In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a web form or signup box where your subscribers can join your email list. You will want to have a signup box on nearly every page of your website to get more of your site visitors to sign up. Here is what you need to know to start adding subscribers to your list today.
You will need:
• An AWeber account
• A website
• A mailing list set up
• Messages added to your autoresponder
Step 1: Create Web Forms
Log into your Aweber account, then click on the “Web Forms” tab. (Note: If you have more than one mailing list set up in your Aweber account, make sure you are in the correct list.)
Click on the “Create Web Form” button.
You will be taken to a page where you can design the form you want.
Step 2: Choose A Web Form
AWeber offers a large selection of pre-made templates so you can choose one that fits perfectly with the look and feel of your site. You may use the templates “as-is” or you may modify the text and other components. For this tutorial, we will be using the basic blue version, which is pre-loaded in the design area.
Step 3: Modify Form Width
The first thing you need to know is the width of the area where the form will be added. For example, if you are going to add the form to the sidebar of your blog, you need to know the width of the sidebar in pixels. If you are not sure, you might try “eyeballing” the sidebar and comparing it to the default size in Aweber. Sidebars may be any width, but common sizes range from 120 to 300 pixels wide. Once you know the width of the area, you may need to change the width of the form.
Step 4: Modify Form Sections
When you edit in this way, you will get a popup, where you can edit several features in the section. To edit without the popup and get more options, use the instructions in the next step.
Step 5: Advanced Modification Options
Want to modify more aspects? In the tool bar, a dropdown box says “Form Type.” Click the arrow to choose a section and then choose the “advanced arrows” on the right. You can see the form type box in the example below, where we edit the header.
When you use this method to edit, you can see all your options in one place, which makes editing much easier. If you are not sure what settings to change, leave them alone. You can always come back and adjust them later if you decide you do not like something about the form and how it appears on your site.
After editing, save your changes and click the button to “go to step two.”
Step 6: Edit Form’s Basic Settings
One of the changes you can make here is to name the form. This may not seem important when you are creating your first form but, as you add more lists and more forms for each list, having a descriptive name for each form will make it easier to keep track of which form is which.
This thank you page here is different from the one you added when you created the list. This thank you page is seen after people sign up but BEFORE they confirm. For this reason, many people use the page to tell people to watch for a confirmation email. Your choices for a thank you page include a basic page, a custom page on your own website, audio or video versions, or no thank you page, where visitors are kept on the same page after submitting the form instead of being taken to a thank you page.
If you choose to send visitors to a custom page, you will need to set up a thank you page on your website and enter the URL of that page into the Aweber form where it says, “Enter Your URL.”
Once you have selected all of your options on this page, click save and go to step three.
Step 7: Publish Form
Here you will select how you would like to publish your signup form. Most people self-install the code so click the “I will install my form” banner.
Highlight the java code, making sure to include the entire string of code, then copy and paste it into your webpage or sidebar where you want the subscription form to appear. Once the form is installed, test it by going through the sign-up process and making changes to the form and settings where needed.
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