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Bonny Albo

Are Niche Dating Sites Getting Too Specific?

By May 22, 2014

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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?

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May 17, 2011 at 9:36 am
(1) Shawn says:

There are tons of niche sites out there but I have found a lot of times the dating sites that say they cater to specific niches such as the one you mentioned “Millionaire Cougars” depend alot on auto-fill which pulls from several different affiliate websites. This makes the niche site look more “full” but at the same time cuts down on the quality of matches in that specific niche. The best site I personally have come across that features mostly high-quality dating sites is Passion Friends at http://www.passionfriends.com

I have met quite a few quality singles there

June 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm
(2) Rob says:

Hey Bonnie,

I think that there is a good market out there for niche dating sites. The people from Successful Match have been doing it for over 11 years with some 30 or so different niches. They too have a bunch of affiliates promoting their sites, bringing tons of new members in all the time. It’s amazing the variety of different niche dating sites there are.

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