The benefit when you have an email newsletter list is that you can share important news and updates with people that will be interested to learn more.
Offering to help, supporting your friends with their community engagement and getting involved are three easy ways to get started with supporting community.
Always best to always turn email automation off when not in use.
First the takeaway, if you are going to ask for a link then give one in return first.
Personally, when it comes to website design I am a little bit of a minimalist. Strangely this with the "pizza with the lot" approach works.