If you’re single and lonely, sometimes you wish you could just surround yourself with as many people as possible. With the ever-intensifying phenomenon of online dating, you can make those dreams come true, even if you have to do it in cyberspace instead of the local watering hole. Because you’re trying to get back out there, we’ve decided to list the most popular dating sites for your convenience. Based on their Alexa ranking—which calculates members’ viewing information through an optional toolbar available for the three most popular web browsers—we’ve brought the most visited dating websites to you. We’ve also included either their active membership base (where available) or the number of total registered users, which usually includes all people who have ever used the site. Hopefully these stats will encourage you to get back out there and meet some new people… before you run out of tissue.
Alexa Ranking: 1,925
Because we wanted some international flavor, we included sites outside of the US. Like a rocket from Russia, Mamba has been keeping single Soviets in good company, eventually growing to include former Soviet countries and world-wide membership. A free service that only requires a phone number to visit other profiles, Mamba proves that the cold war is definitely over—and things are heating up!
Users: 50,000,000 registered
Alexa Ranking: 777
“The Romantic Social Network,” Zoosk uses fun and quirky interaction to foster a youthful membership base. For a nominal fee, members can search local singles quickly and send them messages and flirts. The site is also powered by multimedia games which can “boost” your rating in membership searches. The lighthearted interaction works perfectly with their Facebook integration, creating a fun outlet for people looking for romance.
Alexa Ranking: 692
Similar to POF, OKCupid offers the bulk of its services to its members for free, allowing them to message, chat and browse as much as they’d like without paying anything. Using member-generated quiz questions, the site compares your answers with the answers provided by other local singles in an attempt to find high-percentage matches. For an additional fee, members can search other people’s profiles anonymously and remove site advertisements.
Users: 96,000,000 registered
Alexa Ranking: 359
One of the oldest and most widely recognized names in online dating, Match.com also benefits from its availability in 25 different countries, including the US. It’s obviously attracted more than its fair share of users since its launch in 1995. Straight forward interaction and a gigantic user base make Match.com a great place to search for romance online, even providing matches for you instead of making you wade through profile after profile.
Users: 40,000,000 registered
Alexa Ranking: 301
The site that brought the “freemium” business model to the online dating world, PlentyofFish has been gaining ground in the dating scene for over a decade now. Not bad for something that came out of Canada. Using their huge user base to generate interest from advertisers, PlentyofFish offers a wide variety of mostly-free services to its users. You can pay for certain services, like stats on when someone visited your page, but you’ll have plenty of access to tons of singles with POF either way.