If you’ve been reading my blog for more than the past few days, you have probably noticed that I’ve been rather annoying – even more than usual.
Yes, I have been annoying
I have been using various popup scripts in order to get new subscribers to my newsletter, and lately, until a few days ago, I was using
popup domination on this blog.
Popup domination was by far the best popup script I’ve ever used. It looks awesome, and it helped me get more subscribers every single day than I ever did with a similar script. But, I realized that it’s just too annoying. I find it annoying, and my visitors finds it annoying (I’ve received many complaints).
I haven’t removed it on all my blogs yet, but I’m going to. Don’t get me wrong, I think PopUp Domination is awesome, but building a list, or getting subscribers to my newsletter is not the reason why I am blogging.
Why I am blogging
A beautiful popup works great, when it comes to grab attention, and to get new subscribers to my newsletter. No doubt about it. But to me, that’s not why I’m blogging. I want the focus to be on the writing, and the content of my blog.
There are many reasons why I blog, and adding new subscribers to the newsletter is not at the top of the list (but it’s important).
The reasons why I blog?
— It’s really about writing
— It’s a way to express my thoughts and ideas
— It’s fun (sometimes a lot of fun)
— I learn a lot from it (it teaches me about marketing and writing)
— I meet a lot of (interesting) people this way
— It’s a way to help
And there are probably many other reasons as well.
This is what I have done
I decided to remove the PopUp Domination script and create a small box, with a link to a page where people can sign up for my newsletter.
This is how it looks:
I have one at the top of every blog post, just below the headline.
I have one at the bottom of every blog post, just above the comments.
To me, this is not annoying. You can look at the top and bottom of this blog post, is it annoying?
Does it work?
When I first removed PopUp Domination, and switched to the two boxes, I thought that I would not get as many subscribers as I used to. So far, it seems that the results are almost the same. I am gaining between 5 and 10 new subscribers each day.
I’m not sure why the results are almost as good. But when I think about the newsletters I am subscribed to, I’m not sure if I’ve subscribed to any via a popup. I like to stop and think about what I am doing, and not feel like I am being forced, and that’s what I feel when I get a popup.
How do you feel about popups and the boxes I’ve created?