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How To Create A Thank-You Page Like Leadpages' in Squarespace

Hello creatives!

Last week I shared a tutorial on how you can use Squarespace buttons to trigger a pop-up with ConvertKit forms...sort of like Leadboxes. This week I’m back with a tutorial on how you can design your own Thank You page that looks like the popular Leadpages ones with Squarespace’s cover pages.

A lot of bloggers and biz owners who use Leadpages use the Thank You pages so subscribers see something other than a generic success message when they've signed up to a newsletter, course, webinar or whatever has been offered. 

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How to Create Button Triggered Pop-up Forms Using Squarespace and ConvertKit

Hey creatives!

I tried Leadpages for 30-days a fwhile ago and despite loving it, my business expenses had increased lately and I couldn’t commit to the $37 monthly price or the $300 annual one on top of ConvertKit (which I started investing in so I could deliver my free email course with ease and it’s a worthy investment!). What does a person do in this case when you loved Leadpages but you can’t afford it right now?

We improvise and find a work-around.

Which is exactly what I did. It took a lot of trying work arounds until I found one that worked for me, which I’m sharing below. Before finding this one, I used one rather complex work-around that involved using the Squarespace lightbox form button which I connected to Google Sheets then used Zapier to automatically send subscribers from the Sheet to ConvertKit.  It worked okay until I became aware of one problem;

That work-around did not record analytics to ConvertKit.

Yikes! I needed something that would make things much simpler and still send analytics to my ConvertKit forms.

I’m pleased to report that I found a way using just Convertkit forms and Squarespace- no creating Zaps required! Even though this method requires a little bit of coding knowledge, don’t stress. I’ll be sharing a step-by-step tutorial so you can create your own button pop-up forms that send subscribers (and the analytics) straight to ConvertKit. Ready? Set? Go.

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Four Essential Things Your Homepage Should Have

The one thing I keep telling my clients is that website shouldn’t only be pretty; that should come secondary. The main objective of websites should be to attract visitors, keep them and ultimately turn them into clients and customers. In short, your website should convert to leads, not just be a place where people “ooh” and “aah” at the beauty of it, leave and then promptly forget about it.

Your homepage is the one page on your website that would probably get the most traffic and this is all the more reason why you should focus on it and make sure it gets you as many leads as possible.

Therefore you have to be intentional about what you want visitors to do when they visit your website and design your website accordingly. Without further ado, here’s the four essential things your homepage needs, after the jump:

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How To Start a Business With Little To No Money

Many people have an idea for a viable business but more often than not, the only thing that stands in the way of actually getting their business off the ground is lack of funding. We have become conditioned to thinking that we need a lot of money to start a business but so many people have started businesses with little to no money. People like Richard Branson and Sara Blakely (the inventor of Spanx)!

If you have a dream, determination and no funding, you too can do it. I did it as well, mostly because I wanted to start small and thanks to my Mum’s influence, I didn’t like the thought of owing someone a lot of money. How about I show you how?

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How To Get a 30-Day Free Leadpages Trial

For the past year I’ve been hearing a lot about Leadpages from bloggers I read regularly and how it’s awesome for growing your email list and I’ve been wanting to try it out but unfortunately, I couldn’t see a sign up for a “30-day free trial” link on their website. I resigned myself to not having the chance to try it out until I’m ready to invest in the $37 a month fee…until a few days ago.

While fooling around productively on the internet (haha!), I discovered a way to try out Leadpages for free (almost) for 30-days and it’s such a brilliant tactic on Leadpages’ part, I must say I’m impressed. Anyway, let me go right into it and show you how so you too can try it out if you’ve been wanting to for ages like me:

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Three noteworthy reasons why you should brand your online course

Online courses, much like your business, could benefit greatly from branding. I always tell my clients that they are not buying branding, they are buying an experience. See it this way: you need some nice, comfortable running shoes so you can go jogging early in the mornings. You need shoes with proper grip and shoes that wouldn’t fall apart within a year from use. You want quality and you want the experience of going running in those shoes and how they feel on your feet. But which shoes do you buy?

How about Nike running shoes? You’ve seen the advertisements of some lean woman going running on the roads and she’s clad in Nike running shoes and wouldn’t you know, you’ve heard people talking about how awesome the Nike+ running app is and how it tracks things like the distance you’ve ran and you can also compare distances or do running challenges with your friends on the app. So what do you do? You go and buy the Nike shoes because you want the experience! Awesome, right? That’s basically how branding works.

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How Good Branding Will Benefit You in the Long Run

Hey creatives!

When we first start our business, it’s easy to want to skimp on investing in good design because we find it to be expensive and not a worthwhile investment. But as a matter of fact, investing in a good brand identity design (and even a good brand strategy) could be one of the best initial investments you make in your business. Why? Well, grab those pens and notebooks because I’m going to explain a little something to you about how good branding can benefit you in the long run.

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How To Set Up A Sign Up Pop Up for Squarespace With Mailchimp

Hello creatives!

I’m always making little changes on my website to improve the overall user experience and to also generate leads and conversions in order to build up my mailing list so I could actually have several people to share useful secrets and freebies with and to rant. 

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Three TED Talks That Changed The Way I Do Business

I don’t know exactly when I got into watching TED talks but I know why; I had these spaces of time where I had nothing to do and I could not fill my sketchbook with doodles that were typical of a slow work’s day. But because I didn’t want to waste time, I wanted to spend the time doing something productive, or at least something that would improve my life in some way and boy, was my life improved.

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Why Being Busy Does Not Equal Being Productive

I used to believe that being busy was something to strive for and the busier you are the better. I thought being busy meant having a lot of things done and when people would ask me what I’m doing, I’d reply with “I am very busy right now” or tell them that I am swamped with work. I thought that being swamped with work is something to be proud of. Boy, was I wrong.

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How To Find Your Focus And Increase Productivity

I have a problem with focusing on one thing at a time. My mind is so busy and I get so many ideas and think about things I need to do, several times a day. The kicker is that I never get round to doing any of them. I am always planning to get some things done that I’ve been meaning to do for so long but didn’t because I never had the time.  

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A Look Into My Brand Identity Design Process

People (including me) are always interested in the process of how something is created and what goes on behind-the-scenes. I think it offers a look into how much work goes into the process; the curtain is pulled back and you see that it’s not all it seems on the surface. In design, designers may offer a behind-the-scenes to show how much work can go into creating something simple as a way to demonstrate that design actually, isn’t easy and something that any five year old can do. I love to see other artists’ process because there is always something to learn from them. You can learn anything from the resources they use in their work or their methods. Today I’m going to share my own process and I hope that you can get something out of it.

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How I Found My Niche

One of the advantages about being a graphic designer is that it’s not limiting. It is a broad subject, meaning you can branch out to various types of design like web design, layout design, animation, etc. However, it can be really challenging to market yourself if you are a freelancer.

When I first started Allebasi as a freelancer during my last year of college, I marketed myself as a multidisciplinary designer; a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. This I think confused a lot of people, especially since I did not state what type of graphic design I specialised in. My portfolio was a mixture of everything, there wasn’t one specific theme. To be honest, it was a mess.

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