Some feedback for this feature please?

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Hello Guys,

I would like to ask you for a small favour to give me feedback on my blog using the "Captain Up" Plugin.

Basically it is a plugin that allows readers to engage with the website and "level up" their profile.

The more they comment, read, watch videos and share articles via google+, twitter etc... they will get points. They will then level up after certain number of points..

Do you think this will help user engagement or is it just useless and I should take it off?

Let me know what you guys think please!
Alvinhy.com
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  • Profile picture of the author jrigdon73
    Seems like a good idea. What's the benefit of leveling up though?
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      Originally Posted by jrigdon73 View Post

      Seems like a good idea. What's the benefit of leveling up though?
      To let the rest of the world know that you spend too much time on someone else's blog?
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        I came online in the late 1990's and after all these years I'm convinced that many folks like the "acknowledgement" and recognition they can garner online.

        They don't get recognition and "stroking" in their real lives so they go online to express opinions at various web sites and forums where they can be recognized as individuals for their achievements and contributions (whatever they may be.) They want to see their name in lights!

        If you want to cater to this urge, that's fine - try it out - test it - see if it brings you more money.

        Personally, I have never seen one of the top authority sites employ this type of "incentive" to visit a site and post.

        I would consider this approach, earning points for engaging, more of a gimmick than a professional way to market your site.

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Athey
    I've seen the level-up model used to good effect in both web sites and apps. Two examples come to mind: the fitness site Fitocracy where you enter you workout as you go along, then get points. One of my friends got hardcore into it, and told me it pushed him harder in the gym as he liked being able to put down many reps and build up his level, then have it shown on his friend's new feed.

    Another one is the style of apps like HabitRPG on the Android--put in whatever goals you want to make into habits, and get experience points and levels like an old school RPG as you complete them.

    The model works in general, the question is if it would help your blog. I took a look at it--I like the branding with the cartoonized character--and my first thought is that you would want some kind of recognition for your high-level participators. Think of it like a top-5 commenters box, but instead of just listing their names showcase their levels and whatever achievements you include with that.

    To match the rest of your site's style, I would display some kind of stylized avatars or the like, perhaps something where as they level up they can pick different characters.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    Obviously the only way to know is use it for a while and see what happens. If you have Analytics hooked up to your blog, you can see if it helps, such as bounce rate, time on page, ect. People could make suggestions all day long, but in the end it's testing that gives real proof.

    I personally don't see using it. To me, it' more like something on a kids or teen's site. Or as mentioned game or fitness sites. Where there is a good reason for people to use it.

    Now, if there where incentives, like 1000 points get you access to my ebook. Or 2000 points gets you free access to locked membership section. Those might be more inviting.

    Right now though, that little box off to the side makes no sense. What is it? What does it do? Why is it there? What visitors might be thinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anne Laidlaw
    Good idea but unless I get free downloads etc I wouldn't take the time
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    What do the points do for them and what do they do for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    It's starting to sound like an echo in here...

    What does "leveling up" get the user?

    Without knowing that, anything anyone said would be a WAG (Wild-Ass Guess).
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    • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      It's starting to sound like an echo in here...

      What does "leveling up" get the user?

      Without knowing that, anything anyone said would be a WAG (Wild-Ass Guess).
      Yep and everything getting repeated over and over

      Wasn't there a thread about this recently?
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  • Profile picture of the author jrigdon73
    Yeah, without a decent payoff -- people won't level up for very long.
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  • Profile picture of the author FrasserBeecroft
    Sounds like a great idea and the only way to truly test it is to try it out...

    If you have a blog or website already you could always create a survey to see what people think - you may be surprised at the answers....

    As one of my mentors once told me 'Don't try and get it right, just get it done....you can always change it later' - Basically what he said was you can try and get a concept 100% right but spend so much time making it right that you've wasted all your time when you could've tried it and tweeked it along the way.

    Now that does not mean throw any old thing on your site but it does mean try it and if it needs changing then you can change it along the way.

    I say go for it.

    Hope that helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author alvinhy
    Thanks for the comment guys, I think the biggest question is does it bring more money to the website and increase user engagement. I shall test it for a while and see.

    The idea of having reach a certain amount of points and get free stuff is pretty cool.
    Maybe I will do that!
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by alvinhy View Post

      Thanks for the comment guys, I think the biggest question is does it bring more money to the website and increase user engagement. I shall test it for a while and see.

      The idea of having reach a certain amount of points and get free stuff is pretty cool.
      Maybe I will do that!
      Over many years of testing I have found the best way to get people coming back to your website and engage with your content is simply to provide quality content. Nothing more, nothing less. No tricks needed. Focus on providing quality content that helps your users and they will want to return without the need for any gimmicks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        It's starting to sound like an echo in here...

        What does "leveling up" get the user?

        Without knowing that, anything anyone said would be a WAG (Wild-Ass Guess).
        If you can earn points towards booze, smokes, and grocery store coupons I'll be a regular reader.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Squidoo implemented a "level" system and has offered "trophies" from the start. They make people feel like they are part of something and give them a sense of achievement.
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  • Profile picture of the author jrigdon73
    Looking forward to hearing your results, alvinhy!
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