Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Single on Valentine's? Hooray!

From MSN.com -- Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the happily (and unhappily) coupled of the world; it’s for us singles as well. So don’t sell yourself short by thinking you need a boyfriend or girlfriend to take advantage of February 14th. This is your day, too!

Valentine’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate our independence from bad co-dependent relationships with people we never really liked that much anyway—and that’s worth sending greeting cards about! Here are five ways to make the most of this “romantic” holiday even if you’re flying completely solo:

  1. Invest in a you-tual fund
  2. Treat it like Thanksgiving
  3. Let yourself go (just a little bit)
  4. Clean your House of Love
  5. Throw a party
For detailed descriptions of each of the above five ways, go to MSN.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Friendster for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Launches

From IAVA.org -- January 24, 2006 -- "NEW YORK - Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is formally launching the first and only online community-building site, based on the popular modules used by Friendster and MySpace, exclusively for Troops and Veterans of those wars. IAVA's TroopNet allows Troops and Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) to post profiles and pictures, search for others based on a number of criteria, link to "buddies," and privately message others signed up to the site.

TroopNet can be found at IAVA's website (www.iava.org). Already, more than 600 Veterans of OIF and OEF have profiles set up.

"You cannot overestimate how important it is for men and women coming home from war to talk with others who had the same experience," said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of IAVA and a Veteran of the war in Iraq. "In the past, Vets were limited to meeting other Vets at a VFW hall, if they were lucky enough to have one around. With this new technology, finding another Vet to talk to, who has been through the same war as you, is never more than a click away."

To continue reading the press release, go to iava.org.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

If you are looking for a more traditional singles site devoted exclusively to military singles, you should visit our sister site, Single-in-the-Military.com...

Sunday, January 29, 2006

La Canadan Named President, CEO of eHarmony

In addition to talking about online dating sites, I also want to keep you informed when something happens that could affect some of the dating sites many of you are probably members of. One such change has happened at eHarmony.

From the Lacanadaonline.com -- "Jaynie M. Studenmund of La Canada Flintridge has been appointed president and chief executive officer eHarmony, the Internet relationship service, it was announced Jan. 13.

She succeeds Greg Forgatch, co-founder of eHarmony, who is voluntarily stepping down as president and chief executive officer to pursue other interests. Forgatch will continue to hold his current position on the board." To read the complete article, go to Lacanadaonline.com...

I don't think her coming on board will impact the site's overall business model, but it is certainly a move that I'll watch with interest over the next six months or so. If I find out anything of particular interest, I'll be sure to share the details with you all.

Good luck and happy dating!

P.S. If you aren't a member of eHarmony, you should check it out IF you are very serious about finding a true soulmate. If you are just looking around for someone to date, then it might not be the best site for you.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Spark Networks - Niche Dating Empire

In my opinion, Niche Dating Sites are the wave of the future for online dating. As more and more sites come online, the only way new sites will survive without millions of dollars to spend on branding advertising is to focus on a particular niche. Spark Networks is doing just that. They acquired Mingle Match last year, and now have an impressive stable of niche dating sites. Here is a quick rundown of some of their sites:

I expect they will be adding even more niche categories to their stable of dating sites within the coming years, and when they do, I'll be sure and share them with you.

Good luck and happy dating!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Find a Safe Online Dating Site

From I-Newswire.com -- Here is an interesting press release I found today that offers a comparison of a few of the popular online dating sites on the web today. Here are some highlights from the article:

"Online dating services are thriving after almost 10 years now. Some people succeeded in finding that Mr. or Ms. Right through them. Some might not. But for those who still have not lost hope in looking for that potential through these services, here are the top online dating services that might assist a searcher in this endeavor."

"Yahoo! Personals has a monthly rate of $7.50 to $19.95 and has more than 5 million members. IM and e-mail is the form of communication with this online dating service. It is loved for its refined search engine. Categories such as living area, age and interests can be used to improve the search process. YahooPersonals has this Premier version that offers a more in-depth profile for those in search of more than casual dating."

"Match.com has a monthly membership fee of $9.95 - 24.95. Its 15 million members communicate through e-mail or chat. It takes pride on its user-friendly website that offers side-by-side comparisons of one's requirements and others' requirements to facilitate the "search."

To read the complete release, go to I-NewsWire.com.

Good luck and Happy Dating!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Online Dating: Who's Behind the Mask?

From PRWeb.com -- "It’s a widely know fact that most people stretch the truth about themselves when creating an online profile. They use someone else’s photo, lose half their weigh at the click of a mouse, grow all their hair back instantly, etc… I mean, hey why not, everyone else is and besides the industry has known this for years and has done nothing to prevent it.

That is until now. A new site has just opened its doors and the name in itself should be hint at what counts. HonestyFirst.com the creation of founder Ronald Skelton has built a site around the key foundation of any meaningful relationship -- honesty.

By using a patent pending system they’ve named "Real Profile TM" Honestyfirst.com has built a system that empowers its users to keep each other honest in their profiles. In addition to this technology they have partnered with a company that verifies age, location and personal histories of its members through ID verification and criminal background checks."

Full Release is located at PRWeb.com.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Kenyans Find Pots of Love Online

From BBC News -- "Lonely Kenyan singletons are breaking with tradition and logging onto one of East Africa's newest websites to find love.

"Meet Kenyan chicks and guys," reads the opening page at www.lovepot.com as Claire, a 32-year-old career woman in the capital, Nairobi, plucks up the courage to register.

She has been trying to find the man of her dreams through many other ways, but without success.

"To be honest, funerals and weddings have been the only way to meet people. Clubbing doesn't work," she says.

"I know plenty of people who are now trying this out and I thought: 'This year I'm going to try it. Internet dating, here I come.'"

To find out more about how Kenyan's are finding a pot of love online, go to BBC News...

Good luck and happy dating!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cupid Deserves More Respect

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review -- Love is now publicly traded.

Both Match.com and Yahoo!, two of the biggest dating Web sites, are listed on the NASDAQ.

What is not listed are the online makeovers that some singles give themselves when advertising their dating desirability. They shave years off their age, add inches to their height or, in the case of a guy courting Erin Schultz of Ross, give themselves a job that doesn't exist.

Schultz, 26, met the guy online at Friendster.com. She says he told her he worked in the admissions department at the University of Pittsburgh.

"He had a photo of him sitting in his office," she says.

The guy couldn't have known that she had friends in the very office where he claimed to be drawing a paycheck. She checked. They'd never heard of him.

"I was kind of excited because he seemed normal," says Schultz, who now is in a relationship with someone else.

For singles who are weary of the self-serve approach of online dating, where people can exaggerate and flat-out lie, blind dates can provide a reasonable alternative. After all, blind dates really aren't completely sight unseen. Potential suitors usually are screened by your personal cupids -- friends, family and co-workers -- who know your likes and dislikes.

"Your friends are a good filter," Schultz says. For the complete article, go to Pittsburghlive.com.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Lawmaker Wants to Make Online Dating Safer

From Yahoo! News -- "As if the dating scene weren't tough enough trying to avoid momma's boys, psycho chicks and married strays, turns out sex offenders might be lurking in online dating sites as well.

But some state lawmakers hope to change that, proposing online dating services be required to do background checks on everybody using them."

"It would be a benefit to the industry. You would provide a safer, more secure level of participation and entice more people to join dating services," said state Rep. John Bradley, a Marion Democrat, who's sponsoring the plan. Bradley, who's married, said he simply wants to make online dating safer."

Currently, places such as eharmony and Match.com offer dating services for $50 or less a month. Background checks could make such services more expensive.

"It's good to bring this issue to people's attention, but, I don't think it'll work," Wachs said.

The driving force behind background checks is True.com, which checks for criminal and marriage histories and threatens to go after those who lie. The company recently filed a lawsuit against a California doctor who didn't disclose a conviction for attempted lewd and lascivious acts with a child.

To read the entire story, go to Yahoo! News...

Be careful out there and use common sense. Click here for more tips on staying safe online.

Good luck and happy dating!

From 150 Dates in a Year to One True Love Forever

From NBC's Today Show -- "Like many young people everywhere, playwright Maria Dahvana Headley had had her fill of terrible dates. Discouraged and looking for love, she decided the time had come for her to eliminate her own (clearly not adequately discriminating) taste from the equation. Instead she would date every person who asked her out for an entire year, regardless of circumstances. Headley chronicles her adventures in “The Year of Yes.”

To read the entire article, go to MSNBC.com.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Top 10 Helpful Tips for Online Dating

From Personalads.cc -- Online dating and personals sites are great ways to meet a variety of people all over the world, but with such convenience it's easy to lose control. I bring to you 10 helpful tips that you can use to help and protect yourself.

  1. Beware of "100% Free" Personals Sites
  2. Use an Alternate E-Mail Address
  3. Be Goal Oriented
  4. Free Trials Expire (at a cost)
  5. If It's All Pay and No Play - Move On
  6. If You Can't See It, Don't Believe It
  7. Sharing Is Not Always Caring
  8. Don't Lie
  9. The First Date
  10. Just Have Fun!
For complete details on all ten tips, go to Personalads.cc.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Yahoo Personals Hooks Up With Starbucks

From NYPost.com -- Starbucks and Yahoo! Personals will announce the start of a new relationship today.

The coffee giant will give away $10 Starbucks gift cards to people who register for the Internet dating site through Feb. 19.

The site will have a location finder for the nearest Starbucks store.

The promotion, timed to generate business before Valentine's Day, is the most extensive yet for Yahoo's dating service with another company.

Yahoo! Personals is consistently the top-ranked U.S. online-dating site in terms of individual visitors, according to research firm Comscore Networks... To read the rest of this story, go to NYPost.com.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Ladies - Don't Forget Your Man on Valentine's Day

Following up yesterday's post about Valentine's Day gifts for women, Jeff Cohen from About.com also offers five Valentine's Day gift suggestions for the man in your life:

  1. Tickets to a sporting event or concert. He'll think he's just getting a card until he finds two tickets to see his favorite team or band in action.
  2. Appointment with a personal shopper at his favorite clothing store. There's nothing like looking your best for Valentine's Day. With the help of a personal shopper, your man can strut his stuff in some new duds.
  3. Day of favorites. Organize a special day choc-full of his favorite activities, meals, and TV shows.
  4. First lesson with a new instrument. If your man's been talking about taking up guitar, piano, or another instrument, surprise him with a free intro-lesson at your local music shop.
  5. Cooking class. Go to your nearest culinary school together, learn to cook a delicious meal, and enjoy it over a candlelight dinner.
Ladies, all of these are good suggestions. Personally, #1 would be my pick for the best suggestion. Of course, if your man isn't a sports fan, then any of the others would certainly be a good choice.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Gifts for Women - Prepare for Valentine's Day Early

Valentine's Day is coming up soon. Guys, do you know what you are going to do for the special woman in your life? Jeff Cohen from About.com offers five suggestions:

  1. Surprise weekend getaway. Show her you know how to plan a romantic weekend and take her away for two days of fun, relaxation, and quality time together.
  2. Gift certificate to her favorite store. Don't just give her the gift, make time to visit the store together and help her pick out some new fashions or merchandise.
  3. Day of pampering. Make her feel like a million bucks with a full relaxation day including manicure, pedicure, massage, facial, and hair styling.
  4. Pottery class. Find the local pottery store and create a memory together. You can pretend to be Patrick Swayze while she re-enacts the part of Demi Moore in Ghost.
  5. Book a lesson for her favorite sport. Give her the gift of improvement by purchasing a lesson with a professional in her favorite sport (i.e., tennis, golf, etc.)
All of these are unique and different ideas for Valentine's Day. You've still got some time guys, but don't wait too late to decide.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Helpful Hints For A Safer Online Dating Experience

BBWPersonalsPlus offers up some helpful hints to insure your dating experience is safe, fun and enjoyable:

  • Remember that you are in control of your online experience at all times. You can remain completely anonymous until you feel ready.
  • You are also in control when it comes to taking an online relationship offline. Plus, you have an advantage online because you can get to know each other before you meet. Remember that you don't need to take anything further than the computer or phone wires until you feel completely at ease. Go at your own pace!
  • When you do decide to meet face to face, pick a public place and provide your own transportation to and from. Tell a friend where you're going and check in when you return home.
  • Never include your personal contact information in your profile, especially telephone numbers, email, home address or your last name, and only give them out when your instincts tell you this is someone you can trust. It's okay to take your time.
  • Set up an email account just for online personals.
  • Ask a lot of questions and watch for inconsistencies.
  • Stay away from members who won't take no for an answer or pressure you for any kind of personal information. Serious cyber-savvy daters will respect your space and allow you to take your time.
  • If someone asks you to go to their personal web site or asks you for money, use common sense not to oblige and then report the situation.
  • If someone gives you a phone number with a strange area code, check it out to make sure it's not a charge number before you make the call.
  • Using your own good judgment is your best bet because ultimately you are responsible for your personal dating experience. Trust your instincts and then have fun with the right people!
If you follow the guidelines above, you shouldn't run into any problems online. You can learn more about BBW Personals Plus by checking out this review on Alternative-Dating-Sites.com.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

10 Dating Statistics You Ought To Know

Did you know that 63% of married couples met through a network of friends? This statistic and more are featured in an article by Meredith Broussard. Some of the statistics might surprise you. Here are the ten:

  1. 44 percent of adult Americans are single, according to U.S. Census figures.
  2. Statistically, the find-someone odds favor guys: There are 86 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women, although in some regions the gender ratio favors women, especially out west.
  3. The best place for single people on the prowl is New York, where 50 percent of state residents are unmarried, and Washington, D.C., where a whopping 70 percent of the population is single.
  4. Think you'll find love while perched on a barstool? Think again. Only 9 percent of women and 2 percent of men say they've found a relationship at a bar or club—blame it on the beer goggles.
  5. Got someone hot in your sights and want to reveal your interest? Fifty-one percent of people use flattery, according to the book Are You Normal About Sex, Love, and Relationships?
  6. If you're into online dating, you're hardly alone: 40 million Americans use online dating services; that's about 40 percent of our entire U.S. single-people pool.
  7. Profiles and photos go together great. Online, being bashful will get you nowhere.
  8. On a date, first impressions do count: Men take only 15 minutes to decide if a woman is worth a second date. For women, the clock isn't ticking quite so fast—they ponder whether to get together again for an hour or so.
  9. The number one problem for couples in America? Disagreements about money, according to a poll by the University of Denver.
  10. If you're feeling like your relationship is hitting the skids and want to bail, the painful face-to-face approach might not be necessary: An estimated 48 percent of online daters report that their breakups have happened over email.
To read the complete article with more details about the ten statistics listed above, go to Personalads.cc.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Dating at 40, 50 and Beyond

Are you over 40 and single? If you are, this just might be the best time in the history of the world to be single in your later years. There are now online dating sites catering specifically to older adults like BabyBoomerDates.com and as this article from the Lansing State Journal states, "More than 40 million Americans over 40 are single - divorced, widowed or never married. Not that all of them are seeking mates, but many are."

Here is another excerpt from the article:

"For the past three months, Bob Parish has been meeting women as a member of Match.com.

"It's been cool, and not so cool," says Parish, 53, an active-duty U.S. Navy commander and divorced father who has been single 20 years.

"I've already met here, recently, a wonderful lady, a very striking individual, and we're trying to see if that works out. But there are some not-so-nice people who fraudulently post other people's pictures on their profile, and when you meet them, they're 80 to 90 pounds heavier."

More than 40 million Americans over 40 are single - divorced, widowed or never married. Not that all of them are seeking mates, but many are.

"I don't think I want another husband," Hardin says, "but I do want somebody close to me, somebody to go out with, a dancing partner, someone who can afford to do the things I like to do."

Sparks do fly, though, as chemistry develops and individuals fall in love and make lifelong commitments - even in middle age.

For example, Denise Puthuff, 47, and John Timmons, 50, were both clients of a hairdresser who set them up on a blind date.

"We got married last Valentine's Day and have lived happily together ever since," Puthuff says."

I think the moral of this story is that the opportunities are out there for older adults, and because of the large number of single older adults, you can be more selective than in years gone by because the available pool of singles is larger and more accessible than ever before.

To read the complete article, go to LansingStateJournal.com.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Don't Date Him Girl

Well, it was inevitable that a site like this would pop up. Don't Date Him Girl (www.dontdatehimgirl.com) is a site where women can find out if the man they are dating is actually married, has a girlfriend or is engaged. Here is how the site describes itself:

"Each day, thousands of women around the world are cheated on by their boyfriends, fiance's and husbands. A man'’s infidelity causes the destruction of thousands of marriages, engagements and relationships every year. What'’s a woman to do? Hire expensive private detectives? Pay for costly background checks? Now, women have a new cost-effective weapon in the war on cheating men! Founded by women with women in mind, www.DontDateHimGirl.com is a free service that allows sisters to share their experiences with cheating men by posting pictures and other information about them in an easy-to-use, searchable database.

Using DontDateHimGirl.com is easy. To warn other women about a cheating man by posting his picture and profile into the database, simply log on and follow the instructions for posting. To find out about a suspected cheater, log on, type the cheater'’s name into the database and watch as the website searches through hundreds of pictures and profiles to find a match!"

It's an interesting concept that definitely has it's benefits. I just hope it doesn't get abused by women who may have just went through a messy breakup and decide to ruin their ex by posting his picture and saying he's married or involved.

Either way, it is definitely a good place to look if you are dating someone new. If their picture and profile is on the site, there's obviously something they did wrong. Either they are married or involved, or they did something really bad to aggravate the last person they were with.

Men -- be careful. If you're cheating, you just might end up getting outed on the web. I have a hunch that wouldn't be a pleasant feeling...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Online Chatting Leads to Virtual Wedding

While I am a big fan of online dating, this is a little bit much for me. But, whatever makes you happy. Here is a story from the Associated Press about a man and woman who met online, were engaged online and were legally married online...

From Yahoo! News -- "Rita Sri Mutiara Dewi's fiance could not get time off from his job in the United States. But that didn't stop the couple — who have never met in person — from tying the knot on Thursday. And a Muslim cleric who witnessed the ceremony between the Indonesian lovers declared it legal, she said, even though they were on opposite ends of the earth.

'We are happy that we're married now, even though we had to do it via the Internet,' said Dewi, 50, noting that the two used a video link so her relatives could see her 52-year-old groom."

To read the rest of this story, go to Yahoo! News.

Date.com Adds New Relationship Expert

From Yahoo! News -- Date.com signs new relationship advisor Anna David to help singles find the "one" just in time for Valentine's Day. She is the former Relationship Scribe for Movieline, Razor and Playboy.

"As the relationship expert for Date.com, David will primarily be responsible for providing advice to our more than two million members nationwide. In this capacity, David will write a monthly column devoted to contemporary dating and relationship issues, which will appear on Date.com's interactive webzine "Date Info." She will also write a monthly "Ask Anna" column, where she'll answer the questions posed by members."

This is a good move by Date.com. The more content, advice and help dating sites can provide to their members, the more likely they are to stick around and tell their friends about the site. To read the complete release, go to Yahoo! News.

Not a member of Date.com? You can join for free by clicking here.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Speaking of Dr. Phil...

How would you like to be on the show? Dr. Phil is looking for couples who have just started dating and who are having problems with Extreme Jealousy. Here is what his website says he is looking for:

Are you unmarried and in a fairly NEW relationship of less than a year?

Are you or your partner incredibly jealous?

Is your partner jealous of any one and everyone you talk to in public, always assuming you are flirting or having an affair? Are you constantly in fights because you are accused of flirting with the checker at the store, someone at the gym, or even the mail carrier?! Do you want your partner to STOP accusing you before the relationship is over?

Or, are YOU the jealous one in the relationship? Are you CERTAIN your partner is cheating or WILL cheat if you don't check up on their every move? Do they have a history of cheating, and your terrified it will happen again?

Or, are BOTH of you dealing with extreme jealousy?

If you are interested in participating, fill out this form on DrPhil.com. If he happens to choose you, don't forget to tell him you found out about the show on OnlineDatingStuff.com!

Online Dating Service Teams Up With Dr. Phil

From NYTimes.com -- "If there is still any stigma attached to online dating, Match.com is hoping to eradicate it by enlisting a spokesman whose first name alone evokes recognition in mainstream America. Dr. Phil McGraw, the nation's most visible self-help specialist and relationship guru (sorry, Dr. Ruth), has just been hired as Match's first celebrity spokesman. Dr. McGraw, a self-described life strategist who offers folksy advice on his syndicated daytime talk show, will star in an advertising campaign for Match that will have its debut on Sunday.

The campaign will promote "MindFindBind," a Match interactive program introduced this week that leads users through the dating process with self-help questionnaires and video pep talks from Dr. McGraw."

For the complete release go to NYTimes.com.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

10,000 of the World's Most Eligible Bachelors Displayed on a Single Web-Page

From Yahoo! News -- In an attempt to establish a record for the greatest number of eligible bachelors posted on a single web-page, the site www.10000Bachelors.com was recently launched by David Pierpoint, founder and director of The Relationship Training Center.

Pierpoint, a relationship coach and author, created the site in order to provide an alternative to the traditional personal ad sites like Match.com and Yahoo! Personals, where visitors must register and search a database in order to find potential matches. "This way, a visitor can simply move their mouse around a single page to view thousands of eligible bachelors, without having to view pages upon pages of search results," he explained.

Later this week, a related site ( www.10000bachelorettes.com ) will be launched to profile 10,000 of the world's most eligible bachelorettes. According to Pierpoint, "The bachelorettes site is being created with the same objective as the bachelors site, although clearly focused on the opposite sex."

It is expected that a new season of ABC's “The Bachelor” will create a renewed interest in looking online for eligible singles, and both sites are designed to help make that process easier and more interesting.

For the complete release, go to Yahoo! News.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Online Dating Tips: The Honest Truth

From Personalads.cc -- MOST dating advice tells you to be honest, but what does this really mean? Often people confuse "honesty" with "revealing everything" - but can we be too honest, and can it lose us dates?

There are four common mistakes people make about honesty:

  1. Confusing honesty with self-criticism - People worry that if they don't tell their potential date everything right away it may cause problems in the future. To avoid disappointment, people describe themselves far too literally. Take Juliet, stunningly pretty and a size 18.

    Worried potential dates might not like her; she described herself as a large lady. Not surprisingly she didn't get much response. But when she changed the description to curvaceous, she was overwhelmed by guys wanting to meet her.

  2. Too much too soon - Sometimes people confuse openness with honesty and tell a potential date everything. For example, people often reveal an overwhelming list of all their contact details including email and telephone numbers or a laundry list of all their previous relationships and what went wrong.

  3. Telling your life history - If you've had problems in your past, like poor health or an abusive relationship, you often want to tell others. Lindsay had been with Phil for seven years, and he'd cheated on her many times. Eventually she ended the relationship, but was so worried about being cheated on, she told every new partner how badly Phil had treated her. Lindsay was trying to protect herself, but her would-be dates either thought she still had feelings for Phil or found her anger off-putting.
  4. Appearing too keen - We all have ideas about what we want from a relationship - maybe a big family, or a white wedding. Some people feel they need to declare these desires on a first date. This may scare off a potential date or make you seem desperate, not honest.
To find out how to avoid making these four mistakes, visit Personalads.cc for the complete article.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Yahoo! Personals

Yahoo! Personals - Give Fate a Nudge Earlier this month, I profiled the Ethnic Dating Network. Today, I want to look at a larger site that has really exploded over the past couple of years. Yahoo! Personals - is one of the largest dating sites on the internet, and helps you find compatibility more easily, whether you are looking for a few dates or seeking a long-term relationship.

They give you a unique combination of individual choice, quality matches, and a great experience that makes the most of your personal time. With Yahoo! Personals, you'll be on your way to better first dates and more second dates.

Whether you've found a person you want to get to know better, or you've been contacted by someone, they'll help you connect. Once you subscribe, you can communicate via email or Yahoo! Instant Messenger. Don't worry about losing track of who you've communicated with, because their unique mailbox lets you easily see your conversations with people and their photos are right there in the e-mail messages.

No matter what type of person you are looking for, Yahoo! Personals is the place to be. You should definitely join other niche sites, but you should join Yahoo! Personals no matter what. It is worth the time and money.

Good Luck and Happy Dating!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Sniffin' For Dates

From RelishNow -- This article looks at some potential headlines for 2006. Among the make-believe stories comes Sniff Dating. Here is what the article says:

"Sniffin' for love: We've seen speed dating, online dating and something even called gazing dating, where singles silently stare into each other's eyes. In 2006, the courtship process will morph into smell dating. "Sniffin' for Love" parties will involve blindfolded lonely hearts who take turns sniffing each others' hair, neck, shoulders, and, for the adventurous, armpits. Singles have to keep sniffing strangers until olfactory desires match up."

Want to read about their other fantasy predictions, go to JournalNow.com.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Ethnic Dating Online

Because everyone is different and everyone has a different idea of what the "perfect" person looks like, online dating is the perfect avenue for single people to find their Mr. or Mrs. Right. Periodically, I am going to profile different niche oriented dating sites that cater to specific categories or nationalities.

The first site I want to look at is the Ethnic Dating Network. This site caters to singles who are interested in meeting singles of diverse Ethnic backgrounds. The site is part of the TangoWire network, which specializes in niche-oriented dating sites. This is great because as a member, you know that everyone who is a member of the Ethnic Dating Network is looking for a single just like you. For a complete profile of this site, go to Alternative-Dating-Sites.com. To go directly to the site, visit www.ethnicdatingnetwork.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Use Your Cell to Find Someone Special

From News14Charlotte.com --"Many of the big online dating sites have gone mobile. Match.com, Lava Life and sms.ac, for example, have all linked with Sprint PCS to offer matchmaking on the go."

“I guess it's a whole new way to flirt, meet people, find somebody, fall in love and so on,” said Michael Galluccio of Sprint PCS. “Where you could now only do this at home on your computer, you can set up your profile, log onto Match.com for example, and go through profiles, find somebody who peaks your interest and start to communicate back and forth with them. Really, the only difference is that it's smaller. And what you're giving up in size you make up for with mobility.”

For the complete article, go to News14Charlotte.com.

Friday, January 06, 2006

LoveHappens.com Turns the Dating Industry Upside Down

San Francisco -- PRNewswire -- Jan. 4, 2006 -- LoveHappens.com has discovered the real secret to finding love online: matchmakers. Since its beta launch in June 2005, the site has attracted over 120,000 matchmakers who are making over10,000 introductions among millions of singles every day. LoveHappens reverses the typical approach to online dating. Instead of the site being designed only for singles, LoveHappens is built primarily for people who want to set other people up. The approach is turning the traditional online dating model upside down.

To read the full press release, go to PRNewswire.com.

Good luck and happy dating!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Top Ten Female Turn Ons

Hey guys, have you ever wondered what turns women on? If you have, you'll find this article written by Marisa Pellegrino pretty interesting. Here are a few from the list that might surprise you:

  • A man who can be dominated - All relationships involve a power dynamic. A man can be strong with his woman, but must also be able to surrender some of that power. A woman likes to take control sometimes and feels sexy when a man is ready and willing to respond to all her demands
  • A man with a sensitive side - Contrary to popular belief, women are not looking for a man who wants to talk about his emotions constantly. Sensitivity is a good thing but more important is to be emotionally well-balanced. One of the biggest female turn ons is having a man who is not afraid to show his emotions.
To see the complete list of all ten female turn ons, go to Personalads.cc.

Good luck and happy dating!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

10 Romantic Resolutions to Make and Keep

From MSN.com -- From early January to mid-February you see it -- packed gyms, crowded volunteer centers, and panicked nicotine-addicted friends mercilessly chomping on chewing gum. We like to use New Year's resolutions as a tool for self-improvement, but we rarely extend this spirit to our relationships, which are expected to just drift along on the power of love.

"Couples need to let go of the notion that something's wrong if you're not enraptured with each other all the time. After the early enchantment stage, it takes proactive behavior to keep your love alive," says Nina Atwood, therapist and author of "Soul Talk: Powerful, Positive Communication for a Loving Partnership" (Sourcebooks, 2003).

Here are a couple of resolutions from the article:

  • We will make our partner feel desirable. Lou Paget, author of "The Great Lover Playbook" (Gotham Books, 2005), says that physical contact is the best way to say, "I want you." That means deep kisses instead of just light pecks, and real hugs rather than shoulder grazes. Paget says that women especially need to be aware of this. "Men are so used to having to approach women, that when a woman goes to him it sends a powerful message -- namely, I feel safe in your space, I like your body, I want to do something with your body," she says.
  • We will not let ourselves go. Yes, time takes its toll. Stress, childbirth, and the aging process are bound to leave their mark, but that doesn't mean it's time to put on sweatpants and surrender to the forces of nature. Leslie, 38, from Lawrence, Kansas, says that looking good for her husband is actually more important to her now than it was when they were first dating. "When you're young, you can take for granted that you look good. Plus, I want part of me to be the same person I was physically when we met. I don't want to chop off my hair and do the 'mom' jeans," says Leslie. Paget says this is essential. "Pay attention to yourself the way you did when you were single. Take three minutes and curl your eyelashes and put on lip gloss. Wear things that are sexy, and not those nasty leggings and T-shirt. That is frumpazoid deluxe," says Paget.

To read all 10 of the resolutions, go to MSN.com.

Good luck and happy dating!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Computer Courting -- Online Dating Discovers a New Age

From Post-Gazette.com -- January 3, 2006 -- "Barbara Stumpf was convinced she wasn't going to meet anyone.

At 65 and divorced for 18 years, she was resigned to spending the rest of her life alone.

Then she saw an advertisement for an Internet dating service -- eharmony.com -- on television. A few days later, she heard another eHarmony spot on radio.

"I kept hearing this, and I wondered what it was all about," said Mrs. Stumpf from her home in West Chester, Pa. "I was the last person that thought this was something I would do. But I kept hearing the advertisement, and this went on for more than a week.

After some trepidation, she took the leap.

She joined eHarmony, filled out a personality questionnaire and waited for the responses to start pouring in.

It didn't take long for her to discover she was not alone -- either figuratively or literally. Dating sites such as eHarmony are experiencing an increase in business from people 55 years and older.

Seniors, in fact, are the fastest growing group of online users, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, an Internet research firm. Nielsen says computer users 55 and older account for 16.7 percent of all traffic to online personal sites -- the equivalent of 4.2 million unique visitors. At Yahoo! Personals, those over 50 account for 21 percent of their visitors.

All of this suggests that seniors are becoming more computer savvy and more comfortable surfing the Internet, which leads to their growing interest in online dating."

To read the complete article, visit Post-Gazette.com.

As more and more single/divorced/widowed baby boomers discover how easy it is to use the internet to find potential dates, I believe this segment of the population is going to explode. Most seniors do not relish the idea of having to frequent bars for dates. The internet offers the perfect solution. Besides the two sites mentioned above, some other dating sites catering specifically to singles can be found on our sister site Alternative-Dating-Sites.com.

Good luck and happy dating!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Tips for Searching for Dating Sites on Search Engines

Have you ever been searching for a particular website on one of the big three search engines (Google, Yahoo! and MSN) only to get discouraged because of the endless pages of results? This is especially true if you are searching for dating sites. Unless you are specific, you could waste an entire day and never find the exact site you are looking for.

For tips for searching for dating sites on the search engines, read an article I wrote on the subject located at Alternative-Dating-Sites.com. A couple of excellent tips from the article are:

  • Be Specific
    What type of person do you want to meet online? Christian, Jewish, BBW, Military, African American... Instead of just searching for dating, why not search for Christian Dating Sites or African American Dating Sites. You'll find the available list of sites dramatically lower, and the sites that come up will be much more specific.
  • Use the "OR" search
    My favorite search technique. What if you want to find dating sites for BBW (Big Beautiful Women) OR Military singles? Use the "OR" search. For example: Search for BBW OR Military Dating Sites. Be sure to include the "OR" in all caps for the search to work. Now, look at the results. All of the results are for sites that pertain to either BBW or Military Dating sites as well as sites that pertain to them both. Excellent search to find resource sites that cater to both of your needs.
These are just a couple of the tips mentioned. To see all the tips and read the complete article, visit Alternative-Dating-Sites.com.

Good luck and happy dating!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and were able to celebrate it with the one you love. If you were alone last night, why not make 2006 the year you find your true soulmate. The internet has made finding a mate so much easier than it used to be. Before online dating, unless you wanted to be set up by a friend or relative, the only way to meet someone totally new and different was to go hang out in a bar, hotel, grocery store, mall or maybe even a convenience store. Not my idea of fun...

But, now the internet has made it so much easier for single men and women to interact with other singles from their own city or from around the world. What a wonderful opportunity! You can not join a dating site and within minutes, you can be chatting online with a potential date. No longer are you at the mercy of a friend's "idea" of who you should be set up with. You have control. You can view pictures and even watch and listen to videos of singles from around the world.

So, what are you waiting for? Don't find yourself alone again on New Year's Even 2006. Make this the year you find your true soulmate online.

Wondering which sites are the best to join? Why not check out some of the dating sites featured at Alternative-Dating-Sites.com. I'm sure you'll find a site that fits your needs there.

Good luck and happy dating!

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