Webforms in GetResponse – Two Obscure Lessons Learned The Hard Way
For one of my health blogs I was contacted about an affiliate program that looked good and was well targeted to my readers. I wanted to promote it, so I decided to follow my own recommendations and use webforms in GetResponse to collect names in an autoresponder and send prospects mailings about the ebook being sold.
Now that I'm getting better at using webforms I didn't think it would take me too long. So I copied in and modified the autoresponder series, helpfully supplied to me by the affiliate manager, set up a webform and was ready to promote. I decided to make a blog post reviewing the ebook, a copy of which had been supplied to me.
My original aim was to add the opt-in form to the end of my review, so that people could read my review then opt-in to the email series if they felt the book would be helpful.
The problem was, my review “went on a bit”, so when I was reading it back, it occurred to me that people might give up before the end. Simple, I thought, I'll put one form at the start of the post, and one at the end.
All seemed to be going well, but when I checked my post, only the webform at the start showed up. Then started the usual re-editing and checking everything, assuming I'd done something silly, wondering if it was my theme, or what it was. Wasted couple of hours!
I don't feel completely stupid for not realising this was a restriction on the use of webforms in GetResponse because the lady on the support desk only found out by checking with their IT department!
It's not the end of the world, of course, once you know. It just never occurred to me that it would be a problem. What I actually did was to add a completely different post containing just the webform and link to that instead.