Quite a few people just received an email from me, the title read: “What is your web effect [NAME]?” – and yes – unfortunately it said exactly that. I’d intended for [NAME] to be replaced with the recipient’s name, sadly that didn’t happen.
Let me wind the story back for a minute – This is something I’ve been contemplating for a while, but I’ve never sat down to actually try to find a solution – how can I email everyone that’s ever made a comment on my blog?
I’ve been collecting email addresses of people that connected with the content on my blog enough to gave their details freely, and added their comments on an article I’ve written. Some of these people might be interested in future articles, and from a marketing perspective it would be great if I could email these people regularly.
I wanted to email people who have commented on my wordpress blog in the past, and I wanted a plugin to handle my email lists.
The solution came from an obscure wordpress plugin called Contact Commenters – it’s so obscure it’s only ever been downloaded 1,695 times! – This, compared to the All in One SEO Pack which has been downloaded 4.8 million times in total, and already 3,480 times just today!
The download and install is the same as any other wordpress plugin – download, unzip, and upload into the wp-content/plugins directory. Activate the plugin from the plugins page in your wordpress admin… voila….
In the tools menu you’ll see a Contact Commenter’s sub-menu – it takes you to this page:
As you can see in the image above, Contact Commenters wordpress plugin allows you several list options:
1 – Email all commenter’s
2 – Email all commenter’s who haven’t been active in the past 7 days
3 – Email all commenter’s who commented within a date range
4 – Email everyone who commented on a post
5 – Email your top 10 commenter’s from the past X days
6 – Email all new commenter’s from the past X days
7 – Email up to 5 email addresses you enter manually
That’s pretty comprehensive if you ask me – and kinda cool! Emailing new commenter’s is a great way to welcome people to your blog and introduce them to your other content. Emailing inactive commenters is a great way to bring people back to your blog, and emailing everyone who commented on a particular post lets you notify people of updates or related posts.
All very cool!
Clicking through to Step 2 Contact Commenter’s Plugin allows you to remove people from your list and compose your email.
I sent an email to a selection of 135 commenter’s – I tried to make the most of the [NAME] tag, which will be replaced by the commenters name, in both the email title and email body – I later discovered this was only replaced with the commenter’s name in the email body – possibly a simple oversight but one which resulted in 135 people receiving very obviously impersonal emails from me – sorry about that…
You can send unique emails to all people, or you can BCC everyone to the same email – for deliverability purposes I chose to email everyone individually.
I clicked “Send Mails” and the waited…
It took about 3 minutes for the page to finish loading – it would have been nice to receive a notification letting me know all emails had been sent – but apparently they were anyway.
Within seconds I had an email in my inbox from myself – as you can see the [NAME] tag wasn’t replaced in the title, but it was replaced in the email body.
All in all I would recommend this plugin – use it judiciously and don’t spam your readers, but also make the most of the tools at your disposal.
The Contact Commenters Plugin for WordPress is a new alternative to auto-responder list building that come with some extra barriers to list building. I also recommend adding a little line into the theme code below the comment form “We may send you emails once in a while, by submitting your comment you consent to receive these emails” – it shouldn’t be necessary but better safe than sorry
I’ve just had an email from Ajith – the developer of the Contact Commenters plugin:
I appreciate your review and feedback. I have extended the [NAME] tag support for subject line as well.