As experts in online dating profiles, profile pictures and dating messages, we’re often asked for our thoughts about which online dating site is ‘best’. And given that we’re friendly, helpful guys and gals with a closet full of opinions about our experiences online, we’re always happy to help out.
It of course makes sense that if you’ve enlisted Pen My Profile to help write your dating profile, you’ll be keen to make sure it’s showcased on the best site. (And avoids any responses as per The Slap above!) Why groom your prize filly then parade it around the local park? Why wear your Sunday best then go down the chippy? *And other similarly laboured metaphors*
So, yes, we’re always keen to help. But the fact it is really is as simple as working out what you want from your online adventure and making sure the site you’re on caters for that.
Here’s our run down of our top four sites and (in our humble opinion) the average user of said site:
eHarmony – For those that like to think there’s science behind dating and for that reason, a favourite with men and women in ‘sensible’ jobs, looking for a drama-free experience
Match.com – Online dating’s bubble and squeak – everything out the fridge thrown in one pan. Some are only after one thing, some are desperate for babies; but most are nice, normal people looking for a relationship.
Plenty of Fish – Tesco Value bubble and squeak. Of course, as a free site, POF attracts plenty of pond scum as well as charming fish. Our experience has shown that POF has the highest percentage of ‘online players’ who just want a hook up. But if you’ve time to sift through the chaff, the sheer numbers involved means your chances of finding a date are increased.
My Single Friend – A favourite of the under-40s, MSF can be creditted with making online dating feel like ‘met through mates’ – it normalised the process. Hooray! In our experience, a site full of nice, fun people genuinely up for dating and relationships. However, a word of warning – think carefully about what your mate’s said about you and how it portrays you. It’s what potential daters will read first, so don’t be afraid to asked your mate for amends! Just as a side note, if you plump for our Full Works package, we’ll take a look at your friend’s section for free. Go us.
And if you don’t really fancy any of the above? Our advice would be to go niche! There might be less daters on there, but one that’s worth it is better than ten unsuitables in your inbox. Try one of our favourites – Singles Warehouse, which is a great alternative to free sites like POF and full of great dates. If you’re into fun for one night, go for My Fun Buddy. Religious? Find a site specific to your beliefs. Hey, there’s even sites for interests as niche as VW lovers!