How do I get started?

AWeber makes setting up your mailing list easy! Once you log into your account you will be prompted to set up your basic settings for your first list. We'll go over how to do that in the following articles.

You will have received the password in one of the emails that are sent to you after opening up your account.

If you're wondering how to get started with email marketing, check out Launchpad for content ideas, new ways to grow your list, and more!

Watch A Video

When you first log into your account you'll be welcomed by a video. Once you're done watching the video click the "Let's Get Started" button that appears in the corner of the video.

Getting started video

Next, you will be taken to the "Tell Us About Yourself" page. Enter the name of your company or program that you are marketing. Then, add the URL for your website that is associated with that company or program.

Enter company information

After you have entered your company details you'll need to enter your "Contact Address." Enter the postal address that is associated with your business.A valid postal address is required by the CAN-SPAM Act and this address will automatically appear at the bottom of any messages that you send out.

Add can-spam address

When you are done entering the address,  enter your "Sender Name" and "Sender Email" address. This is the name and email address that your messages will appear to come from when subscribers receive your messages. If you're not sure what address to use, here's a bit more information. Once you're done click the "Next Step" button.

Enter your from address

Next, you will be taken to the "Describe Your List" page. On this page enter your "List Name." Your "List Name" can be up to 32 characters in length and it is not something that subscribers will see. The "List Name" is mainly for your benefit so you can identify which list you are working on within in your account.

Enter your list name

After you have entered your "List Name" you will need to enter a "List Description." Here is where you will describe the kind of information you'll be sending from this list. There is a 400 character limit for the "List Description." Subscribers will see your "List Description" on the unsubscribe page if they ever go to unsubscribe from your list. Once you are done entering your "List Description" click the "Next Step" button.

Enter your list description

On the last page you will be prompted to edit the confirmation message that is sent to subscribers when they sign up. This email is sent to subscribers to gain their permission and show that they want to receive information from you. Even if you do not plan on using a confirmation message, you will still need to set it up.

Note: You'll be able to select a language for this confirmation message. To do so, use the Language drop down menu.

Select a language

Then, you'll set up the confirmation message subject line. If you choose to use one of our pre-approved subject lines you will be given a drop down menu with several options.

Select a subject line

If you do not wish to use one of our pre-approved subject lines you can always type in your own subject line. Just click on the "or, Request a custom subject line" link.

Request a custom subject line

A custom subject line must tell subscribers who you are, explain why they are receiving the confirmation message, and walk through what they need to do with this message.

Custom subject line creation option

You can also choose to personalize the subject line with information captured from the subscriber by using the "Personalize" drop down menu. So for example we have chosen to personalize our subject line with the subscribers first name.

Personalization drop down menu

After you have selected your confirmation message subject line you can edit the confirmation message itself. You can hover over the message and click on the "edit" button to edit the introduction or the signature of the confirmation message.

Editing the confirmation message body

Then, specify the Header and Signature directly.

Confirmation message editing options

Once you are done editing your confirmation message content, click the "Approve Message & Create List" button at the bottom of the page.

Click approve message and create list

Congratulations! You have completed setting up the basic settings needed to get started with your mailing list.

There are more options and features you can use with your list. Navigating through your list will help you in setting up those features that best meet your needs.

Finally, don't forget to check out Launchpad to learn more getting started with email marketing.

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