As an affiliate marketer, you know that you have to turn your visitors into your loyal followers if you want to start selling. You can do that by (1) giving them valuable content, (2) entertaining and answering their inquiries, (3) convincing them that you are trustworthy and credible, and (4) keeping them engaged in your blog.
If you’re using WordPress as your blogging platform, there’s an easy way to keep your blog engaging for your readers. Here are some social engagement WordPress plugins that you can install.
Top 5 WordPress Plug-ins for Social Engagement
Contact Form 7
Getting queries and starting conversations with your visitors and potential customers would greatly increase if you would provide them with a way to easily contact you. Contact Form 7 is an essential plugin that does this. It allows you to easily create and add a variety of forms to your blog without the need to learn the basics of coding and programming.
Contact Form 7 lets you add forms to various posts or pages of your blog, although most bloggers usually add the code to their ‘Contact Me’ page. You can customize the form or you can leave it as is.
If your blog visitors have questions or suggestions, they can then fill-out the form and submit their queries. The query will then be sent straight to your email address (the one which you have set in the plugin’s settings).
Comments Not Replied To
Replying to comments is an essential part of building rapport among your blog visitors and potential customers. You need to respond to their feedbacks and queries in order to keep them engaged in your content. If you’ve got tons of visitors and you’re having a hard time tracking the comments you’re getting, ‘Comments Not Replied To’ can help you.
This WordPress plugin helps you in managing the comments by adding a new column in your Admin Dashboard, in the Comments section, which lists down all the comments you have not yet replied to yet.
We all know that social networks now play a critical role in attracting visitors and engaging blog visitors and readers. Internet users just love to share and ‘like’ posts. When you install ‘social share’/ social bookmarking plugins like Shareaholic, you don’t just make your blog engaging, you also have the chance to potentially attract more visitors and gather more followers IF your readers like what they read and then recommend your blog content to their family and friends.
With the Shareaholic plugin, you get an attractive social bookmarking menu for your blog. Aside from supporting Facebook Like, Facebook Send, Google Plus, and Pinterest buttons, it also displays Share Counters for each social network. In addition, it lets you display related blog content on your posts, pages, index, or on all three. It also keeps track of your social analytics.
Subscribe to Comments
Subscribe to Comments is a WordPress plugin that allows blog commenters to sign up for e-mail notification of subsequent comments. In other words, your reader can choose to get an email every time a new comment is made on a particular post they commented upon, just by clicking a small check box on the comments section of your blog.
This plugin encourages participation and also increases the number of comments you get on your posts. It can also slightly increase your traffic since readers who would leave comments would be encouraged to come back to your site more often.
Thank Me Later
Thank Me Later is a simple WordPress plugin that sends ‘thank you’ emails to visitors who comment on your blog. With this plug-in, you can encourage your commenters to revisit your blog and ask them to check for replies to their comments.
What’s nice about Thank Me Later is that you can also customize your emails and make them more personal. You can compose your email in text and it is changed into HTML formal with just one click, no coding required. You can also make a different ‘Thank You’ email for each category or for a specific post on your blog. You can even include special perks for commenters like giving them discount codes or giving them access to ebooks, webinars, and the likes. Using ‘targeted’ emails is also a great way to make the email messages more relevant to the user.
In your Thank You email, you can add a link to your RSS feed and your social networking pages such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc. Doing this can also help you get more followers.