Here’s The Magic Plug ‘n’ Play Software That’ll Turn Your Blog Into A Profit Machine!

Are you ready to build up your email list? Well, this WordPress plugin called “Welcome Redirect” will do the trick.

Before I started to use the Welcome Redirect plugin, my email subscription growth was flat, but after I installed it my subscription growth exploded.

aweber stats

It turns your blog homepage into an email collection machine. So when someone comes to your blog for the first time and hits your homepage, they’ll see a page that looks something like this (instead of your current homepage):

hi

The visitor can either enter in their name and email and be forwarded back to your blog homepage… or they can skip this step and proceed back to your homepage. After viewing this “welcome” page once, they’ll be cookied so they won’t see it again. This way your visitors won’t get irritated.

Don’t worry, this plugin WON’T:

  • Decrease your traffic – it actually increases your page views per visitor.
  • Affect your search engine rankings – it has a bot detection built in so bots like the “Google bot” won’t see the plugin.

If you want to boost your email list growth rate like I did, here is what you need.

  1. This plugin only works with WordPress. More specifically you need to be running WordPress version 3.2.1 or newer.
  2. If you are using a caching plugin, you’ll have to disable it to use this plugin. An example of this would be “WP Cache”. Again, this plugin doesn’t work with caching plugins.
  3. Download the plugin and unzip it. Then take that plugin and upload it to your plugins directory which can be found at /wp-content/plugins/
  4. To collect emails, you’ll need an email collection tool. Currently the plugin only works with AWeber. If you aren’t familiar with it, AWeber is an email-marketing tool that allows bloggers to send out direct marketing emails. It allows you to manage subscribers and send out email newsletters. Best of all, it automatically turns your latest blog post into an email newsletter, which will drastically increase your traffic.

After you’ve installed the plugin you need to sign on to Aweber.

How to setup Aweber

Once you’ve signed up for A-Weber you’ll need to create a list. Here is a step by step process on how to create a list.

  1. Click create and manage lists
  2. Create new list
  3. Enter your list name (typically the name of your blog)
  4. Enter form name (should be your name)
  5. Enter email address
  6. Enter your company name (if applicable)
  7. Enter your website URL, and then enter an email signature

Here is what my list settings look like…

basic settings

personalize

confirmation

If you look at the screen shot above, you’ll notice that I have my “confirmation” set to “off”. So you don’t have to create a confirmation message like I did.

I’ve found that confirmation messages reduce subscriptions. Communication is all about conveying the smallest amount of information in an effective manner. You don’t want to flood your user’s inbox with useless information.

Once you’ve setup your list, it’s now time for you to give something away for free.

How to capitalize on AWeber — Give away FREE things

There are many ways to increase the number of users in your email database. One method I have found surprisingly effective is giving out free stuff. The word free has a profound impact on a casual passer-by. More often than not the word “free” is accompanied by a lead form that has 6 or more required fields. AWeber’s simple lead form has distinct advantages: only two required fields and a simple look.

One question that begs to be asked is: What Can I give out for free? Although there is no exact science on the click through rate of free, I have found giving out eBooks is a highly effective way to build up your newsletter database. If you create an effective eBook that is relevant to your target audience you’ll create brand loyalty and build an informed audience.

How to Create an eBook

I am sure many of you have downloaded or least seen an eBook online. Promoting an eBooks is a highly effective to get your idea across. An eBook is essentially a cost effective way to disseminate information. The digital frontier has allowed many more people to become published experts in their respective fields… without the high costs associated with traditional print.

One method for compiling information I have found extremely effective is to collect information from old blog posts. What better place to brainstorm than by looking at your old posts? Once you’ve compiled all of the information you need, organize and place it on a Word document. Most eBooks are formatted as PDFs. Converting your file to PDF, or Portable Document File, is typically the best method because it captures your document in an easy-to-read non-editable format. You’ll want to protect your valuable work, so ensuring you convert your file into a PDF is vital.

Converting a file to PDF is simple. If you have the Office Suite on your computer there should be an option to save as PDF built into most programs (Word, Excel, etc.) If for some reason this function is not enabled you can go to Doc 2 PDF to convert your Word documents to PDF.

Now that you have something to give away for free, you want to setup for your first AWeber message.

How to setup a follow-up message

Following up is essential if you want to maintain user loyalty and reduce churn. You want to ensure your users feel no need to unsubscribe. So to do so you need to first move your mouse cursor over the “messages” navigation option and then click on “follow up”. After you do that, click “create a new follow up message”.

Now all you have to do is follow the setting I used below.

follow up

If you notice on the image above, not only did I explain to new email subscribers what they are about to get, but I also placed a “click here” link to where they can download my eBook (I have mine hosted on my server).

I also typed up the same message again in the “Plain Text Message” box as some people don’t have an email service that allows them to view HTML messages.

Keep on communicating

Sending a follow-up message with a free eBook isn’t enough. There is no point in collecting emails if you aren’t going to leverage it to increase your traffic or sales.

I know it typically can take a long time to draft up emails, but with AWeber you can actually turn your blog posts into email newsletters automatically.

All you have to do is create “blog broadcasts”. Move your mouse cursor over the “messages” navigation option and click on “Blog Broadcast”. Then click “create a new blog broadcast”. Once you do this all you have to do is follow the settings I used below:

blog broadcast

Make sure you change out the “RSS feed URL” to your blogs RSS feed URL. As for the HTML Message, swap out “Quick Sprout” with the name of your blog and do the same for the Plain Text Message.

Just in case you don’t know how to create a link in the HMTL Message bo (you’ll need to drive people to your website) here is the “source code” I used (you don’t have to worry about this with the Plain Text Message box).

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”>
<html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml”>
<head>
<title>{!rss_channel_title}</title>
<meta http-equiv=”content-type” content=”text/html; charset=utf-8″ />
</head>
<body style=”font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; margin: 0px”>
<div>Hey {!firstname_fix},</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div>I just wanted to share with you the latest Quick Sprout blog post. Let me know what you think. </div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
{!rss_itemblock}<a href=”{!rss_item_link}”><br />
{!rss_item_title}</a><br />
{!rss_item_description}<br />
{!rss_itemblockend}<br />
<br />
</body>
</html>

Now that your AWeber account is setup, you now need to login to your WordPress backend and create a “welcome” page that looks similar to the image below, so you can collect emails.

hi

Setting up your welcome page

Login into your WordPress admin panel. You can do so by going to yourdomain.com/wp-login.php. Once you’ve logged in click on “Pages” in your sidebar navigation and then click “Add New”.

Just like with any WordPress page you are creating add a title. The title should be something related to the item you are giving away. Mine is titled “Download my 13 business strategies guide – full of tricks, secrets and hacks – to increase your profits” because I am giving away an eBook that breaks down my business strategies.

Then in the main content section tell people to enter in their name and email. Below that add your AWeber email form which will look something like this:

<hr style="visibility: hidden; clear: both;" />
<div style="position: relative; margin-bottom: -20px;">
<form style="margin: 0" method="post" id="web20" action="http://www.aweber.com/scripts/addlead.pl" onSubmit="pageTracker._trackEvent('AWeber', 'Sidebar-Email');">
<input type="hidden" name="meta_web_form_id" value="107717756">
<input type="hidden" name="meta_split_id" value="">
<input type="hidden" name="unit" value="yourlistname">
<input type="hidden" name="redirect" value="http://www.yourdomain.com" id="redirect_808ffed7197abf00b47e09358fd1a70f">
<input type="hidden" name="meta_redirect_onlist" value="">
<input type="hidden" name="meta_adtracking" value="">
<input type="hidden" name="meta_message" value="1">
<input type="hidden" name="meta_required" value="from">
<input type="hidden" name="meta_forward_vars" value="0">
<dl>
<dt>Name:</dt>
<dd><input style="padding: 0.6em;" type="text" name="name" value="" size="20"></dd>
<dt>Email:</dt>
<dd><input style="padding: 0.6em;" type="text" name="from" value="" size="20">

</dd></dl><input type="submit" class="form_submit join_btn" style="position: absolute; bottom: 25px; right: 20px;" name="submit" value="Sign up">

<img src="http://forms.aweber.com/form/displays.htm?id=nIzM7Azs7Gxs" border="0" />
</form>
</div>

If you decide to use the code instead of the code that AWeber gives you when you click on the “Web Forms” navigational menu, make sure you replace “yourdomain.com” with your domain name. And replace “yourlistname” with the exact name of your list.

After that you need to give people an option to NOT give you their email and skip to your blog.

I do this by using the phrase: “Or you can skip and go directly to the blog.” And I link the word “skip” to my blog homepage.

Here is how my WordPress welcome page code looks…

welcome code

Turning on the plugin

Now that you’ve setup your AWeber account and created your welcome page, you’ll ready to turn on the plugin.

If you have already uploaded the plugin, great. If not, download it here, unzip it, and upload it to /wp-content/plugins/. Then log into your WordPress admin panel (http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php), click on “plugins” in your sidebar navigation, and then click on “inactive” and finally click “activate” under Welcome Redirect.

Then scroll down to the plugins section in your WordPress navigation. In there you should see an option for “Welcome Redirect”. Click it and select the page you created.

Here is how it looks for me:

plugin

Conclusion

I know it isn’t easy to set up this plugin, but anything worthwhile takes time. All I can do is guarantee this… if you install the plugin and follow the steps above, you’ll collect a lot more emails and get much more traffic to your blog.