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How to Use WordPress to Add an Ask Me Anything Anonymously Section

Answering questions is a great way to generate traffic on any website. If the answers you provide are detailed, it can easily lead to conversions and follows. But when you use WordPress to add an ask me anything anonymously section, you increase visitor engagement as well.

If you’re an expert in your specific field or industry, why not share your knowledge with others?

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to set up an area in WordPress for ask me anything anonymously posts. It’s a way to promote your expertise while improving interaction between you and those who visit your site.

Why Add an AMA to Your Website?

Ask me anything, or AMA, is helpful in a variety of ways beyond showing off your knowledge. Something as simple as answering a question in full can affect things like:

  • Branding recognition.
  • Interactivity between the target audience and yourself.
  • Your brand’s reputation.

These are among some of the reasons why celebrities, social influencers, and brands will take to sites like Reddit to conduct AMAs. It’s a way to get the name out there while creating a solid foundation for your name or brand.

Using Ask Me Anything (Anonymously)

Today, I’m demonstrating the Ask Me Anything (Anonymously) plugin. It’s a useful tool to add a WordPress question and answer segment to your site. It has several customizable options including an area for CSS to give it more flair.

If you need help with CSS, W3Schools has a lot of great tutorials on the topic.

Install and activate, «Ask Me Anything (Anonymously).»

AMA Anonymously

Go to Settings and click, «Ask Me Anything.»

Ask Me Anything

In this page, you’ll see the shortcode the AMA plugin provides. You can place this into any page or text sidebar widget to create your AMA section.

Paste Shortcode

You’ll have several customizable settings for your ask questions anonymously app. Perhaps one of the more important is the «Choose Location» setting.

This will automatically resize the AMA section according to whether you’ll use it in a sidebar widget or a page or post. You’ll want to make sure you’re selecting the correct element.

You don’t want the AMA to appear odd when displaying it to your visitors.

Choose the location of where you are using the AMA plugin. Since I am demonstrating this on a page, I’m going to leave it as the default setting.

AMA Location

Now, the rest of the settings are completely up to how you want the anonymous ask me anything plugin to work. You can change the messages, submit button text, how many questions are shown per page and even a verification question to reduce spam.

Each setting you change, the shortcode will change as well. This means you can set up several different AMAs throughout the website depending on your needs.

For example, I changed the Avatar Image and the Author Name settings. Now, I will copy and paste the new shortcode which reflects the changes.

New Shortcode

This means you don’t really have any settings to save. The plugin will adjust its shortcode according to what you want the AMA to show.

Adding Custom CSS

One other aspect in the settings screen is the ability to change how this WordPress «ask an expert» plugin appears on the site. You can do this by adding your own coding in CSS.

Click the «Custom CSS» tab on the top.

Custom CSS Tab

Input your coding and click, «Save CSS.» All of your AMA sections will reflect the new visualization.

Save CSS

This is a great way to add a bit of branding to the layout by using your company colors or otherwise matching the site’s aesthetics.

If you’re worried about site performance, Ask Me Anything (Anonymously) comes with the option to minify the output. This helps with speed issues and may be beneficial.

However, most caching plugins like W3 Total Cache already have this built-in, so checking the «Minify output» box is completely optional. It all depends on how you have your site set up.

To enable this feature, just click the box next to «Minify output» and save.

Minify Output

Adding the AMA to a Page or Post

Now that we have our shortcode, it’s time to add it to the website. In this tutorial, I am creating a page specifically for AMA. However, you can add this to posts and widgets depending on how you want the site to look.

Create a new page or post in WordPress.

Create New Page

Paste the shortcode directly into the content. You can place this before or after any text or images you have.

Paste Page Shortcode

The forms are built automatically by the plugin, and visitors can start asking you questions.

AMA Test Page

What if you get an error stating, «comments are closed for this item.»

Comments Closed

If you get an error stating something to the effect of, «comments are closed for this item,» you might have to troubleshoot a bit. There are a lot of things that can affect the Ask Me Anything (Anonymously) plugin.

But, here are a couple you may want to try.

Check your WordPress spam firewall.

Some spam detection plugins may accidentally trigger a blocked question. You may have to whitelist the page or plugin according to your settings…if there are any available.

Enable Discussion on Pages

By default, pages in WordPress are disabled for comments. If you see the error for closed comments, you’ll need to enable this feature manually.

You can go to Screen Options of your page and enable «Discussion.»

Enable Discussion

Scroll down to Discussion and click the box to «Allow Comments.»

Allow Comments

Once you save or update the page, visitors can use the AMA form and leave comments.

How do you respond to Ask Me Anything questions in WordPress?

Because of how the Ask Me Anything plugin works, you can answer questions as you would any comment in the system. So, questions will appear in the Comment areas of WordPress and in the page and post editor under Comments.

Comment Areas

Enhance Interaction on Your Site

Letting users anonymously ask you anything can boost the allure of your website. It gives you a chance to answer solid questions from users, demonstrate your professionalism and build brand reputation.

Be more interactive on your site and turn those casual visitors into life-long fans with WordPress.

What kind of plugins do you use for interaction with visitors? How often do you engage with your audience, even if it’s just on social media?

Author: Michael Brockbank

Michael has been in the tech industry in some form or another since the late 1990s. He’s built a variety of websites using HTML, Joomla and WordPress. Starting his freelance writing career in 2012, he’s completed thousands of projects world-wide covering a wide scope of topics. Michael is currently the Content Marketing Team Lead. Today, he manages a team of writers to create tutorials, blog posts and support content for customers. Outside of GreenGeeks, he manages a YouTube channel that helps others learn how to become freelance writers, bloggers and overall professionals.

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