Increase Subscribers: Add Sticky ViperBar Email Form in Header

People visits our site to read the posts. They read the posts and if they find it useful they go for Newsletter subscription. That means they only subscribe after reading the posts. Most of the time visitors don’t find any subscription form at the end of the post. It happens because we put our email form at sidebar or header. But the problem is when they are at the bottom of the post, sidebar or header was out of their screen. And often we miss email subscriber.

To increase my subscribers Previously I’ve added Email Subscription Form below Blog posts. It works GREAT for me. Later I feel that sometimes readers scroll down to read the comments and they miss the subscription form. So I start using a sticky email subscription bar on header that stays on the top even if the users scroll down.

To do that I am using a WordPress Plugin called ViperBar. So what is ViperBar?

ViperBar adds an attractive bar in your blog header which grabs the readers’ attention and helps you to increase your blog or newsletter subscribers. It’s compatible with FeedBurner, Aweber and MailChimp. Glen Allsopp from Viperchill has launched this plugin.

ViperBar on Header
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This is how it looks on my Header

Before we discuss how to use it, here are some benefits of using this bar.

  • It’s not an annoying pop-up.
  • It can easily grab the readers attention.
  • It’s very easy to use.
  • You can see stats to understand whether it works for you or not.

How to Install and Customize Viperbar

ViperBar is a free WordPress Plugin which is available on WordPress directory. You can download this bar from here. Once you’ve activated this plugin, you will find the Plugin’s options under ‘Setting’ of your Dashboard.

General :

At first you will see General Customization. An ideal setting is given bellow.

Content : 

Here you can put the text which will appear on your bar. I would suggest you to put text only on “Text Before the Form”.

Then you’ll find the “Opt-in Form Settings” to integrate Feedburner, Aweber or Mailchimp.

If you’re using FeedBurner, just put your Feed name on the box. For example My FeedBurner URL is www.feeds.feedburner.com/roadtoblogging and for me ‘roadtoblogging’ is the Feed name.

For Aweber user, put your Aweber List ID.

For Mail Chimp user, put your API key and Unique List ID. To get API key, go to your MailChimp Dashboard and on the right top you will get ‘Account’ option. Select “API Keys & info” from that.To get the Unique List ID, Go to your list settings. It’s at the bottom.

Appearance :

Here you can design your ViperBar and Submit button which fit your website design.

So choose the colors wisely that fits best to your site design.

Stats:

There is nothing to change here. It provides you some stats information like

Impression – How many people saw your Bar?

Submissions – how many clicked on Submit?

Conversion Rate – Percentage of conversion.

Preview:

Once you’ve configured your settings you can see the Preview of the plugin before it goes live.

That’s it. I highly suggest you to implement this bar in your header. You will get more subscriber, Trust me. Try it out.

Bonus Tip: If you have subscription form on your sidebar you can make it sticky by using Q2W3 Fixed Widget WordPress plugin.

Do let us know if you’ve implemented this bar on your site. Or any others plugin that can help us to increase subscriber.

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17 thoughts on “Increase Subscribers: Add Sticky ViperBar Email Form in Header”

  1. I have been using ViperBar for several months and love it. I’m a designer and I like how clean and modern it is. Also, I am able to customize it to match my brand, and even change the color and text for the holidays (right now it’s pink and red for Valentine’s Day).

    You can see how I’ve used it here: http://amperart.com/

  2. hey Rayhan, thank you for this post. I was literally looking for a nice subscription bar. even I have implemented your advice after reading this post.

  3. That sound pretty nice! But unfortunately i’m using “Blogger Platform”. Anyway, keep the post coming, but am missing this awesome “wordpress plugin”…

    1. That’s the beauty of WordPress platform. We do everything with Plugin :). Anyway Blogger is also a nice Platform.

    1. Taswir… Popup domination is painfully costly.
      Thanks Istiak for letting us know about the viperbar. Will try it once I start email newsletter subscription on my blog.

      1. Popup domination is costly and i hate pop up forms. Good to know that you’re going to implement this on your blog.

  4. Hey Istiak,

    That’s sound pretty cool, unfortunately I have already 2 opt in forms on my blog right under the header. I think If I put in one more my reader would hate me :) .

    Handy plugin!
    Akos

    1. You are right. So many opt in forms may annoy the readers. All you can do is make your sidebar opt in form sticky which I’ve mentioned in ‘Bonus Tips’ on this post. It’s important cause when readers go to the bottom of the post they no longer see our sidebar. Thanks for your comment.

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