No Cost Dating Sites: My Recommendations

dating handsLooking for no cost dating sites but want to know which one is the best?  I spent a few years online dating after my separation, so let me tell you what I have learned.

The online dating landscape has changed dramatically over the past several years. This is particularly as a result of the proliferation of free dating sites for every region, the area of interest, and the type of relationship you are looking for. This article lists and offers a brief description of the no cost dating sites.

No Cost Dating Sites That I Have Tried and Recommend

1. OKCupid

This is my favorite site, mostly because I met my boyfriend here, but also because of the unique properties that it has.  I am a little alternative and intellectual, so maybe that is why I like this one the best. If you are more conservative, you might like Plenty Of Fish better.

OKCupid (OKC) offers you a mix of social networking, compatibility testing as well as online dating. It’s a lot of fun to use it as it matches users using user generated questions and quizzes. This way, you can determine how you are compatible with another user.middle aged dating couple

If you and another user rate each other highly, OKC will connect the two of you. Whether it’s a friend or a partner you’re looking for, OkCupid.com is the place to be. The users of the system can contact anyone registered regardless of whether you match or don’t. Quirky, unusual or alternative relationship, OKC will solve this from its huge and active membership; all free of charge.

Read my article on OKCupid self summary to get some tips on how to best use this site.

2. Plenty of Fish

A list of the top free dating sites would be incomplete if plenty of fish (POF) were omitted. POF.com, as it is commonly referred by its users is considered to be among the most successful free dating sites. The site has a large user base that outnumbers other pay-per-use services around the world.

Like OKCupid, you can pay to get more features but you can get plenty of use out of it for free.no cost dating sites

A large number of users is as a result of heavily-trafficked forums with compatible questionnaires. However, the most popular feature of this site is the “Who’s Seen me button”. The site has proven its sheer ability to connect people around the globe looking for love and friendships. Positive feature of POT, therefore, include:

  • • A large number of users.
  • • Very simple to use.
  • • It’s completely free.


3. Craigslist

I had a lot of luck on Craigslist as a woman. My boyfriend used this site as well, but I just happened to meet him on another site. Read my article about Craigslist dating to see the pros and cons of this no cost dating site.

 

4. Tinder

Tinder is a mobile app for both iOS and Android. The site presents you with images of each potential match. After that, with a tap or a swipe, you can dismiss or add them to your like list. With tinder, you log in using your Facebook account. In fact, Tinder.com does its heavy lifting from Facebook and uses your likes, shares and other profile information to help match you with another single.

In tinder, no one can message you unless you both like each other. The service is simple compared to other free matchmaking sites.

Tinder started towards the end of my dating time so I didn’t get much use out of it. My impression is that most people there want a casual relationship. This may be good if you are just starting to date again.

No Cost Dating Sites That I Have Not Tried But That I Have Read About

1. Mingle2

Mingle2.com offers its users free dating services by posting ads all over this site. Except this annoyance, Mingle2 offers all standard dating side features as well as some social networking options on a busy community area. The site has similar standard features from other dating sites. These features include:

  • • Free winks,
  • • Chats and forums.
  • • Free messaging,
  • • A comprehensive searching system.

 

The comprehensive search mechanism allows you to search for other users by the number of miles, from their zip and postal code. All within any age range and gender.


2. Connecting singles.

While many dating sites claim to be free and surprise you by charges for features such as contact of other members or even extensive searching, connectingsingles.com is totally free. Features offered by this site include:

  • • Instant messaging.
  • • Emails.
  • • Photo galleries.
  • • E-cards.
  • • Forums.
  • • Video messaging
  • • Local single event calendars and search options for finding someone special.

 

3. Date Hookup 

Datehookup.com keeps the site very simple and straightforward. Unlike other free dating sites, date hookup has few bells and adds to confuse the users. The site simply tries to connect singles with others without charges or membership fees. All users have access to the following features:

  • • Blog
  • • Customized profile
  • • Forums
  • • Ability to send and receive emails without spam.
  • • Custom search saving as well as a simple social networking.

 

4. DroidMSG

DroidMSG.com is based on an Android app. The service has no premium features and therefore, offers all you can get. This site has a massive international presence especially for those who have an android phone.

 

Some Cost Dating Sites that I Have Tried And Recommend

If you want even more sites to be on (I went on as many as I could afford), here are some that I tried and recommend.

  1. Ourtime.com: Good for older women. Men looking for women their own age
  2. Match.com: lots of college educated people. More conservative. Men often looking for way younger women though.
  3. Zoosk.com: Huge database, lots of action, nice chat service

I have a friend who used eharmony.com and really liked it. I never tried it since I was not divorced and you must be to use the service. It is very slow, but may be good if that is what you need when you are starting. The male to female ratio may not be the greatest, especially for older women though.

 

 

Conclusion

With increased popularity and overwhelming options, success in online dating lies in your ability to choose the right site that suits your needs perfectly.

 

Resources

The Top 10 Best Free Dating Sites

http://dating.about.com/od/sitereviews/tp/FreeOnline.htm

http://allwomenstalk.com/top-10-free-online-dating-sites

 

 

 

 

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