Since there are lots of article about paid list building wordpress plugins. I have decided to write about FREE plugins to help you build your email list.

These plugins can help you to collect emails on the front page of your website or blog and then you can export that email list into your favorite PAID autoresponder and list building software like malichimp or aweber.

Why free Plugins?

It’ quite simple answer, because many online marketers,businesses and people don’t have big starting capital to invest in their online email marketing. Or they just want to test it first to see if email list building softwares are right for them.

It’s true that many email marketing tools like aweber have $1 price for first month of using it, but honestly one month is not enough to test out your business clients and to get new ones or even to develop your tactics that will help you to grow your list.

That’s why without any further delays and writing, I’m about to show you some free plugins that can help you in your email marketing.


Here is the list of free list building wordpress plugins:


WP Autoresponder And Newsletter Plugin – With WP Autoresponder you can create email newsletters, follow up autoresponders and provide subscription to blog via e-mail. This plugin is just AWESOME, after I installed it and saw the number of features it has, It’s basically an Aweber inside your wordpress dashboard. And yes you can export your list, you can create broadcasts, create forms, and much more. Here is the screenshot from my dashboard after I installed it:

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[GWA] AutoResponder – A plugin to add an AutoResponder and Double Opt-in Mail List Builder to your weblog. Build your mailing list on your blog. Subscribe and manage your entire list directly and automatically with ease.  Some of the features: Build a list of unlimited size,Send daily email auto-responses, Easy to add, edit, and reschedule mailings, Broadcast single messages to your list anytime, Import/Export csv list format, etc.. What I liked about this plugin is the one page where you can control everything from. There is also pro version you can get for $67, but since this post is created for ones without big budgets. I assure you that options in free version plugin are everything you need in order to build your list, Big thanks for the developers of this plugin. You can check the screenshot of the plugin page:

backend option page


WP Email Capture – Double opt-in form for building your email list. Define landing pages to distribute your ebooks & software. This plugin creates a 2 field form (Name & Email) for capturing emails. Email is double opt in, and allows you to forward opt in to services such as ebooks or software. When you are ready to begin your email marketing campaign, simply export the list into your chosen email marketing software or service.  Now in this plugin you will need to create your own subscription page, confirmation page or both, but it’s not hard, and you will need to go to widgets and add it to the sidebar, you can export your list with this plugin. If you want to support developer, you can choose premium version, they have it too. Here are some screenshots of the plugin options and how widget looks on the front page of your weblog:

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Easy Sign Up – This Plug-in creates a form to collect the name and e-mail from your visitors, who are then redirected to the url you choose. The plug-in generates a customizable thank you email that’s sent to the visitor and the visitor’s email and name are sent to an email address of your choosing. Possible use is collecting email address for a newsletter, or leads for your sales force before redirecting to a brochure.  You can donate and support developers. Just add widget and form is ready, here are some screenshots of option panel and front page form:

option panel


BFT Autoresponder – This plugin allows scheduling of automated autoresponder messages and managing a mailing list. This plugin allows scheduling of automated autoresponder messages and managing a mailing list. You can add/edit/delete and import/export members. There is also a registration form which can be placed in any website or blog. You can schedule unlimited number of email messages.  This plugin is very simple and still has basic stuff you need in order to build email list for free.

Navayan Subscribe – Allows visitors to easily and quickly subscribe to your website/blog using email, name, additional field with Post notifications. Customize the subscribe form at Dashboard -> Tools -> Navayan Subscribe. Or simply go to ‘Appearance -> Widgets’, drag and drop ‘Navayan Subscribe’ widget in your sidebar and see it in action.

There you go, 6 wordpress plugins, and every single of them is special on it’s own way. But they all have one purpose, helping you in building your email list, so you can connect with your readers and visitors while saving some money in your pocket.

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  1. Hey James,

    I’ve read a lot of articles on list building plugins, but most of them were talking about premium ones. I’ve found your list really useful and I’m going to use two of those plugins.

    Thanks for this buddy.

    • You’re welcome Ehsan, if you don’t have a budget yet, It’s always best to use free plugins. And since technology is evolving every day, these plugins are the best way to build a list.
      thanks for commenting

  2. Melly Schug


    I’ve got to try this Navayan Subscribe? I actually don’t have experience with this tool but this seems really nice!
    Anyway, thanks for this James!

    • You’re welcome Melly, and yes Navayan plugin is really nicely coded and designed. It should be very easy to use it.
      thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  3. I started blogging with zero budget as well before this and I uses the Mailchimp auto-responder.
    I find it good but lack of templates for opt-in and because it is free, it is difficult to get rid of all the mandatory Mailchimp identity.
    I move to Aweber now and I personally think that if you want to get serious email marketing, investment is a must.
    It is going to be a headache when one day you find that you need to change, for instance Mailchimp to Aweber, you will lose some subscribers there due to the reason of second opt-in.

    • True Alan, but if you build relationship with your subscribers, they will follow you on any list building software you change to.
      For people without starting capital, these plugins are gold opportunity. With some of them you don’t even need to have aweber, it’s amazing.
      thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  4. Beth Hewitt


    Hi James,

    Great list of free plugins. This is a great one stop shop for newbies, or for those with small marketing budgets. I particularly like the looks of the WP Email Capture Plugin.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Beth πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks for these recommendations. I am going to take a closer look at wp email capture. Looks like it is simple and easy to use.

  6. Thanks for the list. I have been toying around with a few different free plugins. Unfortunately, I haven’t found one that works as effectively as possible. I will take a stab and these to see if they are the solution I am searching for.

    Happy blogging πŸ™‚

    • You’re welcome Michael, I created this list to help myself too, I’m sure you’ll find these plugins and tools useful. thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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