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One form of promotion of our blog is through email and in many blogs the subscription to a newsletter or mailing list is an essential part of marketing. One of the ways to get subscribers is by using a widget, through which users can voluntarily subscribe to our mailing list. Another way to create a subscriber list is to export emails from WordPress comments.

image In most WordPress blogs when you want to leave a comment there is a mandatory field that you must complete with an email, because it is these emails that we are going to export to create a list. It is clear that the list of subscribers obtained through the widget will be of better quality than the list we can create from the emails of the comments.

Keep in mind that WordPress does not verify that the email entered to leave a comment exists , so a high percentage of these emails can be false. Also, when we export these emails to exploit them for commercial purposes, we can be doing things in a not very legal way and get some user to bother if we send many emails, so this technique must be used sparingly .

Taking into account everything we raised before, we move on to the practical part with our WordPress blog and in which we will use two free plugins.

How to export emails from WordPress comments

For the task of extracting the email addresses from the comments of our WordPress blog, it is as simple as installing the Export emails plugin on our blog.

Once installed we go to the Herramientas → Export emails menu of the WordPress administrator panel. When we access, we can see that it allows us to export emails from:

  • Users registered in our blog (useful if we have open records) .
  • Emails from the comments database.

The export does not require any additional steps, it is achieved by copying the emails directly from the text box and pasting them into a text file for later use.

Before we commented that this technique of obtaining emails without authorization may not be completely legal, so we recommend you mention in your privacy policy how you are going to use these emails . A good option is to use the Show Comment Policy plugin that allows us to add a message with our comments policy above the comments form. Once the plugin is installed, we go to Ajustes → Show Comment Policy and configure to our liking and remind you that the message accepts HTML code in case you want to use bold, colors, etc ...

And to make it clear and not stand up to confusions in Vozidea we will not use this method, we only show it for educational purposes.

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