I have received a number of emails on how I created a redirect for first time commenters to a thank you page.
I know it seems quite geeky, but anyone with a sense of relationship building would know that thanking first time commenters will encourage them to comment more often on your blog.
People repeat the behavior that is rewarded.
In this post, I am going to show you how to redirect first commenters to a thank you page. I will also look into the structure of a good thank you page and what you should consider when creating one.
Part 1: What Goes in a Thank You Page?
The structure of your thank you page is very important if it is to yield desired results. A close look at mine will reveal I have broken my thank you page into three parts:
1. My Thank You Statement
Genuine appreciation is rare these days, which is why saying thank now seems quaint.
My thank you page opens with me saying thanks. It is a good idea to show some personality here and be informal. You are trying to get your commenter to view you as a real person, so act like one.
If you want to be liked, be likeable.
2. My Mailing List Optin Form
Those who leave a comment on your site obviously take you seriously enough to commend your post or raise a dissension. It is those who take you seriously that hand you their emails. Ask for their emails just after a comment and most likely you will get it.
Why is the conversion of this landing page so high?
The reader who gets to your comment thank you page most likely used his most valid email to leave a comment, as his Gravatar account is tied up to that account. Most likely, he will use that same email address – his most important – to signup for your list.
3. My favorite posts
It is also a good idea to add a some very successful posts on your site to provide them with a place to go after the read your thank you message. This will also demonstrate to them that the successful post you made that got a comment from them was not a fluke.
If you have guest posts on very popular blogs, it is also a smart move to mention them here as this will demonstrate your expert status in your niche.
Part 2: Redirecting First-time Commenters to a Thank You Page
Now to the business of the day, here is how to redirect first time commenters to a thank you page:
1. Create your thank you page
The first thing to do is to go into WordPress and create a page using the structure outlined in the Part 1 of this post. Use a separate sign-up form from the others used on your site so you can track the number of persons signing up from your thank you page.
It’s a smart idea to add a personal picture to this post to give it that personal touch that will drive conversions.
2. Install the plugin
Its time to install the plugin responsible for the redirect. As usual, you can either choose to download and upload your plugin, or install directly from WordPress dashboard.
I prefer installing from within WordPress. If you are like me, go to the plugins page and click on “Add New” and click on search. When the search form displays, type in “Comment Redirect by Yoast” and click on “Search Plugins”. Select, install and activate the “Comment Redirect” plugin.
3. Set your thank you page
Notice the “Comment Redirect” that has appeared in the Plugins section of your dashboard sidebar? Click on in and set your thank you page.
That’s it, you are done and ready to redirect your first-time commenters to a thank you page.
Can’t Wait to Try this Out?
If you are new here, leave a comment on my blog and see for yourself how it works. If you are an old commenter, you may try out the comment redirection with a misspelling of your email address. Have nothing to say? No problem, you can just tell me how handsome I am – I promise, I won’t let it get to my head.