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How To Build Your Email List with Blog Comments

written by John Chow on November 22, 2011

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Aweber recently announced the Web Form Plugin for WordPress, which allows you to connect your WordPress blog with your AWeber account, letting you place email sign up forms on your WordPress blog with just a few clicks of the mouse, and without having to copy any code. Today, the widget is getting a few new features.

Specifically, it now has the ability to allow subscribers to sign up to your list when they leave a comment on your blog or register there – without having to fill out a separate web form. In addition, the plugin now comes with a dashboard pane, giving you access to information about how well it is working for you.

The best part about the new subscribe by commenting feature is how easy it is to use. All you do is turn it on, and your blog’s visitors will see a checkbox whenever they leave a comment or register. Check it out:

Once you update or install the AWeber WordPress plugin, you simply check a box and choose the list to which you want subscribers to be added. As a final touch, you’ll now see this on the home page of your WordPress dashboard:

This dashboard pane gives you a quick overview of how the plugin is performing for you, letting you know how many people are signing up for your mailing list by commenting or registering on your blog. It also keeps you up to date on the latest email marketing news and tips published right here on the AWeber blog.

Download the AWeber WordPress plugin for free.

Why This Sign Up Method Is Awesome

First, it makes it easier for visitors to your blog to subscribe. Sometimes, even the most interested reader overlooks a web form, and this gives them another chance to sign up: always a good thing. In addition, the potential subscriber doesn’t need to fill out a separate form. Checking a box while already leaving a comment is a lot easier than commenting, then finding and filling out a completely different web form.

Second, let’s look at who will be subscribing via this feature. They only get added when they’re either commenting or registering on your blog. This means that the people who are subscribing using this feature are very interested in what you have to say. Pre-qualified, engaged, active: whatever you call these subscribers, they’re the cream of the crop when it comes to who you want to be on your list.

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If your blog doesn’t have an email list, you are leaving a ton of money on the table. My mailing list is the number one reason my blog makes over $40,000 per month. Aweber is the best email service I have ever used. Their feature set is beyond anything else in the industry and Web Form Plugin for WordPress is another reason why they’re the best.

Aweber offers a $1 trial account for all new customers. The account is just like a normal Aweber account and includes unlimited email campaigns, newsletter, broadcasts and follow ups. It’s a great way to test drive Aweber to see what it can do for your blog. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you find that having an email list is not for you, contact Aweber within 30 days and they’ll give you the $1 back.
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{ 47 comments }

Samuel Ho November 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

Great Post, John!! Aweber is the best for list building. This new function is much more convenient than enter the code. Thanks a lot for sharing.

John Chow November 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

@Samuel Ho You get a lot more sign ups as well. The plugin before just added the sign up box.

denharsh November 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

@John Chow@Samuel Ho

Samuel Ho November 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

@John Chow

Samuel Ho November 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

@John Chow Thanks John!!

Doug Foley November 22, 2011 at 10:43 am

This is an awesome article John! Of all the “gurus” I have been following, you are one of the few who provides genuinely helpful content.

Thank you!

John Chow November 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

@Doug Foley Thanks. That means a lot to me.

thaisold November 22, 2011 at 10:44 am

This method rocks john think I got this from you book too. Definately helps gets people on the list.

Justicewordlaw November 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

Really great article that you posted @johnchow aweber is a great service I have been using for awhile and this just makes it so much better. I have been trying to find a method like this that works with the Livefyre platform as most of them only really work with commentluv.

John Chow November 22, 2011 at 10:52 am

@Justicewordlawaweber@johnchow I’m going to forward your idea to Livefyre. Allowing this plugin to work from inside livefyr would be awesome.

Justicewordlaw November 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

@John Chowaweberlivefyr Yeah it would take the engaging platform to a new level and actually increase the response with email.

MUTUNGA November 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

@justicewordlaw I’m downloading that plugin ASAP! Lol

justicewordlaw November 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

@MUTUNGA haha yeah I am soon too

aweber November 22, 2011 at 10:52 am

@justicewordlaw Thanks for featuring our #WordPress plugin! ^LC

Adam Malapa November 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

Another gr8 article John, keep us posted

fas November 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

For this one needs to have a good comment base.

wash91 November 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hey John

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Harshad November 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

Maxblogpress has a paid plugin to do this… bad news for them. People using such plugins should always check their list and delete the spammers on a regular basis. You pay higher as your Aweber list grows.

Faizan Elahi ( BestBloggingTools) November 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

Really useful plugin. Aweber just got even better !

Gorki November 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

This post is awesome. I thanks you for it.

SEOhilft November 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Yeah John,

i use this Plugin too, and it was amazing.

Greetings from Germany,

Alexander

Here you can see the Plugin in action:

http://e-book-manager.com/blog/2011/10/09/pagepressapp-mit-wenigen-klicks-verbinden-sie-ihren-wp-blog-mit-ihrer-fanpage-auf-facebook/

Mercer November 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

As always, John – great information, solid content! It’s because of your past recommendation that I’m using Aweber… now it gets even better! :)

joelafoust November 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Awesome! I use aweber now, but I don’t have a blog yet – I am still working on strategy right now. But I am definitely going to use that.

el cosario dot com November 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

good plugin john.. thanks for this i install this plugin too. ;)

Oscarlevi99 November 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

wonderful plugin, I am going to use it. Thanks.

Olivier Vasquez November 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Robert Plank offered that kind of plugin years ago… I’ve used it, but don’t focus on it exclusively… It is Great stuff though… People are always inclined to leave comments on blog posts, especially on a subject that interests them; so when this thing is already clicked – they have no objections as to be on your list… It’s a more passive way of asking to join the ol’ list :-)

YaisaHagood November 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

This is a great addition for Aweber which I am currently using. I was gonna to buy the Maxblogpress plug in which offers the same feature but this saves me money and since I’m using Aweber this is added bonus. yaisahagood

Justin | Mazzastick November 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

This feature makes getting subscribers to your newsletter all too easy.

Sanjiv November 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Hi John,

Thanks for another useful post. I have Akismat too working for me and a lot of spam comments are filtered out and trashed. Would these spammers be included in the list too, and if so, and will it help?

Makeityourring Diamond November 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Hi John,

Thank you for sharing this awesome plugin.

My blog receives many comments everyday and I don’t always approve them because most are spammers. How can this plugin handle spam comments?

Thank you,

MES

John Chow November 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm

@Makeityourring Diamond It won’t add them to the list until the comment has been approved.

Abhik November 23, 2011 at 1:58 am

Using it since the plugin released. Was using MBPSM for this prior to that.

maria November 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

Thanks John for an awesome post, very useful information

maria

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JimHudson November 23, 2011 at 4:56 am

Hi John,

Thanks for the double shot of info here. I did get the aweber plugin and it”s all configured. I also did the

livefyre exercises and have that all setup or sorta. I am sure this will help make it easier for people to sign up in one shot with less hassle.

Have a great Thanksgiving week…

Jim

MoneySavingLisa November 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

Thank you for posting this! I wasn’t aware they added this feature.

EmailListMarketeer November 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

Thanks John for the post…. For some reason though I can’t get the plugin with the browser I’m using… Any advice??

EmailLister72 November 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

Thanks John for the post… For some reason though I can’t get the plugin to work on my browser i’m using… any suggestions???

John Chow November 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

@EmailLister72 What browser are you using? Hopefully, not IE.

Blogtips November 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

Aweber is an excellent service. The best email marketing program.

Eddie Priesty November 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for the info john. Just installed this plug-in, have every faith that i’ll see positive results.

chetztogom November 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Very cool feature… I have a question though..Which one should we use as I seen now a lot of people are using facebook comments… should we use facebook or the default comment on wordpress?

Chetz Togom

John Chow November 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

@chetztogom It’s really up to you. I am using Livefyre. So far, I like it a lot.

seoadviser November 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks you to share with us!

Gottlieb Gauche November 28, 2011 at 6:37 am

Great post. Will definately try your way.

Omeprazole Side Effects November 29, 2011 at 4:19 am

Totally awesome feature John, I agree. Don’t forget to add a field in your aweber account for “source of subscriber” so you can track over time how many of your new subscribers came in through the comments field, I’m sure it’ll be a significant amount.

Schmittastic December 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

This post was extremely helpful for me. Thanks, John! Now I just need to find where you wrote about how to code that Aweber opt in form at the bottom of all your blog posts.

Cameron Highland Apartment Tips December 31, 2011 at 7:36 am

i rarely use this feature.. i think to much of it, will kill the visitor intrest