There are many different reasons why you might want to use AWeber to grow your email list. Maybe you’re an indie author looking to grow your audience for your new book. Or maybe you’ve got an awesome product and you want to use AWeber to get the word out. No matter what your reasons are, you can use our step-by-step guide to create a single opt-in for your AWeber account.
Step 1: Create a Single-Opt-In Mailing List
The first thing you need to do is create a single-opt-in mailing list. This will only capture emails that you want to receive, and it will keep your email marketing separate from your marketing emails (i.e. those you send out to promote your product or service). To do this, head over to your email settings in AWeber and click on the ‘Addresses’ tab. Then, locate the ‘Single Opt-In’ option and click on it.
This will bring up the ‘Single Opt-In’ screen. Make sure that you’re writing down the email address of the person that will receive the email. This will be the only address that you want to collect emails from. After you’ve filled out this form, click on the continue button to return to your email settings.
Step 2: Configure Your Twilio Number
In addition to having an email list, you should also have a phone number. For those that want to call or text you, subscribing to your number is the simplest way to do so. It’s as simple as adding your new phone number and confirming the change. Your phone number in AWeber will then be available to all your subscribers.
To configure your Twilio number, click on the ‘Settings’ tab at the top of the page. Then, under the ‘Account’ section, click on the ‘Phone Numbers’ link. You will then see your existing phone numbers and be able to add a new one.
Step 3: Import Your Existing Database
If you already have a database of subscribers from another platform or another tool, then you can import this information into AWeber. To do this, head over to your email settings in AWeber and click on the ‘Import’ tab. Then, click on the ‘Browse’ button to select the file you want to use.
AWeber will then import all the email addresses from the selected file. If you’ve got a big list to import, this could take a while, so be sure to click on the ‘Start’ button when the import is finished. You can also check out our guide to setting up automated email campaigns in AWeber if you’d like to create a series of emails to send out to your list.
Step 4: Create a Shortcut to Your Email On Your Desktop
To make it easy to reach your email on your desktop, you can create a shortcut to it. To do this, open up your web browser and go to the AWeber website. Then, click on the ‘Downloads & Updates’ tab at the top of the page. You will then see all the downloads you’ve purchased from the AWeber store followed by ‘Quick Links’ for all the different applications you’ve downloaded. (If you’ve not downloaded any products from AWeber yet, then this section won’t be present.)
Click on the ‘Email’ link located next to your desktop shortcut. This will launch the email application and display all your active email addresses. You can then select the address you’d like to use for your single opt-in list and click on the ‘Send Test Email’ button.
This will send out a test email to the address you’ve selected. If you get a confirmation back that the email was received, then you’ve got a working email address (and you don’t need to do anything else). To finish setting up your single opt-in list, click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the top of the page.
Step 5: Confirm Your Change
Now that you’ve got a working email address, you can confirm your change in AWeber by clicking on the ‘Confirm’ button located at the top of the ‘Email Addresses’ page. You’ll then be brought back to the main AWeber settings page where you can confirm the change for the phone number and the single-opt-in list.
If you’ve used a different email application before, then you might have different ‘billing’ addresses associated with your account. To verify your new email address, you will need to notify your old service providers that you’ve changed your email address and provide them with a link to click on in order to verify the change. Be sure to keep all your previous email accounts for reference in case you ever need to contact any of them again.
After you’ve confirmed the email address, you can click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the top of the page. This will save your changes and return you to the main AWeber settings page where you can access your newly configured email account.
Step 6: Optional Step: Delete Old Email Addresses
If you’ve been using AWeber for a while and your email list is getting rather large, then you might want to delete some of the older email addresses from your account. You can do this under the ‘Email Addresses’ page where you can click on the ‘X’ next to each old address to delete it. Be sure to confirm the deletion for each address.
Step 7: Optional Step: Use a Different Name For Your Single Opt-In List
If you’ve been using AWeber for a while and your email list is getting rather large, then you might want to give your single opt-in list a different name. You can do this under the ‘Email Addresses’ page where you can click on the ‘Use This Email For’ dropdown menu and select ‘A Different Name’. Then, you can enter a new email address and click on the ‘Send Test Email’ button to confirm the change.
This name will then be used for all your future emails (unless you change it back). Be sure to confirm the change for each address.
If you’ve used AWeber before and you’ve been wanting to try something new, you might feel overwhelmed by all the steps involved in setting up a new email account. Our step-by-step guide should take around 15 minutes to complete and will help get you up and running in no time. If you’d like to give it a try, click on the link below to go to the AWeber website.