OptinSkin Review – My First Impressions

Optin Skin Review ImageI discovered a new WordPress plugin called OptinSkin today and wanted to write a quick review giving you my first impressions.

What is OptinSkin?

OptinSkin is a plugin that makes it really simple for you to produce cool looking optin boxes for your blog. There are a few similar plugins around, but they don’t make it as simple as this one does. It also provides some templates to enable people to share your posts via social media.

Do you need OptinSkin?

OptinSkin is a means to an end – it makes it easier to build an email list. If you’re not interested in building an email list, don’t bother with OptinSkin. If you are interested, then read on!

I’m mentioned numerous times that my HTML and CSS skills are very limited, so the thought of producing a cool looking optin box scares me to the point where I’ve been putting it off for months. Up until now I’ve been using the Aweber template as well as PopUp Domination to build my subscriber list. It’s worked ok, but I’ve been looking at the optin boxes that other bloggers had created, and wanted to do something similar.

The OptinSkin plugin makes it easy to build good looking optin boxes.

Using OptinSkin

Once you purchase the plugin, you install it the same way you install any WordPress plugin. When you use it for the first time, you need to register it – that’s simple.

You can then get to work building your own optin boxes.

You have the choice of 18 templates to begin working with. Simply choose one of the  templates and start customising it. You can change the titles and text as well as the fonts and the text size. Don’t like the colour of the sign up button – change it!  You can change a whole stack of the design elements and you have complete control over the colours as well.

It integrates very well with all the major email list providers – I use Aweber and it was as simple as entering my list name into the plugin and OptinSkin does the rest.

It took me around 5 minutes to design my first optin box.

Where does it go?

You’ve got a few options around where the finished optin box goes.

 OptinSkin Review Placement Image

As part of the set-up, you can choose from some standard placements such as below a post, at the top of your posts, below the first paragraph or floated to the right of the second paragraph. Knowing Glenn Allsop (the creator) like I do, he’s tested placement of optin boxes for a while and these would be the ideal locations.

You’ve also got the option to leave these options blank and instead insert the OptinSkin shortcode anywhere you want in your blog.

OptinSkin Review Video

I spent a while tonight recording this video review of OptinSkin. I show you all the main features and also how you can customise all the key parts of the plugin.

If you’re reading this in an RSS Reader, here’s the link to the OptinSkin Review Video.

First Impressions

I like the plugin because it’s made it simple for me to produce good looking optin boxes.

I haven’t started to look at the social sharing options and how I could combine that in the optin box, but that opens up some interesting possibilities.

Overall, I think this plugin is good value for money.

Visit the OptinSkin website for more information. They also offer a 60 money back guarantee, so if it doesn’t work for you, return it.

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When he's not blogging or working in his financial planning business, you'll find Allan playing guitar, reading or coaching his son's soccer team.

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6 Responses to OptinSkin Review – My First Impressions
  1. Rob Beer
    February 29, 2012 | 3:37 am

    Thanks for the review. I can see that this is a very new product, but it looks like the sort of software I’ve been searching for, for some time now, so it’s good to finally see something that fits the bill.

    I know Glen Allsop is one of the top people out there when it comes to blogging, so I’ll be giving this a serious look.

    I’ve made some bad choices over the years with software, however optinskin should be a solid long-term investment.

    • Allan Ward
      February 29, 2012 | 3:57 pm

      Investment is the right word Rob. I’ve just spent some time this afternoon installing it on my financial planning website. It’s so easy to create different optin boxes and install them in different places on the blog.

      I’d like to see more customisation – I’ll be sending Glenn some feedback around this because I think there’s some room for improvement, but as a basic out-of-the-box plugin it does the job well.

      I’ve saved myself a lot of time and money using this plugin compared to the alternatives of trying to code it myself, or hiring someone else to do it.

      thanks for your comment.

      Allan

  2. Ileane
    March 3, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Hey Allan,
    I’m in the same boat with you and the Optin Skin Plugin came out right in the nick of time for me as well. I started using Aweber at the beginning of the year and I really did not like their forms. Pat Flynn did a video about Optin Skin plugin and he offered a few bonus skins for it as well. It’s super simple to set up too. Thanks for the video and I subscribed to your YouTube channel.
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    • Allan Ward
      March 8, 2012 | 5:29 pm

      Thanks for the comments, Ileane. Glad you’ve had some benefit from the plugin. I’m all about using simple tools to get good results, sounds like you are too.

      Thanks for the subscription and comment.

      Allan

  3. Jon
    March 10, 2012 | 8:02 am

    I picked this up myself a couple of days ago Allan and totally agree that it’s solid value. The fact that is has social integration and stat tracking built in made it a no-brainer for me.

  4. Pubudu
    May 10, 2012 | 4:44 pm

    This seems to be a solid app.Actually opt-in boxes are pretty useful in grabbing the customer.If you add one middle of the article,you’ll be able to increase more signups.I’m going to check it and see.THanks.
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