Don’t you like to have regular readers on your blog? Don’t you want the readers that give feedback? that add value to your blog posts by providing quality comments? Have you ever tried to figure out how to convert your blog visitor to a regular reader? How to convince them to subscribe to your blog? As in the earlier post I talked about how to increase your blog traffic. But it would be injustice to not talk about converting that traffic into regular readers. Below are few wordpress plugins that can help you in getting more conversions (subscribers or readers).
This plugin allows you to show a greeting to your visitors depending on the referrer. Now what can be more easy way to let your visitors know how they can stay updated and how easily they can subscribe to your blog. What will be more effective is to provide the actual RSS link in the greeting with an action sentence to direct them to subscribe to the RSS feed. You can also request them to follow you on twitter.
Subscribe to comments will allow your visitors to subscribe to the blog posts comments via their email. This comes in handy when a user posts a comment on your blog and wants to be notified of the replies, or there is a valuable conversation going on the post and your visitor wants to stay updated on the conversion. In any case they will be notified of new comments on the particular blog post and they might visit your blog again to check the comments.
Threaded comments allow visitors to reply to a particular comment, so to start or take part in conversation. When a visitor will take part in conversation they will eventually come back to your blog again and again to check on the replies or updates. The more they visit your blog the more the chances are they will comment on other posts and hence will eventually become a regular reader of your blog.
This is an old plugin that still works with WordPress 2.8.4. The plugin was developed by Steve Smith and then it was handed over to Feedburner team and can be downloaded from here, until Google drops support for it. This plugin does not provide many fancy options but simply redirects your blog’s feed url to your feedburner’s feed url. By using feedburner you can track number of your subscribers and many other things, but by publishing those numbers on your blog you might get few more visitors interested in subscribing to your blog.
Comment Love encourages your blog visitors to leave a comment on your blog combined with “Subscribe to Comments” those readers will eventually become your regular readers.
As I discussed earlier while discussing 5 ideas to encourage conversation on your blog, that making links in comments dofollow is just another trick to increase comments on your blog. So get the plugin installed and get ready to moderate large number of comments. You have been warned!!!.
Do you know of any other plugins that help encouraging your readers to keep coming back to your blog? Do you have any other ideas that can make it easy for your readers to subscribe to your blog? What strategies are you using on your blog to increase conversions?