This is What You Need to Know to Get Subscribers at Medium

By: | June 26, 2016 | Tags: , , | 34 comments

Medium will get #bloggers subscribers #bloggingHave you heard the expression Everything in life comes down to who you know?

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.

Catch Emails with Medium #blogging

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.

Medium gets you blog subscribers #blogging

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).

Strategy

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.”

Conclusion

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 kate@rabbut.com.

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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    • Janice Wald at 5:36 pm

      Hi Barbara,
      Great to see you! Did you hear I am on a month-long cruise?
      I don’t think Rabbut has been discontinued. They have Emailed me, and I followed the instructions in the tutorial, and the optin box worked fine as you saw in my screenshot. I haven’t exported yet, but I don’t anticipate a problem. Kate and I Email often. She works for them. If I have a problem, I would ask her. Thanks for writing.
      Janice
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    • Janice Wald at 5:24 pm

      Hi Mark,
      Great to see you! Yes, we are having fun! Thanks for asking. I am so glad you think putting an optin-box at the end of a Medium post is a viable way to grow your subscriber list. Anything easy, quick, free, and effective sounds good to me! Thanks for writing and for the visit. Are you having a nice summer?
      Janice
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  1. T.O. Weller at 6:10 pm

    Janice, I’ve been tinkering with Medium for a while now. It intrigues me and I’ve been wondering about the subscription part of it for a while now. Is this the tool that most writers on Medium use? Does Medium offer anything?
    I’ve just started posting on LinkedIn — would Rabbut be a way for me to get subscribers there as well?
    What about the double optin? Is that an issue and would an email service provider like MailChimp grow suspicious about your list and red flag it if you paste a lot of new emails into it, rather than collecting them directly using double optin?
    I know I’ve just piled on the questions and you’re away on a cruise, so no rush! Enjoy your vacation and PM me when you’re home. I hope you guys are having a great time!
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    • Kate at 11:38 am

      HI T.O and Janice,

      I’m Kate from Rabbut, and I can help answer your question. From my experience, Mailchimp won’t flag your account as “spammy” unless you have a significant number of bounced emails. I’ve imported a list of 13,000 emails into mailchimp several months ago and didn’t have any problems.

      One of reasons may be because Medium is newer and has less spam and because there is no official way to collect emails (Rabbut is 3rd party), spammers don’t have a way or a reason to crawl through each Medium story and add spam emails to your list.

      That said, you’ve brought up some great points that I’ll definitely share with the team though. We’ll be putting in more anti-spam security when collecting emails and figure out a way to enable double optin to work directly with Mailchimp.

      As for Linkedin, we’re currently in beta. If you’d like more info or be a part of the beta, please reach out to: elmer@rabbut.com and we’ll get you taken care of. Thanks for leaving such a thoughtful comment – it answers a lot of topics that other people will most likely find useful here :).

    • Janice Wald at 8:45 pm

      Hi Tracey,
      Thank you for reading my Medium article and commenting on it. I’m glad that Kate responded to you in depth. She is the expert in this area. Are you going to be a beta tester? She said in her comments that you could.
      Janice
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    • Janice Wald at 7:16 pm

      Hi Gilly,
      It’s completely free forever! Thank you for reading what I wrote and your interest in my article. It’s a great idea, free and easy. Thanks as well for telling me where my post caught your eye. I thought as a subscriber it would have gone into your Email inbox. Thanks for wishing me happy cruising. I’m on my way to Hong Kong. Great to see you.
      Janice
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      • Gilly Maddison at 12:07 am

        Thank you – that’s good to know – so many of these things are free for a limited time and want credit card details. And yes, I am subscribed, however, I became completely overwhelmed by my inbox a long time ago – I am deluged with hundreds of emails every day which I find impossible to keep up with.

        Of course it is my own fault for not being more selective and frugal when I first started reading and subscribing to blogs. Quite a few of the people I subscribe to publish posts several times a week and it feels overwhelming trying to keep up with reading. I regularly have to delete unread emails to stop my inbox from clogging up – I recently deleted 2000 which had accumulated in a very short space of time.

        And it has already built up to an unmanageable level again. I have started going through and unsubscribing but I’m not sure if that is the answer.

        And re saying where I saw your blog – I thought that is what we are meant to do with a Linky to promote the Linky hosts and let writers know their presence at the Linky is bringing people to them.

        If anyone has any tips on how to get control of your inbox I would appreciate them!

  2. Julie Syl Pit Stop Crew at 4:27 am

    hey Kate,
    Pity Medium doesnt have a Aweber API coz I would have dived in pretty fast. I stoped using Mailchimp over 2 years ago although I had built up a list of over 4k and then got shut down for some excuse or other. So I stated from scratch on Aweber. Medium sounds like a greta resource though and So I may look into using it a different way! Thanks for sharing at the pit stop

  3. Gilly Maddison at 8:24 pm

    Sounds like you had a good time in Hong Kong! No – I have not tried Dim Sum but my daughter-in-law is Chinese – her family is from Hong Kong and she makes authentic dim sum I am sure you would love from what you said.

    • Janice Wald at 2:15 am

      Hi Nicole,
      Nice to hear from you. Yes, I am having a nice summer. I just returned from a month-long cruise in Asia. Are you having a nice summer too?
      I am so glad you enjoyed the article and found it valuable. I need to remember to check to see if my optin box at Medium has caught any Emails! Maybe after I unpack! Thanks for your comments.
      Janice
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