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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. If you disable Jetpack, how do you get Mailchimp or any other service to send emails when you post a new blog entry?

    Also, Jetpack is using’s servers, not your own PHP email function on your site, so wouldn’t it be a trusted sender as well? Is there any data comparison to show send rates?


  2. Thank you for this info. I recently enabled Jetpack’s subscribe to comments and subscribe to blog feature. I wanted to keep all my subscribers in one place. I was able to export them as you said to MailChimp and then delete them from WordPress to prevent duplicate notifications of blog posts. Thanks again.

    • Question, how in the world did you delete the subscribers from Jetpack? We just switched over from Jetpack to MailChimp but can’t find how to delete them from Jetpack. Now, they are getting all our posts twice!

      • Good question. I’ve just had a look and it appears you can turn it off as follows:
        1) login to your blog admin
        2) go to jetpack > settings
        3) click on the “discussions” tab
        4) scroll down to the “subscriptions” setting and turn off “Allow users to subscribe to your posts and comments and receive notifications via email”

        Caveat: I haven’t tested this, but that seems to be the setting you will want to disable

        • My blog is one year old. Only less than 10 subscribers in Jetpack. Yesterday created MailChimp account. Found that footer of their e-mails showing physical address because that is compulsory. Is it necessary to show the physical address for personal small blogs which do not have much revenue or not selling any product, but sharing only posts? I had also tried SumoMe free which has free and easy forms, welcome mat, hello bar and other features. They also do not ask or show the physical address, mobile numbers on e-mails. As a small beginner personal blog which one you select?

    • 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.

  3. 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. 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?

  5. 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. 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.

  7. 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?:)

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. Hi

    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.

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    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. 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 ?

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

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