How to Redirect Blog Comments to a Thank You Page

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redirect comments thank you pageLast updated: May 10th, 2017.

One of the most common questions I get asked is how I get my WordPress blog comments to redirect to a fancy little “thank you” page.

In fact, I probably get one or two emails every week asking me how it is done.

Getting your comments to redirect like this is an extremely good idea because it allows you to develop your relationship with first-time commenters as well as getting them closer to sign up to that ever important mailing list we all need.

In this post I’m going to show you how you can redirect your first time comments to a squeeze page.

Wait… a Squeeze Page?

I kind of threw in a new term there didn’t I?

Well, a squeeze page is essentially a page on your blog or website that you use to “squeeze” people through to another area of your site. It’s also known as a landing page.

The most common squeeze pages are ones that act as a pre-sale landing page and prime the reader to buy some product that is going to appear after the next click through.

Research has shown that these squeeze pages work extremely well, especially when the visitor wasn’t thinking about signing up or purchasing something. Its a lot like planting the seeds of a sale in their mind. A sweet little “thank you” page after a visitor leaves his or her first comment on your site is a powerful way to solidify the relationship.

What should I put on my squeeze/thank you page?

What you add on your thank you page is extremely important. It doesn’t have to be perfect but it does have to have some kind of rhyme and reason. Some ideas include:

  • A very personal message
    Commenting on a site is an intimate thing. This comment redirect idea is a way to make it even more personal and give people a chance to get to know you. For that reason I make my squeeze page very personal and inject a little bit of humor. The more informal the better.
  • Your mailing list sign up
    The idea here is that if someone just left a comment they are probably only a few steps away from signing up to your mailing list or RSS feed. Give them a few reasons why they should take that step and make it easy by having the form in the content.
  • Your favorite posts
    I also like to show the commenter some of my favorite posts and let them know that they might like to check them out as well. I even include some guest posts on other sites. What if they leave? I don’t care. The idea is to show them who I am and what I can do.

Actually, I would love to build a plugin that takes the category the person was just commenting on and then develops a list of posts in the category as well as a related message to show them on the squeeze page. That would convert like mission.

So how do you redirect first time comments?

Okay so how do you get first time comments to redirect to a thank you page? Well, its actually pretty easy.

  1. Build your squeeze/thank you page
    First off, go into WordPress and hit PAGES and design your page. Make sure it includes the elements above and, importantly, make sure it includes an individual sign up form that is differently labeled from your others so you know how many people are signing up from that page.
  2. Install the plugin
    Head over to your Plugins search area by going PLUGINS > ADD NEW and then hitting search. Type in “Comment Redirect by Yoast” and install it when it comes up.
  3. Set the page
    Once the plugin is installed it will appear in the Plugins sidebar (normally plugins install in the Settings area), just click it and set it to your newly crafted page.

That’s it! Now all of your first-time commenters will be sent to that page and, hopefully, sign up to your mailing list.

Want to test mine?

If you haven’t left a comment on Blog Tyrant before go ahead and leave a comment below and, if it’s your first time, you’ll be redirected to the thank you page that we just built above.

NOTE: Comments on this post are now closed. Please head to the home page and find a newer post if you’d still like to test it.

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  • Onora Oz

    Let’s see how it works and looks like 🙂


  • Jairo Siqueira

    Thank you for this tip.


  • Greg

    Meat plugin


    1. Chris | The Study Gurus

      Haha, meat plugin.


  • Muzi Mohale

    indeed, let me see how your squeeze page looks like…


  • elise

    I need to see this! 😀


  • Steve Scott

    A great answer to this question you pulled out of your email files. Redirecting the first time commentators to a squeeze page is a wonderful idea. I haven’t been doing this and shudder to think of the lost opportunity.


  • Ed

    Let’s see what it looks like. This is my third try. I haven’t seen it yet.


  • Andy Mathis

    Very handsome indeed.


  • Pat

    Thanks for this tip BT! I am excited to try it out. BTW, as a new blogger, you have been a extremely inspirational to me so thanks for that!

    Keep up the great work! I really appreciate what you do 🙂


  • Dib Dob

    I have commented before, so I have to use another address, I guess.

    Here goes:


  • Jamie

    This is really, really brilliant. I’ll definitely be implementing it soon. 🙂 But first, I’ve got to get my new site up and running (hopefully later this week!)

    Thanks for sharing – always great stuff here!


  • Adesoji Adegbulu

    Good job… You just help me solved a problem. I’ll definitely use this to direct commentators to my newsletter sign up page.

    I’m trying yours now


  • Sandra

    Hey, nice touch, that’s very useful advice indeed! I wish I had a blog I could try it out on 😉


  • Natalie

    Thank you for the tutorial.

    So, if I go ahead and create a new thank you page (love that idea!) how would I prevent it from being published on my site as ‘another’ page in my nav bar? Does the Yoast plug-in take care of hiding it for me?

    Ugh, such a newbie blogger – but am LOVIN’ the learning curve! Thank you for all you share.


    1. Marcus

      The good news with WordPress is that new pages are hidden by default. Unless you go into Settings > Appearance > Menus and manually drag and drop your “thank you” page into your main navigation menu, it should not show up.

      If you’re a beginner, here’s a website with great, easy-to-understand video tutorials on using WordPress:
      http://wp.tutsplus.com/category/tutorials/wp101-training/

      I wish those videos had been available when I first started out. Would have saved me a lot of time and frustration, ha ha.

      Good luck!


  • Barry

    Great post, Tyrant. A nice tool to include.


  • Daniel

    Thanks! I’ve been looking for a plugin like this. Now let’s see your squeeze page! 🙂


  • Cathy Jennings

    Ok, Handsome, show me that Thank You Page!

    (great info — thanks for the how to)


  • Barry Ford

    Thanks for the tip. It will be incredibly beneficial to me in the days ahead.


  • lawton chiles

    Great idea on the comment re-direct. Will have to test it out.


  • Kimberly

    Great post!


  • Tony

    Testing this feature, thanks!


  • Chrystal

    Oh this is such a great tip! Thanks so much. I plan to share this widely. I have a lot of friends who have Word Press blogs. And, yes, you are VERY handsome.


  • TouchGamer

    Hey Blog Tyrant.

    I wish that you would say more directly in your posts if what your about to share only works on Worpress, as I’m sure a fair portion of your readers are still using Blogger (including me).

    Thanks!

    TouchGamer


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      I said it in the first sentence! Ha ha. Sorry.


      1. TouchGamer

        I know, but I didn’t realize at the time that that meant it specifically wouldn’t work on blogger. Like I said, a little more directly at the beginning would be nice, so I know whether I should take the time to read it. Anyway, it’s no big deal.


  • Skye

    This is a great idea and away to bond with your subscribers and add more value to their visit to your website.

    Thanks for sharing.


  • Ed

    Thank you, for sharing this information.
    Appreciate it!


  • Marcus

    Good idea, mining your inbox for ideas on future posts. If you get more than 3 people asking the same question, it’s probably a common problem worth writing a post about.

    It’s true, such a small percentage of readers will write a comment, so they are to be treated well. I was a “lurker” for a long time, until I bucked up the courage to start commenting and adding to the conversation.


  • Raj

    Hey once again thank you. This is great. I really appreciate your expertise.


  • Linda Gabriel

    Always wondered how to do this. Thanks for sharing such a great tip!


  • Fred

    Thanks for the post. Sounds like a great way to drop engaged users into your conversion funnel.


  • Kevin@makemoneyonlineinkenya.com

    I was just about to ask the same question to you and you don’t know how great I felt when I read the tile of your blog post in my email. Thanks very much Tyrant. I should buy you a beer.

    Regards


  • Kevin@makemoneyonlineinkenya.com

    Okay let me ask you this one question (I know it might sound stupid). How do you set a page and yet not have it show in the navigation of your site.

    For example I can see that you redirect people to https://www.blogtyrant.com/thank-you-good-lookin/ yet it is not visible in the navigation of your blog.

    I tried publishing a private post but it stopped showing up as soon as I log out of my admin panel.

    Thanks


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Ah yes, I should include that in the post. There is a plugin for that too called Exclude Pages from Navigation.


      1. Kevin@makemoneyonlineinkenya.com

        Thanks Tyrant, that was very helpful. The plugin has worked well for me.


  • Yuriy "Fury" Nagorny

    This is one of the most useful articles ever. I hope I win a conference call with you, I’m going to tweet like crazy! I could learn so much! this blog is my bible!


  • Ali

    I love this, But is that not irritating?


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Being redirected?


    2. Kevin@makemoneyonlineinkenya.com

      It cannot really be irritating unless you do all wrong. The idea here is to redirect your commentators to a custom thank you page and probably have some more calls to action, say a request to follow you on Twitter or Facebook, or to join your newsletter.

      If anything, the plugin only redirects to pages within your blog only, not to any random page on the internet.


  • Ali

    I am testing if this works :).


    1. Ali

      great its working……but I have disqus implemented on my site………will it work with disqus as well?


  • John

    Just curious :p


  • Sanjeev

    Let’s check how it works.


  • Harrison Li

    Gonna try this out!


  • Fran {The Flavorful Fork}

    What a great idea! Thanks for the tip and info about the free plugin.


  • Catherine

    I hope this doesn’t sound like too simple a question, but should we put any SEO in these thank you pages?


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Not a simple question. I wouldn’t bother, it’s more about offering something to current users as opposed to finding new ones.


  • Eddie Gear

    I’ve done exactly that, and it converts almost 2.5 percent of my first time commenters. Which is a big number for me. Thanks for the lovely write up. I bet there are several bloggers who do not really do this.


  • Deeone

    This is great stuff Tyrant… I’ve been following you for awhile now. Have yet to make a comment. This has totally encouraged me to do so. Would love to see what happens. Man, you really are The Blog Tyrant!! Awesome post bud!


  • Deeone

    Ok, I’ve got a question for you buddy. I’m sure it’s simple but since I’m new in the self-hosting scene I’m oblivious to the answer. How do I add a individual sign up form? :-/


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Do you use Aweber?


      1. Deeone

        I haven’t just yet… but I can certainly look into it. I love this feature!! 🙂


        1. the Blog Tyrant

          Check out my post on Aweber. Might help.

          https://www.blogtyrant.com/switch-aweber-blog-email-list/


          1. Deeone

            Thanks BT!! You’re awesome bud!!


  • Selectiveform

    Is there a way of doing it without using a plugin? I don’t like using plugin too much when a deign a web based on wordpress.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Nope. Don’t think so.


  • Chris Wiegman

    I’ll have to check that plugin out. Have you had any problems with it turning folks away? I often comment and then go back and read other comments. I’m curious how your approach has affected your bounce rates, etc.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      I’ve had only positive feedback from it. I guess people can always click the back button?


  • Yuriy "Fury" Nagorny

    sweet stuff! I left a comment already but trying to see one more time how everything is set up. 2 Thumbs and 2 big toes up for this article!


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Ha ha. Nice.


  • Al

    Thanks for the article. I would like to see how it looks.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      No problems Al.


  • lisa chiodo

    Well I will tell you how handsome you are!!
    I’d love a blog article titled “What to do when you don’t know what to do!” I have a special page I use to keep all the bits of wisdom you share, this one will be there. The thing is that I often know I’ve seen something that is perfectly relevant to the problem I am having in your comments but can never find it again.
    I hunted for ages to find again, nobody knew what I was on about.
    Now to that comments squeeze page…
    ciao Lisa


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Nice work Lisa. Good ideas as always.


  • Karen

    Hello, just checking out your squeeze page. Thanks for the tip!


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