Friday, July 9, 2010

How to Add a Subscribe by Email Link – Step-by-step Instructions

I got up this morning to a really nice comment from a reader that made my whole day! Right before bed last night, I got an unpleasant revision request on a recent article submission so it was really nice to get up to the following comment:

I really like your blog and I'd love to keep up on new posts, but I don't like readers and I don't see a Subscribe Via Email widget. Maybe it's there and I'm just not seeing it. If not, could you please-please add one? Here's the directions:

1. Go to

2. Add your blog if it's not there and click on your blog name.

3. Click on the Publicize tab.

4. Go to Email Subscriptions in the left-hand column.

It's easy. Just go to the middle of the page and choose Blogger. It will insert the code for you. (If you want to move it to a different location on your blog, you can't move anything around from here. Just go to your Layout page in BlogSpot from the Dashboard and you'll be able to move it from there.)

If you want to see what the widget looks like, there is one on my blog.

Thank you, Victoria! I had no idea how to do this and didn’t even know it was an option. I copied the instructions here for others who may be in the same boat. My only problem was that the form widget wouldn’t work so I just went on to the subscription link option and now it is right at the top of my sidebar. How cool is that? Apparently the form widget has a glitch as another person posted to the Blogger help forum with the same problem. Anyway, thanks again, Victoria – I also prefer email updates and am thrilled to add this option to my blog!


  1. Let's see if I can remember everything I wanted to say!

    Thank you so much for devoting a blog post to me. That's very sweet. I feel honored.

    And for adding me as a Facebook friend too.

    I found you on No Job for Mom's website and I just love the title of your blog.

    I too work for DS, but not in writing and I really feel for you guys with the constant CE stories. I do Title QA and Keyword QA and I couldn't be more happy.

    I know the widget works on my blog, but it's a subdomain under blogspot. Since yours is on its own domain, that may be why it requires the link instead of the widget. I didn't know that. Learned something new.

    And thank you for providing a link to my blog. I really appreciate that.

    Feel free to visit a site I just created called Work at Home Site Directory at if you decide you want to find some other sites to work for. May prove useful to your readers too. I just uncovered a goldmine of new sites that I'm working my way through now so the list will double or triple in size soon.

    I look forward to keeping up with your blog and I like to shop on Etsy, so I will check out your shop there too.

    Take care!

  2. Well, you're very welcome, Victoria. I think the whole form vs. link widget problem was just a glitch beings I'm not the only one who had the problem this morning. And I already checked out your great Work at Home Site Directory and plan to do a post about it in a few days. What a great resource!

  3. Great guide! It's always good to give readers a variety of options in which they can stay updated on the new content that you post in your blog. Some readers find that updates sent directly to their email inbox are just more of a convenience than having to go to a feed reader or sign in to Twitter.

    Everyone has their own preferences and the program a visitor uses will vary, so it's best to accommodate everyone.