Dec
19

I’ve Added Thank Me Later Plugin To My Blog

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I noticed that when I comment on some blogs I sometimes get an email message a few days later thanking me for it. I thought this was a really nice touch so started to investigate how I could do it too. According to several internet marketers I asked, the best WordPress plugin for this is the Thank Me Later Plugin.

The plugin is completely free from the WordPress Plugin Directory and works on WordPress versions 3.1 or higher. So, I thought I would give it a go. After all, what have I got to lose? It’s another chance to keep my name out there.

The Thank Me Later plugin automatically sends out an email to the visitors who leave a comment on your blog. It can act as a reminder that they left a comment on your blog and prompt them to return.

How many times have you completely forgotten that you left a comment on a blog? I do it all the time and I find it good to get an email from the blogger to remind me so I can return to the blog to see their latest post or if they have replied (although there is another plugin you can use for this).

You can send them links to other articles you have written on your blog or elsewhere. I want to set mine up with a link to a free gift but I haven’t got one ready yet. I would draw the line at sending out a sales pitch like I have seen some marketers do.

Customization

The Thank Me Later plugin is highly customizable. Once you install it you just go to the bottom of the settings menu to find all the plugin settings. You can use the default settings or change them to suit yourself.

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Firstly, you can and should change the default message that is sent out to your commenter.  It’s best to word it to suit the way you speak to people or how you write your emails. Their comment is automatically added to the bottom of your message.

Secondly, you can choose how long after your visitor makes his comment to have the message sent out. It can be set to hours or days.  You might want to leave it for a few days so you have a chance to reply to the comment.

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Thirdly, you can choose how many times your message gets send out. It could get a bit annoying for frequent commenters if they keep on receiving the same message. But, you can set it for once only or have a number of different messages set up so they don’t get the same one.

Test it

Once you have it all set up the way you want it you can send a message to yourself so you can see what it looks like.  I found that the text did not come out exactly as I wrote it in the message box so I had to make a few adjustments.

Is it Spam?

Some marketers have said that messages sent this way could be viewed as spam. Well that is a valid point and I have found that several messages I had from bloggers after I left a comment did go into my junk folder. This is a risk I will have to take. I have a 50/50 chance of them getting it.

There is an opt-out setting you can choose that allows your users to opt out of receiving these messages and it can be also be displayed under the comment box if you want.

If you use the Thank Me Later plugin correctly I think it can be a very good tool engage your commenters and get them to come back to your blog and another chance to keep your name out there for your personal branding.

Comments

  1. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Sandy,

    It looks like you already have all the cool plugins covered here!

    I still have to install these myself and give them the appropriate time to learn how do they work.

    Thank Me Later and the First Comment Redirect are definitely on my To-Do List.

    Thanks for bringing this up and writing such a detailed review.

    All the best for this 2012, hope you can achieve every dream and goal and looking forward to see how you progress with your Internet Marketing works! 😉

    Sergio

  2. Sylviane Nuccio says:

    Thank you for the tip, Sandy. I have to admit that I didn’t know about this plugin. I’ve got to try it 🙂

    • Sandy says:

      Hi Sylviane, I think the plugin has quite a few possibilities if used carefully and wisely.
      Sandy

  3. sildenafil says:

    Hi Sandy, i do not know much about plugins, but i tried some in my blog and it looks great. Thanks for the tips and information on the plugin.

    • Sandy says:

      Glad you found it helpful. It pays not to overdo the plugins as they can slow down you blog’s loading times but some are essential. Thanks for dropping by.

      Sandy

  4. Justin Mazza says:

    Hi Sandy,
    I was wondering what the name of that plugin is. I think it is kind to receive those thank you emails and it is all a matter of preference. Sometimes I read them and sometimes I don’t.

    And yes it is a great way to be reminded of a comment that you have left earlier.

    take care…

    • Sandy says:

      Hi Justin,

      The plugin has a lot of possibilities. But, as you say the messages may not get read.

      Sandy

  5. Sarah Reece says:

    Hey Sandy,

    That’s a great plugin, nice way to have your commenters be reminded of your blog so that they keep coming back.

    And thanks for such a well-written article, you’ve explained so beautifully the little details and nuances that one needs to take care about using this plugin. I’m on my way to implementing this plugin for sure. Thanks!!!

    • Sandy says:

      Hi Sarah, yes, it adds a nice touch I think and you can add some links to free gifts which your reader would appreciate.

      Sandy

  6. Candice Michelle says:

    Thanks for your advice sandy, honestly i have to admit too that i don’t even know about plugin but thanks to you i probably start to try it now.

  7. Ebizdame says:

    Hi Sandy,

    Great article, a real eye opener. As you know you let me know about this plugin when I asked you about an email to me after I left a comment on your site. I thought it was very cool that you contacted me and I wanted to do the same for my visitors.

    This is a winner both ways. I have to agree that there are so many instances of wanting to revisit a blog I commented on, only to realize that I do not have the URL (I don’t want to bookmark each post I comment on). As well, I don’t like to fill in the “notify me of follow up comments” because that can really overwhelm my inbox.

    I am also going to install this plugin on my site ASAP.

    Have a great day,

    Dita

    • Sandy says:

      Hi Dita,

      Glad to help. I thought it was a nifty idea when I first saw it once I started blog hopping and commenting on other blogs. I know what you mean about your inbox getting flooded if you subscribe to comments. I have had the same experience.

      I hope you find the plugin useful.

      Sandy

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