AWeber is one of the most popular email marketing service used by bloggers. It allows bloggers to stay in contact with their website visitors, blog readers and customers. Today, the folks over at Aweber announced the release of their API and their WordPress plugin which makes it very easy for new users to embed their newsletter forms into their WordPress blogs. The goal of this plugin is to let you drag and drop web forms that you have created in your AWeber email marketing account into your blog, without having to log into your AWeber account or copy and paste anything! All you need is an AWeber account and a completed web form. In this article, we will share with you how you can install and utilize this plugin to add the AWeber web forms on your WordPress blog.
First you need to download the AWeber Web Form Widget from the WordPress Plugin Repository. Make sure you install and activate the plugin. (Here is our tutorial on how to install and activate a WordPress plugin).
Once you have activated the plugin, a new option will be created under your Settings Tab. It can be found at Settings » AWeber Web Form. When you click on this option, you will see a page that would look like this:
On this page, click the link next to “Step 1″. It will take you to a page which will ask your permission to initiate a connection between your AWeber account and the widget. You will need to enter your login name and password, and hit the “Allow” Button.
If your authorization is successful (meaning that you entered the right username and password), then you’ll be taken to a page with an authorization code (it will be a long string of characters). Simply highlight it and copy it to your clipboard.
Now come back to your AWeber Web Form settings page, and paste the authorization code in “Step 2″ and click the “Make Connection” button.
Once you’ve successfully make a connection, then you need to head over to the Widgets page under Appearance on the left side of your WordPress dashboard. You will see a new widget under your Available widgets section called “AWeber Web Form”. Simply drag this widget to the sidebar where you want to display it.
Once the widget is in place, you can choose which form you would like to appear. Expand the AWeber Web Form widget’s options by clicking the arrow to its right, then use the drop down menus to choose the list you want to work with, and the web form you’d like to place on your blog. Click Save and you are done.
If you don’t see any available web forms, then you need to make sure you’ve selected the right list, or that you have a web form created.
This plugin makes it very easy for you to display your Newsletter / Email list Signup forms in your sidebars or other areas without going through too much hassle. By doing so, you can increase the signup rate and grow your email list. If you are looking to increase the size of AWeber list, then consider using a lightbox plugin called Popup Domination which adds a lightbox popup on your blog with the list.