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7 Best WordPress Mailing List Plugins For List Building Magic In 2016

Best WordPress List Building Plugins

You need to build an email list.

Thousands of businesses are crying out after investing millions in building their fan base on Facebook.

That’s a big mistake.

Never build on rented land.

Building an email list is the way to go.

The simple truth is that growing your email list first starts with making it easy for your readers to subscribe.

This means adding opt-in forms to key locations on your site.

Just using what comes with a mailing list provider like AWeber won’t help you any more – these don’t perform.

You need a plugin that makes it super easy to add opt-in forms and collect email addresses from your readers.

I’ve tested countless plugins over the years, it’s cost me a lot of money, both in buying tools that suck and the value of the subscribers that I could have had with better list building plugins.

The plugins below will help you save time, save money, grow your list faster and in turn make even more money:

Top mailing list plugins for WordPress

Thrive Leads – Top Pick

Thrive Leads

Thrive Leads is without a doubt, the most impressive list building plugin on the market.

The plugin comes with every feature you’ll need to rapidly grow your list of email subscribers.

You get ability to add a variety of opt-in form types covering everything from popovers and scroll boxes.

Each opt-in form type has a great selection of templates and you can use the drag & drop editor to customize them to look exactly how you want them to.

You can create as many opt-in forms as you like and select which pages/categories/tags you’d like to display them on.

Split testing & reporting is super easy, and you can even split test different opt-in form types against each other. So if you want to find out whether a ribbon form or scroll box will convert better, now you can!

Newest features

What I love about Thrive is that they are continuously rolling out new features.

Two of which are game changers.

  • Smart Links – This feature allows you to show a different call to action to your existing subscribers. Now they’ve signed up, you could display a link to a product or something else.
  • Digital Asset Delivery – Have you ever wanted an easy way to send your new subscribers a PDF or free download for signing up? Thrive Leads will do that too!


  • 50 + Opt-in form templates
  • Drag and drop editor makes for easy form customization
  • Add opt-in forms to key locations on your blog
  • Various popover triggers such as Exit Intent
  • Advanced opt-in form targeting options
  • Advanced split testing functionality
  • Actionable reporting/statistics
  • Supports any email provider that uses HTML forms
  • Supports 2 step opt-in forms
  • Supports shortcode placement
  • Supports multiple form fields, radio forms, check boxes and drop downs

Price: $67 (includes 1 year of support and lifetime updates – awesome!).

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OptinMonster is a lightweight and fast list building plugin for WordPress

OptinMonster is a fantastic list building tool that works well.

The guys behind this plugin really know what they are doing – Syed Balkhi (founder of WP Beginner) and Thomas Griffin (creator of the Soliloquy slider plugin) have put something together that is very special.

The plugin started it’s life out as a WordPress plugin but it has evolved into so much more.

OptinMonster is now a cloud based app so all of your opt-in forms will be managed from a central location – giving you a great overview.

You can then quickly roll out split tests and make tweaks without logging into different WordPress installations.

With this plugin now being a cloud app, you can use it with any HTML based sites, not just WordPress.


  • Exit intent feature
  • Easy to customize
  • Supports multiple email marketing platforms and autoresponders
  • Ability to add custom CSS
  • Support for shortcode placement
  • Multiple opt-in form types (Popover, slide-in, sidebar, after post, canvas and footer)
  • Page level targeting
  • A/B split testing

Price: Starts from $9/month

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Popup Domination

Create high converting popups with Popup Domination

This plugin is used by over 50,000+ websites.

Popup Domination supports just one type of opt-in form – popovers (or popups).

But, that being said it does the job incredibly well.

The great thing about this plugin is that you can either install it as a WordPress plugin, or install to any website with the standalone version.

With this plugin you will get 1 year of support but unlimited updates.

Note: themes aren’t mobile responsive.


  • 24 design templates
  • Comes as WordPress plugin or standalone software
  • Easy customization
  • Supports all major email marketing platforms
  • Built in analytics
  • A/B split testing
  • Forced subscription to protect content
  • Page level targeting
  • Exit intent

Price: $47

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LeadPages Builds Your List Fast And Supports WordPress

Let me start off by saying that while LeadPages comes with a WordPress plugin, you are getting an entire platform from which to build your list.

The above image is taken from a landing page I recently made in around 5 minutes.

LeadPages will help you grow your list by doing the following:

  • Allowing you to create high converting landing pages within minutes.
  • Create your own 2-step opt-ins with LeadBoxes. These allow you to turn any link on any website into a link that displays a popover when clicked (can increase conversion rates by 30%).
  • Generate a ‘LeadLink’ which allows subscribes to join your list, sub-list or subscribe to a webinar with a single click.

I use LeadPages to handle the delivery of digital assets and then use 2-step opt-ins to offer exclusive content to my subscribers.

By doing this I have been able to triple my conversion rates.


  • 70+ Landing page templates (sortable by conversion rate)
  • Unlimited landing pages
  • Unlimited domains
  • No traffic limitation
  • Mobile friendly templates
  • Built in split testing
  • Built in analytics
  • LeadBoxes
  • LeadLinks
  • WordPress plugin
  • Complete hosting of your landing pages
  • Digital asset delivery
  • Supports all major mailing list providers
  • Incredible support

Price: $37/month+

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Plugmatter – Feature Box

Add A Feature Box With Plugmatter's Feature Box Plugin For WordPress

Feature Boxes are an incredible way to build your list.

Plenty of list building experts all over the web have cited that they get incredible conversions when using these.

The problem has always been that there was never a decent plugin for adding them.

The Feature Box plugin from Plugmatter makes this easy while complementing other email marketing plugins very well.


  • A/B split testing
  • Page level targeting
  • Target returning users
  • 6+ premium templates
  • Support for multiple email providers
  • Ability to turn off for existing subscribers

Price: $37

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Optimize Press 2.0

Build your list fast with Optimize Press 2.0

We talked a bit about LeadPages earlier, which enables you to create high converting opt-in forms in minutes.

The limitation with LeadPages is customization.

One of the  differences here is that Optimize Press has a drag and drop page editor that allows you to customize your landing pages and make them look exactly how you want them to.

Optimize Press recently released a feature called the Overlay Optimizer; this allows you to utilize 2 step opt-ins similar to how LeadPages does.

With Optimize Press you have full control over your content and an impressive array of features.


  • Over 30 themes to choose from
  • Over 40 page elements to utilize
  • Comes with theme and plugin versions
  • Comes with a membership plugin (could save you $100-$300)
  • Create sales pages
  • Create landing pages
  • Create launch funnels
  • Create membership portals
  • Mobile optimized
  • Overlay optimizer (2 step opt-in)
  • Works with all email marketing platforms
  • Works with major membership systems like Wishlist, DAP, MemberMouse etc

Price: $97

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Optin Architect

Manage your opt-in forms from a dashboard in the cloud with Optin Architect

Optin Architect is a cloud based tool that allows you to create high converting opt-in forms on the fly.

You won’t get a specific WordPress plugin here, but I wanted to include it since it does support WordPress (and all major content management systems).

The great thing here is that if you manage a large number of sites and want to monitor your conversions from a single dashboard.

Important update: this platform came out of the gate with big promises of a large road map and plenty of features that will be added down the line. Those improvements seemed to have stopped dead. So if you want a platform that allows you to manage opt-in forms across multiple sites from a single dashboard, OptinMonster is the one to go for.


  • Large selection of templates
  • Opt-in types include popovers, sidebars and site-wide opt-ins
  • Detailed analytics dashboard
  • Turn any link into a form
  • Exit intent
  • Unlimited forms
  • Embed on any website
  • GoToWebinar integration
  • Facebook integration
  • Supports major mailing list providers
  • Supports all major CMS and ecommerce platforms

Price: $97/year+

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The reality about email marketing plugins

I’ve tested countless mailing list plugins.

And that includes the free ones.

There are some lessons that I have learned the hard way.

  • Most free list building plugins cost more in the long run – some require you to purchase add-ons that push the cost above a premium plugin, they lack important features or provide little to no support. All meaning that you end up wasting time and money when you didn’t have to.
  • Customization options are important – this is more of a personal preference.
  • You need a good all round list building plugin that can display opt-in forms in the right places.

How to pick the perfect list building plugin for you

There are a lot of different situations where certain plugins work better than others.

It’s important to understand exactly what you want to accomplish.

Below I have put together some motivations and scenarios together and which list building plugin/platform works best:

Value for money

Thrive Leads – on a feature to cost ratio, Thrive Leads wins here. You get incredible features and a form editor that allows you to customise every detail quickly.

What makes this even better is that you get lifetime updates on whichever plan you choose.

A great all round list building plugin

In my opinion, Thrive Leads is the best all round list building plugin due to value for money, features and customization options.

OptinMonster comes in a close second. Yes, it’s now a cloud app rather than just a WordPress plugin but it has all the features you need and it’s reliable.

A feature intensive mailing list plugin

Thrive Leads is the most feature intensive plugin when it comes to adding opt-in forms, customization and testing. It even has game changing features like Smart Links.

A light weight plugin that covers multiple opt-in types

OptinMonster is very light weight but it’s now only available at a monthly or annual cost.

Thrive Leads is a great option here, includes plenty of features and is designed with speed in mind. You also get lifetime updates whichever price plan you go for.

You will be using the content upgrade strategy

The idea of this strategy is that you create post specific bonuses and add calls to action to your highest performing content. When people click on those links, they’re presented with an opt-in form.

Thrive Leads is the stand out plugin here. It has the digital asset delivery feature and comes fully loaded with content upgrade templates that can be customized, then added via shortcode.

A plugin to display high converting popovers

OptinMonster is a great option but you really need the exit intent feature which is only available on $199/year or $29/month plans – I do like the benefits of it being a cloud app though. It’s handy if you have multiple sites.

Popup Domination has exit intent available on the entry level plan ($49) and is a solid popover plugin but you can’t add any other opt-in form types.

Thrive Leads is my winner here, it gives you the full set of features in their entry level plan ($49) so you can add popovers using the exit intent feature along with any other major oopt-in form types.

A plugin to easily allow you to add a Feature Box

Feature Box by Plugmatter is specifically designed to do this and has the documentation to help you get it done easily. No other plugin seems to make it all that easy to do this unless you have a widget area to add the opt-in form.

Manage opt-in forms for multiple sites

OptinMonster is my my top pick here, it’s a more robust platform and has more features. Monthly payment options are available too.

To build high converting landing pages

I use LeadPages and Optimize Press, but they both fit more specific requirements.

When I need a hosted solution or the ability to roll out tested and proven landing pages fast, I use LeadPages.

When I need a much more in depth level of customization, I use Optimize Press.

Your chance to get more email subscribers starts here

With the mailing list plugins listed above, you will be able to make it incredibly easy for your readers to subscribe to your list.

That’s the mistake that 90% of people make and by taking the first step today you will be putting yourself at a huge advantage over them.

You are in the driver’s seat.

Identify what you need, look at the options, grab the plugin and start building your list right now.

You will be glad you did.

About Adam Connell

Adam used to run a team of marketers. Now he shares what he’s learned about growing blogs and businesses here on Blogging Wizard. He’s a fan of Firefly and Chinese takeaways. Click here to join the Blogging Wizard newsletter; you’ll get our best content & 15+ guides to grow your online presence faster.

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  • New Dominie

    I did not see anything about list maintenance, allowing subscribers to change their email address and or to unsubscribe,

    • Thanks for your comment, I left this out because it is generally outside of the scope of most mailing list plugins and is usually part of the auto responder service that you choose to use.

      For example, every email that’s sent from an auto responder/mailing list provider will have an unsubscribe or ‘manage subscription’ link at the bottom.

  • Dustin LindenSmith

    Hi there,

    I’m looking for a list manager to use within my existing user/subscriber base of my WP site, but everything mentioned here seems to be driven by the signing up of non-registered users who simply visit the site, but don’t register as users. Do you have any advice on this point? Is there a basic functionality within WP itself for that?

    • Hi Dustin,

      There are systems that do this, an example would be:

      It’s not something I’ve used but does have some good functionality.

      I personally try to avoid using WordPress to send emails to my list through my web server because I’ve had deliverability issues in the past, also some web hosts limit the number of emails you can send in an hour.

      Depending on how many users you have, the plugin I mentioned may just do the trick.

  • Career Sidekick

    I want to use Subscribe2 on my blog but the sidebar widget doesn’t seem to be working properly. hmm

    • I’ve used Subscribe2 on a number of blogs in the past without any issues. I’d suggest posting more details of your issue in the WordPress forums or contacting the developers directly.

  • Nick

    Hi. I have Hybrid-Connect, but an intrigued by Optinmonster. Would you say that if you have Hybrid-Connect you do not need OptinMonster? In other words, it seems Optinmonster is an alternative to H-C. Does it offer any additional features that are not basically covered by H-C (other than “exit intent”).

    • Thanks for your comment Nick.

      I still consider Hybrid Connect a more complete mailing list plugin, although there are a few opt-in form types that it doesn’t do.

      For example, the footer and slide in optin form types – OptinMonster supports these but Hybrid Connect doesn’t.

      Although OptinMonster doesn’t support opt-in forms in sidebar widgets and a few other optins that Hybrid Connect does.

      If you are looking for just a pop over plugin then I would say go with OptinMonster – one thing that I love about it is that you can just install the popover module and it will help minimise the additional server resources that running the plugin will require.

      Hybrid Connect requires installing the full plugin even if you only need to use the popover functionality.

      OptinMonster hasn’t been on the market as long and it was a while since I reviewed Hybrid Connect so when I have some time I’ll put together more of a comprehensive comparison between the two.

      Of course, like you mentioned the other benefit is exit intent which shows some great potential.


  • Nice post Adam and good advices but about Hybrid Connect, it works only on wordpress platform not on a standalone installation 🙁 Don’t understand why? A so powerful plugin and no way to use it on our own website!

    • Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to comment.

      In fact, the majority of plugins available for WordPress just aren’t available as stand alone scripts.

      I’ve only ever found a handful of plugins that are.

      I’d imagine part of this is because there is so much demand for WordPress plugins as opposed to other CMS and websites built without the use of a CMS.

      I would recommend that you contact Shane and the team that created the plugin, they may have an alternative for you.

      • Thanx Adam for the idea 😉 Once again: nice job for your post, very helpful. Bravo!

        • No problem Thierry – as they say ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’.

          Speak soon,

  • Nice list I use hybrid connect as well but I am really liking number #3 the plugmatter feature box I will definitely have to check this one out.

    • Thanks for your comment Jason.

      Plugmatter is quite an interesting plugin, it makes it very easy to add opt-in forms below the navigation section. A feature I’ve not found in many plugins.

  • Joe Vennare

    Adam, what pluggin are you using at the bottom of your posts?

    • Joe, it’s a plugin called Convert Press.

      It’s one that I’ve been testing recently. It’s a monthly subscription type thing so the support is great but I had a lot of issues getting this plugin working as it should.

      Because of that it’s not something I can recommend at all right now.

      I see a big future for the plugin but the fact that I had to take a ‘list’ of problems to their support team raises alarm bells that the plugin just isn’t ready.

  • Thanks for the post Adam, I have a quick question. I am having trouble finding a plugin that will manage the queue output of ~1000 user emails. I don’t particularly want to signup for any external provider. Do you have any suggestions?

    • My pleasure.

      I haven’t found a good one, but it’s not something that I’ve spent too much time on because there’s always potential for these things to misfire and get your server IP blacklisted.

      It will also mean additional resources required through WordPress and your server which could impact your users.

      There is something called PHP List which could definitely work for you – it was what I was originally going to use before signing up for a provider.

      The learning curve and time to set this up ended up making paying for an external provider a better option for me.

      That being said, PHP List can cope with huge mailing lists.

      Hope this helps,

  • Alkra Yumbrea

    Thanks Adam this helped alot.

    • My pleasure, Alkra – glad this post has helped you.

  • A few months ago I invested in leadpages and I like it. As far as integrating it to my blog, well, that’s a conversation for me and my webmaster. Thanks for the reminder. I use it standalone for now.

    • Thanks for your comment, Patricia. Glad you’re liking LeadPages! Integrating it should be fairly straight forward 🙂

  • Thanks Adam,

    I’m saving this post for further need. For now I have my eBook offer as an opt-in, but never did I found a post where they listed all these cool opt-in forms pluggins.

    • My pleasure, Sylviane!

      Glad you’ve found this useful and you’re off to a great start already having your eBook ready.

      Have an awesome weekend.

  • “Don’t build on someone else’s real estate.” Boy do I love the straight shooting of this article.

    I can’t say I regret that I invested so much in Facebook, as it served well at the time. And wow have there been some major changes that have me no longer investing there nearly as much. Time to build on our own real estate!

    I feel a little overwhelmed choosing among all these wonderful plugins that you’ve so helpfully summarized here. I do notice that the aweber forms load very slowly so perhaps Optinmonster would be the best bet. I know fellow blogger Yaro Starak uses it and recommends it highly …

    Thanks again.

    • Hi Erika,

      Glad you liked the post!

      It’s good to hear that you’re moving towards building your email list.

      OptinMonster is great, it’s in active development and I use it for a lot of my sites. Great to hear about Yaro using the plugin too 🙂

      Happy to help!

  • Val Strann

    Hi Adam.
    Thanks a lot for very informative review & analysis of plugins.
    It brought me much more useful orientation in the “ocean” of plugins,
    I am not very experienced, so I would like to ask you – where can I find information how I can connect “modern opt-in plugins” with auto-responder (which usually has its own opt-in form)?
    especially I am interesting in GoGVO auto-responder.
    My goal is to receive the lead from opt-in form, create the list and use this list for email campain, which is created in auto-responder.
    Best regards and wishes

    • Hi Val,

      My pleasure.

      Most of the plugins listed above should have tutorials on how to integrate the auto responder (at least for the plugin specific part). For example, with OptinMonster, it’s a case of getting the form code from your auto responder.

      In order to get the form code, you would need a tutorial that is specific to your auto responder, I’m not familiar with GoGVO. if you get in touch with them, they should be able to provide you with a tutorial or explanation of how to integrate this.

      Sorry I can’t be much more help at this point, I have experience with a number of auto responders but GVO isn’t one of them.

      All the best,

  • Joerg

    great Stuff and useful Information, thanks for that!

  • Great list of wordpress email list plugins. Which one is best in this list?

    • Hi Golam, it really depends what you want to accomplish. What’s best to one person isn’t always best to another.

      I recommend checking out the section within the post entitled “How to pick the perfect list building plugin for you” where I’ve written out a few situations and included a plugin that fits best.

  • Hi Roy,

    Apologies for the delay responding to your comment.

    It’s well worth building your list as soon as you can. There’s no better time than now.

    It’s always better if you can monetize it too, but the main thing is having a plan.

    Generation plugin is a new one to me. Very odd actually, I’m sure I saw an identical sales page under a different name. The sales page doesn’t fill me with confidence which makes me reluctant to even try it.

    I can’t comment on how good Generation plugin is but I’ve had a very good experience with OptinMonster.

    SEO is a good thing to learn and it’s important to get first hand experience like you’re doing now.

    There’s not much SEO related stuff in my blogging toolkit but there’s plenty of info that will help you building a following and increasing your traffic!

    All the best,

    • Roy

      Hi Adam,
      Thanks for your response (I know it was a while ago now). I wonder if you wouldn’t mind answering another question. If I purchase Optinmonster I can only afford the basic version which doesn’t include a subscribe sidebar wiget… you think it is important to have or do you think the basic package will still increase my subscribers significantly?
      Many thanks

      • Hi Roy,

        Just adding a popover will help you increase your email subscribers.

        It is best to add opt-in forms to other locations because some people who want to get updates will naturally look for it in your sidebar.

        There are probably free plugins that can help you add opt-in forms in other locations though, although it is nice to have them all in one plugin – it’s not essential.

        OptinMonster does give the option to upgrade at a later date if you get on well with the plugin.

        One thing with noting is that you will get far more subscribers with OptinMonster if you use it for post or category specific popovers (offer something unique for each category you write about).

        All the best,

  • dave

    Thanks for the post. Have you tried pippity? I was ready to go with popup domination but after reading your post I’m leaning toward hybrid connect.

    This may be off topic but I have been thinking about switching from Aweber to GetResponse. I have just started to build an email list into my blog and I wanted to get started with the right program early rather than switch months down the road.

    Any info will be helpful.



    • Hi Dave,

      Sorry about the delay getting back to you.

      I’ve tried the demo of Pippity but I wasn’t really impressed. I’ve seen it on a lot of sites and there’s usually a glitch of some sort.

      I like Hybrid Connect. OptinMonster is good too, more light weight but not as customizable as Hybrid Connect.

      It’s well worth getting started now. GetResponse has a lot more features than AWeber. I wrote a comparison a while back:

      All the best,

  • Tristan Thomas

    For those who care, this site using OptinMonster as of the time of this post.

    • Thanks Tristan. That’s right, currently using OptinMonster. I’ll clarify that in the post above, although there are definitely still things I prefer about Hybrid Connect (e.g. how much easier it is to customize opt-in forms, more templates etc).

  • Adam, thanks a lot for this post – super helpful, and really well researched and articulated. I’ve read a number of articles on the topic recently and yours stands out, so thanks man!

    • My pleasure, Paul. Glad you’ve found it useful. Thanks for the great feedback!

  • Hi Adam,

    Thanks for putting this together.

    I’m currently looking to add a more robust list building plugin to my site.

    Hybrid Connect seems great, but I am concerned about it being less lightweight.

    That said, I plan to use the full gambit of form options.

    Do you know if Hybrid is less lightweight just because it’s not modular? If I were to use all of the OptinMonster options, is it still faster?



    • Hi David,

      Part of Hybrid Connect’s issue is that it isn’t modular, but I think OptinMonster is still faster, even if you use all of the options.


  • Just want to point out that PopUp Domination currently has over 50,000 active installs and offers 24 design templates for the $47 license!

  • Thanks

  • Be sure you get plugins that are mobile responsive. I recently chose Popup Domination but had to request a refund due to their themes not being responsive to mobile devices. I do know that SumoMe (made by app sumo) is responsive, i’m testing that one right now. They don’t have a ‘popup accessible by link’ feature like Popup Domination does, however. I’m still looking for the perfect combo of plugs that do what I really need…

    • Thanks for the heads up, Mike. I’ve made a note in the post about the mobile responsive issue.

      I like what the guys at SumoMe are doing, I tried the notification bar but had some display issues when I last tried it.

      How are you getting on with SumoMe?

      Currently I’m using OptinMonster, they have a mobile optimized version – comes as a separate plugin as it’s modular. I think they do the popup accessible by link feature you mentioned too.


      • I like SumoMe, and have noticed more and more people using it, and they are continuing to add more features.

        But in my quest for a “leadbox” style plugin, I am now testing Popup Ninja and am liking it a lot so far, and they do have a shortcode to click on any image or link and bring up a box. The boxes are very customizable, so i was able to make it fit with my theme, and it is only $20. It’s the feature/value winner for me at the moment.

        • Thanks Mike, great to hear you’ve been getting on well with Popup Ninja. I tried it briefly a while back but I need to take another look at it soon.

  • Tkdas

    Is hybrid connect wordpress specific only

    • Yes, it only works with WordPress. Were you looking for a tool that could be used with a different CMS?

  • Tomasz Z

    Also is worth to mention. This plugin allow user to easily add sign-up forms and sign-up checkboxes to WordPress website and get reports on the sources of registration.

    • Thanks Tomasz, looks like a good plugin but unfortunately only looks to work with Freshmail. Haven’t heard of them until now.

      • Tomasz Z

        Yes – it works only with Freshmail. If you haven’t heard of them you can sign up for a free account. I like that new functions are added quite often. Also they have nice templates with super easy drag & drop editor. I find it rewarding as customer service is helpful.

  • robino

    Hi Adam.

    Great list and super helpful post. I’m looking for a plug-in that lets people provide their mailing address so we can send potential customers a free sample of our product to their door. Do any of these plug-ins offer “opt-in” physical mailing address information?

    • Not too many plugins do this, but there are a few, for example – Popup Domination has a template for multiple form fields and LeadPages supports it too.

      Have you considered just asking for an email address then asking for address details further in your sales funnel?

      Reason I ask is that generally the fewer the amount of fields, the higher your conversions will be.

      • robino

        Thanks Adam. I appreciate the suggestions – both for other plugins and for improving conversion.

        I was weighing the benefit of asking for the mailing address up front (to get the free goods sent to them) or to go your suggested route (ask for email and then follow-up with a request for a mailing address) and thought there would be a drop off at the second request (seems like getting them to open and respond to another email adds friction). Might be worth a little A/B test to see which approach has higher conversion!

        Keep doin’ what you’re coin’. We appreciate it. Gonna check out Popup Dominatrix (sp?) and LeadPages now…

        • My pleasure!

          You’re right, you will probably get the drop off at the second request, but you’ll still have more email addresses in your database to contact (you could probably segment your list based on who submitted the second request, then setup some auto responder content for those that didn’t).

          Definitely worth doing a split test to see!


  • Pushkar Kathayat

    NIce collection of mailing list plugin. Thanks for listing.

  • I’m a little bit confused about these plugins. Does OptinMonster or HybridLeads help you create a database of subscribers from which you can sendout a newsletter? Or is it just a way to more effectively prompt people to sign up for your mailing list? If it is a prompt, are they compatible with icontact or constantcontact for example?

    BTW, what is it with web services these days not fully explaining their features on their web site? anyway…

    I’m considering using iContact. I’ve been confused & frustrated by e-Newletter+MailChimp+Mandril to no end (I was advised by the e-Newsletter developer to set it up this way) and I am thinking that an offsite hosted newsletter service would work better for me. Pricey, yet it also has the bonus of not drawing on server resources either and I REALLY like the ability to segment a list. This may or may not be more complicated with composing it, since I might have to manually add new posts to it, I haven’t figured out yet if there is a way to send site posts posts into a draft newsletter hosted elsewhere than my site somehow or not.

    Any ideas?

    • Hi JD,

      Happy to clarify this for you.

      OptinMonster and Thrive Leads are designed to display prompts/calls to action to encourage people to subscribe to your email list.

      They don’t have the ability to send out newsletters. OptinMonster does now have the feature to save email addresses to a database in WordPress though. Thrive Leads doesn’t have this feature.

      I’ve tried iContact in the past along with Constant Contact – neither impressed me too much. Out of them all, GetResponse and MailChimp are my favourites.

      I’m not 100% sure on your requirements but here’s roughly how I’ve got my list setup:

      1) Tools/plugins display calls to action to encourage people to subscribe.
      2) MailChimp sends out a confirmation email.
      3) Link is clicked and then “final welcome” email is sent via MailChimp.
      4) I’ll manually create a newsletter to go out to my subscribers when a new post is ready

      MailChimp has the RSS to email option so I could completely automate this process but I only publish once every few weeks now.

      The RSS to Email function requires a paid MailChimp account I believe but that removes the requirement for another e-newsletter solution.

      I’m not sure why you’re using Mandril exactly, from my knowledge this is recommended for transactional emails so for example if someone had a membership site that needed to send emails with account details etc.

      The RSS to email function in MailChimp may be a good solution for you – you should be able to do the email segmentation in MailChimp as well.

      At the very least, might be worth trying this out in MailChimp on a test list to ensure this does exactly what you need.

      Not 100% sure on your requirements but hope the above helps.

  • Pranaame

    Hi! Could you suggest me something with artistic design popovers, floating ones with wizard an that too can save the mailing list? What about Benchmark and Mailchimp? Which plugin would be the best & cost effective?

    • Thrive Leads could do the trick. Although, I think the popovers are well designed, I’m not sure if you’ll agree.

      It won’t allow you to save emails to a database within WordPress but not many plugins do. Thrive uses HTML forms so Benchmark should work (although I haven’t tested it) I’ve used it fine with MailChimp.

      Here’s a review with some more details: