Email Subscription Saver: Introducing Sign Up Spellcheck!

Sign Up Spellcheck

Typos happen. And when they do, they can stand in the way of growing your email list.

But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Introducing an awesome new AWeber feature for your sign up forms: Sign Up Spellcheck. No more losing subscribers to typos. We catch typos in email domains as they happen and give your new subscribers the chance to correct them.

Pretty cool, huh? And it means your email list can grow like it should.

82% of the time, people who mis-type their email address correct and resubmit it…

Saving Your Email List, One Typo At A Time

We actually released this feature in July, but wanted to crunch some numbers before we told you how AWesome it is.

Over the past two months, Sign Up Spellcheck detected over 290,000 email typos. More than 214,000 new subscribers selected whether the caught typo was right or wrong, and of those over 177,000 chose the corrected email address and got added to the list.

That means 82% of the time, people who mis-typed their email address corrected and resubmitted it with the right spelling. That’s a lot of people added to our customers’ lists who would have been lost to a simple misspelling.

Who knew typos could have that much impact?

How It Works

Someone visits your site and decides to sign up for your newsletter. But, oh no! They typed their email address wrong!

Not to worry. Sign Up Spellcheck catches the typo right there and offers the chance to change it:

Note that this works for domains (the “” part). Since we don’t know each person’s username, we can’t check spelling there (as much as we’d like to!).

It’s In Your Control Panel, Too

Have you ever had to manually add subscribers to your list? Maybe you met a few people at an event who asked to get added to your list.

Now your own typos won’t get in your way, either. The Add Subscribers page in the control panel works the same way as your site’s sign up form does, catching typos if you make them.

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  1. John Gibb

    9/24/2013 11:26 am

    Hey guys

    That’s a very interesting feature I cannot wait to use soon

    I wonder what else is Aweber preparing for 2014 and beyond.

    Any idea if Paypal payments will be added for affiliates anytime soon? 🙂

  2. Francisco Maya

    9/24/2013 1:44 pm

    If my site is in spanish, the message will be displayed in english or can I edit it?

  3. Johnn Four

    9/24/2013 1:51 pm

    Cool beans.

    Does this feature work for all forms currently in production? Or do I need to activate it somehow for my existing forms?

  4. Peter Netz Lassen

    9/24/2013 1:53 pm

    Hi Aweber!

    Pretty pretty pretty… cool LOL
    Is it default – like already in play? Or can I activate / deactivate it?
    Can I add name to it — Like my own domain? What? Does it check for valid domain/email?

    Is it hand off even for us “Oldies” that have an OLD “Unlimited” account?

  5. Rishi

    9/24/2013 2:16 pm

    that is really awesome! Great feature addition!

  6. Dana

    9/24/2013 2:28 pm

    How do we use this new feature?

  7. jim cockrum

    9/24/2013 2:52 pm

    Just another reason to love aweber. A brilliantly simple idea. Kudos to the programming team and the creative mind who came up with this one!

  8. Rebekah Henson

    9/24/2013 2:57 pm

    John, Peter, Dana and anyone else wondering –

    This feature is already part of your sign up forms. You don’t have to activate anything in your account. Our system now automatically detects typos submitted on your sign up form and suggests a correction to the person signing up.

    Hope that helps!

  9. Christian Karasiewicz

    9/24/2013 4:25 pm

    Such a fresh idea from Aweber! Looking forward to trying this out.

  10. Wes

    9/24/2013 5:00 pm

    Very Nice! Yep, I just tested with one of our own custom form templates and it worked great!

  11. James Early

    9/24/2013 5:56 pm

    Your article said, “Have you ever had to manually add subscribers to your list? Maybe you met a few people at an event who asked to get added to your list.”

    I didn’t know I could manually sign people up. That’s okay with AWeber if I meet folks at a conference and they ask me to sign them up? Is there a limit to that? I might meet 10 or 15 folks at a conference that may intend to sign up but don’t remember once they are home. This would be great if I could do it for them. They would still have to confirm the email to actually be on the list, correct?

  12. Randall Magwood

    9/24/2013 7:43 pm

    Will this get in the way of people entering their email address into the sign up form?

    For example, if i type in my email “”… will the spellcheck offer suggestions when a visitor reaches “lame-ex….”…?

    My question sounds discombobulated lol. But hopefully you can understand what i’m asking. Thanks!

  13. Rebekah Henson

    9/25/2013 7:22 am

    Randall – We don’t make suggestions for typos until after the person signing up clicks the “submit” button on your form. So the person’s typing doesn’t get interrupted.

    You can see how it works in the video above, or test it out on your own sign up form.

    James – Yep! You can import email addresses from people you meet in person, and you can import up to 2,000 email addresses in a 24-hour time period. If you collect email addresses in person, make sure you’re very clear about asking the person if they want to join your mailing list (eg, don’t just take a business card and assume you have that person’s permission without asking first).

    Here’s how to import:

    And here’s a list of scenarios that are acceptable for adding people to your email list:

  14. Amanda Gagnon

    9/25/2013 9:28 am

    Francisco, Nearly all the subscriber sees is the email address they typed and the email address suggested. The “or” will be in English.

  15. Jenny Smagala

    9/26/2013 8:18 pm

    Thank you so much. I’ve just tested my sign-up form and it works perfectly. This is a wonderful gift. Anything that increases my list is much appreciated.

  16. Sanjeev B

    9/26/2013 8:20 pm

    What happened to the 76000 that choose to ignore the pop-up window? What percentage of these continued with the submission?

    Can we modify the list of suggested domains for our own list?


  17. Rebekah Henson

    9/27/2013 10:35 am

    Hi Sanjeev,

    That’s a great question! Some of those submissions are bots, which can’t choose a correct or incorrect email address. The Sign Up Spellcheck ends up blocking those bots from getting on your list, which is good news for you!

    In other cases, people click the “back” button and manually re-type their address instead of clicking our suggestion.

    Sign Up Spellcheck works with an algorithm we developed internally, so no, there’s no list for you to edit.

    Thanks for your questions. I hope that helps!

  18. Casmire Okafor

    9/29/2013 1:30 pm

    This really awesome! I made the right choice in chosen aweber.

  19. Trevor

    10/2/2013 4:49 pm

    Thanks for introducing this feature!!! I’ve had a couple of massive spelling error mishaps throughout various email marketing campaigns. My favorite is when I was sending a community notice about a rabid bat that was lose and I accidentally spelled it “rabbit bat”. Needless to say. People were confused.

  20. Louisa

    10/4/2013 10:59 am

    This is a nice feature to have especially for those subscribing wtih phones, this will be a great help!

  21. Kevin J Timothy

    11/1/2013 3:15 pm

    It’s the slight upgrades like this one that keeps me engaged with Aweber. This feature will eliminate the need to place an additional box in your form to “confirm email address.” And I appreciate the fact that you tested this to report back some stats. Thanks guys – you’re the best!

    I mean that, too.

  22. Brandon Taylor

    11/8/2013 1:07 pm

    Thanks for this post. This could save a ton of money (and effort) by increasing the number of deliverable email addresses.