In 2013 experts expect the online dating industry to be worth in excess of 1.65 billion dollars. With money like that being tossed around it should be no surprise that the internet is rife with unsavory dating businesses. The question is how can you protect yourself.
How can you know what sites are safe and actually have real profiles versus which ones do not. Also how can you tell how many members are active and how many members just signed up and then abandoned the site.
Here are some helpful tips and advice for you as a consumer.
1. Always Google the name of the domain for the singles site – This will give you the latest discussions and information on the site. We suggest you add the term, ‘reviews’. For example, if you were searching the term, AdultFriendFinder then just add reviews to it so that your entire search is ‘Adultfriendfinder reviews’. This search will then render review sites that can give you a rundown of what other people have experienced. Most dating review sites these days have incorporated functionality that allows past members to add reviews. This is great for crowd sourcing the latest information on that given site.
2. Look for, ‘Powered by’ on the bottom line of the site – These days many sites are white label dating sites meaning that they are not the original site but run off a dating network that may in fact have millions of members. TIP: Look for a brand that has lots of matches in searches and also had video reviews on YouTube. YouTube video dating reviews are easy to tell if they are paid endorsements from webmasters just trying to make a commission or if in fact they are real people who want to share honest reviews. White label dating sites are not always bad but it depends on the main flagship dating site that the white label dating site is a part of. More info on that below with specific names of the best white label dating sites.
3. Browse current members – If you can access current members without first signing up that is a great way to determine how active the members are which is often a gauge of the quality of that website.
If you follow these tips you can avoid most pitfalls with online dating scams and spend more time meeting quality singles. Online dating has it’s pitfalls but it also plenty of benefits to outweigh the hassles and risks.