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I would like to place a mailchimp Subscribe link on my wordpress blog page that when allows users to do the following:

1) sign up (email, first name)
2) set it up so that user can subscribe to receive an email notification that a new blog was posted

I have a mailchimp account and I created a list and api key.  I see various plugins out there but not sure if they are just signing up to a mailchimp list.  It seems that I need to hook my blog posts to the mailchimp api (or something) so that mailchimp knows to send out the notification emails when I click Publish.  not sure though.  Any help would be great!
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Not sure what you mean by:

I see various plugins out there but not sure if they are just signing up to a mailchimp list.

All of the mailchimp plugins I have tested are basically providing you with access to the API.  All you need to do is configure the plugin with your list information and publish the widget or shortcode or whatever and you've integrated the two.

Try it.  Use this one to start:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mailchimp-widget/
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The second part of your requirement is not handled by a subscription plugin.  Instead, you can either install a second plugin that imports your MailChimp campaigns as posts or configure MailChimp to scan the WordPress RSS feed and send emails based on new items there.
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Okay, thanks for that.  Is there a wordpress plugin that allows you to do that second part that I'm needing?
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I would recommend you use the RSS to email tool in Mailchimp to automate the emails.
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okay and where can I find and integrate that?  Seems that this should be easier than it sounds. Isn't there a plugin that does all this in just a few steps?
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It's contained on the Mailchimp site, so there is no Wordpress plugin.
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maybe I'm confused or something.  So what I want is whenever a new blog is posted, then the users in the list are sent an email notification.  Is that how rss-to-email works?
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Yes.  When you make a new post, WordPress automatically updates its RSS feed.  MailChimp can be set to read that feed and generate emails to the subscriber list.
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okay, that makes sense then.  I'm reading this now... http://blog.mailchimp.com/rss-to-email-tutorial/
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Thanks!
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