[Case Study] How Yoast Doubled His Email Signups and Added 10,000+ Email Subscribers in a Month

How often do you hear that someone doubled their email signups with just a few clicks and added 10,000 new email subscribers in a month?

At OptinMonster, we hear tons of cool stories like this from our customers.

When you start recovering abandoning website visitors, you will be surprised by how effective onsite retargeting can be.

In this case study, we will show you how Yoast doubled his email signups and added over 10,000 email subscribers in 30 days!

Who is Yoast?

Joost de Valk aka Yoast is the founder and CEO of the popular WordPress SEO plugin Yoast SEO which runs on approximately 4 million websites (including ours).

Yoast is a household name among bloggers, webmasters and SEOs.

Like any other business owner, Joost wanted to grow his email list.

Despite being skeptical about popups, he decided to give OptinMonster a try.

“I was once a disbeliever myself. I didn’t like popups at all. But the results speak for themselves, it just works. OptinMonster makes it super easy and is well worth the money.” – Joost

Let’s take a look at what Yoast did that helped him double his email signups.

Simple Design, Massive Results

Now if you saw our Kampanjjakt case study, then you’re probably thinking that Yoast probably has an equally complicated popup.

Not at all. Yoast used our Clean Slate theme with a custom image to achieve these results.

Yoast’s OptinMonster setup included:

What’s even cooler is that all of his optins looked nearly identical. They were just shown to different users at different times.


Some of his users saw this optin when they were about to leave his website (exit-intent). Others saw it when they were browsing his site on mobile, and some saw it when they clicked on a specific download button.

Upon signup, the users were added to Yoast’s MailChimp email list with our built-in MailChimp integration, and they received a free eBook.


“We doubled our opt-in rate, by simply only using an exit intent popup.” – Joost

While the setup looks simple, there is a very key underlying factor without which no optin design will convert.

And that’s relevance!

Yoast’s free eBook incentive is highly relevant and useful for his website visitors.

Considering Joost is well-known for SEO, downloading an optimization book from him is a no-brainer specially when it is free.

Key Lesson

As you can see, Yoast team did not create a super complicated custom popup. Rather they used our Clean Slate theme and uploaded a custom image in the placeholder.

The main lesson here is that all you need is a targeted free resource (eBook, checklist, video, etc) and an exit-intent popup to grow your email list.

When you hear people say that you need more traffic to get more subscribers, it’s not TRUE.

What you need is to stop losing abandoning visitors and start converting them into email subscribers by offering them free resources using the exit-intent popup.

Want similar results?

Whether you use MailChimp like Yoast, or any other email marketing service, OptinMonster can help you grow your email list in just a few clicks.

I asked Joost, what was his favorite part about OptinMonster considering he has used so many other solutions, and he said:

“The ease of use of the whole thing. Even though I dislike popups, it makes it almost enjoyable.” – Joost

Ready to get more email subscribers? Get started with OptinMonster today!

Syed Balkhi
Syed Balkhi is the co-founder of OptinMonster. He was recognized as the top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by the United Nations. He lives and breathes conversion marketing.


  1. Gregorio says:

    Can OPTINMONSTER be integrated with a Blog using the TUMBLR platform ?

    1. Kevin Gates says:
  2. Muhammad Imran says:

    well, great… I also want to increase my email subscribers. I will give a shot to OptinMonster soon.

    1. Kevin Gates says:

      Great! Glad to be working with you!

  3. Peter Vandever says:

    Are these quality emails? Having a 100,000 emails that do not convert to anything is just costing money to send.

    1. Syed Balkhi Syed Balkhi says:

      Yes because it’s users who’re visiting your website and willingly opt-in to receive what you’re offering.

  4. Tammy says:

    What are your thoughts on using these forms on mobile? What are the ramifications with Google?

    1. Syed Balkhi Syed Balkhi says:

      No ramifications. Mobile conversions are great.

  5. Udyan Sharma says:

    Could you please tell the name of the author box plugin that you use!

    1. Syed Balkhi Syed Balkhi says:

      We built our own – but WPBeginner has an article on some that you can use:


      Or you can build a custom one using this one:


  6. Stephen L Dalton says:

    Sure, Yoast already has millions viewing their site, after all, it is one of the most popular SEO WP platforms available, but what about the little guy that doesn’t have many viewers, how do we increase our subscribers by 10,000 or even 100?

    1. Mary Fernandez Mary Fernandez says:

      Do you know your current monthly traffic and optin stats, Stephen? If you are getting a decent amount of traffic but not a lot of optins, then following the strategies in this case study (adding an exit-intent popup, mobile popup and two-step optin) will definitely help to increase–or even double–your optin rate too. However, subscribers won’t just magically appear unless you have a way to drive traffic to your site. What I like to recommend for driving traffic and email subscribers, especially if you are just starting out, is to write some guest posts for popular online magazines and publications serving your target audience. We have a post on that here. Hope that helps!

  7. papon saha says:

    Very nice.

  8. Abhishek Kumar says:

    How to use yoast SEO and All in one one SEO together
    I am facing problem after installing yoast SEO

    1. Mary Fernandez Mary Fernandez says:

      Why are you trying to use both together?

      I would be really careful about that because you don’t want to have duplicate title tags and meta descriptions (Google doesn’t like that)… I’ve never tried to use two SEO plugins together–so I don’t know–but that’s something I would be wary of.

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