Get ConvertKit Subscribers From Your Comment Section
Several of our customers have requested a ConvertKit integration as it's cheaper than Mailchimp, and a bit more focused on ease-of-use and striking designs.
Visit the ConvertKit settings in the Integrations tab. Click on "Enable ConvertKit." You'll be prompted to enter your ConvertKit API key and secret key.
Prompt for API and Secret Keys
Log in to your ConvertKit account and go to the settings screen, which you can get to by clicking on your avatar on the top right.
Settings Screen Option
Once on the settings page, scroll down until you see the Advanced section. Click on the Advanced section to get your API keys.
Advanced Tab on the Settings Screen
You will then be presented with your API Key and API Secret. These keys are what you would input into the ConvertKit integration.
Your ConvertKit API Key and Secret
Input your API Key and Secret Key into the settings and click on "Connect to ConvertKit."
Click Connect to ConvertKit to Test Your Credentials
If your credentials are correct, you'll be able to select between adding subscribers to a form, or add subscribers to just tags.
Select Forms and Tags, or Just Tags
Using Forms: a current best practice is to create a phantom form and attach your subscribers based on the form name. The benefit of using forms over tags is that tagged subscribers are automatically subscribed with no double-opt-in. If a subscriber is attached to a form, it will ensure double-opt-in so you don't get in trouble with the spam police.
If you are choosing the form route, simply click on the form you'd like the subscribers added to.
Using Tags: if you choose to use Tags instead of forms, please be aware that users will be added without the 2nd opt-in in the double-opt-in workflow.
Additionally, you can add tags to the subscribers. If a tag doesn't exist, you can create a new one.
Add Tags to Subscribers
Adding Custom Fields to subscribers allows you to pass on extra information about that user to ConvertKit.
When you view a user's profile, these custom fields will be present.
Map a Custom Field to a Comment Field or Use a Custom Value
You can also use custom values for the custom field. Just select "Custom Value" from the dropdown and you'll be presented with a text box. Click the "X" button to go back to the dropdown.
Custom Fields With Mapped Name and Custom Comment Status
The last options allow you to set what the user sees on the frontend. You can set the opt-in checkbox text, and also whether the checkbox is enabled by default. To comply with spam rules, it is highly recommended to have this unchecked. Most countries require double-opt-in.
Custom Sign Up Label and Option for Checking the Checkbox by Default
Users See a Subscriber Checkbox
The users see a subscribe checkbox above the comment submit button.
Comment Form Filled Out with Checkbox Checked
Once the comment is posted, the commenter is sent a subscribe email.
The Confirmation Email for Your Newsletter
If all is well, the subscriber is added to ConvertKit with the custom fields and tags associated with the subscriber.
Subscriber with Subscriber Information
Subscriber With Tags Shown