Last week i’ve released a new and improved version of ‘Qoate Newsletter Sign-up’, one of my older plugins for WordPress that adds a ‘Sign me up for your newsletter’ checkbox to your comment form. This makes it easy for your commenters to sign-up for your mailinglist and thus turn them into subscribers.
If you were previously using the ‘old’ plugin (Qoate Newsletter Sign-up) it is highly recommended that you start using Newsletter Sign-up right away. I recoded the whole thing from scratch resulting in much cleaner code, higher compatibility and probably the most important thing, better performance.
Not using the plugin yet? Care to read on why you should start using it?
What does this ‘Newsletter Sign-up’ plugin do exactly?
The plugin gives you the possibility to add a checkbox to your comment forms and your registration forms. Users who take the effort to comment on your posts are most likely dedicated readers of your blog and most likely they’d like to subscribe to your newsletter too. With this plugin enabled all they have to do is tick a checkbox and voila, they’re subscribed.
Behind the scenes and the CAN-SPAM act
As soon as this plugin detects that someone ticked the checkbox upon posting their comment it mimics the normal POST request that a user would do when subscribing to your newsletter trough a normal sign-up form. In most cases the subscriber will then receive a confirmation e-mail to make sure that they are willingly signing-up to your newsletter. This depends on your newsletter service and settings tho. This plugin is not silently subscribing your commenters, and thus not violating the CAN-SPAM act.
I want to boost my newsletter subscribers, how easy is this plugin to set-up?
I’ve made it as easy as possible. Pictures tell more then a thousand words so let me show you how this plugin will look in your WordPress backend.
As you can see you have the option to select one of the major newsletter services from a select list. This will help you by filling in some of the values that are used for everyone using that newsletter service. Then all that’s left for you is to select some information that is specific to your list. You can find all this information in a sign-up form that you would normally embed on your website. For more information on how to find this values take a look at “Configuring Newsletter Sign-up“.
If you’re not already using Newsletter Sign-up you should definetly give it a try and see what it does to your mailinglist. I hereby dare you to post some results after a few weeks of using this plugin.