Beware of the Popup

Hi folks,

I have not been posting to my blog as frequently as I should and am now eager to get back on top of my postings.

Although I have not been publishing, I have been following a lot of the posts on the face book group to keep up with the current topics being discussed. In one such post it was mentioned by Simon Phillips in a reply to another member, whose popup on his page was extremely annoying because it was popping up too frequently and on every page. The member in question immediately replied that he had forgotten to change the frequency of his popup and would get on to it straight away.

Oops! In horror I realized that I had not changed the frequency of my popup; it was set at the time of the tutorial for testing purposes and never changed. The popup was therefore probably irritating everyone who came to my page. I was most likely sending them away never to return. Unforgivable!

So a big thanks to Simon for pointing this out to me and also to everyone who was following the topic in question. I had not realized just how annoying this was to my visitors. As it was part of the course I had just set the popup and left it; more thought should have been used when completing this task.

I set out to put this right. However, could I remember how to change the settings? No I could not. I tried going through my dashboard on WordPress to see if the answer was there. No it was not. Then I had a light bulb moment. I had inserted the popup in question by following my course instructions therefore the answer was somewhere among the weekly lessons.

I found the tutorial needed in:

  • Partnership To Success 2014,
  • week 8 tutorial ‘List Building Phase 2’,
  • On video 7 ‘Set up Aweber Popup’.

Once signed in to Aweber:

  1. Make sure you choose the correct list, if you have more than one.
  2. Click ‘Sign up forms’
  3. Choose the form you need – mine is ‘blog pop up 1’
  4. Click to edit the form
  5. Navigate to the menu above the form
  6. Click the ‘advanced’ tab
  7. Set the frequency parameters of your choice – I now have mine set to appear after 7 seconds every 7 days

    Aweber Screen shot

    Aweber Screen shot

  8. Save your form

Many of us can learn from this scenario. It made me think of the tutorials and that I can return to them whenever needed. They are there to help us; we should not forget to use them. They also encouraged me to think about what I am trying to achieve not just what I have achieved.

Take care



  • Joy Healey

    Reply Reply June 4, 2014

    Hi Pauline

    I didn’t know Aweber had a pop-up feature! Always something new to learn.

    Instead I use a WordPress plugin and (when going to plan) it appears as an Exit pop-up, because I really dislike pop-ups that appear before I’ve read anything on a blog, and always dismiss them.

    PS Been reading some of your other blog posts and my heart goes out to you and John. I know what you’re going through and my prayers and thoughts are with you both.

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply June 4, 2014

      Hi Joy

      Thank you for your kind thoughts we really appreciate them.

      It is very interesting to know that you always dismiss popups before you have read the post. I agree completely with you and I must see if Aweber can do it as an exit popup.

      Take care

  • Bonnie Gean

    Reply Reply June 2, 2014

    I never used Aweber’s popup feature.. but it’s nice to know that it exists if I ever change my mind. 🙂

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply June 2, 2014

      Hi Bonnie

      It’s nice to find features we are unaware of. We tend to use these products in one particular way and never delve any further.

      Take care

  • igor Griffiths

    Reply Reply June 2, 2014

    Well hello Pauline, great tutorial that will help many people.

    When we set stuff up on our site that is actually controlled elsewhere it can drive us to madness getting it to do what we want when we forget that its settings are not in any WP menu but rather on that other site!

    Done that far too many times, so this is a good reminder and one reason I write down the process for every tasks I do.


    • Pauline

      Reply Reply June 2, 2014

      Hi igor,

      Yes it can be mighty frustrating. I was setting things up like a process worker when going through the tutorials, not really taking in what I was doing.
      It might pay me to go watch the videos from the beginning to see if I have missed any important points.

      Thanks for popping in (Ha)

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