Once you have selected your preferred E-mail Marketing Service and you have started your mailing list with a couple of autoresponders ready.
But you have a very few subscribers on your list that aren’t converting your hard work.
Did you take time to find out Where the problem is? Why people are not subscribing to your blog?
There are lots of things which makes it hard to grow a mailing list and one of the major problems is using a not-so-powerful and annoying lead plugins.
A lead is the said to be made whenever someone provides you with his/her information by filling out a form or any kind of subscription data collector.
So basically your subscription box located at your sidebar or embedded anywhere on your site is a lead form.
Listed below are some of the best performing lead generation plugins.
- Thrive leads
- ConvertPlug (Now ConvertPlus)
- PopUp Domination
- Icegram + Rainmaker
- How to Make a PopUp With OptinMonster
Optinmonster is a plugin made for all. Be it agencies or business or small publishers. This powerful plugin will make you a tough rock competition at building a mailing list.
With over 65+ templates and being mobile friendly, the OptinMonster can be integrated with any web-based platform like Drupal, Joomla, blogger sling with WordPress.
Some of its great features include:-
- A/B split testing.
- Drag n drop builder
- Page-level targeting.
- Sidebar forms.
- Floating bar.
- After post & inline forms.
- Content Locking.
- Exit-intent technology.
- Referral detection.
For business or serious blogger, you can also access features like custom branding, Custom message and monster effects that gives you 26+ custom animation and sounds effects that convert more visitors.
Campaign Triggers options:-
- Exit-Intent Technology
- Scroll Trigger
- MonsterLinks 2-Step Optins
- Timed Display Control
- Campaign Scheduling
It also has multiple eCommerce integrations, including Magento, Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion and PrestaShop.
I strongly recommend you to go with OptinMonster or thrive leads if you truly want to attain a powerful tool that is both easy to use and magical.
Thrive leads is part of the thrive themes brand who owns the famous thrive architecture. This is the same plugin I’ve been using here on BforBloggers.
Thrive leads is as powerful as OptinMonster is, and both are fighting in stiff competition. However thrive leads do offer you some specific features such as:-
Different Opt-In Form Types:-
- Lightbox Overlay (Popup)
- ThriveBox 2-Step Optin
- Optin Widget
- In-Content Form
- Screen Filler
- Content Lock
- Multi-Step Forms
Advanced features include:-
- Super Customizable Forms
- Highly Conversion Focused Designs
- Enhanced SmartLinks
- Best-in-Business Reporting Suite
- Exit Intent & SmartExit
- Advanced Trigger Options
- Precise Targeting
- Animations & Sounds
With thriveLeads you can show a different campaign form to visitors who have subscribed to your list previously! Smart right?
ConvertPlug (Now ConvertPlus)
This plugin comes with loads of features such as:-
Scroll Trigger Popup
Use scroll trigger when visitor has reached a defined percentage of your web-page. Give your visitors the next thing to do when they finish reading your page, article or blog post.
Using time time-delay trigger you can control the timing of your offering to find & set the best timing visitors require to get familiar & comfortable with your website.
Do you have a customized message displayed within a particular time period? ConvertPlus lets you schedule popups that will be displayed only within the specified time period.
Unique functionality that allows you to set frequency & unique views of your opt-in forms, offerings & messages to zero out the annoyance and make your campaigns highly effective.
Option to make your premium content accessible only to subscribers or social followers. An effective way to remain indexed in Google & complement your growing email list & social channels.
Prioritize visitors coming from a particular website, by displaying specific messages and popups. Identify the domain a visitor is coming from and display or hide particular modules.
The full screen or welcome models grab user attention as they hide everything else on the screen. ConvertPlus lets you convert any modal popup into a full screen modal with a single click.
ConvertPlus makes it easy to add opt-in forms & social sharing and following icons in the sidebars, in footers or any other widget area using ConvertPlus’s Widget Box.
Engage visitors with video popups! Show video content to visitors within the popup accompanied by a call-to-action or a subscription form at the pre-set timing of your choice.
The single plugin comes with almost everything thing you need. The real-time live editor makes it easier to design and deploy your pop-ups.
ConvertPlus comes with pre-made templates that are ready to go with minimal customizations. You can also use inline forms and pop-ups along with sidebar forms I suggest you to do a split A/B testing of the sole of the templates and formats before settling down for a single one.
Not to mention these pop-ups are all mobile friendly and responsive.
Used by almost every beginner and some top bloggers, SUMOme is a power-packed plugin that gives you over 10+ tools which can contribute towards your blogging success.
However, our main focus for this list is popup and other forms. With sumo, you can enable embedded forms, popup forms, notification bars and scroll trigger forms with ease.
All you have to do is go straight and register your account on SUMOme, get yourself the plugin and you are good to go.
SUMOme, however, does not come with many customization and powerful features you get in Optin monster or ConvertPlus, this is a beginner friendly approach to list building.
You can use SUMO me on blogger (BlogSpot) blogs too just like others above on the list.
This popup form maker is giving insane results these days. The popup domination plugin has proven to increase leads and subscribers list by 400% overnight! That’s true!
Popup Domination is a great plugin if you want the ease of making subscription forms. With its interactive form builder and lots of custom pre-made templates, making popup forms is a breeze.
Send traffic to sales and affiliate pages.
Create scarcity for your offers and boost conversions.
Show a popup when visitors go to leave your website.
Show a popup when somebody clicks object or text.
Show popup based on time, page views, scrolling the page and more.
Split test your popups against each other to boost conversions further.
See how well your popups are converting, including best pages, countries, and devices.
Popup domination has been developed By people at incomediary and they have been using it since it’s development.
The plans start at $9/month and the interesting fact is you only pay for views, not features. That means that if your pop-ups have been shown to only >10k people, you can use this plugin for $9 only.
Icegram + Rainmaker
Every time I mention Icegram, a smile comes on my face. Don’t ask me, I don’t why. This plugin was the first plugin I ever used to build pop up and notification bars on here BforBloggers.
I highly recommend you Icegram if you want a top-notch support and highly competitive marketing tools for growing your email list.
Pretty features include:-
- Target visitors
- Exit intent
- Custom branding
- Full-screen mode
- Click & scroll trigger
- Pre-made 100+ templates
- Notification bar and slideins
The pro plan includes:-
- A/B Testing
- Geographical Targeting
- Optin Entry Animations
- Optin Exit Animations
- Tab, Sidebar
- 24 premium themes
- Remote ( work on non-WP sites)
I hope you did notice that I wrote Icegram + rainmaker.
Rainmaker media is the parent company behind Icegram and the same name is allotted to their plugin as well.
With Icegram you can make extremely effective notification bars, sidebar forms, mats, pop-ups, and slideins.
Although the Icegram easily integrates with MailChimp, you can optionally use the rainmaker plugin to collect email subscribers and automated the workflow emails.
How to Make a PopUp With OptinMonster
Follow along with this guide and you will have your popup form ready in no time.
Before we make a popup, it’s compulsory to have an account on OptinMonster which will give you an API.
This API will help you connect your WordPress blog with cloud-based optinmonster. Go ahead and sign up for OptinMonster. Select the plan that suits you the best.
Once you are done with sign-in up, install the Official OptinMonster plugin from WordPress dashboard and enter your API key to connect.
Note that a premade campaign is required to make an optin form. Once you are done starting a campaign follow these steps.
Login to your OptinMonster dashboard and click on create new campaign button shown at the above right corner of the screen.
The new window will show you a few different types of forms available as per your plan. Select the desired optin module. In this case, I have selected lightbox popup.
On the next screen, as shown above, you can customize your optin form to match your brand and campaign. Enter the title and the description/subtitle.
On the right corner above you will we that your campaign is currently paused. To activate your new opt-in form, simply turn this button to publish mode and you are done.
The next step is integration.
Turn the status but on to live. Your popup is live now.
If you have integrated with WordPress, you can simply control this via your own WordPress dashboard. nothing else is required. If you want to you use this form on other platforms as well, click on Any website button.
How to make a campaign on ThriveLeads
follow along this guide to make a campaign and go live with thrive leads in a few easy steps.
Step 1: Start a campaign
Upon installing the plugin, you will have to go to thrive leads section and click on Add New Button as shown above.
Name your lead group. This name is for your reference only and will help you to remember and differentiate between two or more lead groups you will make.
Click on the new type of opt-in form button to select the type of form that suits you best. I like the lightbox and Slideins as they perform very well.
Select the desired form you want to make and continue.
STEP 2: Create A Form
Now you will have to setup a form that will help you to collect the emails from your visitors. Click on the Add button at the top right corner.
Click on create a form button to continue.
Name your new form. Again, this name is for you to differentiate between two or more forms and gives no value to your audience give it any name you want.
You can edit the form by clicking on the blue button as shown in the image above.
Select the trigger for pop-ups to show on your site. The best trigger is exit intent and scroll percentage. I use to show pop-ups when the user scrolls down to 75% of my blog. You could do anywhere between 50%-80% for best results.
Once done, click on the display settings to make your form go live on your WordPress blog.
Then both the buttons to yes.
Go to your WordPress widgets section and select the thrive leads widget.
Select the less group you want to take live on your site and click on the save button.
That’s it! Your pop-ups are now live on your site.
Ways To Grow your mailing list
The best thing you can to make people sign up with their email is giving them something in return.
This is known as “white-bribe” and this is an extremely effective technique.
You can offer your readers a free e-book, a discount on a costly product, a free course and gifts etc. In exchange for their emails.
You can also ask them to share their problems with your and convince them that you can solve it. To connect with them further, ask for their email address.
Make sure you use pop-ups. These forms have proven to grow lists with ease.
Lead generation can be done for growing your mailing list as well as for gaining a number of passive customers. Get the record of their contact information in a legal way and start your marketing strategy. Make sure your autoresponders are ready as soon as you generate a lead.
Other Methods To Collect Leads
There are several other ways to collect Leeds other than WordPress plugins. One of the most effective ways is a customized landing page.
Also known as lead pages, the landing pages which are focused on compelling lead building strategy are the best way to collect emails without showing a pop-up or slide in etc.
You would probably place the list builder form at the top kg the page below the header to make it as compelling as possible. Place a form at the bottom (footer) too.
You should build your email list. Period.
Your email subscribers are your biggest asset after the organic traffic you are getting.
These people are eager to know more about you and your services. They believe you have something valuable for them.
Suppose your once subscriber converts into $10. If you have 1000 subscribers on your list, you could actually make $10000 a month as passive income.
All you have to do is create a couple of autoresponders mentioning your services first.
After these emails, ask for the problems your readers are facing. Your emails subscribers will respond to you with their problems.
Now as soon as you get to know their problems, start to find a solution for that. If you have your own product which can be used to rectify those problems, promote them.
You can also get affiliated with related products that are best in Class and affordable. Promote the products and you can get a commission out of it.
At last, you will be earning money as well as you will have a group of people who are trusting on you and these people are your biggest asset.
This is known as a marketing structure called “sales funnel“. This structure starts right after you generate a lead.
I hope this guide has helped you with building your email list with ease.
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