Have you ever posted a question as a comment on a blog, but then had to check back regularly to see if you got an answer?
Have you ever posted a question on a discussion group/forum and checked a box asking to get an e-mail whenever there was a reply? Then, when you got an answer, you received an e-mail with a link to the post, so you were able to easily find your answer!
Engagement is important
You can turn each blog post into a mini discussion group by installing a plug-in called Comment Reply Notification. When readers ask a question — or just comment — they can choose to be notified by e-mail when there’s an answer or another comment. Then, they can reply back, starting a real conversation!
As a social entrepreneur or solopreneur, you need to use every means possible to engage your site visitors. You’re not a faceless corporation with a big name that everyone knows. So a plug-in like this can greatly increase engagement and bring viewers back again and again.
Here’s what readers see when you install this plug-in.
How to install a WordPress plug-in
If you have a WordPress website, you should know how to install plug-ins. The easy way is to go to your Dashboard, choose Plugins, Add New, search for the plugin, install it and then activate it. You may also have to specify some settings.
Here’s a video showing how I installed this plug-in on another WordPress blog that I have.
I want you to do 3 things!
- At the bottom of this post, add a comment. If you’re on my blog’s home page, click the Comments link at the bottom first. Complete the “Leave a Reply” form. Be sure that the “Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail” check box is checked (it is by default). When you get an e-mail that someone else has replied, reply back — start a conversation with your fellow readers!
- Install the Comment Reply Notification plugin for your blog.
- After a week or 2, come back to the comments for this post and let everyone know how it worked for you.
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