I’ve been using AWeber for years to collect emails for my online freelance opportunities and to follow up with my readers. I really like how the platform provides me with a free trial and allows me to explore all of the features without any worries of being charged. When I first heard about ClickFunnels, I was intrigued. Their promise to have you up and running in no time with a simple drag and drop tool appealed to me. Also, like AWeber, they’re committed to not cutting any corners and being transparent about everything. So, when I learned that AWeber and ClickFunnels are partnered, I was even more excited to give it a try.
Creating a Free Account To Use Their Forms)
Before continuing, it’s important to set the record straight about AWeber Custom Fields. First, you don’t need to have a paid account to use them. You can create a free AWeber account to get started. Then, when you have a free account, you can input your email address into the forms and start collecting leads. You don’t even need a credit card to sign up because they’ll automatically verify your email.
You can learn more about creating a free AWeber account here:
Create a Free AWeber Account
Once you have a free AWeber account, you can use the platform’s built-in widgets to plug in your email address into their forms and start collecting emails. In case you’re wondering, you can also do this through the forms in your own site’s email marketing software such as MailChimp.
Step One: Go to the ClickFunnels Dashboard And Sign Up With Your Email Address
Go to https://www.clickfunnels.com and click on the big blue button labeled Create a Lead Magnet. This will take you to the dashboard. From here, you can sign up with your email address to receive offers and information from ClickFunnels (and their trusted partners).
On the left hand side of the dashboard, you’ll see several panels full of different widgets to help you build your audience. In this tutorial, we’ll be focusing on using the widgets to create a pop-up form for capturing emails.
Step Two: Configure the Textarea
To create a pop-up form using the AWeber Custom Fields, you’ll need to configure the textarea in your sidebar. If you have an AWeber Business account, you can head over to the Settings tab of your account and input the URL of your website (or the URL of your blog).
Then, under the Forms heading, you can toggle the On/Off switch for the textarea and choose which form design you want to use (the basic square white one for testing or the full-screen overlayed one for production).
Step Three: Add Your Email To The Form
Once you’ve finished configuring the textarea, you can add your email address to the form. AWeber will then email you a confirmation link that you can use to confirm your email address. After you’ve confirmed your email address, you can click on the link to continue to the next step.
Step Four: Insert The Form Into Your Blog Post
Once you’ve confirmed your email address and are ready to create your pop-up form, you can click on the blue Get Started button to continue to the next step. Insert the form into your blog post wherever you’d like it to appear. Use the text at the top of the form to describe what the reader will find inside (in this case, a free eBook on how to start a blog or an email course on growing a business blog).
After you’ve added a few forms to your post, you’ll see them appear in your sidebar. When a reader clicks on one of the forms, a pop-up window will appear and the reader will be taken to your website or blog to complete the action. To learn more, check out the AWeber Custom Field examples below:
Example One: Visit Our Website And Fill Out The Form To Get Our Free eBook
This first example, shown above, is for a blog post we published recently. In it, we used the default form from AWeber’s library with a few changes to fit our needs. First, we changed the button label from Subscribe Now to Visit Our Website. Then, we modified the copy in the pop-up window to include a call to action containing the URL for our free eBook. Finally, we added a section at the end of the blog post with our email address and the link to our free eBook so readers can easily contact us to get the free information.
As a result of adding these elements to our blog post, we received 18 leads from AWeber in the first two weeks after publishing the blog post. This is nearly double the amount of leads we normally receive in a month
Example Two: Visit Our Website And Fill Out The Form To Get Our Free Email Course
In this scenario, we’re using the same exact form as the one in the first example above (the AWeber default with a few modifications). The only difference is the button this time. Instead of having a link to an eBook, we have a link to a free email course that teaches people how to grow a business blog. After adding this element, we received 24 leads in the first two weeks after publishing.
Note: You can use AWeber Custom Fields to create sign-up forms for any type of subscription or membership program. You can find a detailed list of their features and pricing on their website here:
Custom Fields Summary
When it comes to creating valuable content and driving traffic to your site, it’s important to consider a variety of tactics including building an email list. AWeber is a trusted partner of mine when it comes to growing a business blog. Not only can they assist you in creating an email list, but they provide you with all the tools you need to continue to develop and grow your business. Not only that, but they’re also always looking for ways to improve their platform and make it easier for business owners to connect with potential customers. So, if you’re looking for a simple and affordable tool to help you generate leads, sign-ups, and eventually grow your business, I highly recommend checking out AWeber.