Since this new theme has been active (last 3 weeks or so) the number of optin’s for the subscriber list has fallen but the statistics show more visitors than ever.
I have put this down to the loss of the subscriber box on the sidebar. Although the new theme has various options to opt in, it seems that the box is very important in helping people decide.
So, I have installed a series of very clever little scripts that (hopefully) appear only until a visitor subscribes and then never appear again.
What this means though, is that they will appear for everyone until the name and email have been filled in and the button clicked on.
Even for those of you who have already subscribed.
So I am sorry if this change is annoying, but I hope the long term benefits will outweigh the short term hassles. If you do fill in the form, it doesn’t mean you will get several copies of the notices, I trust Aweber, who handles the list, will just send you an error message stating you are already subscribed.
The major difference with these new methods is that you are not taken away from the page you are on, whereas before you were taken through the Aweber system, now you stay exactly where you are. That in itself is a major help.
It also means the box on the sidebar will not be seen once you have used it. A really clever piece of coding. We will see just how clever – depending on the results over xmas!!
Please let me know if you experience anything odd or un-necessary when you fill in the box.
May I just apologize again for the hassle this change will cause.