How To Set Up MailChimp (the newbie guide)


If you’re just starting out with MailChimp it can be a bit intimidating at first. There’s a bit more to it than the old Gmail account. But the learning curve is worth it, I promise.

MailChimp is the email program that I recommend for missionaries and other people in ministry. Primarily because it’s user friendly and has a nice free plan. You are able to send up to 12,000 emails per month to a list of up to 2,000 subscribers. After that, you’re going to have to start coughing up some cash (but it’s not much).

Note: If you are planning to start an email list for a business where you will be selling directly in your emails (with affiliate links) you will want to use a service like Aweber. MailChimp does not like that sort of thing. Here is an informative post on the pros and cons of both services.

First, get a free MailChimp account.

Next, follow through the videos I made below to help you set up your account. Some of the stuff is intuitive and some of it’s not. Feel free to fast forward through the parts that aren’t relevant to you. I tried to stick to the most basic info so that you can get to emailing right away.


1. Setting Up A List

2. Setting up Your Opt-in Form

3. How to Set Up a Campaign and Send an Email

You’re all set! Now it’s up to you to get your supporters & friends onto that email list so you can start sharing with them.

Some suggestions:

-Send an email to your contacts (from the place you normally send emails) and ask them to “opt-in” to your special ministry email list so they don’t miss out on updates and what’s going on with you. Make sure to include the link to your subscriber page.

-Post a similar note on facebook (or whatever social sites you use) with a link to your subscriber page.

-If you have a blog, you’ll want to add a sign up form there. Go to “Lists” in MailChimp, Click the drop down menu in the “stats” field, click “sign up forms,” select “Embedded Forms” and you’re on your own from there! I may end up making some more videos but, for now, I recommend searching YouTube if you need help.

Good luck!

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