Another Free Dating Site Packs up Shop.

Eromance.com got sold at the internet dating conference for $100,000. No other free sites have really gained any traction, as can be seen by this google trends graph. All of the remaining “free sites” are now getting their traffic from giving away free quizes and blog widgets or myspace widgets.

http://www.datehookup.com/CustomFriends.aspx
http://www.justsayhi.com/bb
okcupid distributes their tests all over social networks.

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30 Responses to “Another Free Dating Site Packs up Shop.”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Well justsayhi.com just took a bath in Google. Not sure what they are going to do without the Google traffic.

  2. Andy Arnott Says:

    Markus,

    The same old same old will get you nowhere…. and that’s what all of these sites had to offer. The upcoming onslaught of data from social graphs is what’s going to be the seed that sprouts a new type of dating site.

    We’re already tied into all sorts of new data… and by the end of march your going to see something that the online dating world has never seen.

    With all this data floating around, and free access to it, it will be really hard for sites like match and Eharmony to stay around.

  3. Rob Says:

    I just checked the traffic between a site that I run and eromance.com. My site has about the same traffic. (A bit more at times.) does that make it worth 100k?

  4. Ivan Says:

    Andy: You are in my google calendar on April, 1st.🙂

  5. Marc Says:

    Andy’s wrong. Don’t think he realizes a lot more people do not use social networking sites than do use them. And many will never use them. I think that leaves a pretty massive niche hanging out there.

  6. ViralKing Says:

    There will always be room for the traditional dating site as long as they adapt with the changing times to some degree.

    However, If they were more social and web 2.0 as all the data trends suggest, chances for success are a lot greater IMO

  7. Ed Says:

    Yep its happening in all industries guys giving stuff away for free. How can you compete with free? You Can’t. Free models that use adsense will fall apart too. Google has a major problem with click fraud and with all the lawsuits they get over it, adsense wont be around forever.

    I’m a master electrician and do internet stuff on the side but i see the same thing in electric work. You have guys doing work for practically nothing and hurting legit licensed guys like me.

    You get what you pay for in my opinion. I used POF and they had like 60 women in my area and its a population of over 30,000 in my town so i cancelled. Its not like POF is anything great its just the first site to offer it for free that got lucky and hit the forefront before anyone else.

    Good for him though making that dough you better take it and run though or have a backup business plan for when adsense falls out.

  8. Nickolas James Says:

    Well this website won’t die and I have to admit, POF is good man but so is http://freedateclub.com , they don’t offer widgets or anything but they’re getting good.

  9. Cyn Says:

    The copy of freedateclub looks suspiciously like POF…

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  11. Janet Says:

    I believe in competition and entrepeneurship and that is why I started a website that is called lookingforlove.com. It is also 100% free and growing at a steady pace. My partners and I are determined to make it the best free dating site online.

  12. bleyes77 Says:

    markus frind is a control freak asshole.

  13. morestar Says:

    how are any of the free dating sites like Free Date Club a copy of POF? And even if they were why wouldn’t any owner of a free dating site NOT want to emulate the successes of POF? If POF is good, user-friendly and successful I want to find out why and do what ever was done to make it a success. Hails to the King of Free Dating!

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  15. JerBear Says:

    I have had my dating site for about 3 months and did not think it would be that tough to operate boy was I wrong!! My biggest problem is people from other countries like India and Africa making phony profiles to spam my loyal members these profiles are pretty obvious to spot I keep deleting them but they keep coming, its tough to keep these people out of my website any ideas?

  16. MarkusIsanAsshole Says:

    I agree with bleyes77. Frind is a complete fucking asshole. Check out Amazons user comments about pof to get the real story.

  17. Aubrey Says:

    This was a birthday gift for my son-in-law, who has a big wish list on Amazon. He was happy with this gift, as he can buy whatever he wants on Amazon.

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