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Just about anyone who has been single in the past decade has considered using online dating web sites. After all, we live in a digital society these days. Using the internet allows us to extend our search for the perfect mate far beyond the traditional sources of yesterday.

In the offline world, it’s difficult to decide where to go to find suitable singles. Is the local bar better than a dance club? Are you more likely to meet someone through church rather than through a sports or hobby club?

In the online world, we have similar questions. But, by far, the most common question is:

“Which online dating site is best?”

Obviously, if there was only one “best” for everyone, we would only need one site. The fact that there are hundreds to choose from just proves that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to dating sites.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the more popular sites to help you decide which one fits you best:

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Cost: $34.95/month (lower priced plans available for long-term commitments)

Pros:  

  • Large member database;  
  • Serves 24 countries;
  • Name recognition because of extensive advertising.

Cons:  

  • Can view profiles for free, but only paying members can communicate;  
  • Personal information is shared with third parties (Match.com is part of a large family of online advertisers - your email address will be shared with all of them);  
  • Many members report trouble cancelling service - if you subscribe to the 6-month plan to save money, you are required to make 6 payments;  
  • Members can “hide” behind a false profile and out-of-date photos,  you can spend a lot of time meeting people to sort through them. Many choose to talk offline before meeting, but this means giving out at least some personal information, such as a phone number;
  • Banner advertising across the site is annoying;
  • You can contact non-paying members, but they cannot reply to you, which wastes your time when you‘re searching. Since you don’t know who is a paying member and who isn’t, it can also leave you feeling rejected when you reach out to someone and they don’t respond.

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Price: $50/month (lower priced plans available for long-term commitments)

Chemistry.com is owned by the same company as Match.com, except they provide a personality profile to generate matches for you. Otherwise, the Pros and Cons are essentially the same.

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Cost: $60/month (lower priced plans available for long-term commitments)

Pros:

  • The focus is on finding a mate rather than just a casual dating site (don’t apply if you‘re just interested in casual dating);
  • Personality Profile provides you with matches to members who supposedly are a good fit for you.

Cons:

  • Lengthy questionnaire process (it takes an hour or more to go through all of the questions);
  • Many members report getting matched with people that are completely wrong for them;
  • 4-step initial contact process requires you to answer a lot of guided questions back and forth before you can enter into a “real” conversation;
  • Many people are rejected;
  • Reports of unauthorized billing.

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Cost: $29.95/month (lower priced plans available for long-term commitments)

Pros:

  • Email notifications of members you might be interested in;
  • One week free trial available.

Cons:

  • Requires a Yahoo! email account which can attract a lot of SPAM;
  • You can view non-paying members Profiles, but cannot contact them, which wastes your time when you‘re searching.

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Cost: $14.95/month (pay-as-you-go, no long-term commitments)

Pros:

  • Free trial available;
  • Combination dating and social networking, not just one-on-one communication;  
  • Through the chat room, you can have multi-person discussions so you can get a better idea of someone’s personality;
  • Members can create and organize offline events to meet in a group setting while enjoying common interests, allowing members to meet and get to know many members at once;
  • Deceptive profiles and photos get “outed” by other members because of the various social interaction methods;
  • Optional private video chat feature allows you to see the other person live without setting up a first date - no extra cost;
  • Members can upload videos;
  • Each member can create his/her own blog;
  • Members can submit blog entries to the community “magazine.”  

Cons:

  • Search feature only works on standard Profile questions and member-created tags, doesn’t search the entire profile;
  • Limited to those over 35;
  • PayPal account required.

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Max0125 wrote Feb 20, 2010
    • Although I am in a relationship, this was a great summary of the sites. Thanks for sharing!



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      Missqokc wrote Feb 20, 2010
    • I have used Match.com and been very happy with it and have friends who have had success with eharmony. I think online dating is a great way to meet people if you like to read and write. If you express yourself well in writing and are willing to put in the time to get to know each other in this way before meeting and you like to read and can pick up on clues and undertones in someones writing then you will do well online. If you just look for a good picture and don’t ask the right questions before face to face meetings it can be disappointing and dangerous.

      Thanks for the review. good info.



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      Tammy Slater-Kendrick wrote Feb 21, 2010
    • I found the love of my life online, so it’s an area that has become very near and dear to me. I always wished there were more ways to communicate other than emails, so that’s why I decided to create my own site. I agree that you have to write a good profile that projects who you truly are and you need to be able to “listen” to what the other person is really saying.



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