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How to Master the Top 5 WordPress Conversion-Boosting Popup Plugins

April 29, 2018

Optimizing conversion rates is the number one priority for most digital marketers. Attracting and ‘hooking’ a future loyal follower can be an art form – one that baffles the best of us. Fortunately, there are a vast amount of tools to help you achieve your goals; especially within the WordPress community. In this article we’re going to explore the cream of the crop.

More specifically, we’re going to dive into the world of popup plugins. Once we’re done with that, we’ll move on to explore how you can make the most of your new popup plugin and maximize conversion rates on your WordPress website. Let’s get cracking!

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What Is An Opt-in Popup?

Opt-in popups are a proven way to convert visitors into loyal followers. Opt-ins enable visitors to enter contact information for subscribing to a newsletter or requesting more details about a particular subject.

Popups you say? But they’re annoying as hell, right? Marketing tools can be tiresome – there’s no doubt about it – but in the hands of a great fisherman, the correct bait can be the key to his or her success. Only you can decide if the results are worth the method. With that said, let’s get straight onto exploring the top popup plugins for WordPress.

The Top 5 WordPress Plugins For Your Popups

There are a great number of WordPress popup plugins available, and sorting the wheat from the chaff can be a somewhat daunting prospect. Thankfully, we’ve already done the heavy lifting for you with our carefully considered selection below.

1. Bloom


Bloom is a very slick plugin from the rockstars over at Elegant Themes. It’s premium too, so you get what you pay for – a quality product. No matter how you plan to add opt-in forms to your site, Bloom has tons of great features built in to make the creation process easy:

  • Six easy opt-in styles; like popup, fly in and widget
  • Over 100 starter templates
  • Easy import and export for sharing with your other sites
  • Statistics tracking to keep tabs on your conversions
  • And more – checkout our Bloom review to learn more

2. Popup Maker

Popup Maker

Popup Maker is a plugin that enables you to put just about any content that you can imagine into your popups. Plus it’s packed with a host of features like:

  • Popup opening animations
  • Complete positioning and size control
  • Theme builder
  • Scrollable content and more

3. Popups – WordPress Popup

Popups - WordPress Popup

Popups – WordPress Popup is a mighty popup plugin that’s been downloaded over 60,000 times and boasts a 40% boost in your followers. Features include:

  • Multiple display filters to distinguish user habits
  • Options for when to show or not to show popups
  • Settings for location, timing and hiding
  • Shortcodes for social networking

4. PopupAlly

Popup Ally

PopupAlly is great for expanding your number of subscribers. This WordPress plugin enables quick customization of advanced professional sign up forms, even if you have no knowledge of code.

  • Compatible with most email marketing systems
  • Has a pro option with premium support available
  • Offers step by step tutorials for getting up and running
  • Free 30 day course to help you build your list

5. PopUp By Supsystic

Popup by Subsystic

PopUp By Supsystic enables easy, unlimited creative design for gaining more subscribers and social followers.

  • Responsive popups with friendly options
  • Customizable themes
  • Exit popups for capturing lost visitors

Honorable Mention

Although no longer a WordPress plugin, OptinMonster is now our very favorite lead generation software. The intuitive drag & drop optin builder, various form styles, exit intent tech, built-in split testing & analytics and more make this a great option for any website looking to increase subscription rates.

Hypothesis? I Thought You Said Hippopotamus

After all the plugin picking, popup customizing, and newsletter writing, how do you know any of this stuff is working? Although the magic formula shall be contested upon for many millennia to come, there are some experiments that most experts agree will actually produce the desired results. This comes in the form of statistical hypothesis testing.

Statistical hypothesis testing has absolutely nothing to with a certain large, mostly herbivorous mammal that is generally found in areas of sub-Saharan Africa. However, it does have quite a bit to do with scientific research in the field of statistics.

A/B testing refers to a randomized experiment consisting of two variants – A and B – whereas the former represents the ‘control’ subject and the ‘treatment’ is represented by the latter.

Confused? Well, thankfully you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to have a successful website. That’s what plugins are for! Although many popup plugins have tracking features built in, there is a plugin specifically designed to help you define, manage and keep track of A/B testing experiments:

Nelio A/B Testing

Nelio A/B Testing is a powerful and versatile conversion optimization service for WordPress. The plugin itself is free, but the service it requires is premium. Here’s what Nelio A/B Testing can do for you:

  • Improve your landing pages
  • Write better posts
  • Test new themes and different menus
  • Test titles and headlines

And the best thing is, all of this can be done from right inside your WordPress Dashboard! Another great feature that will warm you up is heatmaps.

This feature literally lets you analyze the hottest areas of any page so you can understand your customers better. And because Nelio A/B Testing is designed as a service (albeit premium), all of the processing is removed from your website and lets their cloud handle the load. This makes for much faster site upload times.

Putting the Icing on the Conversions Cake

So we’re talking about popups in this post, but I want to give you an added bonus too. One of the most proven ways of increasing your subscriber list and keeping them coming back for more is one of the simplest: say thank you.

Tests show that including a thank you page at the end of a transaction (be it financial or otherwise) creates a big impact on every customer. It also creates a great opportunity to include links back to some of your other content.

Another great way to say thanks for the time we spent together is with, you guessed it – a WordPress plugin. Thank Me Later actually sends thank you emails to anyone who leaves a comment.

Thank Me Later

Awesome features abound:

  • Invite readers back to your blog
  • Link to your Twitter or Facebook for more followers
  • Customize emails for categories
  • Link to your RSS feed
  • Includes multiple language translation

Just as in the real world, a thank you goes a long way to making a reader, subscriber or customer feel welcome and they will love you for it.

Converting Visitors Hook, Line and Sinker

So the hungry website visitors have taken the bait and you have reeled them in. You have increased your subscriber list with popup opt-ins, created more interest in your website, come to a complete understanding of your customers and their needs, and have even taken time out of your busy day to say thank you.

You may now proceed with conquering the world. Or if you’re still hungry for more, check out this post by Dev SharmaAny questions, suggestions or critiques? Fire away in the comments section below!

Article by Tom Ewer WPExplorer Author
Published on: June 15, 2015
Last updated on: April 29, 2018
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  1. Frederic says:

    Hi, thanks for your article.
    Concerning popups, what do you think of thrive leads?

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla says:

      I haven’t tried it, but Thrive seems like an okay option – it has most of the same options as the other premium options, but perhaps is a bit less user friendly than something like Bloom.

  2. Andrea says:

    Also do checkout Icegram. Could be one of the fore players in which does more than just popups!

  3. Gisele Grenier says:

    hmmm OptinMonster has a WordPress plugin available.

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla says:

      We just mean that they are now a subscription based app (with many integration options for many web platforms) rather than a single plugin like they used to be 🙂

  4. matt says:

    I have just started using convertplug, it’s all you need!

  5. Justin G says:

    As annoying as they are, popups really do work. I recently starting implementing an opt-in popup offering a 5% off over $50 coupon. Our order value increased by about 5%, our conversion rate increased slightly, and our email sign ups increased by 350%. Only about 1 in every 8 orders actually use the coupon, so we aren’t losing too much profit.

    I wish we tried it years ago (others in the company were anti-coupon so we never even trialed it until recently). So worth it though. I’m using Popup Domination which is really cheap, very easy to integrate and it provides AB testing, reporting, advanced options etc. It’s worth taking a look at if you aren’t too sure where to start:

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