7 Powerful FREE Plugins to Engage Visitors, Boost Conversions and Bring them Back!
Many new Internet Marketers and site owners often spend hours creating all this great content and putting it up on their sites only to become frustrated when days and weeks go by only to find out nobody cares about their site and visitors leave almost as fast as they get there.
Well guess what, that not only kills all the effort you put into your keyword research, slaving over SEO, creating the content etc. But it causes Google to kick your site to the bottom of their endless search engine abyss just like King Leonidas did to the Persian messenger in the movie 300!
Do you think that messenger ever made it back to King Xerxes to deliver the message that the Spartans are not going to surrender? I don’t think so but he got the message when the messenger never returned just like your site might not if you let that happen!
So how do you prevent that? Great question and you will get many different answers I’m sure but to me it all starts with the obvious; which is making your visitors stop and actually look at what you’re presenting to them and also be able to easily absorb it.
So many people slave over learning all this technical stuff that goes into this and that to miraculously get you all these great results, but the problem is, the most basic stuff is too often overlooked…all you have to really do is think about what you like and what keeps you most interested!
I don’t know about you but if I see a huge block of small text on a drab looking web page I would just click away! The site could be giving away free million dollar gift visa gift card and I wouldn’t even know because I wasn’t captivated enough to stick around!
Think about it. We all know Google will offer up a ton of search results for whatever you’re looking for so if we don’t like the look of one site, we quickly just go to the next so we don’t waste any precious time finding what we are looking for, or many times what really captivates us.
Sooo…to me the answer is simple. If you cut through the B.S. Google wants to know what your site is about I.E. content, keywords etc. and they want to see if people are interested so that’s where the quality backlinks and finally your visitor engagement becomes so important. No matter how many visitors you currently have, if google sees a low bounce rate – meaning the visitors actually stay on your site for a bit before clicking the back button, then it will regard your site as something worth while and they will reward you with higher search engine rankings and thus more traffic!
So long story short, WordPress is an awesome platform and there are so many free tools out there that you can help you if you know where to find them. The problem is, there are so many that it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s not.
Well to try and help, I wanted to show you 7 free plugins that will help you to engage your visitors in different ways and keep them coming back which will in turn boost your SEO and increase your conversions, which we all know = money in the bank!
So here they are in no particular order:
Grab your visitors attention and draw them to your offers! These types of announcers, notification bars etc. are awesome for sucking in clicks and conversions so if you don’t have one you may be leaving money on the table!
Very simple to use, with a lot of different options for changing borders backgrounds, colors etc. and you can place it pretty much anywhere on the page!
2. Thank Me Later
Now this is really awesome, not only can you grab an email address but you can bring visitors back which is always great for SEO and building your brand but also gives you more opportunities to engage your visitors, give them some more great content or possibly present them with an offer!
3. Related Content by Wordnik
This is nice because it’s a slick way you can keep visitors on your site even longer and shrink that bounce rate by seamlessly showing more captivating and related content to them. You can easily display different thumbnail images or text to keep them around longer or redirect them to any other site of your choice. So this is yet another click booster you should highly consider and can result in adding more to your bottom line!
4. Cool Video Gallery
I really like this one a lot. We all know the power of videos and the fact that people love watching them and the more time they spend doing so, the longer they will be on your site and be exposed to whatever your site has to offer! This of course will shoot you to the top of the search engines much quicker and will bring you a lot of free traffic from them and from youtube as well!
It’s quick and easy to setup and organize all your vids into great looking galleries so if you’re into videos than this could be a great addition to your site!
5. Search Meter
This one may be a little less flashy because many people don’t enjoy tracking things, but I can’t overstate the importance of doing so. If you have a search function on your blog, you can quickly and easily see exactly what your visitors are searching for so you can give them exactly what they want so they will be sure to come back!
Not only that but you can display on your site what some of the most popular and successfully search terms are, which can be a nice way to keep visitors searching for more and finding other content on your site they might not have otherwise.
I’m telling you, if you want an easy way to get inside your visitors heads so you can give them exactly what they want, then you should seriously give this a shot, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! 😉
6. Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
This is yet another great plugin to sup up your sites by giving you the ability to update your sites widget section with a full blown wordpress editor that you would use for creating your post/page content etc.
We all know the widget section is limited and can be a pain to work with sometimes, so this is not only a huge time saver but it really gives you the ability to do a lot more with them and have an attractive looking site that people will want to stay on!
7. Camera Slideshow
We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words and is great for captivating attention right? Well this plugin is pretty awesome because it gives you the ability to have a beautiful and responsive looking picture slideshow on your site. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see an awesome looking picture right in my face I can’t help but stop and take a look. And if there’s more I will probably keep looking!
There is honestly no excuse to have a dull and boring looking website anymore and if you think your sites may need a bit of an overhaul you should consider adding something like this to give it a massive visual overhaul! It’s very easy to use so don’t waste anymore time, your visitors may be clicking the browser back button as we speak!
OK, that’s it for now but there will surely be more to come! There are so many great free tools out there that serve many purposes so it’s a shame not to take advantage of them.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think or if you have any favorite plugins that you want to share feel free to do so as well!