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.
Number of Total Registered Users: 66,000,000
Alexa Ranking: 3,189
eHarmony began in Santa Monica in 2000 and prides itself as the dating website to go to for ‘serious, lasting relationships’ and marriage. The dating website uses a detailed questionnaire and compatibility matching system that is based on 29 key dimensions of compatibility like character, intellect and values, to match users to potential partners. Users cannot even browse pictures or profile, they have to wait to be matched after answering the 400 questions.
eHarmony is definitely not one of the dating websites that make it easy for a quick date at the weekend. Four percent of marriages in the U.S. have happened because of eHarmony so it has to be doing something right. Everyday users will be sent match suggestions to their eHarmony inbox and their email, based on levels of compatibility. For their services, they charge $26.95 per month.
Number of Total Registered Users: 10,000,000
Alexa Ranking: 417
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. Mobile apps for iOS and Android help you take your search with you on the go, and stay in touch with people you plan to meet.
Number of Total Registered Users: 50,000,000
Alexa Ranking: 1,226
Zoosk was launched in 2007, available in 25 languages and in 80 countries. “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. The verified photos and accounts keep catfishing to a minimum.
Zoosk is one of the dating websites that is best for casual dating or just meeting new people as opposed to finding a serious, long-term relationship. Also, the majority of Zoosk’s users are either in their teens or twenties. The downside is that you have to pay a membership fee: $12.49/mo for six months, $19.98/mo for three months, $29.95/mo for one month.
Number of Total Registered Users: 150,000,000
Alexa Ranking: 394
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.
Plenty of Fish work by first asking users to take a special Relationship Chemistry Predictor test which measures self-confidence, family-orientation, self-control, social dependency and how laidback the person is. From the results, people are matched with those they are most compatible with. A major bonus is that people can do all of this for free so it’s a great place for people who are new to online dating and just want to try it out.
Number of Total Registered Users: 190,000,000
Alexa Ranking: 500
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. Straightforward 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.
The company claims that its site has led to more dates, relationships and marriages than any other dating site. With over 1.8 million subscribers, there is someone for everyone, as long as you’re patient enough to trawl through the profiles you’re matched with. Match.com also had microsites for gay and lesbian dating, Asian dating, Christian dating and Polish dating. The people behind Match.com also arrange singles events and online dating advice. However, users will have to pay $17.99 per month for a 6-month membership.
Online dating websites have become so popular in recent years. Almost half of all single people are now using dating websites to find love or at least a hookup. The idea of it is no longer embarrassing, people are openly joining them. However, there are so many options, we hope these top 5 dating websites will help.
If you’ve just broken up with your ex and looking for the next partner, you’ll definitely relate to our article on Reasons for Joining Online Dating Sites Post-Breakup. If you’re new to online dating and need some reassurance on whether it’s the right move, take a look at our Top 5 Reasons why Online Dating is Your Hot Ticket to the Alter.