Guide to Personals
& Dating Sites
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Free Sites
Dating sites come in a variety of models. Most will allow you to register or join for free but then you have to pay to use all the features of the site. Others are totally free. This is an overview of the differences and pitfalls of both types. Of course there are variations within the Free and Pay types, but this will give you an informative view of the two basic types.  

TOTALLY FREE sites are worth what you pay for them! 

While it seems great on the surface, totally free dating sites have many disadvantages. 

They usually are supported ENTIRELY by advertising.  This means you are always fighting through ads to get to where you want to go.

Most members using free sites have little or no commitment to the site so the profiles are often vague, untruthful and/or fake.

While they have tens of thousands of members, over 92% of the members sign up once and never come back.

Free sites DO NOT verify information of their members.

Free sites DO NOT weed out fake ads, old ads or incomplete profiles.

There is limited or no customer service.

With tens of thousands of members, you have to wade through hundreds of profiles to find the few that might interest you.  Do you have time for that?

There are hundreds if not thousands of fake ads whose only purpose is to direct you to pay adult sites or cam sites.

Free sites usually try to be all things to all people.  Their goal is to generate traffic for the advertising, NOT to help people meet!  Meeting someone on these sites is very random and not unlike searching for a needle in a haystack.

While you don’t have to pay to use the service, your time is worth something too.  These sites will waste your time and in the long run, if you consider what your time is worth, will cost you more.

Check out our review of some the major dating sites online, the advantages and pitfalls of Pay dating sites, and some dating sites that are unique.