AWeber is among the most popular auto-responder services used by bloggers and website owners across the globe. While the tool can be very helpful for engaging with your audience through email marketing, it also has its quirks that you need to be aware of.
For instance, if you’re using AWeber to send out confirmations for events you’re promoting, it can be quite frustrating to have them go unanswered. Or, if you’re collecting e-mails for a newsletter and one of them is invalid, it can be even more frustrating to have to fish it out manually.
Thankfully, there is a work-around for this issue. While the procedure is a bit convoluted, you can set up a filter in AWeber to automatically confirm e-mails from disabled senders. Since this is such a common use case, I decided to write up a quick tutorial on how to get e-mails confirmed even when you’re on the move. Keep reading for more information about AWeber and how to Set Up the Filter
How to Set Up AWeber for Automated E-Mail Response
The first step to getting automated e-mails confirmed is to create a new account on AWeber. Once you’ve done that, log in and visit the Settings page. From here, you can adjust a variety of things related to your account including the name you will use to identify yourself as the account holder, the language in which you will respond to customers, and the confirmation settings described below.
To begin, click the Gear icon in the top right corner of the Settings page and select Manage Emails. This will take you to the Emails page where you can adjust the settings for your incoming and outgoing e-mails as well as create new ones.
On this page, you can select which emails you want to receive, whether you want to confirm them or let them pass, and also choose the default reply for new messages. Feel free to experiment with a variety of settings and responsiveness as you see fit.
Next, click the Edit button next to the Incoming E-Mail section and add the following text to the e-mail template that appears:
In this example, the subject line would be Confirm Pending E-Mail From AWeber and the body of the e-mail would contain the following:
Set Up A Filter On AWeber To Confirm Pending E-Mails
Now that you have your automated e-mail confirmation set up on AWeber, you can go back to the Settings page and click the Edit button next to the Outgoing E-Mail section. You can use the Filter feature to create a filter based on certain criteria and the e-mails will be passed through. You can use the advanced search to find a specific e-mail and apply the filter to it. Let’s say you wanted to confirm all e-mails that came from disabled senders. You could do that by adding the following filter:
Sender Title: Disabled
The filter will then look for all emails that have a sender with the word “disabled” in the title and automatically confirm them. Easy enough, right?
You can also choose to pass on all emails that aren’t confirmed as they arrive and don’t have a specified subject line. This way, you can monitor whether or not the recipient responded to your initial email and, if not, send out another one with the same content but a different subject line.
Make Sure Your EMAIL ADDRESS IS HANDLETABLE
If you’ve ever tried to use an untraceable free email service like ProtonMail or Gmail, you may have experienced errors when trying to send or receive e-mails. Sometimes, these errors can even prevent you from logging in to your account altogether. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure that your email address is both handwritten and handy.
Unfortunately, some free email services don’t offer the same level of security as paid services do. So, even though you want to keep your email address private, it may end up being visible to spammers and other people who want to send you unsolicited emails. One way around this is to create a filter on your AWeber account so that you can stop receiving emails from such senders. You can create a filter that looks for any emails that come from nonexistent domains and mark them as spam. You can also choose to have your emails from a specific sender tagged as spam and, in some cases, you can have certain keywords removed from the subject line.
Try Not To Respond To Spam
Now, let’s say you’ve applied the above spam filter to your AWeber account and you suddenly start getting a lot of spam. In that case, you may want to temporarily unfilter the emails so that you can respond to them. But, to avoid accidentally giving away your email address, you can create a filter that looks for any messages that are too similar to previous emails and mark them as spam. This way, you’re not giving away your email address and can still respond to the messages without risking your account’s security.
Additionally, you can choose to filter out emails sent from domains that you don’t recognize. This way, even if an email does end up getting through the system and you respond to it, you’ll still be protected according to your wishes. You can also choose to hide all replies from a specific sender if you don’t want to reveal your email address in the reply.
Don’t Forget To Protect Your Account
Just because you set up automated confirmation for your e-mails on AWeber doesn’t mean that your account is safe. You still need to protect your account and make sure that your security settings are set correctly. Fortunately, that’s quite simple to do. Once you’ve set up your filter and confirmed your e-mails, go back to the Settings page and click the Advanced link next to the Account section. This will bring you to a page where you can change your account’s password and enable two-factor authentication (2FA).
Additionally, it’s a good idea to sign up for a Google account and use that to log in to your AWeber account. This way, even if someone manages to steal your password, they’ll still need access to your Google account to hijack your AWeber account. And, last but not least, make sure to use a good, strong, randomly-generated password.
Above all else, make sure to keep all of your email clients up-to-date and the antivirus software on your computer up-to-date. Antivirus software can sometimes be too aggressive in reporting vulnerabilities and alerting you to suspicious activity, so it’s important to keep things in check. You may also want to consider using a VPN to encrypt your internet traffic as you browse the web. This way, even if your computer is infected with malware, it won’t be able to read your emails or transfer any data without your knowledge.
Managing Multiple Accounts On AWeber
If you use AWeber to manage multiple blogs or websites, you can easily set up automatic confirmation for each account. But, if you’re looking for a way to quickly respond to messages on all of your accounts, you can use the Groups feature to create a quick, automated response for your most frequent emails. For example, you can choose to create a new group on AWeber called “Automated responses” and then, within that group, you can create a sub-group called “Blogger” and “Website owner.”
If you create these groups and click the Send Group email button, all of the accounts in the group will receive an email with the same content as the one specified in the group’s email settings. This way, you can quickly respond to common questions or issues without having to log in to all of your accounts individually.