WEB Anyone have any experience running a dating membership site?

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  1. macrochap

    macrochap New Member

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    I started a niche dating site and its free right now. Im wondering what % of free members will buy a membership when I start to charge money.

    Ive heard as low as 4% and as high as 20%.
    Anyone have any experience with dating sites and what the standard number of members who buy is?

    thanks
     
  2. thomor25

    thomor25 I make money online....

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    they are there cause its free, unless they are constantly getting hooked up they won't pay.
     
  3. JesterFX

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    Keep it free, or even "pay" them with intensives or something to get even more. Make your money off referrals to paid sites.

    Or do like marcus (plenty of fish) and just earn using adsense. Seems to be doing ok for him ;)
     
  4. Phasm

    Phasm OT Supporter

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    word. Freemium is where it's at, what other reason do they have to stay at your site with all of the other dating sites available
     
  5. macrochap

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    My site is microniched so the traffic is small but valuable. and more adult so i cant use adsense on my site.
    I dont want to send my members to build someone elses site. I want to keep them on mine and make money with membership fees and selling products (weight loss, viagra, etc)
     
  6. hank85

    hank85 sudo shred /dev/sda -f -v -z --iterations=6

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    Read that INC issue too. Can't believe the luck the guy ran into.




    What do you offer that's worth paying for that other sites don't.

    That's the number 1 question you should ask yourself before you want to charge for membership no matter what service you offer.

    Secondly, like JesterFX said, I've heard of people having a lot of success with PPC campaigns in dating sites, the demographic you're targeting tends to be quite click happy. Even though Adsense has already been ruled out by default there are quite a few networks that will be more than happy to take your traffic.
     
  7. macrochap

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    for every Plenty of Fish guy there's 200,000 who tried and failed.
     
  8. hank85

    hank85 sudo shred /dev/sda -f -v -z --iterations=6

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    50,000 failed. 150,000 you just don't hear about that end up supplementing whatever income they already have.
     
  9. kingtoad

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    biwoaukaadsfadsfan made a pretty awesome dating site. Should hit him up.
     

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