UglySchmucks. Date For Change. Military Hotspot. Millionaire Cougar. What do these dating sites all have in common? All were submitted to About.com's dating site database in the past few months, and all provide some form of matchmaking services to a niche group of single people.
I'm amazed by the inventiveness, yet sometimes wonder if there's enough of a market to promote these kinds of hyper-specialized dating sites, especially if they aren't free. In my Online Dating How-To, I suggest signing up with at least one dating site that offers a large database of other singles, plus maybe one or two niche sites (depending on whether they're free or not). I'm not saying you want to spend $60+ a month on dating site subscriptions, but rather focus on the kinds of places that will net you the highest quality matches for whatever kind of relationship you're after. For some, that might include a host of highly targeted dating sites... but I'm curious: how many of you use these kinds of sites, and have you had any luck meeting someone from them?