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Top Free Dating Sites


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 free dating sites have been carefully chosen from the thousands of free dating sites current 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 an unusual free dating site in that it allows its members to create the matching questions already pre-determined at sites like eHarmony or Chemistry. Additionally, the free dating site users can contact anyone on the system whether or not you are matched well as an Enemy, Friend or Partner. If quirky, unusual or alternative relationships are what you're after, OkCupid is the free dating site for you. **Winner Best Free Dating Site 2011, Readers' Choice Awards**

Casual Kiss

Free Dating Site Casual Kiss
Casual Kiss
A long-time personal favorite, Casual Kiss is now offering free dating site memberships again. With its unique and rich features, large international user base and social networking applications, Casual Kiss is an excellent free dating site choice for the younger set as most members are under the age of 40, with a strong concentration in the under 25 age range.

Plenty of Fish

Free Dating Site Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish

A review of the top free dating sites would be odd if it lacked POF (as it is known to its users), as it is 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 in North America. The amount of people using Plenty of Fish's free dating site (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.


Mingle2 Free Dating Site
NextC, LLC

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.


Alikewise, LLC.
What if you could meet like-minded book lovers who were single, looking, and wanting to debate their reading choices with you? That's the premise of Alikewise, and although it has the lowest number of members (by far) out of any free dating site on this list, its new approach and unassuming layout make it a standout site in my opinion. No fees whatsoever, and I didn't see an ad anywhere on the site either when I visited.

Date Hookup

Date Hookup - Free Dating Site - Dating Site Review
Date Hookup

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-2011, readers have reviewed Date Hookup the highest on this list with 3.5/5 stars**

Connecting Singles

Free Dating Site Connecting Singles
Connecting Singles
Free dating abounds at Connecting Singles, which is geared towards US-based users. Forums, email, local event listings and chat are all free here for singles seeking friendship or love. A straightforward, fun, and relatively well-populated free dating site.

Book of Matches

Free Dating Site Book of Matches
Book of Matches
Book of Matches, or BoM as the site prefers to be called, offers a low-tech free dating site full of options such as forums, friends lists, and live chat. Some of Book of Matches' free dating features keep the larger user base growing constantly, such as scrap booking and blog tagging. Book of Matches is not just a free dating site however; it also offers social networking options for those who'd rather stay in touch with their friends online.
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