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5 WordPress Plugins That Will Increase Your Conversion Rates

5 WordPress Plugins That Will Increase Your Conversion Rates

Are you having trouble marketing your product or service? You might feel like you’re stuck in a rut, but sometimes a few simple changes are all you need to spruce up your website and increase your conversion rate. And if your site is based on WordPress, you have thousands of plugins at your disposal, each offering a different tool to help you organize your content, attract visitors, and increase clicks and conversions. Interested in boosting your sales?

Here’s just a few of the great WordPress plugins that can help your revamp your site and reach your monthly goals with ease.

1. OptinMonster

If you’re looking to increase your number of email subscribers, OptinMonster makes it easy to catch your audience’s attention through pop-ups and other tools. Instead of tucking away the subscriber form on a separate page, OptinMonster helps you attach the form to floating headers, sidebars, pop-ups, welcome gates, and more. Your email form becomes a striking element that actively grabs your readers’ attention, not a passive form hidden away on the footer.

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To take advantage of this plugin, you must sign up for an account at the OptinMonster website. This is a monthly subscription service with the option of monthly or annual billing. Three tiered packages are available, each with a different set of features. The Basic account is only $9 per month (when billed annually), with $19 for the Plus account and $29 for the Pro account.

2. OptimizePress 2

Need to refresh your landing page? OptimizePress 2 gives you the tools to build engaging landing pages with a high conversion rate. Their features include a live editor that updates your site automatically, a library of pre-made themes and custom elements, automatic mobile conversion, secure membership portals, and more. This plugin makes it easy to build an accessible, eye-catching landing page that sets your products or email forms front-and-center.

Want to give it a try? OptimizePress comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. The prices for packages vary, with $97 for Core, $197 for Publisher, and $297 for Pro. Each package comes with its own set of features and benefits. This is a one-time fee, not a monthly recurring charge. However, you’ll have to renew your license once a year to keep receiving support and updates.

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3. Hello Bar

For a simple solution that makes your content pop, Hello Bar adds a full-width bar to the top of your page. You can add an email form, provide helpful links, include social media buttons, and more. It’s a floating bar that follows your readers as they scroll down the page, keeping your email form at the forefront of their attention; this increased exposure means they’ll be more likely to subscribe. Hello Bar is easy to use, with a simple dashboard that requires almost no coding knowledge.

Everyone can sign up for a free account, but the Pro account means no advertisements and additional customization options. You can upgrade your account once you’ve signed up at the Hello Bar website.

4. Leadpages

Want to spice up your landing page with crisp, engaging content that immediately hooks your reader? Leadpages instantly gets your clients involved, with pop-up email forms, mobile opt-in codes, 1-click sign up links, and more. When they visit your website, they’ll be greeted with content that invites them to interact right away, rather than a generic sales pitch or a large chunk of text. Leadpages also includes a wealth of other features, including automatic mobile conversion and a website editor that requires no coding knowledge.

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If you’re interested in Leadpages, you can choose from one of three packages: $25 for Standard, $49 for Pro, and $199 for Advanced. Each package is geared toward different types of businesses and entrepreneurs. You can choose from monthly, annual, and 2-year billing options.

5. Nelio A/B Testing

Want to test your landing page before it goes live? Nelio gives you the tools to test every element on your site to help you attract the biggest number of visitors. No technical knowledge is required; Nelio automates everything, enabling you to switch over your site to the best version. And best of all, you can complete all your testing straight from the WordPress dashboard.

To get started with Nelio, you can purchase one of their tiered packages. Each package comes with a free trial. The Basic option costs $288 annually, while the Professional option costs $888, and the Enterprise option costs $2,568. Each comes with a unique set of features tailored toward the size of your business.

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Featured photo credit: The White Label Agency via thewhitelabelagency.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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