HelloBar is a service for website that lets you design messages for your visitors. It provides tools and features that ensure correct timing of messages you want your visitors to see. It claims to be a booster for your website and you can have more visitor and subscribers through this software.
HelloBar: The Fastest Way To Generate Leads Or Clicks
HelloBar lets you add a full-width bar at the top of your blog which to drive traffic to your squeeze pages, resource pages or a particular blog post.
You can also use HelloBar to drive traffic to your affiliate links, capture emails and much more. a tool to drive your existing traffic to any page of your choice.
On one of my blogs I’m using it to drive traffic to my blog’s Android app, and it’s converting well. I will talk more about usage and other factors shortly:
HelloBar’s dashboard is neat, and even someone with no technical skills can start using it in a minute. Any WordPress blogger can easily integrate it onto a blog with this simple WordPress plugin.
How to start using HelloBar for your blog:
Head over to the HelloBar homepage and begin by adding your blog’s address, and then create your profile. Once you are on the dashboard,select a goal from the list:
I have tried both the email capture and the “Click Links” options, and they worked like a charm. If your immediate target is to collect more email leads, you should select “Collect Email” and start building your email list. HelloBar integrates with all popular email marketing services such as Convertkit & Getresponse.
All the steps are self-explanatory, and you will have no trouble with configuration. Simply download the HelloBar WordPress plugin from your dashboard and install it on your blog.
This tool used to be entirely free, but last year they added a “pro” version for heavy users. You should also know that in the free plan display 1 ad in every ten views, a feature that may not be acceptable to some bloggers. You do have the option to upgrade to their Pro plan, but I find it to be on the higher side in terms of cost. If you are a heavy user, I instead recommend that you use one of the HelloBar alternatives that I have listed below.
With HelloBar you can create multiple bars, and they will rotate at regular intervals. You can also create multiple copies of the same bar, and run A/B testing by changing words, colors and so on. Overall, the A/B testing feature is the feature that appeals most to me. It makes it easier for an individual to find the perfect copy + color for the bar.
My actual user experience with HelloBar has been great, but I am disappointed by the fact that they’ve changed their pricing and have included ads in the free plan. For a hobby blog where you don’t mind displaying ads (1 in 10 views) and the HelloBar branding, it’s a decent service. If you like the service but want to hide the HelloBar branding, you need to be prepared to upgrade your plan to the “pro” version.
There are many good free and paid HelloBar alternatives out there, but there are only a few notification bars that allow you to capture email.
Following are the best HelloBar alternative WordPress plugins:
- FireBar : This is a paid alternative to HelloBar and it costs only $18. This is the only alternative that also lets you capture email.
- WordPress Notification Bar: Limited features, but does let you drive traffic to a particular page.
- DW PromoBar: Also offers a countdown timer. Better features than the two mentioned above.
- BugmeBar: Another paid alternative, offering cookie expiry time.
Of all the available alternatives, I recommend that you buy FireBar, as it offers similar features.
In conclusion, I suggest that you start using HelloBar on your blog, and once you better understand the use of notification bars, invest some money in the paid solution that works best for you.