See the screenshot below? The screenshot showing a greeting message and a link, is created by a free plugin called WP Greeting Box and you can download it here.
This plugin creates customized greeting messages for your visitors depending on the source they come from.
For example, if they came to your blog after a Google search, the WP Greeting box will display a message like this:
There are many different greeting boxes and some of them will offer subscription to your RSS, some will offer to bookmark the post.
How to use it to maximize results?
The boxes are highly customizable, but first you need to know what you want to accomplish.
If you want more RSS subscriptions, just slightly edit the boxes (or don’t edit them at all).
If you want newsletter subscriptions, deactivate all boxes, create a default customized greeting and invite people to subscribe to your newsletter.
If you want more YouTube subscribers, make that your default greeting.
You can do anything you imagine. Change the text in the box, change the links, format the text or not, change the icon… All you have to do is think about what you want to accomplish with the box.
WP Greeting Box plugin basic settings
When you enter the settings of this plugins, there are 5 options (links) you can click:
Greeting Messages link will take you to the editor where you can customize your messages, activate and deactivate certain boxes, etc. The screenshot shows only a part of the options:
The next link is Exclusion Rules and it will list all the URLs you don’t want to show the greeting message to. For example, you can exclude the greeting message for visitors that come from your RSS feed, since they are already subscribed.
General Configuration is a place where you will set up several things (the explanation is below the image).
Support this plugin option will add (or not) a link at the bottom right of the box, linking to the plugin home page. I have just removed it, when I decided to publish this post.
General Configuration is pretty self explanatory. I have checked the box to automatically insert the greeting for my posts, but not pages and home page.
As you can see I allow users to close the greeting box. Checking the “Allow users to close the greeting message” option is actually creating a little X in the top right corner of the greeting box, making it possible for people to close it.
You can position the greeting box before or after the post content. When I was using it, I chose to put it at the top, because I know that not everyone will reach the end of the post. So I was trying to grab attention at the beginning.
As you can see at the bottom of the General Configuration panel, the WP Greeting box plugin even has Related Post Options. It can display related posts based on the keyword you were found for, at the Search Engines.
Import/Export feature will allow you to download settings you made to the plugin.
Documentation link takes you to the plugin’s home page.
As you can see in the image above, there is a button Show Advanced Options.
These options are for setting up your RSS feed URL, HTML codes that will go before and after the greeting message and so on.
If you are not a techie, I would recommend only inserting your RSS feed to the text area designed for it and leaving the options as they are.
Good features and extra customization
You can turn off the greeting box on certain posts. You will do this from your post editing panel, somewhere close to the bottom of the page. You only need to check the little checkbox.
You can set up a timeout for a visitor or set up the box so it never goes away unless closed by the visitor.
You can customize the look of the greeting box to match your theme by editing the CSS file.
For more detailed tutorial, if there is more that you wanna do to it than I have mentioned here, you can see the author’s tutorial page.