How to Keep and Convert More Readers on Your Blog - Elizabeth Stapleton
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How to Keep and Convert More Readers on Your Blog

Bloggers love getting people on their site, but what they love more is keeping them there and better yet getting them to take action….

Whether that’s signing up for their newsletter….

Sharing content…..

Or buying a product…..

Getting readers is one thing, converting them to subscribers, tribe members and buyers is another.

One of the ways to encourage readers to stick around and take action is to customize your site to what they want.

Customizing a reader's experience improves your chances of keeping them on your site longer, making it more likely they will sign up for my list. 

Helping them to know, like and trust you. But figuring out how to customize their experience can be tricky.

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Check it out: Thrive Themes Membership

The Thrive Membership includes a complete set of tools for building and scaling a website or online business.

It's what I use on all my sites and have been obsessed with for over two years.

I started the course, Elite Blog Academy at the end of February 2017 when it opened up and as I going through the site redesign part of the course as well as the grow your list part, I made the decision to get a Thrive Themes membership which not only helped me to  easily change the design of my site, but it’s been integral growing my email list

Little did I know how just how much you could do with Thrive and for quite a while now I’ve been obsessed with all the functionality. 

One of my favorite things about Thrive is the ability to customize my readers experience so that I keep readers on my site longer. 

In this post I’m going to break down for you how easy it is to customize a reader’s site experience using Thrive ThemesThrive makes it easy to ensure that I’m staying on topic and helping them with what they need the most help with.

SideBar Featured Posts - smart widget

With the Thrive Smart Widget, I can customize my sidebar to show content that is relevant to what the reader is interested in learning about.

For example, if the reader is on a post categorized as side hustling, my side bar displays posts I’ve chosen to feature in that category - like:

 I just add the widget (Under “Appearance” in your WordPress Dashboard) and choose the display settings to have it display certain popular posts when they’re looking at a certain category on my website.

You can see some examples of what this looks like in these screenshots:

Thrive Themes  smart widget | blogging

Earn More Money Category Displays Other Earn More Popular Posts

Thrive Themes  smart widget | blogging

Student Loan Conquerors Displays Debt related Popular Posts

Thrive Themes  smart widget | blogging

Personal Finance Basics Category Displays other Personal Finance 101 Popular Posts

It ensures that I’m showing them the most relevant and popular content related to what they’re looking at, because if they are looking at a post about earning more money, why not show them the best earn more money post available on my website?

Lead Groups and opt-ins shown

Lead Groups are another way I’m able to customize and automate the best opt-ins being shown throughout my website. 

Before Thrive I had LeadPages and I would have to go in and put in the opt-in form I’d created in LeadPages into every single post or page that I wanted it to display. This was tedious to say the least and a little annoying.

With Lead Groups I don’t have to do that. I simply set up the Lead Group for each opt-in and choose the display settings. It’s all done in one place.

For example, I have a Build Your First Successful Budget opt-in, so I created a lead group for it and choose the type of opt-in forms I wanted for the opt-in. I usually like to do an:

  • in content form, 
  • post content form, and
  • Screen filler form 

for each lead group. Though there are several other types of forms you can do.

Thrive Themes | Thrive Leads | Lead Groups

Budget Workbook Lead Group includes: In Content, Lightbox, Post Footer, and Ribbon Opt-Ins

Related: How I Double My Email Subscription Rate with Thrive Leads

Then I just say where and when I want the forms to show on my site. 

For my personal finance site, anytime a post is categorized as budgeting it’s going to display my successful budgeting opt-in forms. Automatically. Without me having to remember to set it up when crafting the post.

Which means I don’t have to worry about adding an opt-in form to every post when I’m writing. It takes one thing off my to do list.

Thrive Ultimatum - offers for readers based on interests

Now if you’ve opted in to my list on either site you’ve probably seen a tripwire product. Which means that after you opted in, you were taken to an exclusive one time super low cost offer to buy a product at its lowest rate.

I have created a different tripwire for each content upgrade on Less Debt, More Wine, because someone opting into the free side hustle guide probably isn’t interested in my budgeting expenses product. So the tripwire varies depending on the opt-in.

I’m able to do this using Thrive Ultimatum, it not only presents the offer, but it locks it out, so that people can’t get back to it once the time has expired. It also lets me choose when and where it’s displayed so I make sure it’s only ever displayed when people sign up using the a specified Thrivebox or Lead Group.

If you decide and are struggling with getting set up because like any new tool, there is a learning curve feel free to reach out in the comments below. Like I said I’m obsessed with using Thrive Themes and happy to help. 🙂

Bottom Line

Thrive Themes makes it easy to customize the experience of your readers and possible future customers. 

With smart widgets and lead groups and you can ensure your reader is having the most helpful experience on your site.  

With Thrive there is so much functionality and power that I’m constantly thinking of new ways to use the tools.

Plus, at a fraction of the cost of LeadPages it’s well worth it for everything that it does. A one year subscription of the LeadPages paid monthly cost me $37 a month, so over $400 a year.

An annual membership to the Thrive Themes which includes themes, the functionality of Leadpage's opt-ins, and all their other plugins and products costs a little over $200 a year, it’s a downright steal. If you want to learn more about their items you can check out the Thrive Themes website.

About the Author Elizabeth Stapleton

Elizabeth Stapleton is the founder and voice behind Less Debt More Wine and She is a Pinterest marketer, online entrepreneur, and recovering attorney whose writing has been featured on, The Huffington Post, The Penny Hoarder, Budgets Are Sexy, Credit Sesame, and Magnify Money. Additionally, she has been quoted in articles on Business Insider, Student Loan Hero, and Nerd Wallet.

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