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Just4ones’ Independent Guide; Pros, Cons & Membership Fees

ONLINE DATING  – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Just4one aims to show that being single needn’t mean that life can’t be good. Like anyone else, there’s lots of stuff you can do socially, financially and all other sorts of ways to make good use of your time and the opportunities around you. And who knows who you might bump into in the process!

If you view single status as a temporary thing though and plan to take steps to start looking to make some new friends or look for a partner, online dating can be a good place to start.

Something like 1 in 3 people use Internet dating sites to find their soul mates. Internet dating is big business and can be very successful in helping to bring people together as partners, or friends. But with such a huge variety of  online dating sites, everything from  Match.com the worlds biggest site through to Dead Meet ( a dating site set up for people working in the Funeral industry), to  choose from, where do you start?

Some sites are free to search and free to join, but then get you to register first, BEFORE they reveal their charges and you get to find out how much it costs to become an active member.

 

Having to hunt round for information that’s not always easy to find and finding out ‘what dating sites offer what’ can be tricky and take time. So we’ll be doing a regular and completely independent quick comparison of some of the top dating sites, their membership fees, who they’re aimed at and any special deals they have to help you choose the best site for you.

THIS WEEKS (GENUINE) ONLINE DATING OFFERS

  • E Harmony join for 3 months, get 3 months free, works out to a saving of 53% of a 6 month subscription plan.  Ends Tuesday 8th May, use code JOIN3
  • E Harmony now discounted to £9.95 a month if joining for 12 months. Normally equivalent to £12.95 pm. (12 month fee charged in one installment).  Quote Code PROMOLOVEEH
  • Now 20% off Guardian Soulmates right across all memberships; 1 month, 3 months & 6 months. Claim Here. (Now ended)

POPULAR DATING SITES (the bottom line), INSIDE TIPS, SPECIAL OFFERS & MEMBERSHIP FEES

match.com

Match.com publicise access to 7+million registered members. (That’s a lot of choice!)

Really good search facilities. Advanced search facilities let you filter your searches by almost any criteria including, age, photo, physical characteristics, last active etc. There’s also an option to upload videos and use webcam chat once you join.

INSIDE TIPS/SPECIAL OFFERS

  • No special offer or free trials at the moment.
  • Match.com list an overseas phone number for member enquiries.
  • (Unless you’ve opted out) subs are renewed 48 hours before they’re due to expire.

TYPICAL MEMBERSHIP FEES MATCH.COM

1 month £29.99
3 months £59.97  – around £19.99 a month
6 months £77.94   – around £12.99 a month

eHarmony

With no searching involved on this one, matches found for you by E Harmony are based on your answers to a detailed personality test based on ’29 Dimensions of Compatibility’. Currently advertising 3.5 million registered UK users. Aimed at men and women between 30-55 looking for serious and long term relationships.

Site includes some really good tips and advice pages available to all, (members and non-members).

INSIDE TIPS/SPECIAL OFFERS

  • Money back guarantee if you’re not happy in the first week.
  • Publicise a freephone number for member enquiries.
  • E Harmony encourage you to fill in the whole questionnaire to make the most of your membership.

TYPICAL MEMBERSHIP FEES EHARMONY

1 month   £44.95
3 months £35.95 per month – (£107.85 one off fee)
6 months £27.95 per month – (£167.70 one off fee)
12 months £12.95 per month – (£155.40 one off fee)

zoosk.com

USA based international dating site placing emphasis on your ethnicity and your location. No questionnaire, Zoosk keeps search criteria to a minimum.

INSIDE TIPS/SPECIAL OFFERS

  • No active deals available at the moment.
  • Overseas phone nos listed for support & billing enquiries.
  • Some unfavorable reviews recently

TYPICAL MEMBERSHIP FEES ZOOSK

1 month £18.95
3 months £39.95 – around £13.30 a month
6 months £59.95 – around £15.00 a month

MumsDateDads.co.uk

A dating site for single parents happy to date someone with children. MumsDateDads started up by a parent who knows from first hand experience that it can be tricky to find someone special when you have children.

UK based site with all the normal features and sister sites in Ireland, South Africa & Australia.

INSIDE TIPS/SPECIAL OFFERS

  • No special deals at the moment
  • Site includes UK based Freephone number (open 7 days a week) for members enquiries

TYPICAL MEMBERSHIP FEES MUMS DATE DADS

1 month £24.95
3 months £49.95 – around £19.99 a month
6 months £79.95 – around £13. 30 a month

SoulMates

Guardian Soulmates members can search by location, keywords, gallery photos & ‘match’. Site also tells you when someone last logged in. 160,000 registered members.

Useful site if you want a really detailed view of your perfect partner.  (The optional ‘More About Me’ feature even asks what type of books you read!).

INSIDE TIPS/SPECIAL OFFERS

  • Subscribe before 28th Feb & get a 40% discount
  • Membership enquiries routed through e mail, no contact telephone number listed.
  • Members can place a free message in Guardian or Observer papers.
  • You don’t have to be a Guardian reader to use the site!

TYPICAL MEMBERSHIP FEES GUARDIAN SOULMATES

1 month £32.00
3 months £64.00  – around £21.33 a month
6 months £96.00  – around £16.00 a month

MuddyMatches.co.uk

Looking for someone who loves the countryside and not adverse to a bit of mud?

Connecting country minded people, Muddy Matches is a rural online (and independent) dating site for single farmers, rural singles, equestrian singles and country friends

INSIDE TIPS/SPECIAL OFFERS

  • Muddy Boots optional! Includes a very funny ‘How muddy are you?’ quiz
  • UK telephone number published on site
  • Not just aimed at country minded people, – you don’t have to live in the countryside to join.

TYPICAL MEMBERSHIP FEES MUDDY MATCHES

1 month    £24.00
3 months  £45.00 -around £15.00 a month
6 months  £69.00 -around £11.55 a month
12 months £90.00-around £7.50 a month

My Single Friend Internet dating Just4one

Ever wondered what your friends think of you? If the thought of writing your own dating profile fills you with horror, My Single Friend lets a friend do it for you. Unique approach that also provides a chance to comment on your profile.

INSIDE TIPS/SPECIAL OFFERS

  • 200,000+ members.
  • Easy to find subscription info. Don’t have to go through the signing up process to find it.
  • You (or your friend) can have a quick cheeky look at  profiles before you join.
  • Auto renewal subs with option to change up to 24 hrs before renewal due.
  • Lets you sign up for a limited free period to have an initial look at up to 100 profiles, see who’s viewed you etc.

TYPICAL MEMBERSHIP FEES MY SINGLE FRIEND

1 month £28.00
3 months £54.00  – around £18.00 a month
6 months £79.98   – around £13.33 a month

Tinder internet dating just4one

Great for Facebook fans (Tinder links to your account), very fast, social media ‘swipe function’App dating, working through your smartphone.  Although Tinder has a huge number of subscribers, (>57 Million worldwide) also a good App for fans looking for local partners.

INSIDE TIPS/SPECIAL OFFERS

  • Free to join but have to pay for the premium services TinderPlus & recently TinderGold
  • App only
  • Needs access to your Facebook account to work

TYPICAL MEMBERSHIP FEES TINDER

Setting up your Tinder app free using all the added functions to get it working for you is chargeable.
UK users can buy Tinder Gold for £4.66 a month on a six-month subscription (£27.96)  or £3.50 a month when bought in advance on a 12-month subscription (£42.00)

LOOKING AT DATING SITES?  TAKE 60 SECONDS TO READ UP ON THE IMPORTANT STUFF FIRST!

  • BEWARE OF DATING SITE AUTO RENEWALS. Subscriptions are normally set up on an automatic renewal basis when you join a site, so if you DON’T want your membership renewed automatically find the ‘Opt Out’ feature as soon as you join – or before your membership is due to expire.
  • Do keep an eye out for any offers, but remember like all offers they can change
  • Beware  of online dating scammers and fake online dating profiles.  Don’t be a victim, check out  our guide on how to SPOT ONLINE DATING SCAMMERS and the simple steps you can take to PROTECT YOURSELF NOW.
  • Keep a look out for sites that claim to be specialised sites but connect up with totally unsuitable members from contrasting sites who you have nothing or little in common with. (Its also worth checking to see if the site you’re looking at is a member of the Online Dating Association  and so signed up to an industry code of practice that includes honest communication, protecting your privacy and providing a way to report abusive members.
  • GET NOTICED. Make a bit of time to write up a REALLY successful online dating profile, read our guide to make the very best of your chances
  • Like most things, the more effort you put in, the more you’re likely to get back. Those that find a partner treat it like a project. (Stats show that those who do take it seriously are more likely to find success).
  • ENJOY! But in the meantime, don’t forget to have fun, be yourself, have a good time finding ‘the one’ and just enjoy meeting new people.

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