Let me first preface this post that we are going to talk about the WordPress commenting system. So if you are using a different commenting system, which I don't recommend, then this post will not help you, but it may open your eyes into what you are missing out on.
There are many reasons to use the built in WordPress commenting system, and for me it is the only way to fly. The huge problem is, when someone takes their time to leave a comment on your blog, after they submit their comment, they are taken back to the post they left the comment on, and thats it. It almost feels like something is broken because there is no confirmation or anything to indicate to your visitor that their comment was successfully posted.
What if there was a better way? A way to not only confirm that their comment was posted, but to also thank them in the process! Well ladies and gents, there is and it is surprisingly simple to implement. Lets get this done in 3 simple steps:
First we need to setup a thank you page on your website. If you are using OptimizePress 2, then this step will be very easy. This is a great opportunity to thank your visitor for contributing to your blog and to give them some next steps. You could give them an ebook in exchange for subscribing to your email list. You can ask them to follow you on your social networking profiles, the choice is your. Take a look at my thank you page below. It still needs some work though.
Thankfully there is an excellent WordPress plugin to take care of all the behind the scenes work for us. It's called Comment Redirect and is developed by the same people behind WordPress SEO. In this step all you need to do is install the plugin.
After you activate the plugin, all that is left to do is choose the page you want your commenters redirected to.
And that is pretty much all there is to it. To see it in action, leave me a comment!