How To Legitimately Increase Email Subscribers Without Any Plugin

Before jumping to any conclusions of buying any WP Plugins, I would like you to know that this article only contains some quick ways on how to increase email subscribers naturally. This means that the ways discussed here do not require you to use ANY free or paid plugin such as WP Subscribers or similar.

Also, these methods do not guarantee results because the dependence on traffic, targeted readers, interested readers, social media base etc that a blog/site possesses.

So here are some quick ways to increase email subscribers with complete ‘natural’ practices – without the use of any plugin or service.

Offer Something – A Freebie, Maybe?

No one wants to join something without knowing the benefits of it, right? Same is the case with your email list. It is not easy to convince your readers to opt-in without letting them know about the benefits that they’re going to get when they fill up those 2 fields.

If you believe that you don’t have any quality to provide, please stop reading here and be sorry to yourself for ‘wasting’ your time to read the post till here.

What to Offer?

This question is often raised by many bloggers out there because hardly some bloggers have their own product which they could offer for free to the users who opt-in to your list. To increase email subscribers, you need to give something away. This can be your own product which you want to giveaway for free. Some bloggers often create such free products by themselves. A few examples of such products are -

  • eBooks – It can be a full ebook but a short one, or a part of a premium ebook which is quite long
  • Reports – Famous Bloggers have some great stats which they might want to show to their users, in return of a confirmed subscription.
  • Free Plugins – Not many do this, because of their niche. But it is yet an option. For example, I myself provide a free plugin on my WP Plugins site, and it is clearly seen on the sidebar.

Those were a few things you can offer your subscribers as a gift when they opt-in. The choice of products varies from site-to-site.

Create Eye-Catching Forms

You don’t need ANY knowledge of HTML or CSS codes to create eye-catching headlines for opt-in forms because nowadays, all email marketing services provide options to create beautiful looking web forms for you to insert anywhere on your blog, such as on the sidebar, footer, header etc.

I personally use and recommend using Aweber Email Marketing service, which starts at $1Aweber’s Web-Form Builder is really easy to use and one can easily create stunning opt-in forms within minutes. Moreover, a user can easily integrate the created form anywhere they wish – such as on the sidebars, footers, headers etc.

The better the headlines of your forms, the higher chances it has to convert.

The Power Of Facebook

Facebook has always been a great help for millions of blog/site owners. Nowadays, email marketing services such as Aweber, Mailchimp etc provide the facility to put the opt-in forms on Facebook pages. This helps a lot to site owners. Assuming that you have a good fan base on your page, I can suggest you to make the proper use of the Facebook. The opt-in forms can be integrated into you Facebook page, from where the visitors can legitimately opt-in to your list. Hence, Facebook does help you increase email subscribers – for free!


As mentioned above that the above techniques do not require any plugin to be used. Hence, follow the tips efficiently and make the proper use of all the available resources and happily increase email subscribers on your blog without any plugin.

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30 comments… add one

  • Reply Guppu Boss October 27, 2012, 1:46 pm

    Good tips. I often subscribe to sites which gives freebie specially to read some IM case studies and reports. btw Raaj which theme you are using on ?
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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia October 28, 2012, 7:43 pm

    Hi Guppu

    That’s good. I guess I answered you on Facebook for that :) Cheers
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  • Reply Tim Bonner October 28, 2012, 2:01 pm

    Hi Raaj

    I use AWeber and have been impressed with the tools they give you to set up opt-in forms.

    I’m really struggling to read anything on your blog with this new font though.
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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia October 28, 2012, 7:44 pm

    Hi Tim

    Same here!

    Yeah, there was a cache issue! I fixed it – hope it’s looking good now! Cheers
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  • Reply Ahsan October 28, 2012, 5:45 pm

    I love this idea – Create Eye-Catching subscription Form. My site email subscriber are also low. Lets follow your tips & see what happens
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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia October 28, 2012, 7:45 pm

    All the best Ahsan! let me know if that make any changes. Cheers :)
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  • Reply Rajkumar Jonnala October 29, 2012, 11:09 am


    For every blog email subscribers are very important which can be gained to get loyal readers to our articles. And to get more email subscribers we can use some good email responders at our blog.

  • Reply Raaj Trambadia November 1, 2012, 11:34 am

    That’s true Rajkumar! Thanks for your words.
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  • Reply bbrian017 October 29, 2012, 8:18 pm

    Offering a freebie is always a great idea. In fact many bloggers say it’s something you should do even if you have aplugin
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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia November 1, 2012, 11:35 am

    Damn true Brian! Thanks for passing by. Cheers!
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  • Reply Shalu Sharma October 31, 2012, 7:09 pm

    I also think giving away something free is the most powerful of all techniques. Also having eye catchy forms makes a lot of difference as well.
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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia November 1, 2012, 11:43 am

    That’s right. And Aweber just makes it easy for its users, like me!
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  • Reply Simmeon October 31, 2012, 8:09 pm

    The main “Hook” would be to offer something that can not easily be obtained, something that will teach people something but in a way they might not have thought of. The free gift must pack a punch or people will look and walk away.
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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia November 1, 2012, 11:48 am

    Well of course Simmeon, the choice of the product to be given away matters. For example, on my other site (PluginsWP.Net), the freebie is a WP Plugin (with all the rights from the developer). What’s your view on that?
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  • Reply Kuldeep November 1, 2012, 11:56 am

    Hi Raaj,

    Offer Something in blog like Ebook, videos or etc which can be called as freebies is an awesome idea to increase our email subscribers. However we can use some landing pages to get more of them.

    thanks for the informative post.

  • Reply Akos Fintor November 5, 2012, 7:10 pm

    Hey man,
    totally agreed, landing pages are cool, also pop ups (well designed ) can work wonders!

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  • Reply Abuzar November 4, 2012, 1:36 pm

    from my personal opinion i will say the best way is offering freebies… because then we can also bind those readers with us… Thanks Raaj for sharing this post :) i really liked this post because i need to increase my readers…
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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia November 6, 2012, 1:20 pm

    My pleasure Abuzar. Do stick around for more of the same! I’ll writing more on email marketing soon. Cheers
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  • Reply Okto November 5, 2012, 1:48 am

    Hi Raaj,
    When we talking about getting subscribers it’s all about take and give. We should consider to give the best (offers for free eBooks, reports etc). If the majority of your blog content is in a written form then making an eBook for free is the best option to do in gaining subscribers.

    You will learn a lot from making a free ebook for your readers, a lessons for the future of your “make money from blog”.

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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia November 6, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Great observation Okto. Writing an eBook benefits the writer as well! And that is you and me.

    Your kind suggestion – Keep ‘em coming :)

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  • Reply Akos Fintor November 5, 2012, 7:08 pm

    Hey Raaj,

    Excellent value here, man.
    What I realize when it comes to generating more subscribers is two things.
    Creating an irresistible offer and driving laser targeted traffic which equals higher conversion.

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  • Reply Raaj Trambadia November 6, 2012, 1:23 pm

    Hi there Akos

    Appreciate that buddy.
    Would you like to elaborate the term ‘irresistible offer’ in your statement. I’m a bit confused whether you’re talking about any digital offer or a service.

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  • Reply Felicia November 9, 2012, 6:45 am

    Hi Raaj,
    Nice and helpful tips on how to increase one’s email subscribers without using any plugin at all! I did not know about the opt-in forms can be integrated into one’s FB page. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Garen November 10, 2012, 6:47 pm

    Killer giveaways will take you very far. An offer you just can’t refuse and something of real value. Also, when I buy stuff and I get a freebie I always ask them if I can giveaway the freebie they gave me for free :) 9 times out of 10 they don’t mind.
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  • Reply Michael Belk November 10, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Great advice Raaj, I have been working on getting more subscribers. Your ideas will help. I have not had much success with Facebook. Perhaps I need to change my approach.
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  • Reply abhishek November 16, 2012, 7:32 pm

    Really nice tips bro.I think giving out freebies does increases the list of your subscribers,and nicely designed pop ups are also a good way to get subscribers.
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  • Reply Mike Cleveland November 30, 2012, 4:40 am


    I have not create my first ebook. It is something I need to do soon. It would be nice to offer a ebook to my visitor to my blog. Thanks for the suggestions here.

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  • Reply Neeraj February 19, 2013, 12:04 pm

    Hello Raaj, you have mentioned some effective tips to boost email subscribers naturally. offering free ebook is one of the best tip to do it. Nice share.
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  • Reply Dipankar Mondal February 19, 2013, 6:35 pm

    Thanks for this awesome post Raaj!
    Actually get subscriber is easy if we offer some freebie like free eBook. Who don’t like to get something as freebie!
    Great tips:)
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  • Reply Pillar Jo April 16, 2013, 10:34 am

    No one can deny your great efforts in passing this important information, I tried it also and it really helps, but I’ll share a few things I did helped my open rates too, if you don’t mind for sure.

    Attract eyes with your sign-up design: try to put your well designed sign-up form in obvious position, and with some attractive phrases which offers customers something exciting like sign-up and get free updates.

    Best Regards,

    Pillar Jo

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