It is now time to set up a Sign-up Form (or Web Form) so that your readers have a convenient place to sign up to your blog updates.
We have now covered
- what is a Campaign and How to Create a Campaign
- adding or importing (if any) existing contacts to your campaign
- how to create an automatic RSS-to-email newsletter
Now we need to create our webform or sign-up form to put onto your site and let your eager readers sign up!
Note: it is recommended we setup the web sign-up form sooner rather than later. We want to start building our mailing list as soon as possible. We may lose valuable readership if there is no way to sign up because they may never remember to come back to our site again. Sorry. It happens!
How to Create Web Sign-up Form
Go to top menu >> hover over WebForms >> Create New
Note: First check that you have selected the correct campaign for which you want to create a sign-up webform for. (See top-right “Your current campaign”)
- Give your webform a name that makes it easy for you to identify later (e.g NWUpdateWkly 250px). This name is only for you and will not be seen by your subscribers.
- Later You may choose to create and have your own Thank You page (what user sees right after they sign-up via your webform) but for now, the GetResponse Default Thank-you page will be good enough.
- it does not look as if you can delete a webform once created. You can only disable it.
- In the “Settings” section when creating / editing your webform, my tip (unless you already have your own custom Thank You page to use) is to select “Stay on Current page“. Using the “Default Thank-you page” means that as soon as someone has signed-up via your form, they get taken away from your site. And the back button is not available! Very bad of GetResponse!
Using “Stay on Current Page”, the label changes nicely to “Thank You” without the user leaving your site or page. Much better.
Have a watch of the following GetResponse video on how to create a webform:
You won’t really know it til you try it but GR makes it much easier to customize the webform. Their user interface is generally superior. I could hardly customize the AWeber form (left). Where else I could customize virtually everything in the GetResponse form (right) with much more ease. Just saying …
I think the above video pretty much covered how to create the webforms you want. You can see my web sign-up form in the sidebar of this site.
If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to enter your comments/queries in the comments section below.
There are more advanced GetResponse features of course, but for now, we have come to the end of the GetResponse Tutorial for Newbies. All your essential autoresponder/newsletter basics should be in place and you should be right to go!
Index of Newbie Tutorial Topics
- GetResponse Tutorial – Overview and Intro
- About GetResponse Campaigns: What is a campaign and useful facts
- How to create a campaign
- – welcome email
- – opt-in confirmation email
- How to add contacts or existing subscribers
- How to create automated newsletter of your blog postings (RSS-to-Email)
- How to create sign up web forms
Reference for those who need more: