How to Create a Custom AWeber Popup to Explode Your Email List

Are you looking for a better, faster way to grow your email list? Creating a custom AWeber popup with OptinMonster can help you skyrocket list growth.

If you’re using AWeber, you’ve probably already tried their built-in signup forms. With OptinMonster, you can move beyond the AWeber signup form templates and benefit from a much wider range of campaign types and themes, including floating bars, countdown timer campaigns, content locking signup forms, and much more.

Even better, OptinMonster has a huge range of campaign triggers. That means you can get more signups creating Aweber popups that relate to:

These are great ways to get more conversions by being super-targeted and relevant to your visitors’ needs.

On some sites, once your visitors ignore an email signup form, there’s no comeback. But OptinMonster’s signature Exit-Intent® technology gives you one last chance to turn visitors into subscribers. This advanced feature detects when visitors are about to click away from your site. Then it shows your custom Aweber popup at the perfect time to get their attention just before they leave.

This technology is proven to increase subscriber numbers. OptinMonster customer Ryan Robinson increased subscriber conversions by 500% when he integrated OptinMonster to create an AWeber optin form.

ryan robinson used an aweber popup to boost conversions by 500%

And Social Media Examiner used OptinMonster with AWeber to grow his email list by 66%.

Social media examiner grew their list 66% with an optinmonster custom aweber popup

Want to combine OptinMonster with Aweber to explode your own subscriber numbers? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create an AWeber popup to jumpstart your email marketing.

Here’s what the final AWeber popup will look like.

aweber popup final

Step 1. Create the Campaign

First you’ll need to sign up for OptinMonster. Once you’ve got an account, login to the OptinMonster campaign builder and press Create Campaign.

om create campaign button

Choose a campaign type. We’ll use the Lightbox. As you’ve seen, this campaign type converts very well for OptinMonster customers.

om create lightbox

Choose a theme. We’ll use Modern.

om choose modern theme

Name your campaign, choose the website you’ll use it on, and press the Start Building button.

om name modern lightbox

You’ll go to the OptinMonster campaign builder, where you’ll see the default Modern campaign.

om default modern theme

Step 2. Edit the Campaign

The next step is to edit the AWeber popup. Click on the image icon of the default campaign to add an image related to your brand or email list.

om default modern theme image area

If you need inspiration, check out our list of free image sites.

Select the default headline text, and type in new text that’s related to your email list.

om headline edited

Follow the same process to edit the body text.

om subhead edited

Save your campaign as you go along.


Click on the email box to go to the Email Placeholder, where you can change the prompt text if you wish. In this tutorial, we’ll leave it as is.

om email placeholder default

Click on the button to go to the Submit Placeholder. Again, you can change the text. You can also change the button and border color via the popup color picker.

om submit button edited

If you wish, you can also ask for people’s names when they subscribe. To do this, go to Optin » Name Field, and toggle the button to display the name field. This will let you personalize your emails and address subscribers by name. Alternatively, you can leave the campaign as is as people are more inclined to fill out shorter forms.

om toggle display name field

To make your AWeber popup subscription form stand out more, consider adding a display effect. Go to Design Fields » Display Effect and choose one of the options which will make your optin form pop out even more. See the video below to find out exactly how to enable this.

You can also go to Design Fields » Sound Effect, and enable one of the options to create an audible alert when your campaign appears.

om sound effects

This is another way to ensure that visitors don’t miss your custom Aweber popup.

Step 3. Set the Display Rules

Next, it’s time to choose when your custom AWeber popup will display. Go to the Display Rules section of the campaign builder to choose from among the available rules. Here are a couple of options to try.

Under When should the campaign appear?, OptinMonster’s After ‘X’ Seconds display rule is enabled by default. This means that your AWeber optin form will show after visitors have been on the page for at least 5 seconds.


As we mentioned earlier, many OptinMonster customers have achieved major improvements in conversions with Exit-Intent®. To enable this for your Aweber optin form, go to Display Rules » When should the campaign appear? » On Exit-Intent®, and click the toggle.

om exit intent enabled

For mobile visitors, you can create a campaign with one of OptinMonster’s mobile themes, then use the InactivitySensor™ display rule. This mimics the functionality of Exit-Intent®, but is specifically intended for mobile devices.

om inactivity sensor on with 30 second timer

Step 4. Connect to AWeber and Choose Your List

If this is the first time you’re creating an AWeber popup, you’ll need to add AWeber to your OptinMonster account. To do this, go to the Integrations tab in the OptinMonster campaign builder, and click on New Integration.

Go to Email Provider, and choose AWeber from the dropdown menu.


Click Register with AWeber to begin the process of authorizing the integration.


Next you’ll see a popup window, where you’ll need to enter your AWeber login details. Click Allow Access, and you’ll get an authorization code.


Copy and paste it into the AWeber Authorization Code field in the campaign builder.


Label your AWeber integration, then press Connect with AWeber. OptinMonster will then fetch details of your lists.


Next, choose the AWeber email marketing list you want visitors to subscribe to.


You can add Lead Tags and an Ad Tracking Identifier in the relevant boxes.


This will allow you to integrate AWeber features that identify the source and type of leads.

Step 5. Publish the Campaign

When you’ve completed the campaign setup, save it one last time, then click the Publish button at the top of the page.

om select publish and save

This will bring up the publishing options, which include:

  • Embed code for your website or for specific campaigns
  • Shareable MonsterLinks™ to let you publish your campaign anywhere
  • Shopify
  • WordPress

om publishing options wp

Since WordPress is a popular option, powering more than a quarter of the web, let’s look at how to publish your AWeber lightbox in WordPress.

How to Publish Your AWeber Campaign to WordPress

Before you can publish your AWeber lightbox on WordPress, you’ll need to install our WordPress connector plugin.

If you’ve done that, go to your WordPress dashboard, and click on the OptinMonster icon to bring up a list of all your campaigns on that site.

If you don’t see your AWeber popup campaign in the list, click Refresh Campaigns, and it will appear.

om refresh optins

Click the Go Live button next to the campaign name to make it live on your WordPress site.

om wp go live

You can also refine the display of your AWeber optin form by clicking the Edit Output Settings link below the campaign name. For example, this lets you choose to show your campaign only on particular categories or tags. When you’re done, click Save Settings to make your changes live.


That’s it! Now you know how to how to create an AWeber form in OptinMonster to grow your email list. Next, learn how to boost eCommerce revenue with an in-cart upsell popup, and how to get even more conversions with gated content.

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Sharon Hurley Hall has been a professional writer for more than 25 years, and is certified in content marketing and email marketing. Her career has included stints as a journalist, blogger, university lecturer, and ghost writer.

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