The Elusive Paid Subscription Email Newsletter: How to Actually Make One

If you’re trying to figure out how to make a paid email newsletter subscription, you’ve probably seen the Two Friendly Nerds YouTube video that uses Zapier.

Oh, and maybe you’ve come across the Udemy course (which, by the way, is not all that helpful for the how to setup).

And you’ve probably also seen the vomit worthy Memberful pricing at $0 + 10%, $25/month + 2%, and $100 + 1%.

Campaignzee is another service that works with MailChimp and their price is simple: We want no upfront money, just 10% of your subscription income.

These subscription services man, they want to get you locked in paying monthly and taking a cut of your money forever.

If the monthly price was cheaper, I’d probably go for it. $10/month would be okay but, hell no, I’m not letting you take a percentage of my gross right off the top.

It’s unacceptable.

I love the paid newsletter business model so I researched this thoroughly and my conclusion is you have to hire a developer to do this yourself.

I use GetResponse as an email service provider but I’ve discovered that MailChimp is the way to go for this unless you want to spend even more on your project. My takeaway is that MailChimp just makes it easier to do.

Here’s what my checkout looks like (it pops up after someone clicks subscribe):

sign up and pay all in one

Now that I have this figured out and implemented on my own site, I wanted to offer the developer service to anyone else that wants to start a paid email subscription service.

What comes with my service:

– Checkout design customization
– Paypal and Stripe integration
– Contacts are enrolled in autoresponder after payment
– Emails stop once the subscription is cancelled
– Up to 5 different locations for subscription box (eg put it on multiple pages or different spots on each page)
– 2 rounds of revisions (after this, extra charge to prevent someone from revising me into the red)

Cost starts at $1,500 for simple newsletter integration and goes up depends on the complexity of the project. Of course I’ll quote you an estimate ahead of time.

This is a one-time cost. There’s no revenue share or monthly billing.

I’m putting this out there as a freelance app building service to test the waters and see if people are really looking for this or if it’s just me. I could not find any software or app or WordPress plugin other than the ones mentioned above that did this.

If I get enough interest, I’ll build this out into a site and start working on smoothing out the process.

Until then, if you’re interested you can email me the details of your project at You can also leave a comment below if you have questions about how to start a paid newsletter subscription.

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