PayPal: Turn Customers into Subscribers

Last week, we announced an exciting new enhancement to the

Last week, we announced an exciting new enhancement to the AWeber WordPress plugin: you can now add people who leave comments on your posts to your mailing list.

Today, we’re adding another free integration to all AWeber accounts.

You can now add your PayPal customers directly to the mailing list of your choice.

How Does It Work?

The new PayPal app cleanly and efficiently connects your AWeber and PayPal accounts, enabling PayPal to give your AWeber account a heads-up when someone buys from you.

At this point, your customer will be added to a list of your choice, and you can even use automation rules to automatically remove them from your prospect list, letting you keep your email content relevant.

Extra AWesome: Different Lists For Each Product

What’s more, you can add people who buy different products to different lists.

This means you can send:

  • A series of emails showing customers how to use and get the most value out of the product.
  • Upsells for products related to the one they purchased.
  • For digital product buyers, a link to download their purchase.
  • A paid subscription newsletter using PayPal’s subscription payments.

There’s no limit to the number of lists you can create with AWeber, so this app is as powerful as you need it to be.

How to Start Using This App Today

Head over to the My Apps page of your AWeber account now to start adding your customers through our new PayPal app.

It’s free to use and easy to set up, and you can always consult our knowledge base for detailed instructions, or contact us directly if you have any questions.


  1. Curtis G. Schmitt

    11/17/2011 11:06 am

    Awesome! Thank you! This will simplify the purchase process for my webinars!

  2. LC

    11/17/2011 10:19 pm

    that’s great news. thanks for aweber team.

  3. Erik

    11/18/2011 8:10 am

    Great! This is gonna be very nice for my business. I really love the upsell function. Thanks!

  4. Hitherandyon

    11/22/2011 1:55 pm

    Good news! This will make the whole process more streamlined, thanks.

  5. DANSOKO Mamadou

    12/1/2011 4:39 pm

    Good news! This will make the whole process more streamlined, thanks

  6. Lauren

    12/1/2011 5:36 pm

    So excited to implement this. You guys read my mind!

  7. Casey Friday

    12/12/2011 8:03 pm

    This literally made the decision for me between MailChimp and AWeber. I’ll be using AWeber for my next big project.

  8. Andy

    12/13/2011 11:32 am

    This is fantastic. Just the feature i’ve been waiting for. Now i don’t have to go through the tedious effort of having to create seperate sign up pages to request people add themselves to my buyer list.

  9. Gilles Gauthier

    12/15/2011 11:30 am

    This Paypal plugin… very nice of you.

    But when, you Aweber, will use Paypal for your own customers?

    Paypal is a very popular way of paying a membership, but not for an aWeber membership.

    Best regards

  10. Paul Irvine

    1/6/2012 9:25 pm

    Awesome addition to an already fantastic arsenal of tools and apps, well done guys.
    One question, how on EARTH does one do this for ebay items?
    I’ve tried before and failed miserably, receiving some sort of garbled nonsense when someone buys from my ebay store?

    Suggestions please 🙂


  11. Christopher

    1/25/2012 11:40 am

    I was just comparing Aweber and Mailchimp while trying to decide which one to use for my newest project. I already truly loved the automation rules, but this PayPal feature literally just made the decision so easy for me! (I’m choosing Aweber!) It also removed many of the obstacles I was running into with keeping things simple for both my customers and myself. Keep up the great work! Thank you!

  12. Gilles Gauthier

    1/25/2012 4:02 pm

    Now that you understand the importance of Paypal for your customer’s customers… How about you aWeber, when will you do the same for your own customers?

    For different reasons not everybody has credit cards,.

    Make 2012 the year you understand these user of aWeber!

    Warmest regards


  13. Nick Moore

    1/25/2012 4:41 pm

    Everyone – Thanks for the feedback! We were excited to announce this feature, and it’s great to hear that people are using it.

    Paul – I’m not personally familiar with how eBay handles notifications of sale, but seeing an integration with them via AWeber’s API would be great! If you or any developers you have contact with are interested in developing an eBay app, you may want to check out (or ask them to check out)

    Gilles – At this time, we do not directly accept payments by PayPal or other similar systems for AWeber accounts. This is due to terms of service limitations at those services. PayPal did at one time offer virtual credit cards, but I understand they canceled that service – you may want to ask their support for more information about that.

  14. aimee

    10/25/2013 3:52 pm

    Do you have to have a PayPal Pro account to use this feature, or will a regular PayPal business account work? I’m starting a very small business and don’t want to pay the high monthly PayPal fee for Pro. Thanks.

  15. Rebekah Henson

    10/28/2013 9:20 am

    Hi Aimee,

    You don’t need PayPal Pro. The normal PayPal account you have will work just fine with this app.

  16. Nick

    11/19/2013 1:49 pm

    Just want to make sure I understand what is going on. I’m not that technical but here is my question. If I use the Paypal app, I will be replacing any notification URL I currently use and need in my shopping cart to indicate that an order has been completed so I can then get an email into my list???? Is this how this works? Or is it simply acting as a “bcc” for lack of a better description on my part and adding an email to my list(s)????

    If I would be bypassing my cart it seems the app has a long way to go since the tradeoff would be a lot of work to make sure payments have completed on my site….

  17. Amanda Gagnon

    11/19/2013 2:41 pm

    Nick – Your BCC analogy is correct.

  18. Nick

    11/19/2013 4:04 pm

    I’ve done some more research on this and I think you need to make it clear to everyone that the Paypal app REPLACES any third party shopping cart communications necessary to trigger a “complete” order inside a given shopping cart. The app appears to be for people that make custom buttons using Paypal and not for people running ecommerce shopping carts. Am I missing something???

  19. Rachel Acquaviva

    11/21/2013 8:39 am

    Hello Nick,

    If PayPal isn’t working for you, you may want to check out the other apps we have for different shopping carts, which all work the same way.

  20. Arif

    5/12/2014 12:09 pm

    I’m using the Cart66 ecommerce plugin which overrides/conflicts with the Aweber API on PayPal. Has anyone figured out how to use a different shopping cart plugin on a site that allows the Aweber app and PayPal to communicate?

  21. Brigitte

    5/31/2014 5:20 pm

    Am I the only one that automatisation (when someone buy with paypal) setting doesn’t work since few weeks?

  22. JJ

    7/9/2014 4:32 pm

    So.. this works beautifully and has for some time… is there a way to link 2 different pay pal accounts? I run 2 businesses, separately.

  23. Lynette Young

    7/11/2014 7:00 am

    JJ thanks for writing! Only one PayPal account can be configured per WordPress plugin, and you can only run a plugin once per website. You can read more on our Help page. I hope that helps! – Lynette