What’s the Difference Between Single and Double Opt-in?

There are different reasons you may want to use single opt-in or double opt-in for subscribing leads.

In this article, you’ll learn the difference between double and single opt-in and how to configure both for your email service provider.

Single vs. Double Opt-In

Single opt-in is when a visitor submits their email address and they are immediately added to the email list and can begin receiving emails you send.

Double opt-in is when a visitor needs to confirm their email by selecting a link in an email they receive before they are added to your mailing list.

Pros and Cons

Single Opt-In

Pros of using single opt-in

  • All leads are added to your list immediately.
  • Because they are added immediately you can begin delivering content to them more quickly.

Cons of using single opt-in

  • You may end up with more low-quality leads.
  • Your list can contain incorrectly typed or fake emails. Having types of leads in your list can affect how accurate the email open rate reports are for your email campaigns.
  • Based upon GetResponse’s findings, you can have better overall email marketings stats by using double opt-in instead of using single opt-in.
Double Opt-In

Pros

  • Leads are typically higher-quality and result in a better email open rate for your email campaigns.
  • No mistyped or fake emails are added to your list because a valid email is required before the lead can confirm their subscription.
  • A healthier email list that gives you more accurate statistics.

Cons

  • Possible that the lead forgets to confirm their subscription, or the confirmation email ends up in their spam folder.

Which solution works best for you depends on your business plan and marketing strategy. There is no perfect hard and fast rule.

For more details and tips on which you should use, see our article Double Opt-In vs. Single Opt-In: Which Is Better for Conversions?

ESP Default Settings

Updated November 6, 2019

Because the default opt-in settings are different for each Email Service Provider (ESP), we’ve outlined a quick reference for each of the ESPs we natively integrate with.

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign uses double opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to single opt-in by following ActiveCampaign’s guide.

AWeber

AWeber uses double opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to single opt-in by following Aweber’s guide.

Campaign Monitor

Campaign Monitor uses double opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to single opt-in by following Campaign Monitor’s guide.

Constant Contact

AWeber uses single opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to double opt-in by following Constant Contact’s guide.

Conversio

Conversio uses double opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to single opt-in by following Conversio’s guide.

ConvertKit

ConvertKit uses double opt-in by default. ConvertKit has communicated to us that if you assign new leads any tag(s) or to any sequence(s) they will be automatically confirmed as single opt-in.

Customer.io

Customer.io uses single opt-in by default. Customer.io says it is possible to build your own double opt-in system.

Drip

Drip uses single opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration but change your list to double opt-in by following Drip’s guide.

Eloqua

Eloqua uses single opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to double opt-in by following Eloqua’s guide.

EmailOctopus

EmailOctopus uses single opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration but change your list to double opt-in by disabling the subscribe automatically setting in the Lead Options.

Emma

Emma uses single opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to double opt-in by following Emma’s guide.

Feedblitz

Feedblitz uses double opt-in by default. You cannot use single opt-in with Feedblitz.

Feedburner

Feedburner uses double opt-in by default. You cannot use single opt-in with Feedburner.

GetResponse

GetResponse uses single opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration but change your list to double opt-in by following GetResponse’s guide.

HubSpot

HubSpot uses single opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration and change your list to double opt-in by following Hubspot’s guide.

iContact

iContact uses single opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration and change your list to double opt-in by following iContact’s guide.

InfusionSoft

InfusionSoft uses single opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration and change your list to double opt-in by following InfusionSoft’s guide.

iPost

iPost uses single opt-in by default. There is no documentation regarding enabling double opt-in.

Klaviyo

Klaviyo uses double opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration and change your list to single opt-in by contacting Klaviyo and then following Klaviyo’s guide.

Mad Mimi

Mad Mimi uses double opt-in by default. You can use our custom HTML integration and change your list to single opt-in by following Mad Mimi’s guide.

MailChimp

MailChimp uses double opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration and change your list to single opt-in by following our MailChimp single opt-in guide.

MailerLite

MailerLite uses double opt-in by default. You can use our custom HTML integration and change your list to single opt-in by following MailerLite’s guide.

MailPoet (Wysija)

MailPoet (Wysija) uses double opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration and change your list to single opt-in by following MailPoet’s guide.

Marketo

Marketo uses single opt-in by default. You can use our custom HTML integration and change your list to double opt-in by following Marketo’s guide.

Ontraport

Ontraport uses single opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to double opt-in by following Ontraport’s guide.

Pardot

Pardot uses single opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration and change your list to double opt-in by following Pardot’s guide.

SendinBlue

SendinBlue uses single opt-in by default. You can use our custom HTML integration and change your list to double opt-in by following SenInBlue’s guide.

SendPulse

SendPulse uses double opt-in by default. ou cannot use single opt-in with SendPulse.

SharpSpring

SharpSpring uses single opt-in by default. Use our custom HTML integration to change your list to double opt-in by following SharpSpring’s guide.

TotalSend

TotalSend uses single opt-in by default. You can still use our native integration and change your list to double opt-in by following TotalSend’s guide.