Something is very wrong with my list today

by Ruth Hendrickson 7 replies
Yesterday I had 1 person opt in to my list. The average is 5-10. Today so far there are 162! It started at 9:00 this morning, and since then someone signs up every few minutes. This list is single opt in, and I'm afraid SpamZa or something like it has gotten ahold of my squeeze page. Has anyone else experienced this with a list lately? I'm not sure what to do about it but am seriously considering going to double opt in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I would go double opt-in. I used to have several single opt-in lists, but they were more work in the long run. Double opt-in is harder to grow, obviously, but it's not all about numbers, after all.

    If you do it (and you might know this already), be sure to go with a solid, reliable company like Aweber or GetResponse or EmailAces. It's like having your teeth pulled to try and switch later, because everyone you migrate has to re-confirm with a new service. Yikes! Choose wisely.

    John
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    • This is a great warning. However, if all those subscribers are legit, congratulations.

      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      I would go double opt-in. I used to have several single opt-in lists, but they were more work in the long run. Double opt-in is harder to grow, obviously, but it's not all about numbers, after all.

      If you do it (and you might know this already), be sure to go with a solid, reliable company like Aweber or GetResponse or EmailAces. It's like having your teeth pulled to try and switch later, because everyone you migrate has to re-confirm with a new service. Yikes! Choose wisely.

      John
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
        Yesterday I had 1 person opt in to my list. The average is 5-10. Today so far there are 162! It started at 9:00 this morning, and since then someone signs up every few minutes. This list is single opt in
        I'll just concur with what has already been posted to the thread. Single opt in is great and gets far better results than double opt in, but it carries a far greater risk of spam complaints.

        What if just two of those 162 new subscribers were signed up to you as a result of harvesting or some other underhanded technique - and both file spam complaints? You would have to spend a lot of time defending yourself and proving that it was not you who collected the email addresses without consent in the first place.

        As Angela posted, "if all those subscribers are legit, congratulations". In that case, my congratulations too. In my view however, unless you are a very successful marketer with plenty of money and good legal representation available, I personally would be re-evaluating the single opt in strategy.

        Just my thoughts.

        Regards,
        Jeff Henshaw.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth Hendrickson
    Angela, unfortunately I don't think they're legit.

    John and Jeff, thanks for your advice -- aweber is my autoresponder, and they're always encouraging double opt in. That would have protected me from this, and I'm working on changing my list ASAP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
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    As long as subscribers are legit, I don't see any reason for you to get alarmed... It means that your business is growing...
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    • Profile picture of the author DanGTD
      Doesn't Aweber offer a way to see where the visitors came from?
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      • Profile picture of the author Ruth Hendrickson
        Originally Posted by DanGTD View Post

        Doesn't Aweber offer a way to see where the visitors came from?
        Dan, not that I know about. But I use statcounter and it looks like the email addresses were put directly into the opt-in page, with no referring link.

        This evening I changed the list to double opt in, and that stopped it cold!
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