Alot of people here already use this plugin fairly effectively, but just make sure you add an rss email option to it when you get it up and running. You can see an example over at Yoast.com
2.) Thank me Latter: Thank Me Later is a plug-in which will automatically send a thank you email to readers after they post a comment. It can be set to send the message a time after the comment was posted (an hour, day, week, month, etc). It is effective as it will remind readers of their comments and gets them engaged with future discussion and your blog. It is useful to attract "one-time" readers who will post one comment, and then forget about your blog.
Thank me Latter is not as nearly effective if you don't take the time to properly set it up (or write a custom follow up), as is true with any tool on the net.
To save you the time, you can use my template that converts over 75%! The template below is what you will insert in Thank me Latter after you activate the Plugin and start tweaking the settings, its pretty self explanatory and you will know what I mean when you see it in your WP dashboard.
This template is Gold, really. So use it wisely and don't spam the crap at of your subscribers!
This is [your-name] from [your-site-name] and I just wanted to personally say Thanks for posting on our blog and hope to hear more from you in the future.
You can find your comment at this URL: <?php $comment = get_comment($comment_ID, OBJECT); echo get_permalink($comment->comment_post_ID)."#comment-".$comment_ID; ?>
Talk to ya later!
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