What Is Aweber?
Aweber is an autoresponder service which is very popular in the affiliate marketing world due to ease of use and no restrictions on sending affiliate emails like MailChimp impose.
If you don’t have an Aweber account you can get a 30-day free trial here.
What Will I Need To Setup My First Aweber List?
All that you’ll need to get started is an active Aweber account, we will fill in the required details as we go through each step.
Step 1. Creating A List
The first thing we need to do is create a list, if you skip this step nothing will work as you need a list to be able to allow opt-ins.
Sign into your Aweber account and from the navigation select “Manage Lists”.
From the manage lists page you have the ability to add a new list, view all lists (once you have a list), deactivate and activate lists.
Click the “Create A List” button, Aweber sometimes loads a blank page when you click this button, if this happens to you reload the page and the form will display.
We are now ready to start inputting our information and creating a new list, all fields on this form are required.
Depending on how you’ve set your account up some details like company name and website maybe prepopulated.
If this is the case please make sure that all the details are correct.
If the form is blank you will need to enter the required details, Aweber will check that your website domain is active so make sure that you enter a valid domain name (your funnel/website etc).
This domain is used for redirecting your users after they’ve opted-in and when they ask Aweber how you got their email address.
It’s important that this domain links back to your website/funnel.
You’re required to supply an address to prevent spam. This address shows at the bottom of your emails.
If you don’t want people knowing your home address use a different address like your business address.
The last two fields of the new list form are important to get right, the sender name is what tells your recipients who sent them the message.
The sender email is the address which your emails will appear to be sent from, your recipients will also have the option to reply to this email address.
Please make sure that this is an active email address that you have access to.
Double check all your details and click “Next Step“.
Describe your list
We are now asked to supply a list name and description.
I recommend naming the list something that will be easy to identify once you have multiple lists for example “Magic Tea”.
The description of the list is visible to anyone who opts into your list, ensure that this doesn’t include anything spammy or negative like “this list is to make money from people”.
Once you’re happy with your list name and description click “Next Step”.
The last step of creating a list is approving your confirmation message, I personally don’t change this as I disable subscription verification (i will show you this in the next step) due to most emails going into spam meaning lost leads which we don’t want.
Once you’re happy with your confirmation message click “Approve Message & Create List”.
You will be redirected back to your dashboard where you will notice your new list in the lists dropdown menu.
Awesome, we’ve created our first list!
Step 2. Disable Subscription Confirmation (optional but recommend)
In most situations, you will want to disable subscription confirmation as most people won’t bother confirming their subscription resulting in you losing the lead.
From your Aweber dashboard make sure you have selected the correct list from the drop-down in the navigation (see image above).
Hover over “List options” and then select “List Settings“.
Inside the list settings, you can update all the details related to your list including list name, description and from address.
On the left-hand side you will notice a small menu, select “Confirmation Message”.
Once the page has loaded scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see the confirmation message settings, you will also notice two sliders.
Click the “On” button to the left of “send confirmation message for AWeber sign up forms”, once you confirm this change this will switch this setting off.
Your settings should now look like the image below, if your settings have updated correctly click the “Save Settings” button to confirm.
The subscription confirmation settings have now been disabled and we can move onto the next step.
Step 3. Creating Our Opt-in Form
From the Aweber dashboard make sure that you select the list you want to create a form for from the dropdown list in the navigation.
Click “Sign up forms” from the navigation.
From the sign-up forms page, you are able to add and edit your signup forms.
As this is your first list and signup form you will see a large green button prompting you to create a new signup form, click this button.
The form creation works in three parts, the first part is designing your form and adding any fields that you require including name, email, number etc, this will be completely personal to your project.
The form design is drag and drop which makes creating forms simple, Aweber does supply a few templates that you can use as well if you’d prefer to not design a form.
Once you’re happy with your form design, layout and fields click “Save your form” and then click “Go To Step 2”.
Stage 2 of the process allows us to name our form and set up some advanced settings, under the “Thank you page” and “Already Subscribed page” sections you will see a drop down.
Inside these drop downs you’re given an option to supply your own website URL, this is useful if you would like your opt-ins to be shown a thank you message on your website.
Once you’re happy with your settings click “Save Your Form” and then click “Go To Step 3”.
Stage 3 is where you decide how you would like to publish your form, if you’re going to be integrating this list into clickfunnels you don’t need to do this final step, everything is now in place.
If you are going to be adding this form to your website then you have three options and you will need to select the option that is best suited to your situation.
If you know how to work with HTML then you will select option one and copy the HTML code from Aweber and paste the code into your website.
If someone else is going to be adding the code for you then select option two and follow the steps.
Your list and form are now complete.
Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions.