Ask Mavis – How Do You Get Your Blog Commenters to Opt in to Your List?

by Mavis Nong on December 13, 2011

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Be sure to get your commenters on your list just like I do!

Welcome to the Ask Mavis series!

I invite you to check out the link above as I provide answers to the frequently asked questions.

This week’s question is from my new friend and fellow blogger, John Komatsoulis from Learn About - we “met” in the recent Top 50 MLM Blogs Contest.

So, he visited my blog and kindly left me a comment.

He then noticed the different strategies that I was using to get him to opt into my mailing list Ask Mavis   How Do You Get Your Blog Commenters to Opt in to Your List? … Naturally, he wanted to know how I do it.

I figured you’ll also benefit from these tips, so I’m going to show you exactly how I do it.

In fact, these are some of the 20 list building strategies that I use on my blog to generate up to 50 leads a day, without using PPC ads or pop-ups!

When it comes to list building, it’s not only about putting your offer in front of your visitors or readers. Don’t forget your commenters!

So, how do you put your offer in front of your commenters?

I’m going to share with you 5 cool ways you can use starting today to add your blog commenters to your list.

Here we go:

1. Checkbox in the Comment Section

This is my most popular and highly converting list building strategy. Why?

a. My commenters don’t miss it! If they overlooked the other options, they notice a checkbox which gives them another chance to get on my list.

b. They don’t need to fill out a form, it’s just a matter of checking a box – easy and quick.

c. They’re very targeted as they already like what I have to say or offer.

This is what you see in the comment section below:

Ask Mavis   How Do You Get Your Blog Commenters to Opt in to Your List?How do I do that? Easy!

I use a paid plugin called, MaxBlogPress Subcribers Magnet. This plugin is responsible for doubling my subscribers’ rate as it comes with several mind-blowing list building strategies.

The good news for you is that there is a new and free plugin that you can use to create a check box in the comment section.

Introducing AWeber Web Form Plugin

This free plugin allows you to install an AWeber web form on your WordPress blog and lets visitors subscribe to your list when commenting or registering on your blog.

Ask Mavis   How Do You Get Your Blog Commenters to Opt in to Your List?

All you need is your own Aweber account and a web form, of course.

Furthermore, you can allow visitors to your blog to sign up as they leave a comment or register, without having to fill out a separate web form. On your WordPress dashboard, you will be able to see how many people have signed up to your list when commenting.

You will need to choose the list you want your new subscribers to be added to and use a call to action to match your offer. Your checkbox will look like this:

Ask Mavis   How Do You Get Your Blog Commenters to Opt in to Your List?

Take advantage of this cool and free AWeber Web Form Plugin.

2. Opt-in Form (Embedded Inside the Comment Section)

I also have the option to display the opt-in form inside the comment section. It can show up above or below the comment.

I use MaxBlogPress Subcribers Magnet for this as well.

3. Thank You Email For First Time Commenters

I also send automated and personalised “thank you” emails to people leaving comments on my blog for the first time.

I then invite them to grab my offer. It’s another “friendly” reason to build trust with your readers and get them on your list, in a non-intrusive way.

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What plugin are you using to create this reply campaign?
John Komatsoulis

Easy to set up using MaxBlogPress Subcribers Magnet. By the way, this plugin works very well with the major auto responder services such as Aweber.

What else do I do?

4. Thank You Page For First Time Commenters

I have created a “Thank You For Commenting” page for my first time commenters. After leaving me their first comment, they get redirected to this page which has a short “thank you” message and an opt-in form.

I used the Comment Redirect by Yoast plugin, in case you’re wondering.

5. Responding to Commenters

Another powerful way to encourage more comments is to respond to comments on your blog. This adds a personal touch and it keeps the discussion going.

People love it when they get personal attention and get their comments, especially questions responded to.

My replies get delivered to my commenters’ email inbox. So, I also invite them to grab my free offer as well. The plugins that you can use to achieve this are Comment Reply Notification or ReplyMe.

Key Takeaway

List building is extremely important if you want to build a long-term and profitable business.

I have just shown you 5 powerful strategies that you can start implementing on your blog to add your commenters on your list. They already appreciate what you write about, so get ‘em!

If you want to learn about the other 15 *hot* tricks that I use on my blog to build my list at no cost to me, grab my amazing List Building With Blogging Guide!

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Kurtz December 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Hi Mavis,
I like your tutorial to answer the question about list building and how to build it.
fortunately, I have a member of your list building
and your inbox in my email haven’t read all. I have to read one by one.
thanks
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM

You have to read and implement, Kurtz. I look forward to your testimonial! ;)

Best,
Mavis

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Jarrod Frenzel from Woodlands real estate December 13, 2011 at 1:05 PM

This is pretty interesting and it makes me realize about how fast we’re coming across important tools which can help us improve our sites making it more user friendly. Its certainly an enriching experience to know about how blogs really work and how it makes the visitors feel more valued. This post certainly gave me some additional insights.
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Great to hear that, Jarrod. It’s all about finding the right tools which can help us to make our blogs user friendly and profitable :)

Best,
Mavis

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April Marie Tucker December 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

This is great Mavis! I use a different plug in for this but it is so effective in gathering newsletter subscribers it isn’t even funny!! Absolutely love your blog Mavis and thanks so much for sharing!!
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 2:52 PM

You’re most welcome, April. Thanks very much for your visit and kind words :)

See you soon!

Mavis

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Tushar from BloggersEthics December 13, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Use whatever but there is nothing like responding to comments. A personal touch is always the best things and make the readers feel privileged
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I couldn’t agree with you more, Tushar.

Best,
Mavis

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Ian Belanger from IM Graphic Designs December 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Hey Mavis,

Great Post! MBP Subscribers Magnet is a powerful tool. I am actually working on a plugin, (my first), that will do many of the things that Subscribers Magnet does, but will cost a whole lot less. It will be part of something I call “The Super List Building Blog.” Something I am very excited about.

I don’t use Aweber, I instead use GetResponse as my autoresponder. They both work great from what I have seen. Does anyone have any idea if GR has something like Aweber’s plugin?

Thanks for sharing Mavis and have a great day!
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Wow! Congratulations on your plugin, Ian! I’m so excited for you!

I haven’t seen other auto responders with the similar plugin.

Have a great day too, Ian!

Mavis

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Nick Stamoulis December 13, 2011 at 3:16 PM

It’s important to give readers multiple ways to take action. It’s about making it easy for them to do so. As long as it’s not in an annoying or intrusive way, they may appreciate the little reminder.

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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Agreed, Nick.

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John Komatsoulis December 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Thanks for all the information Mavis, this will help many people other then just myself.

I look forward to more of your great tips :)
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM

You’re most welcome, John :)

Best,
Mavis

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Jacs Henderson December 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

brilliantly wonderful post Mavis, thanks for sharing some of your secrets, and genuinely helping out your readers :)
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM

You’re welcome, Jacs :)

Best,
Mavis

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Stacy December 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Hi Mavis,

Those are all tactics that I use and they work very well! I get a consistent flow of new subscribers without any effort since everything else is automated.

Also for people using other autoresponders a great free plugin is Newsletter Sign-Up. It has a lot of options and I’ve been very happy with it.

Have a great day!
Stacy
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Thanks for sharing that plugin, Stacy ;)

Have a great day too!

Mavis

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Nicky December 13, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Great post as usual Mavis and was particularly interested in the subscriber box plugin, so will be checking this out!
Great information,
Thanks
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Mavis Nong December 13, 2011 at 10:17 PM

My pleasure, Nicky. Let me know how it goes :)

Best,
Mavis

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Ryan Biddulph December 14, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Hi Mavis,

Simple tips and super easy to implement.

I feel more people don’t grow their lists substantially by not leaving enough options. 1 simple opt-in form is not enough. Pop ups and other pre and end of post strategies are the way to grow if you want to grow your list well.

Do not fear leaving multiple options. Readers have different preferences. Some like pop-ups…seriously they do my metrics say so lol….some like reading the post, and the side form. Others like opting-in before the post and yet others after the post, or in your thank you email. Keep all options open, build your list and prosper.

Thanks for sharing your insight Mavis.

RB
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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Agreed, Ryan – very easy to implement.

People need to be aware that you can just use your sidebar opt-in as your only list-building strategy. Use several proven to work tricks if you’re serious about growing your list. As long as you do that in a non-intrusive way.

You’re welcome, Ryan. Thanks for stopping by and for your input.

All the best,
Mavis

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sam December 14, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Hi Mavis,

You have great knowledge about this all and no doubt in that these all ideas help lots for all.

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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Thanks, Sam.

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Ileane December 14, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Hi Mavis, great tutorial. I have a question – which one of these plugins do you use for this sign up on your sidebar? Thanks!
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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Thanks, Ileane. That’s a custom-made form added in Aweber.

All the best,
Mavis

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shanelee December 14, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Hi Mavis,

After very long time i am back to you. Hope you are doing well. Anyways, this post of yours contain some stunning points, which would be very helpful for the bloggers. Thanks.

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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Wow! Welcome back, Shanelee! How have you been?

I’m doing great, thank you. Glad to hear that :)

See you soon.

Mavis

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Jenni Ryan December 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Fantastic information Mavis! So much value in this blog post. Your blog is amazing. Congratulations.

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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Thanks very much, Jenni. Great to see you here :)

All the best,
Mavis

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Sandipan Mukherjee December 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Thanks for these great tips to capture blog commenters. Keep up the good work.
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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

My pleasure, Sandipan.

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Mark December 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Great Tutorial Mavis. thank you. Will read it once again when I will be at home. :P

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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Thanks, Mark.

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Otoabasi Umonting December 14, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Excellent tips Mavis.

List building to a lot of people might seem as if it’s too tough, but basic strategies like the ones you’ve shared here can get them going in no time. Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.
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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM

My pleasure, Otoabasi. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Best,
Mavis

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Nazbir December 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Excellent share Mavis, adding a check-box in the comment section for opt-in is a brilliant strategy.
I think i just checked the check-box ;) Thanks for sharing with us.

Regards
Nazbir

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Mavis Nong December 14, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Yes, you just did, Nazbir ;)

Thanks for the visit and comment.

Best,
Mavis

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Tanisha December 15, 2011 at 7:21 AM

be friendly and just be yourself, you write very well Mavis
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Mavis Nong December 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Thanks very much, Tanisha.

Best,
Mavis

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Amanda from BuySellWordPress December 15, 2011 at 8:42 AM

I think that you are doing everything right! Because following all the steps you offer can help every blogger to get trust of his or her readers and can help to get a well-known blog! Thanks a lot for sharing!
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Mavis Nong December 15, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Thanks very much, Amanda.

Best,
Mavis

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Pete December 15, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I’d really appreciate an answer to my question:

I help develop for a law firm and we would love to build a list, but it has to be ultra-qualified and easy to opt out. I love the opt-in check box in the comments, as it seems really easy, but is it just as easy to opt out? Do I need to link it to aWeber or something to have a proper unsubscribe option?

Thanks,
Pete

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Mavis Nong December 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

This option has to be linked to an auto responder, like AWeber. And yes, they can easily unsubscribe from your list by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of your emails.

Hope this helps.

Mavis

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Yaisa Hagood December 16, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Hey Mavis,
Thank you for sharing this information. I plan to implement these strategies on my blog also. The one thing I like about your strategies is that they don’t come across as intrusive. Just the share nature of advertising people tend to dislike pop ups.
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Mavis Nong December 16, 2011 at 2:00 AM

You’re most welcome, Yaissa. They’re not intrusive at all.

Thanks for the visit and comment.

Best,
Mavis

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Jason December 16, 2011 at 3:59 AM

Thanks for the tips Mavis. I will try to put some of them into my blog and see what results i get

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Mavis Nong December 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

You’re welcome, Jason.

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Amanda from BuySellWordPress December 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I think that all your strategies are quite simple and easy for following, but still they are extremely effective and can help each blogger or site owner greatly
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Mavis Nong December 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Thanks, Amanda.

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Jodi Aman December 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Mavis,
I have been working on maxblogpress for a few hours and it is so un-userfriendly. I can’t figure in out myself. :(
Jodi

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Mavis Nong December 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I haven’t had issues with MBP. I’d advise you to contact their support.

Best,
Mavis

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Mike Sherratt December 20, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Hey Mavis, I love the post again full of top notch info for people to go away and do now :)

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Mavis Nong December 20, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Glad to hear that, Mike :)

Best,
Mavis

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Brian December 21, 2011 at 2:22 AM

Thanks Mavis. I’m about to check out those plugins now, especially the ones you mentioned to help reply to those who comment on my blog.

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Mavis Nong December 21, 2011 at 11:11 AM

You’re welcome, Brian.

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kiki February 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

This is brilliant Mavis!. thanks. will get to work on this.

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Mavis Nong February 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

My pleasure, Kiki :)

Best,
Mavis

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Michael Belk February 19, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Very explained Mavis, very good information. I like your options. thanks
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Mavis Nong February 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM

My pleasure, Michael. Welcome to my blog! :)

Best,
Mavis

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David Haines February 20, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Thanks Mavis! This is a great article and I’ve just started using some of your strategies. I appreciate all that you do.

Thanks,

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Mavis Nong February 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

My pleasure, David :)

Best,
Mavis

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susan beesley July 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Another fantastic value packed blog post – this is seriously great content that will work for you. We have implemented many of Mavis’ s strategies and can tell you they work! Thanks again Mavis Susan
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Mavis Nong July 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Ah, thank you very much for your kind words, Susan.

Nice to see you here… Have a great week :)

Best,
Mavis

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