Autoresponder Lessons – Lesson 4 – Web Forms

From AWeber’s Guide – Continued

Publishing A Web Form

Now that you have a message set up, the final step is to publish a sign up form to your website.
Web forms provide you with a means to generate a list of responsive subscribers to send your messages to. Without a place to request more information, it is difficult to establish a relationship with your website visitors. Instead, people may visit your page, take one look, and never return again.
Let’s get your first web form published to make sure you’re taking advantage of the power of an opt-in email service to enhance your site.  Click on the Web Forms tab.

Click on the button to get started.

At the top of this page, you will see a menu displaying images of various templates for your
web form. You can simply click on a template that interests you, or view more templates
from the choices on the left.

After you select a template, a popup will appear with a larger view of the template, as well as a choice of several versions and color schemes to the right. Click on the different version
names to preview each, then select the one that you would like and click  to load the template into the editor below.

Editing Your Form
You can edit any part of the form by simply clicking on the part you would like to edit. A
popup will appear allowing you to provide your own text.

If you would like to remove part of the form, such as the header or footer, simply hover over that section and click the red X button.

Note that there are a wide array of options in AWeber’s web form editor. If you’re interested, their knowledge base has more information about creating a web form and collecting more than just name and email.

Form Name
This will only be seen by you – subscribers will not see the name of the form. That being the case, just give it a name that will allow you to distinguish it from any other forms you might create for this list.
Thank You Page
This is the URL that subscribers will be sent to immediately after they fill out your form. The default page that we provide has instructions on how to confirm, and you can choose to use an audio or video version of that page, or even choose Custom Page and send people to a page you create on your website.

Now that we’re done here, click . You will be prompted to save your form before you continue – do so by clicking .

Publishing the Form
Now that the form has been created and saved, you just need to place it on your web site.
Get the HTML
On the Publish page, first click on “I Will Publish My Form.”


Now simply copy the line of HMTL that appears.

Add the HTML to Your Website
In order to publish the web form to your page, you’ll need to have access to make changes to your website. Your web host should have information on just how you do so in their documentation, or you may need to contact their support for a quick walk-through.

You need to get to the HTML source of the page, so that you can copy the HTML AWeber is  providing you with and paste it in. When looking through the help or calling your host, use that keyword (e.g. “Can you tell me how to get to the HTML so that I can make changes to my pages?”).
Simply paste the HTML that you copied from your AWeber account – the form will appear wherever you paste it.
Save the changes, and reload your webpage (making sure your cache is clear in your browser so that it’s loading the changes you made).
You should see your form published with a place for your subscribers to opt-in to receive your information.

Having troubles publishing it to your website? Contact AWeber’s customer support team about how they might help you.
You may have noticed some other options on the Publish page – learn more about publishing options for your form in AWeber’s knowledge base if the one outlined above doesn’t work for you.

That’s all you need to do in order to get going with your email campaigns. Congratulations on taking an important step in building effective communications with a list of responsive subscribers.
Before you go, here is a quick list of references for some of AWeber’s features that we weren’t able to cover here.
Importing your current list of subscribers into your AWeber account
Viewing and searching your list of subscribers
Automatically updating your subscribers when you have a new blog post
Also, you may want to sign up for one of AWeber’s webinars. Topics range from getting started to advanced newsletter and web form design.

I hope you have enjoyed these lessons.

Eleanor McCallum

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