I took a 30-day Leadpages free trial because I wanted a tool that would help me increase email sign-ups and create a landing page easily without hiring a developer. Since then, I've used it for several years on Become a Writer Today.
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I'll walk through how to use Leadpages to create landing pages and pop-ups. I also cover some other key features for curious small business owners. You can also read an interview with Tim Paige, who offers some Leadpages tips and tricks.
Now let's dive into the Leadpages review.
What Is Leadpages?
Leadpages is a drag-and-drop tool that you can use to:
- Create a landing page for your webinars, books, courses, and other products
- Set up email opt-in forms that help you grow your list faster
- Deliver ethical bribes that convert new website visitors into leads or customers
- Create basic sales funnels linked to your email service provider
The main selling point of Leadpages is its ease of use. Using the drag and drop editor, it takes five minutes to create a landing and page that traditionally would have taken me several hours. Best of all, you don't need to know any code to do this.
It's comparable to other landing page builders like Clickfunnels, Mailchimp, and Instapage.
You can change and update these pages on the go and pick from popular templates that other writers and marketers love.
Leadpages integrates with popular email service providers like ConvertKit, ActiveCampaign, and AWeber. It connects with WordPress via a plugin or, if you don’t use WordPress, it provides formatted HTML that you can copy and paste into the back-end of your website.
Who Owns Leadpages?
Leadpages was established in 2010 by Clay Collins. It’s based in Minneapolis in the United States. In 2020, Collins and the team sold it to Redbrick, a company that holds and owns a series of digital properties.
Leadpages Pricing: How Much Does It Cost?
- Leadpages costs $37 per month for the standard version.
- Leadpages Pro costs $79 per month.
- Leadpages Advanced costs $321 per month.
You can pay a monthly subscription or take out an annual plan with a discount. According to the Leadpages refund policy, the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, and you can cancel at any time.
Leadpages Standard is suitable for most new and small businesses that want to avoid a large monthly expense. The Pro option is a good choice if you want to accept payments directly on your landing page and require support for SMS text campaigns. The Advanced option is more suitable for larger businesses and includes a 1-on-1 call.
I bought an annual plan of Leadpages Pro because of the discount. If you're on the fence, just take out a Leadpages free trial.
How LeadPages Works
If you’d like to see Leadpages in action on Become a Writer Today:
- Go here
- Click on the giant yellow button at the bottom of the page (you can't miss it!).
- Leadpages will add you to my list and send you a video lesson.
This landing page and the one pictured below took me about five minutes to create in Leadpages.
I didn’t have to use any code to create this page. I was able to change the look of this page using the drop and drop editor, and I can see how the Leadpages is performing in real-time.
Leadpages also includes additional functionality beyond landing pages.
The Leaddigits feature enables webinar hosts to call out a phone number. Attendees can text this phone number and receive a free copy of the speaker notes and presentation.
The Leadlinks feature is useful if you use email marketing campaigns to attract customers and registrants for your webinar. If you paste this into a broadcast email, an email subscriber can click on the Leadlink and register automatically.
You can also use Leadpages to create alerts and pop-up bars on parts of your website to attract additional subscribers or leads. Pop-ups, in particular, are a great way of growing an email list for your small business.
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How to Create a Leadpage Landing Page
I use Leadpages to create landing pages for growing my email list and also to sell books via advertising. Let's cover how to create a Leadpage landing page:
1. Pick your Leadpage
Leadpages offers several dozen template landing pages, which you can sort by conversion rate. A conversion rate relates to how many people click the call-to-action button on your page and or completed the form on the landing page.
It also indicates the industry of each landing page so you can find a template relevant to the need of your business. I picked a free template landing page built for authors.
I've also tested various other templates optimized for sales funnels, webinar registrations, and attracting email subscribers via Facebook ads.
If you don't like the standard Leadpages templates on offer, it also has a number of premium templates for a small fee. That said, the free templates are more than enough for most small businesses.
2. Use the Drag-and-Drop Editor
You can edit any element of a Leadpage web page using the drag and drop editor within the landing page builder. It's even possible to add dynamic elements like a count-down timer.
I customized the colors, fonts, and look and feel of my web page template. I was able to change the look and feel to match my company branding in just five minutes, without messing around with code. The drag-and-drop editor has a few quirks, and I recommend saving your work early and often.
You can save time by creating a brand style guide directly within Leadpages with your preferred choice of font and color schemes.
3. Upload your Lead Magnet
Leadpages automates the delivery of ebooks, PDFs, and other lead magnets to customers or subscribers directly or via your email service provider. You can upload these to your landing page and save them in the Lead Magnet library for future use. This is ideal for growing an email list faster.
If you're unsure about what types of lead magnets to create or how to build out a sales funnel, Leadpages offer regular training and webinars for customers.
4. Create a Thank You Page
If you're using Leadpages, to generate leads for your business, the next step involves creating a thank you page. Leadpages also includes templates for this, so it doesn't take too long. Creating a thank you web page means you can track conversions from sources like Facebook ads after installing a conversion pixel.
5. Set up an A/B Split Test
This step is optional but you can create variations of your landing page and split test different elements, for example, the wording on buttons, color schemes, and even the entire design.
It's only a good idea to use this advanced functionality if you anticipate getting significant traffic to a particular landing page. A/B testing is quite time-consuming even with tools like Leadpages.
6. Publish Your Leadpage
You can publish a Leadpage directly on Leadpages by clicking publish. Alternatively, it offers a premium WordPress plugin that enables users to publish landing pages hosted on their domain. Before publishing a page, you can select if you want to enable SEO so it's found in Google search results.
For my landing page:
First, I pressed publish, and Leadpages gave me a handy URL to use. Then, I created the page on my own site using the plugin and redirected traffic to it.
If this sounds complicated, don't worry. Any time I have had an issue with Leadpages, I contact customer support about it. Depending on your subscription, they will reply instantly or within a few hours.
7. Review Google and Leadpage Analytics
Leadpages includes stats for each of your landing pages. You can evaluate how split tests are performing and sort your web pages by conversion rate. This is useful for creating optimal page designs for your website's sign-up or join pages. It's also handy if you like spending time optimizing a sales funnel.
I love analytics because I can see how my posts are performing and I can use this information to decide on what to write about next on Become a Writer Today.
Leadpages provide easy-to-interpret analytics for each of the landing pages, popups, and Lead Magnets you create.
You can see how many people are subscribing via each Leadbox and which Lead Magnet is most popular. I’m already using these analytics to generate ideas for future pieces of high-value content and to improve existing calls-to-action.
It also offers A-B testing for your landing pages, which is great if you want to test different calls-to-action or images on your landing pages.
How to Create a Leadbox in Leadpages
Leadboxes are a popular feature inside of Leadpages as they enable users to grow email lists rapidly. Here's my workflow:
1. Find Your Top Content
Using Google Analytics, I determined the best performing blog posts on this website.
2. Create a Content Upgrade and Upload
I created short giveaways or content upgrades for the top-performing posts on my site. These included:
- A list of resources
- A short audio recording
- Free reports
- High-resolution versions of low-quality images
If you want to do the same, you could also create:
- Video recordings
- Video transcripts
- Podcast transcripts
- Audio recordings of your blog posts
- Book chapters
- Video lessons from your books
3. Create a Leadbox
Next, I created a Leadbox in Leadpages.
I styled these Leadpages Leadboxes to match the look and feel of Become a Writer Today using the editor, and I used a drop-down menu to select relevant Lead Magnets for each Leadbox.
4. Add To Your top Performing Posts
I pasted the code for these Leadboxes into my top five blog posts. Now, when new visitors land on my high-ranking blog posts and click on a link for these Leadboxes, they are offered an ethical bribe or Lead Magnet.
To get the PDF, audio recording, or resources guide, they just have to opt-in.
When a visitor opts in, Leadpages automatically sends them the relevant PDF or MP3 immediately.
Then, if they confirm their subscription to my Insider List, Leadpages adds their details to ConvertKit. Creating Lead Magnet links for my more popular posts helped me double my opt-in rates and lower my bounce rates.
If all this sounds complicated, don't worry. The Leadpages for WordPress plugin makes the process easy.
LeadPages Review: The Final Word
You should use Leadpages if you have a budget for a professional landing page tool. It will also help you grow your email list faster and convert more leads into customers.
Leadpages will help you avoid spending time coding or building landing pages with HTML. It's purpose-built for small businesses, bloggers, and more who don't have time for technical challenges.
It's a useful marketing tool for small businesses.
Leadpages Tips and Tricks
For this Leadpages review, I also interviewed Tim Paige and asked him how writers can promote their work.
In this interview, Tim explains how writers can promote a book online. He also makes some interesting observations about why we should use analytics, and he offers his productivity tips.
Q. What's your number one tip for creating effective lead magnets?
Use a resource guide.
We've done a lot of testing and found that the highest converting lead magnet we've ever given away was a simple one-page list of tools.
It was just a nice PDF with a list of a few resources that we used in our marketing. It out-converted a free video course, ebook, and hour-long coaching call.
Q. What types of customers do you have? Is it business people or individual bloggers or companies?
We are absolutely honored to have customers from all stages of business from bloggers to SaaS companies, info product marketers, coaches, large enterprise companies, real estate agents, dentists, e-commerce store owners, physical product creators really our customers come from a HUGE array of industries.
Q. How can I use Leadpages to promote a book?
The first way is to join me on a webinar by texting the word Leadpages to 38470 to hear some of the most powerful ways we've ever seen to promote a book (or any other product for that matter). But honestly, the answer to this question is much longer.
What I would say is to focus on building an email list of your ideal readers who would read your book. Fans of fiction or non-fiction? Male or female? What age range? What are they passionate about? What do they get out of reading your book?
Figure that out, and then offer them a chapter of the book in exchange for entering their email. Now you have a way to communicate with them in a way that builds trust.
I will say that we have best-selling authors who use our template landing pages to promote their books.
Specifically, if you're giving away a chapter and selling your book, I'd recommend checking out the ebook landing page we have by Pat Flynn.
Q. How do you handle feedback about Leadpages?
More and more people are finding out about Leadpages as a result of a webinar I've done, a podcast interview, or a live event I've spoken at, and as such, lots of people think of me as the “face” of Leadpages (which is humbling and frightening at the same time). This means I am constantly getting feedback about Leadpages and how it's helped people grow their businesses.
Q. How important are analytics for you and your team?
They're critical to us and should be critical for every business.
If you aren't tracking what's happening in your business, how do you know what's working and what's not? We actually built a split-testing tool into our software because of how important it is.
And our podcast, ConversionCast, is all about results-based marketing
Q. Do you have any productivity tips you can share?
This is a constant battle for me (as I know it is for many people), but I can share a few things that have been working.
1) Prioritise. Sounds obvious, but this is something I struggled with for a long time. There are things that demand your attention right away but aren't truly that high of a priority. It's perfectly ok to file that away for later.
2) Don't be afraid to say no. I used to say yes to everything. Want to interview me on your podcast? Sure! Want me to personally look at your site and tell you what to change? Absolutely!
But here's the problem with that. Saying yes to something will, in the end, mean you have to say no to something else. It might be an opportunity in your business, it might be to your family (more time at work = less time for other things), etc.
I've learned to say no to things that drain my energy, or that I know would take me away from doing things that can provide value to a great number of people.
3) Get a scheduler and don't be afraid to make it limited. I have three accounts with ScheduleOnce. One to book interviews for ConversionCast, one to allow others to book me for an interview, and one for general meetings. If someone wants my time, they go through my scheduler.
If they send me their scheduler, I politely ask them to please use mine instead as I know if I have to use theirs, I'll be tempted to shy away from the constraints I've put on my own scheduler. They're there for a reason.
4) Use the morning for your most important tasks. I find that right when I start the workday, I have the most energy, ideas, and enthusiasm.
So, I've stopped taking interviews then, I've stopped focusing on email, and started just doing things that are of high value and that will set me on the right path for the day.
Q. What do you say to the blogger who is more concerned with social media than email marketing?
You're missing out. I LOVE social media, I really do. It's such an awesome way to interact with people doing what they're already doing. However, it's not an asset that YOU OWN. If Facebook were to shut down one day… what happens to all of those fans?
With email marketing, you own that list. It's yours. Start building your list TODAY.
Is Leadpages Worth It?
Every blogger should prioritize building an email list, and Leadpages is the ideal tool for growing that list. It's one of the most intuitive blogging tools I’ve used this year. Now, I spend less time tinkering with my site or creating landing pages.
I didn’t have to spend much time reading tutorials or talking to the company’s support team. And it’s helping me increase subscribers to this blog.
I like tools like this because they enable me to spend more time writing and less time staring at the backend of WordPress.
So yes, for me Leadpages is worth it.
However, if you want more control over the look and feel of your opt-in and landing pages, you will have to pay extra to upload your own. These are just minor quibbles, and I haven’t covered everything Leadpages can do in this review.
You can always take out a Leadpages free trial (they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee).
Tim Paige is the former host of Conversion Cast and Conversion Educator for Leadpages.
What is the difference between Leadpages and ClickFunnels?
How much does Leadpages cost?
Leadpages pricing starts at $37 per month and goes up to $239 per month. You can also take out a free trial.
Leadpages Review: Summary
LeadPages is a great tool if you want to create landing pages and sales page that covert and grow your email list fast. It's ideal for small businesses who sell online.
- Free trial available
- You can create landing pages in minutes
- Actionable analytics
- Ability to choose templates by conversion rate
- Great for anyone who uses Facebook ads to grow their email list
- Monthly subscription may put off some
- Lacks some features that more expensive products like Clickfunnels offer
- It costs extra to upload custom templates