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