Twitter recently launched a feature that lets people subscribe to your newsletter directly from your Twitter profile, as shown in the screenshot below.
This is a great way to get more people to sign up for your newsletter. Unfortunately, it is only possible to do this if you write your newsletter using a tool called Revue, which Twitter recently acquired.
However, there is a workaround for you if you use other tools to send out newsletters, like Mailchimp, WordPress or Substack. Follow the simple steps below to get started.
Step 1: Create a Revue account
You have to create an account in Revue to make this work. To be clear, this does not mean you have to start writing in Revue, or even send out your future newsletters from Revue.
Just go to getrevue.co and create a free account.
Step 2: Link your Revue to your Twitter profile
Within Revue, click your profile picture in the top right corner, and go to “Account settings”.
Then choose “Integrations”, and connect your Twitter account as shown in the screenshot below.
Now click the Settings button below the Twitter logo (or just go directly to this link). Then click “Show newsletter on Twitter profile”, and then hit “Save Changes”.
Congrats, now people can subscribe to your new Revue newsletter directly from your Twitter profile! But since you want to continue writing using some other platform, we need to send your subscribers from Revue to whatever newsletter too you are using.
Step 3: Use Zapier to send your subscribers from Revue to your newsletter tool
Now you will meet Zapier, which is simply a software tool that connects other software tools to each other. You’ll use Zapier to send your subscribers from Revue to the newsletter tool you use.
Go to Zapier.com, and follow my step-by-step instructions in this quick video:
Note: if you write on Substack, the Zapier automation process will not work perfectly, because Substack does not support Zapier integrations at this time.
That means you have to manually copy your Revue subscribers (people who sign up to your Revue newsletter via your Twitter profile) and paste them into the subscriber field in your Substack. To make this process much more effective than copy/pasting each individual subscriber, follow my guide in the video below:
Step 4: Make it look pretty
Congratulations, you now have a way for people to sign up to your newsletter directly from your Twitter profile!
The only thing that remains now, is to make the sign-up area on your Twitter profile look pretty.
To do this, go back to Revue → Sign In → Account Settings → Profile.
On the profile page, you can edit the title, description and profile picture of your Revue newsletter. These fields will correspond to what shows up on your Twitter profile. The picture below shows which fields in Revue corresponds to which parts of your new Twitter profile newsletter signup area.
Congrats, you did it! Now people can sign up to your newsletter directly from your Twitter profile. I hope it drives many news subscribers for your writing.
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Also published on Medium.