I have written a lot recently about the importance of mailing lists. Last Friday, in fact, I explained about how I had been working on a lightbox solution for optins using the You Can't Block This script. The only problem is that I have been worried about bugging my normal readers and tarnishing my brand.
Sure enough, I got this thoughtful comment from a loyal reader (Alex The Big Blogger):
I’m not a fan of Popups, I consider them a little bit spammy, although I’ve tested them out on my own blog and I too have seen good results. I’ve made them with Aweber and set a delay to the apparence. On this way the visitor fisrt starts reading the post and then he gets the popup. Getting a popup as the first thing when i come to a site sets me up and makes me walk away.
That is exactly what I am worried about — but I like the idea of a delay.
In addition to that, I have the popup set to display once per browser session. That should allow for minimum annoyance.
I will let you know how it goes. I have added some Google Analytics code to the popup box html, so I should be able to get some decent stats on the performance.
One issue — not all browsers are configured to report the referring website. For our current experiment, those visitors will not see the box. I may change this behavior later.
In case you are interested, here is the trivial php code to manage who sees the popup:
$referer = strtolower($_SERVER[“HTTP_REFERER”]);
if ( strstr($referer,”google”)||strstr($referer,”yahoo”)||
— POPUP SCRIPT HERE —
(Special thanks to Josh Spaulding for help with troubleshooting)
Have a great day!