Substack terms

Subscriber Import

Importing an existing list of subscribers.

What is a subscriber import in Substack?

A subscriber import in Substack refers to the process of transferring an existing list of subscribers from a different platform or service to Substack. This feature is particularly useful for writers or publishers who are transitioning to Substack and want to retain their existing audience base. The import process involves uploading a CSV file containing the email addresses of the subscribers.

Once the import is complete, the subscribers are added to the Substack mailing list and can start receiving newsletters and updates. It's important to note that Substack respects privacy laws and requires that the imported subscribers have given their consent to be added to the new mailing list. This ensures compliance with regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the CAN-SPAM Act.

How to import subscribers to Substack?

To import subscribers to Substack, you first need to have a CSV file containing the email addresses of your subscribers. This file should only contain one column with the header "Email". Once you have this file ready, log into your Substack account and navigate to your dashboard.

From your dashboard, click on the "Subscribers" tab. Here, you will find an option to "Import Subscribers". Click on this and then choose the CSV file from your device to upload. After uploading, Substack will automatically import the email addresses into your subscriber list. Please note that Substack only allows importing of subscribers who have given their consent to be added to your mailing list.

Can I import my existing email list to Substack?

Yes, you can import your existing email list to Substack. Substack provides a feature that allows you to upload a CSV file of your email list. This makes it easy to transfer your existing subscribers to your new Substack newsletter. It's important to note that you should have the consent of your subscribers before importing their email addresses, in compliance with privacy laws.

To import your list, you simply need to go to your Substack dashboard, click on 'Subscribers', and then 'Import CSV'. You'll then be able to upload your file. Substack will send an invitation to each imported subscriber to join your newsletter. They will only be added to your Substack list if they accept the invitation, ensuring that they have actively chosen to subscribe.

What format should my subscriber list be in for Substack import?

Your subscriber list for Substack import should be in CSV (Comma Separated Values) format. This is a simple file format used to store tabular data, such as a spreadsheet or database. The first row of the CSV file should contain the column names, which should include at least "Email" as one of the headers. Other optional columns can be "First Name" and "Last Name".

Each subsequent row beneath the header should contain the corresponding data. For instance, the email addresses of your subscribers should be listed under the "Email" column. If you have the first and last names of your subscribers, you can include them under the respective columns. Ensure that the data is clean and correctly formatted to avoid import errors.

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