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Bonny Albo

Pay To Be Serious At Plenty Of Fish

By March 9, 2009

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I've had a handful of emails over the past few days asking me to remove Plenty of Fish from the top free dating sites list. Why? Because owner Markus Frind has decided to start offering a new paid feature on the site, one that signals 'intent' and 'seriousness' to other users.

Essentially, anyone (if they can find the page that outlines the new feature) can sign up for a Serious Member badge, which is housed on the paid member's profile. It also highlights Serious Members in yellow throughout all search results, so that other singles can quickly identify one's intentions. Fees for the service range from $5.95 a month when purchased as a year-long package to almost $10 a month as a three month package.

Will this feature be heavily adopted? Only time will tell. But like many other online trust signaling mechanisms, it'll require a larger body of users to work. Frind predicts that male users will receive nine times the amount of first contact emails from women, and women will in turn get 40% more first contacts themselves. Again, only time will tell.

But does this mean that POF is no longer a free dating site? In my opinion, no. Unpaid members still have full access to the site, and paying doesn't give them any extra features, just some yet-to-be-proven benefits. But it won't take much for this model to turn into a paid dating site, I'll readily admit that. And once that happens, I'll gladly take Plenty of Fish off the freebie list.

Related: How Do I Close My Account at Plenty of Fish?

March 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(1) Jane Wonder says:

I think this is an awful idea on the part of Plenty of Fish. The entire premise of the site has always been that online dating sites should be free. How can you then say the people who won’t pay for a service aren’t “serious”? It goes against the very tenets the site was built on. And were I still listed on Plenty of Fish, I would yank my membership entirely because of this new “feature”. Their free competitors will probably see even more usage when people like myself migrate away.

If they need to raise money, then just be honest. But don’t label some of your users are more serious than other just based on how deep their pockets are.

March 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm
(2) Bertil says:

I totally aggree.Some people are doing it so tough finacially, that once all the bills even just for basic utilities, and food, there really is no money left.Or do people in such dire straights, decide they will starve?
and then you may find that special someone,try to make love, when the time comes, then are too weak and tired to be able to ‘perform’for want of a more erotic/romantic word,then fail to orgasm, then ‘your’ new partner accuses you that
‘I don’t turn you on!’
That’s how it’s been for me,last Friday evening!She then accused me of lying, pretending to be attracted to her,but not genuinly so.I tried to explain,I started to feel like she was expecting me to be her psycologist, sex god,all-knowing, father figure,& God knows what else.It started out as fun , then felt like hard work.
So I guess only the relativly rich can afford to have any real chance to make a reasonably well imformed descion on who they are most compatible with and the other way ’round, too.
So if you aren’t loaded with money, either just settle for one of the much smaller choice of available women, you can find, or exist like a monk.Iam now at the stage(yet again) where I feel like reversing that famous quote, I think it was women’s libber Betty Freidan,to say”A man needs a woman like a fish needs a bicycle!” And then so many anti-drug, anti porn, campainers, wonder why some people prefer mood enhancing drugs and /or porn pictures,to real live partner!

March 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm
(3) casualencounters.com/blog/ says:

I are serious dater! I are have serious badge!

March 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm
(4) Bertil says:

What exactly are you saying?

March 10, 2009 at 11:05 pm
(5) Jenna says:

The point is that Frind advertises POF as ’100% FREE SITE’ and it is not. He’s built his reputation and that of POF on this whole ’100% FREE SITE’ claim. He’s become famous for it, in fact, and, in the process, rich (or so he brags in every interview and blog post). None of his excuses for charging any fees hold water. Not only that, but he himself has criticized sites that charge money. He’s a guy who can write good code and market himself, but he’s making a lot of big mistakes with this move. People figure he’s trying to squeeze some more revenue out of POF so he can sell it. After all, he’s admitted he’s tired.

March 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm
(6) Ezdate123 says:

I was totally shocked when I heard that Markus offered a pay feature in his website…If you read what he says about pay sites you will understand my amazement…He is following the path of all the others as I see it. Start out free and when you build up a database then start charging. I am Mike Stevens owner of Ezdate123. I really admired Markus and backed him 100%… Now I am stopped in my tracks and wonder why he is doing this…If he has a very good reason then I can understand. Markus makes enough revenue from ads to surely keep the website totally free. I am just bewildered as to why he chose this new feature especially after saying how he hates faceless corporations that charge members to use their websites….
I plan on keeping ezdate123 free. I beleive you are only as good as your word….I plan on keeping my word….Mike/ezdate123

March 14, 2009 at 7:48 pm
(7) Mosat says:

Don’t be conned. Plentyoffish.com is assigning those badges to profiles (only women that I know of so far) that didn’t ask for or pay for them. Some I talked to simply found them on their profile without being asked. Several women that I communicated with said they didn’t want them, when approached by Big Fish (presumably the site owner), and had them placed on their profile anyway. Emails to the site operators to remove them were met with silence.

It seems that PoF is trying to drum up business, particularly from males, by giving away these badges. I find that to be fraudulent as it is intended to be a filter: only those who are serious about finding someone would pay. “If you want others to know you are serious and you’ve put real effort into finding someone then you should get your serious member profile upgrade. Take a look at some of the screen shots below. Think about it, do you take people more seriously if they have paid for something?” http://www.plentyoffish.com/seriousintro.aspx

I’m trying to get my money back but they are ignoring me so far.

March 15, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(8) Lisa says:

I will never use this site again.
I met a child dex offender on there and that was it for me.

March 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm
(9) Tasor says:

Here is PoF’s response regarding my complaint about the women with the gold seal not having paid: “Free upgrades were awarded to random members chosen by the system that have proven to show regular activity on the site and good behavior. Users that we would consider to be Serious Members. Those that are not in agreeance with the label email us and we promptly remove the status from their profile. You can rest assured that after two weeks time, those users that do not see themselves as Serious Members are likely to have contacted customer service and downgraded their status, leaving you with a more defined idea as to who is serious about dating.”

March 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm
(10) Tasor says:

I showed PoF’s response to one of the women with the “Serious Member” who didn’t ask for it (and who has been trying to get it removed for a week) and she said “Wow what a bold faced lie.”

March 24, 2009 at 2:03 am
(11) msbrazil says:

it is free basically wow,americans complain about everything,its just seperating it for the people that are more serious.hes not charging you anything!

March 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm
(12) linka778 says:

I know what you mean, in my opinion POF is making enough money, he doesn’t have to charge people any more. There are lot of free sites out there who don’t make even close to what he is making and they still keep their services free, i never liked POF site, not the way it looks not anything else about it, the only reason people go to him cause its free but as far as features he offers, i don’t think its worth paying..In this time of recession i really think people shouldn’t pay any more than they have to..

March 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm
(13) Alex says:

About PoF, I believe Marcus just became greedy and he is looking for ways to increase revenue. Before this he was charging for virtual gifts and apparently it did not work out. I also heard he wants to buy a paying site, I guess to conquer the dating world and as he said “i’m loosing millions of dollars by referring people to paying dating sites”, so now he wants to refer them to his own paying site I guess….

April 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm
(14) Angry man says:

IMHO that site should be taken offline. It discriminates by looks. Those who discriminate by looks end up with sex offenders, wife beaters, and other scum of the earth because all the nice people don’t meet the extreme looks requirement. People, please lower your standards and go out with the nice people rather than the “good looking” people because your life will be in a lot less danger that way.

April 16, 2009 at 8:18 am
(15) Gail M says:

The reason why this man started this business was to prove that he could code. His intent was not to start a dating service! Read every interview he has given. He was lucky, he made an ugly site, attracted millions and bragged about doing it single handedly. I have seen what happens to people on the site, in the forum and he does not control it. It is run by volunteers (correct me if I am wrong) Now he wants to buy a paid site as that is how he has been making his money..by advertising paid sites on his site and getting paid when people click on his adsense ads. You get what you pay for or don’t pay for in this case. Scammers and spammers haunt the site looking for singles that they can swindle. You had a good run, I think it is time to admit those days are over

April 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(16) IM Man says:

Also, the IM feature at pof is permanently discontinued. I used the IM feature all of the time.

May 1, 2009 at 5:57 am
(17) Yonker says:

I think POF has “jumped the shark.” Question is, where’s the next hot place for internet singles going to be?

May 26, 2009 at 1:59 am
(18) Anonymous says:

I noticed the “upgrade” link at the top of my profile, and was curious. I took the personality quiz. I have a problem with these tests. Every one I’ve seen is inherently flawed. They’re always scored on a sliding basis (like 1-4 or 1-5, strongly agree to strongly disagree). When there’s a question of “I sometimes lie to accomplish a goal” (or something of that sort), what is the right answer? I don’t want to look like a liar. Sometimes people lie. “No officer, I wasn’t speeding.” or “No honey, that dress doesn’t make you look fat”. So sure, sometimes people lie. But answering positively to it indicates that I’d be willing to lie about almost anything. “No honey, I haven’t been sleeping with my secretary.”

So, with the inherent flaws in this kind of test, I answered the best I could. I was honest. I received the message:

“Thanks for requesting the “Serious Member” designation for your profile. Part of that process was completion of a special questionnaire that gauges the consistency between your stated intention as a serious dater and the relationship attitudes and behaviors you seem to hold.
The results of that questionnaire indicate that you come across, at least partly, as inconsistent in what you say and what you might do in a dating relationship. We ask you to think about your agenda or motivation for using online dating and to decide whether a “Serious Member” seal is right for you at this time or whether that type of message on your profile might lead to misunderstandings with daters looking for a relationship thatís definitely serious or committed.”

I hit “back” and tried again. I gave the best possible answers for me to be the best guy in the world. It gave me the same answer. I adjusted it for a bunch of variables, and still got the same answer.

I guess I’m not a good dater. Or maybe I’m a real honest person, and maybe I’m a little weird, which is why eHarmony won’t touch me with a 10 foot pole.

Best of luck to them. People don’t like being called liars, including myself, so this is likely to offend some people.

June 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(19) al s. says:

thanx bonnie.i left 1 fun little site recently because they started selling ‘lunch money’,money which was used to buy small,fictional things on the site.it got to the point where the people actually paying real money 4 their ‘lunch money’ were dominating the site and ruing the fun the site was sopposed to be set up for in the first place.can you recommend any other clean dating sites?

June 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm
(20) al s says:

hey bonnie.its me again.just checked another forum supporting markus.if he is making so much money in advertising why does he need my small change to be a serious member.if you are a serious member just say in your profile,’i am serious’!i know why its called plenty of fish now because something fishy is definately going on here!!!

June 2, 2009 at 11:47 pm
(21) BJ says:

I recently looked into another site – supposedly NOT a dating site. I found that for payment @$1.00 one could be a premium member. Now, that sets up a situation where a premium member may e-mail or wink at me but I cannot respond unless I sign on as a premium member. That’s stupid and frustrating.

June 3, 2009 at 8:44 am
(22) al s. says:

and how do ya know the person that winked at you is real?it could be someone on the payroll just drawing you in?

June 8, 2009 at 7:02 pm
(23) Patster777@ntlworld.kom says:

I too have had my fingers burned at pof.
I’m a decent bloke, fairly good looking, training for a steady career as a sparky, but all I get is weirdos, scammers, & timewasters contacting me.
After taking my lips off the barrel of a loaded gun for a moment, I was starting to wonder, if this site is set up to push people into the clutches of 1 of the advertised paid for sites on pof, because at the end of the day, I’m a decent guy, & surely I would be able to find my soulmate, if she was there! My damn screen name is Decent_Guy77 for crying out loud, that should give a hint.
POF stands for plenty of fraudsters!
Anyone know of a real, & honest site?
If any ladies are reading this, & want to get in touch, please feel free! Email me at patster777@ntlworld.c om
Cheers for reading, hope my info may help someone!

June 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm
(24) cafecup says:

in reading ALL of these comments and some elsewhere, i’m not reading anything different about the overall experiences of POF than for other sites. NO personals site is without its problems, without its glitches, without insincere players. it would be virtually impossible for any site host to completely verify its members, paid or not. i and many friends have, in the last three years, found little overall difference in the “quality” of people i’ve met, friended, dated, whatever, on a variety of sites, excepting those that are for ‘adult fun’ only.

there is an ‘art’ to the use of internet personals, just as there was to the old alternative newspaper kinda personals…and it will take most people time to adapt to that.

finding compatible people to meet, date, and possibly partner with has never been easy…and gets less so as we get older. the novelty of POF is in being able to contact people free of charge. it is not POF’s job to screen for truth. that is a daily risk we take, no matter how and when and where we meet people.

i have yet to find a site that doesn’t have mail problems, access problems, delayed blog/forum posting, inequitable censoring, and more. integration of services across many platforms and host sites is tricky…and pleasing a wide variety of people who have hopeful expectations that span a vast chunk of land and lifestyles and interests and other individual features, makes it tougher.

i’ve met, via many online personals sites, short stocky lumberjacks and tall athletic professionals, dumpy professionals and average joe 9 to fivers. some were nice, some were not, some were players, others were serious but not for me, some are still friends, and one turned into a long term relationship, and others had some pretty wild expectations. of course, my expectations are reasonable…or at least *i* think so…

June 8, 2009 at 9:49 pm
(25) al s. says:

hey bonnie.i think ive been kicked off pof.i told a couple of ladies i was thinking of leavin the site and wala,i cant get on it!within 12 hrs.!lol!thats ok.you can find me on the cupid thing!!!!!

June 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm
(26) Louche says:

Okay, people. Stop complaining. For totally free, I found someone special on POF my first search. I’m pretty happy about it. People complain if they don’t succeed personally….. If people are being charged for serious member status, it’s probably because lots of people complain about every little thing… and lots of people (I’ve seen them) complained about the fact that there were plenty of not-so-serious fish on POF. It’s because people like ye here complain about nothing that crap like this happens in the first place. If you don’t like POF personally, then move on. I do. It worked brilliantly for me without stealing my money, and it still does.

June 9, 2009 at 12:13 am
(27) carol willment says:

freebies….i love em…and upgraded myself to a V.I.P. (only chance of ever being one) but the site is nowhere near as good now that the IM feature has disappeared

June 15, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(28) Seattle Freeze says:

You CAN be a ‘serious member’ on POF with all the benefits as someone who pays even if you don’t pay…it depends on how long you’ve had your profile up and how many times you log in.
Trust me.

The point should be though…is that if you’re going to an ONLINE dating site…be aware that you’re going to have to wade through the crap to find someone worthwhile.

July 28, 2009 at 11:00 am
(29) RandomVeteran says:

Ask Markus about how much he hates RandomVeteran.

Had 6 years on there, never met anyone.

September 1, 2009 at 10:42 am
(30) Random lady says:

I have been a member of the site for a while, and I used to go on the site last year , I stopped going on the site for around 6 months intill a few days ago. I uploaded my photos again filled the boxes in, logged out. Came back on some while later, and I was a ‘ Serious member’ I have no idea why I am one, I have not payed for this, I have been tried emailing to ask the admin , but herd nothing. I dont want to be a ‘serious member’ I have no way of taking it off, I cant even find out how much it is to pay for this feature. :—((

November 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm
(31) how-2-date says:

In my opinion I think dating site should charge fair to keep members happy on the site and enabling members meet their possible dates.

December 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm
(32) Sara says:

PLEASE… I can’t believe the “bashing” POF is getting off simply adding a paid feature to the site. If you are one of the “bashers” … this is for YOU.

First… it is STILL 100% FREE to have a profile, email people, take the relationship profiles, post photos, post events, etc.

The only thing they have done is made it possible to get more ATTENTION, and for a nominal price. It’s not like they all of a sudden started charging for email or photos.

It’s no different than if you offered a free buffet in a restaurant, and then had a preferred seating area that people paid to get a seat in.

It doesn’t make the food any less free.

I suspect that the people complaining are just cheapskates and feel slightly guilty about it.


This guy has invested a HUGE amount of his time and money building a site to allow all of YOU to find the love of your life (or whatever you are looking for – WHAT IS THAT WORTH TO YOU?) and instead of saying THANK YOU, you are griping becuase he wants to make a little money?

He deserves to make a decent profit and if he can do that by adding a competely OPTIONAL feature.. good for him.

And maybe your greedy, uncharitable, entitled attitude is why you are still single.

December 25, 2009 at 2:39 am
(33) Santosh Shetty says:

POF Was using userplane chat which was free before, now since they have made it paid, POF is charging for this by saying Serious Members :)

January 27, 2010 at 2:14 am
(34) anonymous says:

Now I’ve got POF hassling me to enter my income bracket or be crippled. Required for matching.. bullshit .. it’s obviously for advertising. I resent being threatened.

The tacky logoff ad on how to get women is very tasteless… I’m getting the idea Markus is lacking in class.

Sorry to see the start of the end…. but maybe he never had any vision in the first place?

Maybe I’m just pissed off at the user manipulation.

grrr… I guess Google is doing the same thing.. they’re just being smarter about hiding it.

February 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(35) Nick Langster says:

Look, Markus Frind’s dating site is full of moderators that randomly read/delete your incoming/outgoing emails. Invasion of privacy is putting it lightly. Since you have no rights whatsoever on that site, it’s best to look elsewhere.

The latest thrill is the site asking for your income bracket with a veiled threat that if you don’t, you won’t be listed in any of their top matches, top rows etc.

Quality wise, my geographic area search is full of mostly women that are aptly named ‘chat whores’. Those that simply enjoy chatting online with no intention of going out on dates. Some that do go on dates have something that may be a serious turnoff for you: either the bottom of barrel member of society, unkempt, man-hater, obese and/or unattractive. Just because they display a picture on their profile doesn’t give you the real truth about her complexion.

Now, having said that I have managed to go on some semi-memorable dates/repeat dates, had a good time but those experiences are far and few between. I would not look at Pof as a long-term venture, just a potential fun in the sun venue.

I’ve decided I’m better off meeting women at the grocery store etc, which has happened before so anything is possible. If you are good looking/attractive, educated and a good outlook on life, try out another fishing hole. Pof for the most part, is full of carp.

March 15, 2010 at 12:32 am
(36) Bob says:

Markus Frind, has a serious problem. Perhaps he is a man who has two faces. Mr. Frind’s Plenty of Fish site is open to all sexuality. However it is also directly connected with a 100 percent heterosexual site, no gay or lesbian folks allowed. Reminds me of, “E Harmony.” You can simply find it by exploring Plenty of Fish (Real Mature Singles).

I say boycott Plenty of Fish. We don’t need this type of two faced passive aggressive bigotry.


April 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(37) observer says:

So they run advertising from a heterosexual site. What’s the big deal? Aren’t heterosexual only sites allowed? All gay sites are.

May 5, 2010 at 8:57 am
(38) Chris says:

I’m a POF user, and I paid for the 3-month package. I’m happy with it, what’s $30? Most of the women I message aren’t even Serious User status, so don’t think that because you don’t want to/can’t pay for a badge that you’re not going to get any contacts. I don’t think you even get elevated in the matches ratings. I posed as a woman and performed a very specific search just to see how I stack up against other dudes and didn’t see myself in results until the third page.

And I really get annoyed with people who think online dating should be free. Do the designers and developers work for free? Are the domain name registrars and hosting free? Do the people that work customers service and perform daily maintenance work for free? Would you find something that you would like to make money doing and then give it away?

Even if you don’t pay you still get the same features and treatment, I consider it more of a donation to a great site than a paid subscription.

October 18, 2010 at 10:10 am
(39) Jim Thomas says:

Hello Everyone,

I have had a profile on POF for quite a while. In September of this year I decided to upgrade my membership to a premium membership. At this time i did this. A couple of weeks later the FEATURED USER box above my in box stopped working on a regular basis. A couple of weeks later this feature stopped working completely.
I sent an e-mail to the creator of POF on Friday explaining about this problem that I was having and he sent me a message back that I had broken rules on POF and that if i did this again my profile would be deleted with out warning and i would be banned from POF forever.
There were a few reasons on this e-mail that he sent to me that i could have done to merit this e-mail that he sent to me. But I had not committed any of these infractions.
The site wants me to upgrade my membership again, but i am on an automatic membership and when my premium membership comes due again POF is going to bill my credit card for these charges.
I do not understand this at all.

December 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(40) Jo says:

This morning I could see that status of my ‘sent’ messages. Ex. ‘Read’, ‘deleted’, etc. However this evening I now have to BUY pennies to see that same information or upgrade to a paid membership. Since I DO NOT have access to this information for free, this CANNOT continue to be touted as “100 percent free”!!

December 5, 2010 at 10:21 pm
(41) william says:

It has already started. You used to be able to see if someone has read your message that you had sent them. Now it says you have to pay eight cents to “unlock” this feature. This is a cut and paste directly from the site:

To see if any user has Read or Deleted your messages you need 1 goldfish credit which works out to about 8 cents. 1 goldfish credit will unlock this feature permanently for all messages you have sent.

POF is officially no longer a freebie. And most surely this is just the beginning.

December 9, 2010 at 12:32 am
(42) Mark says:

Willam is right it is no longer free. Also you can’t buy just one fish you have to buy ten dollars worth. Oh well most of the women had two or three kids from eight or nine different fathers anyways it was like throwing hotdogs down a hallway…

June 20, 2011 at 2:19 am
(43) derekforreal says:

Upon hearing this, I am no longer interested in joining. Not because of the money. But because the owner must be a moron to think this is a good idea. The kind of person who would be attracted to me because I paid extra money is not the kind of person I want to attract anyway. OKCupid will bury POF.

July 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm
(44) habibs says:

Advertising was good enough for me to upgrade but then after I upgraded on the website I did not know that actally I will be not getting the full service I will get if I upgrade, in the other hand the website said they can’t refund my money back, that is what I call stealing my money without providing the things I expected to get from the website and without a refund from the website I did not know the website is actually unsafe to upgrade on and my username is habibs on the website.

October 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm
(45) Harry says:

POF continues to add features you pay for. Markus comment that one will get more views and contacts has not occurred. Many of the members who initially paid withdrew because it did not occur as Markus claimed. Actually it is nothing more than a gimmick that Markus is using to increase revenue. He has added other additional features which requires payment.

Mr Markus made the claim he created the site because he was upset with the other sites preying on its members. That is exactly what he is doing now, Preying the the ignorance an naive stature of many.

March 13, 2012 at 1:44 am
(46) User says:

Plentyoffish UPDATE: MARCH 2012

POF is now charging for the “WHO VIEWED Me” feature as well as many other features on its site! This is not a FREE site anymore, you can’t use all its features unless you upgrade…this is not a free site anymore!


March 24, 2012 at 11:05 am
(47) Kieth says:

Plentyoffish UPDATE; MARCH 2012

I agree with comment 46 as they WERE charging us to see “who viewed me” feature..But less than two weeks and they have withdrawn this..I wonder how many actually paid before POF realised this wasn`t viable as people were jumping out of the pond.

May 16, 2012 at 9:48 am
(48) William Hlass says:

A pay site has nothing to gain if a member meets someone. They lose a paying customer. A free site loses nothing.

June 1, 2012 at 3:38 am
(49) Ancient Noobian says:


Plenty of Fish just took away the “viewed me” feature. I’ve been a member of POF for what.. 5… 6 years now? You could see whether or not someone had read a message or just deleted it, there was no meet me feature or psychological tests. Now all these new features are appearing and old abilities are being removed and only given to paying members. Eventually its going to be “pay to message someone” just like all the others.

June 1, 2012 at 3:38 am
(50) Ancient Noobian says:


Plenty of Fish just took away the “viewed me” feature. I’ve been a member of POF for what.. 5… 6 years now? You could see whether or not someone had read a message or just deleted it, there was no meet me feature or psychological tests. Now all these new features are appearing and old abilities are being removed and only given to paying members. Eventually its going to be “pay to message someone” just like all the others.

September 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm
(51) me says:

I want to know why it screens out guys for women who don’t want to be contacted by a guy who has ever contacted a woman for intimate encounters? I want an option to screen out the women who have contacted guys who are black or someother thing i’m not cool with just saying

September 23, 2012 at 4:14 am
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February 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm
(53) shower singer says:

POF,is a little of a joke,It seems its catered to the women,there are options that are offered to the women and not the guys.They ask you to be nice to the women,don’t be rude and things,but most of the women on that site are scammers.money hustlers,escorts,rude,and full of so much crap it’s unreal.BUT Let a guy do something ill,and he;s removed and banned,and when you try to contact them to ask why,no response.Yes i threaten to leave the site several times,cause i got tired of the bs from the money hustling,game playing,drama women on his site.And guess what i picked a day i was leaving and posted it.They didn`t give me a choice,They deleted me.LoL

June 16, 2013 at 1:54 am
(54) giggles says:

Several years ago, before this paid feature was available, Markus said on his POF web site that they will NEVER charge a fee to become a member. That statement turned out to be a crock of BS. True, you can join for free, but that’s not what he said. He said you will never be charged to be a member, but now, you will be charged to be an upgraded member. And please don’t tell me his statement is still true due to your sematics BS.

July 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm
(55) Jon says:

I’m not defending POF, personally never used it until today to check it out. I assume Markus doesn’t get his hosting and bandwidth for free, so he has to pay for that. The ad model isn’t a great review generator, how many people that are complaining about how rich he’s become have clicked on an ad on POF or any site come to think of it. Even the subscription model known as freenumium basically equals out to 3% of your subscribers will actually subscribe. When I was on POF today according to the site there was 536163 users online figure 3% pay for a yearly membership and your at $1,286,791.20 a year. Plus the advertising revenue whatever that actually is. Then you have to pay for hosting, bandwidth and storage. Who knows what Marcus actually makes but I’d very much doubt he’s making a $1 million a year.

You also don’t have to use the site, there are plenty of dating sites. Membership is free there as he said it would be, seriously if its so easy and lucrative go build your own site.

December 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm
(56) Matt says:

Was on there for 3 months. Finally found someone and met. Then she was wanting me to meet her everyday, My goodness and lo and behold I had to work those days. Then she labeled me a cheater. Cant a guy work these days without being a cheater. I’ll tell all you Ladies what. I know by no means that not all of you are that shallow. But I f there’s anyone of you that will have me and I don’t have to work, Then I’ll stay home and be a house spouse. I’m not to proud. Then there’s those who talk a bit and for some reason or another stop. If you wish to not talk to me anymore please just say so. And me paying the 35 dollars sure didn’t improve my statis. I was still basically in the same boat. Will NEVER use the site again.

February 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm
(57) tim says:

Free my !!!!!!!!

May 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm
(58) nice lady says:

Do all men have to pay now?

May 10, 2014 at 9:40 am
(59) Lin says:

I belonged to POF when it first started when you would get points and then send gifts with points completely free, nice men on there. Then POF started changing things.
One day a foreign man emailed me I answered his email and politely told him I was not interested. He sent back an email full of the F word and told me I was a stupid F American B. I turned him into POF sent an email to Marcus twice no response. Instead he was placed on my top 30 matches list. They kept using my picture on the meet me feature…..finally I decided POF has become a much lower class site unfortunately I left never to return :)

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