I’m excited to help you get started. This post covers the following:
- Register your domain name
- Choose an email address
- Create your ConvertKit Account
- Create your landing page
- Connect your domain to ConvertKit
- Share your URL with the world!
I recently helped my friend and barber, Barber Doza, get set up on ConvertKit. Check out his landing page for some inspiration.
Register Your Domain
Ok if you have never registered a domain name it can be a little daunting to know where to start and what to look for. I have used many registrar companies over the last 10 years of building websites and prefer to use Hover for my domain needs. The system is easy to navigate, settings are easy to change, and their customer service is top-notch (I can’t say the same for GoDaddy). Once you decide on the domain name of your dreams, head over to the DNS settings page and keep it open. We will head back to ConvertKit in a few steps and it will be handy to keep both windows open until everything is working.
Choose an Email Address
If you don’t yet have an email account tied to your domain name, you’ll want to do that now. I like to encourage personal feeling email accounts. first name or something friendly like email@example.com. Email can easily be added to your Hover account or you can purchase an email account from something like Google Business. Follow any necessary instructions properly set up your new inbox with your domain. I cover those specific settings [here].
Create Your ConvertKit Account
This is maybe the most obvious (and fun) step in the process, but it helps to go in order. Some of the things you’ll want to have decided are which email account you will be using to send emails to your audience and what domain name you’ll be using. If you don’t have a domain or email account yet, you’ll want to head back to Steps 1 and 2 before jumping in to creating your ConvertKit account.
Create Your Landing Page
Once you’re in your ConvertKit account, they make it really easy to dive right in and start building. For this tutorial, you’ll click on ‘Landing Pages & Forms’ in the header and then click the ‘Create New’ button towards the bottom right of the screen. Choose ‘Landing Page’ and then select the general layout you like. ConvertKit includes lots of well-designed and responsive landing pages and forms right out of the box, so you don’t have to have design or coding skills to get up and running quickly. AND you’ll look like a total pro. Once you choose your template, be sure to rename it in the upper left. This will come in handy in the next step when we connect your sub-domain. You can choose the fonts, colors, and write new copy later. The important thing here is to get the landing page created and named. You can now navigate back to ‘Account Settings’ and follow the next step.
Connect your Domain to ConvertKit
This is where you’ll want to have both your DNS settings (domain registrar account) and your ConvertKit account up. I recommend setting up your ConvertKit landing pages on a sub-domain so that your main domain name can still be utilized for your main website (WordPress, Squarespace, Shopify, etc.). The sub-domain can be something like ‘signup.yourdomain.com’ or ‘go.yourdomain.com’
- Once you’re in ‘Account Settings’, select ‘Custom Domains’ on the left-hand side
- Next, choose ‘Add a Domain’
- Enter the sub-domain you wish to use for your landing page and select the new landing page we just created from the drop-down. Hit ’Save’
- Keep this page open and open up your domain name DNS settings page from your domain provider
- Inside your DNS settings page: Create a new ‘A Record’ for each of the records you see listed in ConvertKit (You will create 3 separate A Records). I find it easiest to copy and paste the IP addresses into the matching field for the DNS settings. Some registrars refer to the ‘Value’ part as ‘IP Address’
If you have completed the above steps, you can now come back to ConvertKit and hit ‘Refresh’ in the section where the IP Addresses are listed. You’ll see ‘Verified’ in green when the setup is finished processing. Sometimes DNS settings take a few hours to complete, so don’t worry if it is not instant.
When you see the green ‘Verified’ text, congratulations! You can now head to your browser on your computer or phone, type in the sub-domain and pull up your shiny new ConvertKit landing page!
Now you can drop that link anywhere you want people to sign up for your list like IG or Twitter bio or even your email signature. Time to start growing that audience!