or Text file.

Import from CSV

Next you need to simply upload the CSV file you downloaded earlier. That’s all.

MailChimp will automatically fetch the email addresses and add them as subscribers to your email list.

The method is similar for AWeber, MadMimi, and just about every other provider.

We hope this article helped you switch from JetPack Subscription to MailChimp, AWeber, etc. Once you have moved to an email service provider, you can integrate optin forms in your sidebar and comment form. You can even use OptinMontser to boost your email signups.

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  1. Carol says:

    Jetpack subscriber list is NOT on Site Stats.
    P,ease updat .

    • Jose Cervantes says:

      It’s kind of hard to find now and this post does need updating, but to find it now go to jetpack, then go to stats > insights > followers (at the bottom) then there will be a button to download the data in CSV format.

  2. AZ says:

    What are you suppose to do with the blog only followers who cannot be converted over to mailchimp?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      You can write a post asking your blog subscribers to signup with MailChimp. It may work and you may get a few blog only subscribers into your email list.

  3. Sudipta Kumar Maiti says:

    After switch from jetpack to mail chimp what will happen the blog follwers as only the email follwers are import from jetpack, are the blog follwers continue to get my new post as they get earlier during jetpack. Or I have to keep jetpack and mail chimp both

  4. Rodwell Smith says:

    Thank you for answering my contemplation. I do have one other concern with the difference between JetPack and MailChimp.
    JetPack notifies subscribers of new blogs and posts. MailChimp sends email promotions. Would I substitute JetPack subscription forms with MailChimp signup forms and achieve the two functions?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      If you just want to send posts to readers JetPack does that. But if you want to use your mailing list as your own, then MailChimp is the way to go.

  5. Jerome Short says:

    Will I have to post my blog in WordPress and then redo it all in MailChimp to send out to people? Is there a MailChimp plugin that would take care of that?

  6. ashley says:

    How do you deactivate email subscribers for jetpack after?

  7. Keri says:

    I just moved my subscriptions over to Mail Chimp but will subscribers get two emails-one automatic when my post goes up and another when I send out the email from Mail Chimp alerting subscribers to a new post? How do I get the automatic email turned off. I don’t want to uninstall Jetpack but I do want to use Mail Chimp to deliver emails.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      You can turn off subscriptions module in JetPack. MailChimp will not send automatic emails unless you set it to do so.

  8. Ria says:

    I’m quite new in blogging and almost all questions that I have, mostly I get in this site. It’s very helpful and easy explained:) thank you!
    did you have experience in adding MailChimp for wordpress plugin’s sign-up checkbox to jetpack comments form?:)

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Thanks, we are glad you find WPBeginner helpful. No we have not tried adding MailChimp for WordPress plugin’s signup checkbox into JetPack comments.

  9. Lehel Matyus says:

    your sidebar has a subcscription field and just below it you have the categories people can subscribe to. thats awesome! how did you do that? are you using jetpack for that?

  10. Jayne says:

    The problem is that the link to download the file takes you to a WP account that is different than the wp account I use for my website. It’s another Dashboard that has nothing there. It says you have to logged into your WP account which looks like a WP hosted site. My site is self-hosted.

  11. Daniel says:


    If I deactivate the Jetpack subscribe module would’ve this also impact post comments. Also does Mailchimp allow sigh up to posts of a selected category.

  12. Daniel says:


    If I deactivate the Jetpack subscribe module would’ve this also impact post comments. Also does Mailchimp allow sigh up to posts of a selected category.

  13. Kristine says:

    Does our subscriber from jetpack need to confirm their email again?
    If yes, that’s really a disadvantage

  14. ESist says:

    This is a nice post. However, I don’t have the “site stats” sub-item for Jetpack. Maybe you could tell us which settings are required for it ?

  15. Mark Szymanski says:

    Hey great post. I’m looking for away to kind of have both. One place for visitors to subscribe that will sync to WP and Mailchimp. The thought is WP is great to easily shoot new posts to subscribers, while keeping MC for very specific one-offs. Any ideas?

  16. Ron Killian says:

    Thanks for the post. I do have to say though, one of the reason I like jetpack is that wordpress does all the mailing. My thoughts are that they should have good deliverable because they are such a trusted source. No? Also seems like emails would have a better chance of making it into the inbox and not end up in the trash folder, or promotions tab.

    One other thing, I am pretty sure Aweber won’t let you import subscribers. Correct me if I am wrong.

  17. WPBeginner Staff says:

    You can deactivate JetPack subscriptions module. Before doing that you would want to inform your users that they should optin to join your new mailing list.

  18. Wade Smith says:

    How do I then deactivate jet packs emailing of the now exported group ?

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