Popup Domination vs. OptinMonster vs. Thrive Themes

If you are wanting to get leads from your website then you have come to the right place. In this post I review some of the most popular lead generation software and pick my favorite. I have personally used all three of these options extensively so you can know that I am aware of each one's strengths and weaknesses. My favorite plugin is Optin Monster and you can easily see by the feature comparison below but don't take my word for it. Be sure to read the whole post and decide which software is best for you.

Option #1 Popup Domination

Popup Domination 3.0Popup Domination increases conversions by over 500%. If you are not familiar with Popup Domination it is a WordPress plugin (and Stand Alone version) that allows you to integrate with your autoresponder email service to connect with your customers and visitors via their name and email. It will display a popup on your website and can let visitors optin to get your ebooks or other information reports. It also lets you add a optin form to the end of your posts so that visitors that read your posts can optin after reading a good post. Also comes with A/B testing so you can test different styles. Popup Domination example

How Much Is Popup Domination?

Here is the pricing model of the software. I recommend the $77 version if you have a couple sites otherwise the $47 version will be perfectly fine and works even if you don't have a WordPress site.popup domination pricing

Where is that Cool Theme?

I feel that I should tell you that most people purchase Popup domination and then ask “how do I create that sample popup I saw on the sales page?” This is all part of Popup Domination's sales funnel. They showcase themes from their theme club which is an extra $37 to get access to the more “premium” themes. I felt like I had been punched in the gut after I purchased Popup Domination for $97 and then had to purchase another $37 worth of themes to get what I thought I had purchased for $97 so buyer beware. Here is what it looks like below.popup domination theme clubIn conclusion Popup Domination is a great popup tool if popups are all you you want to do. The software is a bit limited in functionality and integration compared to competitors. If you are interest you can check out Popup Domination here.

Preston's Final Comments on Popup Domination

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Preston Miller

I hate to be the bad guy here but website popups are not as effective as they used to be. This software is a one-trick pony and you can get more bang for your buck with another solution.

Popup Domination Rating


I give Popup Domination 1/5 stars because it does popups really well but other plugins can do what it does and much much more.

Option #2 Hybrid Connect (Now Thrive Themes)


Thrive-ContentThrive Themes is really 3 pieces of software bundled into one. It's a landing page creator, content builder, and lightbox all under the Thrive Themes label. Let's explore the features of each one individuality. Widget Creator included with Hybrid Connect (Thrive Themes)  Hybrid Connect Widget hybrid-feature-2

How Much Is Thrive Themes?

You are probably how much this bundle of three pieces of software is going to cost so here is a breakdown of their pricing model.Thrive Themes PricingHybrid Connect which is now Thrive Themes is more of a WordPress Theme and content builder with built in features like widget form creators, popups,  and header ribbon optins. It is probably more for advanced users and beginners who just want to add a WordPress plugin should check out OptinMonster below but if you want to use one tool for everything then Thrive Themes does it all and it does it well.

Preston's Final Comments on Thrive Themes

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Preston Miller

I love Thrive Themes and I use it on Preston's Corner all the time however it is a pretty involved and complicated tool Thrive Themes is a great value for everything that it does. I would not recommend it for beginners but more advanced bloggers and website owners should check it out.

Thrive Themes is Approved!


I give Thrive Themes 5/5 stars because it's a bit hard to use but otherwise it has the best features of all the lead generation tools on the market at this time.

Option #3 Optin Monster

optin monster logoThe moment I found out about Optin Monster I knew I had to try it. Let me start off with saying that Optin Monster is way more than just a popup plugin! It does popups but it also does mobile popups, in post call to action, split testing, polite scroll boxes, and sidebar forms. Check out the basic popup style below.Optin

What About Mobile Devices?

One of my favorite features of Optin Monster is it's functionality for all devices. You are probably thinking that the popup above is great but what about mobile device traffic? Mobile traffic is exploding and if a user visits my site do popups resize for mobile devices? Yes, mobile popups are available in Optin Monster. If a visitor visits your site from a desktop or laptop then your normal popup will show (example above) If the visitor comes from a mobile device then you mobile popup will show. (example below)optin monster mobile

Can I Do Split Testing on Offers?

So what if you want to test different headlines on a new offer to see which one converts better? You can run multiple offers at the same time and see which converts better in real time with Optin Monster‘s A/B Split Testing Feature. Once you know which offer is converting the best you can kill the other offers. It takes your traffic and cycles different offers for different visitors and tracks which ones convert and puts it in your analytic's dashboard. Pretty cool huh?optin monster split test

Can I Put Sign Up Forms In Blog Posts?

So what if you want to embed an offer directly into a blog post? With Optin Monster‘s in-line form feature you can embed offers directly into posts to have call to actions right in your posts. These are a great way to get users to perform your desired call to action since they are already reading your post.optin monster in post call to action

What About Scroll Activated Boxes?

So what if you want to have a signup box slide to the bottom right when a visitors scrolls 50% down the page. Optin Monster‘s slide-in feature enables you to add in polite scroll boxes that seem inviting and non-invasive on your pages. Scroll boxes are a great way to increase conversions since they are viewed as inviting and passive.optin monster scroll boxes

So How Much Is Optin Monster?

You are probably how much this awesome piece of software is going to cost so here is a breakdown of their pricing model. Optin Monster is available for a monthly or yearly subscription.

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optin monster pricing model

Optin Monster is an all in one plugin for email signups, conversions, and increasing sales. Optin Monster does all of these amazing features but more importantly it does them all very well! I would definatly recommend it if you want to increase your subscriber base for your website or blog. Everything from Lightbox Popups, Slide Ins, Footer Bars, Sidebar Widgets – It does it all. Pricing: From $49-$199 and I would recommend the $99 version as it includes 3 sites and I really like the extra options that are included versus just the basic version. Check it out here

Preston's Final Comments on Optin Monster

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Preston Miller

The reason I love Optin Monster is because it does so many different things like lightboxes, mobile popups, slide in, floating bars, and fullscreen optin forms. It's truly one of the best plugins online to build your email list.

Optin Monster Rating


I give Optin Monster 4/5 stars because it's easy to setup and integrate on your website and start generating leads in a few minutes.

In Conclusion

Each software has it's own strengths and weaknesses. People always want to know which one is the best? The truth is that there is no perfect answer. You have to consider the different options available and find the right solution for your website or blog. I trust that you can make a great decision now that you know the different features of the different plugins and software that I have reviewed above. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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