New Post Notifications

Do you want more traffic every time you publish a new blog post? If yes, then you can use Noptin to set up automatic new post notifications on your blog. For free.

There are two types of notifications that you can set up with Noptin.

First, you can automatically send an email to your newsletter subscribers, WordPress users, or WooCommerce customers as soon as you publish new content on your site.

send an email to your subscribers when you publish new content
Example new post notification

The second notification type involves sending a daily, weekly, or monthly email digest containing your latest blog posts, events, or other custom content types.

Email digest of your latest content
Example of a latest posts digest email

Sending an email of your latest content to your subscribers increases your website’s traffic and your newsletter subscribers never miss any content you publish.

This guide shows you how you can set up such a system.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to automatically send new post notification emails to your newsletter subscribers whenever you publish new content in WordPress.
  • How to automatically send a daily, weekly, or monthly email digest of your latest content.
  • How to let subscribers select which type of email notifications they would like to receive.

Prerequisites

To follow along with this tutorial, make sure that you’ve installed the latest version of Noptin on your WordPress website.

Noptin is a free and lightweight WordPress newsletter plugin. It allows you to add newsletter subscription forms to your WordPress website, send your newsletter subscribers one-time emails, and automatically notify them whenever you publish a new blog post, product, or custom post type.

How to install Noptin

To install Noptin:-

– Log into your WordPress admin dashboard then click on Plugins > Add New.

– Next, Search for “Noptin Newsletter” and then click on the install button.

For more features, make sure to install The Ultimate Addons Pack. It allows you to:-

  • Limit new content notification emails to specific tags, categories, or custom taxonomies.
  • Send new content notification emails for products, listings, and other content types in addition to blog posts.
  • Notify WordPress users or WooCommerce customers instead of newsletter subscribers.

For example,

You can set up a new products notifications email that is only sent to WooCommerce customers, and a new blog post notification email that is only sent to newsletter subscribers.

You can also install the appropriate integration to send notifications to an external email service provider such as Mailchimp.

Step 1: Create a New Automated Email

To do this:-

First, open the email campaigns page by clicking on the Noptin > Email Campaigns link in your WordPress admin dashboard.

Open the email campaigns page

Next, click on the Automated Emails tab to open the Automations page.

click on automated emails tab

If you haven’t set up any automated email, Noptin will display a screen allowing you to create your first automation. If you already have an automated email, click on the create new automation button to set up a new automated email.

create a new automation

There are two types of new-post notification emails that you can create.

  1. New Post Notification – Notifies your subscribers or users every time you publish new content.
  2. Post Digest – Sends your subscribers a daily, weekly, or monthly email highlighting your latest content.
set-up a new post notification email

Click on the set-up button for the type of automated email you want. Noptin will then open up a new screen allowing you to configure the automated email.

We recommend setting up several types of new-post notification emails and letting your subscribers select the type of notifications they want.

Step 2: Edit the Email

Most of the time you will want to edit the notification email to ensure that it matches your website’s tone.

In the email editor, you can edit every part of your notification including…

… the subject of the notification emails …

Editing the email subject

… the preview text …

… or the main email body.

The email notification body

For example, you can easily add an image to the email body and it will appear on all notifications sent by this specific automation.

Finally, set the automation’s status as active and save your changes.

Activate email automation

Tip: You can use any of our email merge tags in your email subject, body, and preview texts.

From now on, your email subscribers will be notified every time that you publish a new blog post.

Sample notification emails

NOTE: Noptin will not send any new post notifications unless you activate the email automation as shown above.

If you ever wish to come back to this page and edit the automation, you can do so by clicking on the name of automation from the automations overview page.

Opening an automation in the editor

Step 3: Limit Notifications to Certain Tags and Categories

By default, Noptin sends a new-post notification for all blog posts. There are times when you might want to change this.

For example,

You might only want to send email notifications for posts from the “Important Announcements” category.

Or you might not want to send a notification for a given post so you tag it with the “no-notify” tag.

This is possible with the Custom Post Notifications addon.

First, locate the Options box…

New post notifications options

… then select the post type that you want to send notifications for…

Send a notification for a different post type

… and the terms you would like to exclude (or limit notifications to).

Limit notifications to certain terms

Step 4: Limit to Specific Lists and Tags

If you have the Lists addon, you can filter the recipients of the notification based on which lists they belong to.

Limit notifications to a specif list

The same applies to tags.

Step 5: Personalizing your Notifications

You can use the following email tags in addition to the default email tags provided by Noptin.

  • [[post_title]] – This will be replaced by the post’s title.
  • [[post_excerpt]] – This will be replaced by the post’s excerpt.
  • [[post_content]] – Will be replaced by the post’s content.
  • [[post_author]] – This will be replaced by the author’s display name.
  • [[post_author_email]] – Will be replaced by the author’s email address.
  • [[post_author_login]] – Will be replaced by the author’s login name.
  • [[post_author_id]] – This will be replaced by the author’s ID.
  • [[post_date]] – Will be replaced by the post’s publication date.
  • [[post_url]] – This will be replaced by the post’s URL.
  • [[post_id]] – Will be replaced by the post’s ID.
  • [[comment_count]] – This will be replaced by the number of comments the post has.
  • [[custom_fields.$field]] – Replace $field with the field name to reference a custom field’s value.

Using the [[custom_fields.$field]] tag together with the Advanced Custom Fields plugin can very powerful. For example, you can use a custom field to specify different email content for each post instead of using its excerpt or content.

Step 6: Set the sending time

If you’re setting up a new post notification email, you can set the email to send out immediately or wait for a given number of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years.

You can find the correct settings in the “Timing” meta box.

delay new post notification email

On the other hand, post-digests can be set to send out daily, weekly, or monthly. You can find the actual settings in the “Save” meta box.

Step 7: Set the email recipients

We recommend that you let subscribers select the type of new content notifications that they would like to receive. You can do this using custom fields.

First, create a dropdown field containing the available options…

create new post notifications custom field
Example showing available options

… then use the “Recipients” meta box to filter subscribers.

filter recipients of new post notification

If you would rather not send this email to subscribers, you can still use this section to set the email to send to:-

WordPress Users

send email to wordpress users
Notify WordPress users

WooCommerce Customers, …

send email to woocommerce customers
Notify WooCommerce Customers

or your external CRM contacts.

send an email to activecampaign subscribers

Step 8: View Subscribers who Opened your New Post Notification Email

Noptin allows you to see which of your subscribers opened your new post notification emails, and which of them clicked on links in the emails.

To do this:-

First, open the email campaigns page by clicking on the Noptin > Email Campaigns link in your WordPress admin dashboard…

open email campaigns page

… then locate your new post notification email in the newsletter campaigns overview page.

new post notification email overview

Here you can:-

  • Preview the notification email.
  • Duplicate the email as a normal Noptin newsletter campaign.
  • Delete the notification email.
  • Stop the sending queue (in case the notification email is still sending).
  • View how many subscribers received your new post notification email.
  • Check how many subscribers opened your new post notification email.
  • View how many subscribers clicked on your new post notification email.
  • Check the date Noptin sent the new post notification email.

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