In my previous themes, I created a custom greet box for readers and visitors that invited/encouraged them to subscribe to my RSS feed. It was very effective (I think) but the thing about it is that when I changed themes, I had to do it all over again as the first one was designed to work with the previous theme. It was a very time consuming task.

If you’ve noticed in this new theme, I also have a custom greet box but I didn’t make it myself, its powered by a WordPress plugin called WP Greet Box, created by Thaya Kareeson of OmniNoggin.

WP Greetbox RSS

With this plugin, I can have a custom greet box any time and in any theme I use. What makes the WP Greet Box even better than a custom built greet box is that it displays different customized greet boxes to your readers/visitors depending on their referrer URL.

This plugin lets you show a different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer url. For example, when a Digg user clicks through from Digg, they will see a message reminding them to digg your post if they like it. Another example, when a visitor clicks through from Twitter, they will see a message suggesting them to twit the post and follow you on Twitter. You can also set a default greeting message for new visitors (not matching any referrer URLs) suggesting them to subscribe to your RSS feed.

Features:

  • Show a different greeting message to your visitor depending on the referrer URL. You can add/edit/delete/disable these greeting messages as you choose.
  • Greeting messages automatically get inserted into the top of your posts upon activation. There is no need to modify theme files.
  • Ability to auto-insert greeting message to the top or bottom of the post.
  • Greeting messages can be user closeable or not.
  • Ability to detect the visitor’s search keywords from major search engines and automatically display related posts under the greeting message.
  • Show a default greeting message even if the vistor does not match any of your configured referrer URL.
  • Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not have javascript enabled.
  • AJAX greeting message in the frontend makes it compatible with caching plugins (such as WP Super Cache) and WPMU.
  • AJAX administrative interface that uses nonce verification to discourage hackers.
  • Ability to set a timeout to forget a visitor so we do not keep nagging them with greeting messages.
  • Ablity to set rules to exclude some referrer URLs from seeing greeting messages. Regular expressions is also supported (but not required!).
  • Ultra customizeable greeting message box (with CSS) allowing you to prepend/append HTML around the greeting message box.

Other Greet Boxes:
WP Greetbox Google

WP Greetbox Yahoo!

WP Greetbox Live

WP Greetbox Del.icio.us

WP Greetbox Digg

WP Greetbox StumbleUpon

WP Greetbox Twitter

WP Greetbox Technorati

WP Greet Box not only helps you promote your RSS feed and increase your RSS feed readers but having these targeted suggestions on your blog increases your blog exposure and loyal readership. Aside from promoting your RSS feed, encouraging social network bookmarking and article submission, WP Greet Box also displays related posts to the current post which leads to more pageviews and helps reduce bounce rate. From the WP Greet Box settings, you can specify how many related posts to display and how many words the post excerpt displays.

WP Greet Box is very easy to install, it doesn’t require any special configuration. Just upload it to your wp-content/plugins folder, install and activate. In case you prefer a different greeting message than the preset ones, you can go to Settings > WP Greet Box and change it. There’s one thing I noticed though, sometimes the greet box takes a while to load that the whole page has already finished loading and it would take 2-3 seconds before the greet box to show up. I hope the plugin author takes a look at this and makes some changes.

What are you waiting for, give WP Greet Box a try and increase your blog’s RSS subscribers, pageviews and exposure.

Have you tried or are currently using WP Greet Box? What has been your experience with it so far? What do you like/dislike about it? Has it helped you increase your blog’s RSS subscribers, visitor loyalty or pageviews? What other features would you like to see added to WP Greet Box?

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25 Comments

  • JP Habaradas, March 21, 2009 @ 11:30 PM Reply

    @elmot – I wish man, I wish! Btw, I saw your blog’s new theme/layout and I like it better than the previous one. Good job! :D

  • elmot, March 21, 2009 @ 11:27 PM Reply

    and for sure, youll be on top of wp's paycheck, ehehe.

    got a makeover on my blog now.

  • JP Habaradas, March 19, 2009 @ 8:45 AM Reply

    @gamzter – Yeah, you should try it out and see if you like it and if it works for you. Nothing to lose. You’re welcome! :)

  • gamzter, March 19, 2009 @ 8:44 AM Reply

    I’d love to try this one…cool plugin..thanks kuya jaypee

    gamztes last blog post..Pacquiao balik kapamilya?

  • JP Habaradas, March 16, 2009 @ 8:25 AM Reply

    @John – You’re most welcome!

    About your question, its a case-to-case basis although using the WP Greet Box does increase the chances of getting more or new subscribers. IMO, it all depends on your blog’s content. Even if you use WP Greet Box but your content does not provide useful information to your readers/visitors, they won’t bother subscribing. Now, if you have good content but don’t offer a way for your readers/visitors to subscribe to your feed, then you lose some potential subscribers because not all people are savvy about subscribing to RSS feeds and stuff.

    Does it work? I can’t say in behalf of others using it, but in my experience, I can say that it does. Not only in increasing RSS readers/subscribers but in increasing pageviews and lessening the bounce rate because of the related posts feature.

    About having the greet box above the posts, I was also thinking about that and that I should move it below the posts since WP Greet Box takes a while to load.

    Thanks for pointing that out and sharing your opinions regarding the WP Greet Box plugin. Hope I’ve answered your questions. Have a nice day! :)

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