The Best WordPress Plugins for Growing Your Mailing List

If you’re looking to build any type of business online, growing a mailing list should be a priority. However, with so much spam and unwanted email in most inboxes it can be a challenge to convince your website visitors to subscribe to your list. Fortunately, there are some really effective tools that can make your list building efforts exponentially more effective.

If you’re a WordPress user there are a number of quality plugins available that have been created specifically to help with building a mailing list. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the best plugins that can turn your list building frustrations into success.

Optin Monster


OptinMonster is the best WordPress popup plugin that allows you to turn abandoning website visitors into subscribers and customers. OptinMonster’s signature exit-intent technology tracks user’s mouse behavior and prompts them with a targeted message at the precise moment they are about to leave.

OptinMonster comes with an easy to use design customizer, page-level targeting, A/B testing, reporting, and more.

PopUp Domination

PopUp Domination

PopUp Domination is probably the most popular WordPress plugin specifically created to help with list building. A big reason why this plugin has become so popular is simply the fact that popups can be very effective for getting visitors attention and for getting them to take action. Of course, there is a downside. Popups can sometimes become annoying to visitors, so you’ll need to consider your specific audience to decide if this could be a good option for your site. Fortunately, PopUp Domination includes loads of features, including the ability to limit how frequently your visitors will see the popup, which helps to avoid annoying them, and you can even choose to show or not show the popup on specific categories and pages.

PopUp Domination includes a variety of different templates to use as starting points for your popups, and some customization is possible. In my opinion, the pre-made templates from PopUp Domination are better looking than the default templates from other popup plugins.

I’ve personally used PopUp Domination for several months on this blog (only on specific pages and categories) and I’ve also used it on some client’s websites as well. I’ve found it to be very effective at significantly increasing optin rates. The reason it is no longer being used on this site is that we chose to use a notification bar to promote our newsletter instead, as we felt the notification bar is a bit less intrusive to visitors. However, if you’re looking to maximize optins from your site you should consider popups.

Viral Optins

Viral Optins

Viral Optins is a new plugin with some really interesting features. Like PopUp Domination, it allows you to create popups, but you can also create other types of optin forms as well. This includes forms for your sidebar are for within page/post content.

But what really makes it unique is the viral aspect. After someone has subscribed to your list they are given a unique URL that they can share with their friends. If they refer a specific number of subscribers through their unique URL they can get access to some sort of bonus or exclusive content.

So, for example, if you are already using an e-book as an incentive for people to sign up to your list, you can also offer them another bonus like an exclusive interview or a special report if they refer a set number of people to your list. Of course, you can control all the details, so you can set it to require 3 referrals, 5 referrals, or whatever number you want.

With so many people being active on social networks like Facebook and Twitter they can easily share their unique URL with their friends, which means more subscribers for you, and a free gift for them. This type of exponential growth makes it possible to build a large list very quickly.



Pippity includes a lot of the same features and functionality as PopUp Domination. Some people prefer the look of the popups from PopUp Domination and others prefer those from Pippity. Like PopUp Domination, Pippity gives you extensive control over your popups and where/when they are shown. You’ll also be able to do A/B testing to determine which popups get the best conversion rates so you can maximize the impact.

Hybrid Connect


Hybrid Connect is another plugin that allows you to easily create optin forms to be used on your website or blog. You can create popups, forms for sidebars, forms to be shown in post/page content, squeeze pages, and more. It comes with more than 30 templates that you can customize to suit your needs. Hybrid Connect will also perform split testing, and it will then automatically eliminates the forms that aren’t converting and instead uses the more effective ones.



OptinSkin takes a bit of a different approach than the other plugins that we’ve looked at so far. Instead of creating popups, OptinSkin creates forms that will be shown within your page/post content. One cool feature is that you can set it to fade in, which will draw the attention of visitors without having the same annoyance factor as a popup. With OptinSkin you can also do A/B testing to determine which forms are most effective. It comes with 18 pre-designed templates that you can customize, or you can create your own custom skin from scratch. The default templates are well-designed and easily customizable.

MaxBlogPress Subscribers Magnet

Subscribers Magnet

Subscribers Magnet is a plugin that allows to to create optin forms and place them at specific locations on your blog. You can add the forms to your sidebar, within post/page content, and you can even create footer bars that will get noticed instantly. One unique feature of Subscribers Magnet is that you can set it to autofill with visitors data (name and email), which can make it that much easier for visitors to subscribe.

Optin Revolution

Optin Revolution

Optin Revolution is another plugin that will help you to create popups. You’ll have full control over where and when your popup is displayed, and you can customize the default templates to suit your needs. Optin Revolution can also do split testing to help you determine which popups are most effective.

WordPress Popup

WordPress PopUp

WordPress PopUp is a free plugin that lacks most of the advanced features found in other options on this list, but it is free and is an option if you are working with a very limited budget. It allows you to create your popups from the WordPress dashboard, but it does not have built in integration for creating forms that will work with the leading mailing list managers like AWeber and MailChimp.



Although it is not specifically a plugin for increasing optins I wanted to include it in this list because that is how we are using it on this blog. Foobar allows you to add a notification bar to your site, and you can promote whatever you want from that notification bar. In our case we use it to promote our newsletter and the free gift for subscribers, and it has been very effective for us for quite some time.

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  • Syed Balkhi, October 12, 2013

    Hey Steven,

    We just launched a new WordPress lead generation plugin called OptinMonster. Would love for you to give it a try.

    On WPBeginner, we’re seeing increases as high as 600%.

  • Gaelle, September 17, 2013

    We use, great tool. Most plugins are really useless if you look for a pro usage (I have not tried them all).

  • adam mclane, August 18, 2013

    Really appreciate the list. Thanks for thinking like a marketer.

  • Junior, August 15, 2013


    Is any one of them compatible with Optimizepress 2.0? I’ve tried Hybrid Connect and Ninja Popups, and none os them worked.


  • Alex, June 21, 2013

    Thanks for the collection, they are nice. I want to add a free popup into your collection, it’s quite new but I like it a lot:

  • J.Edwards, June 19, 2013

    WordPress have a number of quality plugins available that have been created specifically to help with building a mailing list, out of them Viral Optins is the best one.

  • Rosemary, June 15, 2013

    And Fubar was too a good plugin.

  • Rosemary, June 15, 2013

    Though i consider popups to be not much successful, i want to try Pippity, pop up.

  • Rosemary, June 15, 2013

    The Hybrid Connect, was a good plugin its feature are good.

  • Rosemary, June 15, 2013

    I tried some of the plugins , they were really good. Plugins should have a bit of priorities.

  • Steven Snell, June 12, 2013

    I think most visitors would agree with you about hating popups, but the pros and cons need to be weighed in order to know if it is the right approach. Personally, as a visitor I don’t mind them too much as long as I only have to close it once. If I visit 5 pages on a site and I have to slose the popup 5 times it will be really annoying. I also hate them on mobile devices, but on a desktop the occasional popup doesn’t bother me too much. Thanks for your feedback, you have some good points about list segmentation.

  • The business to grow subscribers and possibly generate convertible leads. WordPress email subscribing plugins are essential.

  • Eric Scism, June 11, 2013

    I’ve been going back and forth between Pippity and Pop UP domination. I’ve read multiple reviews, just waiting to pull the trigger on 1 vs the other.

  • Web Design Wakefield, June 11, 2013

    Thanks for the post ” The Best WordPress Plugins for Growing Your Mailing List” . I found it very helpful and expect other will find it useful too.

  • stephen, June 11, 2013

    I hope this works for my website.

  • Maria Ahmed, June 11, 2013

    Great list! I have used OptinSkin for quite some time and i genuinely agree that the Fade In option is brilliant. In my own personal experience, visitors are less annoyed and more likely to react to a fade in than a rather abrupt pop up. I will probably be using this for some time but may give some of the others you have listed a good try!

  • Rosemary, June 11, 2013

    The plugins are really nice. I’m not sure of how far the Pops ups work. Other WP plugins seem to be really fascinating.

  • Sunday, June 11, 2013

    Growing an email list in Internet marketing has never been so important. At least, it helps the business to grow subscribers and possibly generate convertible leads. WordPress email subscribing plugins are essential but one really needs to checkout for the best.
    Thankfully, this post has been able to highlight some top plugins that WordPress sites or blogs owners can apply. The article is clear and helpful even as the advantages and disadvantages of each plugins are discussed.

    Readers only need to compare and choose the ones that are most suitable for their blogs or business!

    Interesting collection of plugins for WordPress users. This post was “kingged” in the IM social site – where the above comment was left.

    Sunday – contributor

  • Keith James, June 11, 2013

    I hate pop ups, you hate pop ups but the truth is that they still work. I’ve been using Pippity for most of my projects. Takes a little extra time to style but the code is pretty solid. The problem is that a lot of site owners drop the ball once they have captured an email lead. One of the most important factors is to segment your list. Most just blast out an email to everyone no matter where they are in the sales funnel. This leads to unsubscribes and low open rates. You really need to respect your potential customers time and spend a little extra effort to make sure you are sending them relevant content.

  • Amit Rawat, June 10, 2013

    Nice plugins.I am creating websites on wordpress. Never thought of this thing before. Definitely gonna try it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gunjesh Kumar, June 10, 2013

    Some great Plugins for Mailing list here. As the number of email subscribers grows, it becomes really difficult to manage them. I personally use Hybrid connect and am happy with it. Let me try some more. Thanks.