Over the past several years the online dating landscape changed dramatically - in a large part due to the proliferation of free dating sites for every region, area of interest, and type of relationship sought. These offerings have been carefully chosen from the tens of thousands of options currently available. The number of members, features, what makes them different than everyone else and the target markets they serve have all been taken into account. And when you're ready to meet someone, we've got some cheap and free date ideas as well to help you connect with style, inexpensively.
A mix of social networking, compatibility-testing and online dating, OkCupid is unusual in that it allows its members to create the matching questions already pre-determined at sites like eHarmony or Chemistry. Additionally, users can contact anyone on the system whether or not you are matched well as an Enemy, Friend or Partner, and the company boasts a huge, active membership base. If quirky, unusual or alternative relationships are what you're after, or if you're just tired of paying for a elsewhere, OkCupid is the site for you. **Winner Best Free Dating Site 2011, Readers' Choice Awards** Note: Some non-essential features, such as seeing who has Starred you, are now pay-per-use only..
A review of the top free dating sites would be odd if it lacked POF (as it is known to its users). Considered to be the first successful free dating site model on the Internet, Owner Markus Friend still runs the organization by himself even though his user base outnumbers most of the pay-per-use websites around the world. The amount of people using Plenty of Fish (which includes heavily-trafficked forums, compatibility questionnaires and the very popular Who's Seen Me button) is astronomical in its sheer ability to connect with users around the globe looking for friendship, love, and anything else in between. Note: As of Dec 2010, some non-essential features at POF are no longer free.
Date Hookup quickly rose up the Hitwise top dating site charts as a free dating site to contend with. Straightforward without a lot of features or hullabuloo, Date Hookup offers another viable free dating site alternative for those looking for something a bit more casual than traditional dating. **As of mid-2014, Date Hookup was tied with OkCupid for the top honors on this list by readers of About.com, with 3/5 stars.
Like Plenty of Fish, Mingle2 offers its users free dating services by posting ads all over the site. More than once I've clicked on a link that I thought would show me something about my profile but instead took me offsite. Other than this minor annoyance, Mingle2 offers all the standard dating site features along with some social networking options and a busy community area.