WordPress: Build Your List from Comments

A while back, we announced the AWeber Web Form Plugin for WordPress. Today, the widget is getting a few new features.

Specifically, it now has the ability to allow subscribers to sign up to your list when they leave a comment on your blog or register there – without having to fill out a separate web form.

In addition, the plugin now comes with a dashboard pane, giving you access to information about how well it is working for you.

How Does It Work?

If you missed our original post about the Web Form Plugin for WordPress, it allows you to install an AWeber web form on your WordPress blog, like so:

The best part about the new subscribe by commenting feature is how easy it is to use. All you do is turn it on, and your blog’s visitors will see a checkbox whenever they leave a comment or register. Check it out:

Once you update or install the AWeber WordPress plugin, you simply check a box and choose the list to which you want subscribers to be added. For complete instructions, consult our knowledge base.

As a final touch, you’ll now see this on the home page of your WordPress dashboard:

This dashboard pane gives you a quick overview of how the plugin is performing for you, letting you know how many people are signing up for your mailing list by commenting or registering on your blog. It also keeps you up to date on the latest email marketing news and tips published right here on the AWeber blog.

Heard enough? Download the AWeber WordPress plugin for free.

Why Is This AWesome?

First, it makes it easier for visitors to your blog to subscribe. Sometimes, even the most interested reader overlooks a web form, and this gives them another chance to sign up: always a good thing. In addition, the potential subscriber doesn’t need to fill out a separate form. Checking a box while already leaving a comment is a lot easier than commenting, then finding and filling out a completely different web form.

Second, let’s look at who will be subscribing via this feature. They only get added when they’re either commenting or registering on your blog. This means that the people who are subscribing using this feature are very interested in what you have to say. Pre-qualified, engaged, active: whatever you call these subscribers, they’re the cream of the crop when it comes to who you want to be on your list.