5 Reasons To Add PlentyofFish To Your Online Dating Strategy
If you dabble in online dating like myself, you’ll want to add Plentyoffish to your toolbox. If you believe the hype, POF boasts 40 million registered users, making it the largest online dating site on the planet, far eclipsing Match.com and eHarmony. Those numbers make it a nice pool of potential partners for you to connect with.
POF is a fairly standard online dating platform, with several notable differences. You can use these differences to your advantage…
At the core of this is the ability to search and email as many members as you like at no charge. Thus, I can find a chick on POF, message her, set up a date, and close the deal without any money going to POF at all. Brilliant. Even if you upgrade to get the premium features, the cost is a mere $11.80 per month for 3 months, which is dirt cheap. Match.com currently costs $34.99 for a 1 month subscription.
I’ll save the compare and contrast between the two platforms for another day, but let’s just say POF has fewer high-tech features and a more “diverse” community. It’s also loaded with ads, giving it a grimier look and feel.
I created a profile, loaded a couple of pictures from my Facebook account, and was up and and running in less than 10’. I’ve created Match.com profiles before and have spent between 30 – 60’ setting them ready. Match.com members are picky about profiles and POF users are less so.
The cool thing about POF is it’s all about your initial pictures and your messaging and not as much about your profile. If you’re good at email game and you have kickass pics, you can score dates.
A feature I like about the mobile app is the ability to see members who are nearby and send them a message. This is a nice way to create insta-dates. She’s 1 mile away? Let’s meet for a cocktail and chat. Besides that, the mobile app contains all of the major features of the website, and in fact 40% of POF users interact via the mobile app.
It’s worth nothing the Match.com mobile app is only available to paid members.
POF has a massive, highly trafficked forum for discussing all things dating, relationships, and sex. In the sex forum, anything goes. Can you imagine eHarmony sponsoring a forum where you can ask about tips for dating a tranny?? I really like the Profile Reviews section. Just post a link to your profile and ask for a review and you’ll get tons. This helps you optimize your profile.
This means you can filter out and never receive messages from certain members, such as outside of your age range or same sex. Women use this feature extensively. Example: women looking for relationships will filter out messages from men looking for intimate encounters, smokers, and drug users. Very nice. This cuts down on spam. No, there is no mail filter for fat chicks but I wish there was.
POF isn’t the be-all and end-all of dating communities, but it’s a great free option and another channel for scoring more dates. Check it out when you get a chance.
About Lance Lance is a tech geek by day, social artist and fitness enthusiast by night. He specializes in relationships in real life situations, such as workplace and in business, and his goal is to create high value social circles filled with opportunity. For more on his dating and relationship perspective, check out his blog honeyandlance.com