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In your Aweber Dashboard select your Current List and click the Sign Up Forms tab.
If you already have a Sign Up Form, click Edit. Otherwise click the big Create A Sign Up Form button.
On the subsequent form Design screen remove the extra elements as noted below (hover to reveal a red X to remove).
Click Go To Step 2.
Give your form a name and click Go To Step 3.
If you haven’t already, you’ll be warned that you must Save Your Form. Save it.
Finally, expand the I Will Install My Form section and click the Raw HTML Version tab.
Uncheck Include beautiful form styles and you should have a clean HTML form, stripped of all extraneous CSS. I say should only because I’ve noticed that sometimes this checkbox does not work. If you find that to be the case simply refresh the page and try again.
This is the code you will want to now reference. It will look similar to the following.
Your Form Action URL will be found within the <form> tag.
Using the above your Form Action URL would be…
Form Action URL: http://www.aweber.com/scripts/addlead.pl
Your Email Textbox Name will be found within the textbox input tag.
Using the above your Email Textbox name would be…
Email Textbox Name: email
And finally you will want to nab all of the hidden input elements, along with the only <img> tag found within your form code. Note: The image tag is a simple method for tracking form displays. If you don’t include this your form will still work, though the Aweber analytics will be unable to track how many people view your form.
Include all of the following.