OptinMonster makes it easy to control where and how your campaign appears to visitors with Display Rules. Each page can have different types of campaigns, with different content and exclusive offers.
In this article, you’ll learn how the Display Rules work to control when and where your OptinMonster campaign will appear.
This general guide provides an overview of all available Display Rule options. Some targeting options included in this guide are available only with specific subscription plans.
Before you start, we use specific terms related to the Display Rules that are helpful to become familiar with. A Rule contains a condition that allows or prevents a campaign from appearing. A Ruleset is a group of Rules. You can create multiple Rulesets with completely different Rules, if desired.
Display Rules View
When you create a campaign in OptinMonster you’ll want to customize when and where it appears to visitors.
To get started, select a campaign to edit in the campaign builder and navigate to the Display Rules view:
Rulesets are organized in the left sidebar. A Ruleset is a collection of Rules and each Ruleset acts independently from others. As long as all conditions in a single Ruleset are met your campaign can be shown to visitors even if another Ruleset’s conditions have not been met. Learn more about Rulesets here.
Rules are organized in the right pane. Rules are unique conditions that control when and where the campaign can appear on your site.
When adding groups of Rules to your campaign you can control if all or only one condition in the group needs to be met by toggling the option at the top of the group section.
For each individual Rule, you’ll find the option to duplicate, disable/enable, or delete the condition on the right-hand side.
In the bottom toolbar of the Display Rules, you can tab between Conditions, Actions, and Summary for an individual Ruleset:
The Conditions tab is where you add the rules that will need to be met before the campaign can appear.
At the top of the Conditions tab, you’ll find the option to choose the campaign View (Yes/No, Optin, or Success) to show when the rules are met, and buttons for using the Saved Rulesets feature:
Below that is where you’ll add individual Rules to control where and when the campaign can appear:
The Actions tab is where you control what should happen when the conditions of the Ruleset are met. This includes setting MonsterEffects and MonsterSounds, and for Inline-type campaigns the option to configure Content Locking.
The Summary tab is where you can view a summary of the individual Ruleset you have selected.
Display Rule Options
The following Rules are available to customize when and where your campaign appears to visitors. We recommend referring to the individual guide for a specific rule for how to configure it.
The following Display Rules are available with all subscription plans:
The following Display Rules are available with a Plus or higher subscription plan:
The following Display Rules are available with a Pro or higher subscription plan:
- MonsterLink (click to trigger)
- Referral URL Targeting
- URL Query Argument
- URL Hash
- Cookie Targeting
- HTML element
- Campaign Scheduling
- Current day
- Current time
- Current date and time
- Current month
The following Display Rules are available with a Growth subscription plan:
- New or Returning Visitor
- Has Viewed a Specific URL Path
- Geo-Location Targeting
- AdBlock Targeting
- Visitor has opted in to
- Visitor has not opted in to
- Visitor has closed
- Visitor has not closed
- Visitor has seen
- Visitor has not seen
- Shopify Targeting Options
I’m using the OptinMonster WordPress plugin but my campaign isn’t showing where it should with the Display Rules I’ve configured.
The Output Settings control where the campaign’s embed code is added to your site.
The Display Rules, in the campaign builder, control where your campaign has permission to appear as long as the embed code is also present.
For example, if you have the Display Rules set to show the campaign on the homepage of the site, and the Output Settings configured to embed the campaign only on a page that is not the homepage, the campaign would not be able to appear because those conditions conflict.
You may need to modify the Output Settings and/or the Display Rules to resolve the issue.
My campaign is showing on pages it should not, why?
This can happen when adding multiple URL Path conditions if they are incorrectly combined.
Within each Ruleset, you can combine multiple conditions using OR as well as AND statements, to require only one condition in the rule or all conditions in the set.
Most Display Rules can be configured as either inclusionary or exclusionary, and using the correct AND/OR statement to combine them is important to ensure your campaign appears as you expect.
- Inclusionary rules are including a specific condition using terms like “exactly matches”, “contains”, “starts with”, “ends with”, etc. These should be combined using the ANY ONE option, which is equivalent to OR statements:
- Exclusionary rules are excluding a specific condition using terms like “does not exactly match”, “does not contain”, “does not start with”, “does not end with”, etc. These should be added using the ALL option, which is equivalent to AND statements, like this:
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