Are you doing anything about building your list? I know it almost sounds like a chore, but it isn’t all that complicated, really!
I love my list since I get all sorts of feedback from my newsletter subscribers and I always try to think of something new for them. I really appreciate them trusting me with their e-mail addresses.
Use Aweber as your service, it is amazing (you should definitely consider starting your list, if you haven’t done so already)!
After you set everything up, you need all the help you can get. And that is where a really cool free plugin comes in – Viperbar!
OK, just the fact that it is free, means it is worth the money but let me tell you what is it all about.
Viperbar is a plugin by Glen of Viperchill.com and you can download it here (the link is going to the file). Once installed, activated and set up it will appear above your blog, at the top of the page. Scroll up and see mine!
What can you use Viperbar for?
You can use it for sign up form, like I do, or any other custom text you want to display up there.
How do I create a form?
Viperbar will do that for you.
Here is a screenshot of my settings, where you can see that I only entered MailChimp API key and my list ID.
You can automatically set up Viperbar for Aweber as well.
You can also use Feedburner e-mail subscription.
Viperbar options and settings
First option is General tab where you can enable or disable the bar.
Then you have the Content tab with two options:
- Preset forms – this is where you set up your sign up box.
- Custom text – for displaying text instead of a sign up box.
Next is Appearance where you choose the colors for the bar and the button. Of course, if there is not a sign up form, there won’t be a button.
Stats are one of the features I really like because they are right there in the plugin and I don’t have to go and log in anywhere to check them. They display
- conversion rate.
My conversion rate is 0.35% which isn’t that great but here is the reason it is so small. Impressions number shows how many times was your bar seen. A person that comes to my blog usually sees at least 2 pages, sometimes 5 or more.
So if that visitor sees 5 pages those are 5 impressions, but she can only submit once, being one person. So the conversion rate of the bar is actually higher (otherwise I would not recommend it).
The last tab is a Preview of your bar.
As you can see, Glen added a subscription button to his RSS feed and is displaying his latest post.
Advantages of Viperbar
- It is free.
- It shows stats.
- It is as easy to set up as it gets.
- It is on the top of your blog, hence very visible.
- It isn’t glowing, flashing or popping up.
- Glen is a great guy that is always there for us :)
This plugin is real easy to set up and it can bring you more subscribers than having just a sign up form in the sidebar. I am still confused why more people are not using it. Are you? Are you going to?