Well, you know me!
I know Kate Chan who works for Medium.com‘s marketing company, Rabbut.
She has sent me instructions for how to catch Emails and grow your subscriber list at Medium.
These are little-known instructions since you have to go through Rabbut in order to make the opt-in box.
These instructions are so valuable they don’t just work on Medium. You can follow these instructions to make an opt-in box that you can use to grow your subscriber list on a variety of sites.
Although many opt-in boxes cost money, these instructions are absolutely free to follow.
Let’s recap: I published Here are 29 Great Reasons You Should Use Medium to Blog Now.
Kate Chan guest authored How To Best Use Medium to Easily Get New Traffic and Subscribers.
Many felt her idea to include an opt-in box in a Medium post was valuable. I called it “ingenious”.
People are already interested in your content. They’ve read your entire article, all the way to the bottom. Capitalize on their interest in your content by asking for their Email at the bottom of your Medium post.
If you write, “For more great tips, click the link to go to my site,” they may not do it and see your opt-in box on your blog. Asking for their Email address before they leave Medium saves them a step and increases your chances of catching their Email and growing your blog subscribers.
The question became, “How do you do it?”
The instructions for using her company Rabbut to make a free opt-in box for Medium and many other sites are listed.
How to Get Subscribers at Medium with an Opt-in Box
Step 1: Make an account at https://rabbut.com/.
Step 2: Click I want to try it for free.
Step 3: Click Create new lists and name your list.
It is advisable to make two lists, one for your writing on Medium, and one for your writing on your blog.
Step 4: Click Yeah, let’s do it to create an opt-in form for people to enter their Emails.
Click Forms, Create New Form.
You will see you have many options. You can use Rabbut to create opt-in forms for Facebook, your blog, Medium, and the other places listed.
I clicked Medium since that’s what this tutorial explains.
Select Tools: Subscription.
You will see the default form. It’s already made for you!
Rabbut advertises that you will be able to make the form in 90 seconds.
Yep, that’s about what it took, 90 seconds.
Notice the lines are dashed. This means you can edit the form.
Step 5: Click Authorize Rabbut to use your Medium account.
Copy and paste the link that is generated into your Medium article. Kate recommends putting the opt-in box at the bottom, so that’s where you should paste the code.
Step 6: At Medium, click your profile picture. Then, click Stories.
You will be shown a list of your stories. Pick one.
Click the drop-down arrow under your story and then click Edit.
Step 7: Paste the link. Then, hit Enter. If you don’t hit Enter, you will only see a link there.
I added my opt-in box to the end of my most recent Medium article.
Note: I linked back to my blog at a suspenseful part in my Medium post.
Step 8: Hit Publish to include your opt-in box in your Medium article. Then, click the opt-in box. It seems to jump right out at you, a real attention-getter which is effective for getting people to subscribe.
Step 9: Export the Emails you receive at Medium to your blog’s Email list:
The emails collected at Medium will go to your Rabbut dashboard. Once you are ready to email your subscribers, you can export your Email list by clicking the export button found here.
Now that you have the exported Email list, you can head over to your MailChimp account –> go to list (on the top bar) –> create list (on the right-hand corner).
I asked Kate the difference between having a subscriber at Medium and having a follower at Medium.
Kate responded with advice. “Medium followers will see your latest post on their Medium feed, but it will quickly get pushed down by other Medium posts. With Medium subscribers list, you can craft the messages using MailChimp.”
As you get subscribers, you will be notified at the Email address you used to sign up at Medium.
You will also be sent Medium tools by Rabbut. These tools will help you get attention on Twitter and are used to get you online attention in other ways as well.
Since I am currently on a cruise ship, feel free to Email our guest author Kate with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Readers, please share, so others know how to get a free opt-in box at various sites in order to increase their subscribers.
What is your reaction to this opportunity to put in a free opt-in box at the end of your Medium post? Do you the idea has merit? Do you think you might try it? Do you have other ideas for increasing subscribers? I look forward to your views in the comment section.
Note: I will be responding to comments as my vacation schedule and Internet access allows.
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