Direct Link to Subscribe to a WP.com Blog
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(Alternate Title : How to make a Custom designed Subscribe button work on WP.com blogs?)
A simple question,
How do I make my readers subscribe to my posts simply by clicking on a link??
(Instead of them discovering the Subscription widget on their own)
This question has struck many bloggers, specially on WordPress, like me.
Here is how I have tackled this problem :
Post a link to the Subscription Widget so that the reader is redirected to the widget where he can click on ‘Subscribe me now!’ to get subscribed successfully.
(Thank you WordPress Support Staff. Specially, Mr Blake W.)
Here is how you do it -
View the source code for the page (generally the homepage) which has the Subscription Widget
Google Chrome – Wrench Menu > Tools > View Source
Internet Explorer 9- F12 Developer Tools > View > Source > Original
Mozilla Firefox – View > Page Source
For demonstration purpose, check the source code of this page.
Use Ctrl + F to find this – widget_blog_subscription
You should get a result similar to the one shown in the following image.
Check the id as shown in the figure
As you would have seen, the id for my Subscription Widget is blog_subscription-5
Hence, the direct link to my subscription widget would be:
Try it out by clicking here – Subscribe now!
Similarly, you can get the direct link to your subscription widget which you can, then, use in your posts to make it easier for your readers to subscribe to your posts.
Don’t I need to inform my readers before hand that they would be redirected to a widget on clicking that link since they might not be expecting that?
Yes, you might want to do that. Read the Next page to know how to do that.