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|Amber Brooks • 2/01/18|
The Short Version: Online dating can come with a fair share of worries. Singles may worry about first-date etiquette, ghosting, catfishers, and the likelihood of actually meeting someone worthwhile. But they shouldn’t also have to worry about how much the experience will cost them. They’ve got enough on their minds. That’s why Free.Date has pledged to offer a 100% free dating platform where everyone can send and read messages without paying a cent. These premium dating tools don’t cost a subscription or one-time payment — they’re forever free. The Free.Date team runs 120 free dating sites across multiple popular dating niches, but Free.Date, with its eye-catching name, is the most popular platform the company has launched thus far. The mobile-friendly and global dating site is easy to join and easier to use, so the only thing singles have to worry about is how to juggle all the date prospects in their inboxes.
My friends and I are totally spoiled by the internet’s convenient, cost-free solutions to seemingly everything. My old roommate doesn’t go to yoga classes anymore because she found she could watch free instructive videos on YouTube. My sister-in-law’s cookbooks are gathering dust in her cupboard because she now pins recipes on Instagram. I’ve canceled my cable subscription because I use a lineup of free streaming services for my TV-binging needs.
You have a world of information at your fingertips online, and that means easy and free access to just about anything you could ever want. Yet many dating sites these days have a premium look-but-don’t-talk model wherein free members can only browse the site’s database and wish they could be part of the action.
That tiered payment system can keep budget-minded singles from making meaningful interactions and having a fun experience with online dating, which isn’t good for anybody. It creates a virtual rope line of people on the outside looking in because they can’t afford to pay the cover charge.
Fortunately, not all dating sites have bought into the idea that they have to charge members to be profitable. Free.Date represents a vast global network of dating services committed to never charging its members for any of its matching tools. It currently has nearly half a million users and is growing larger every day.
For the past few years, Free.Date has been making waves in the dating industry by promising a totally free dating platform for any and all singles around the world, from the US to India. This up-and-coming network has made online flirtation more accessible and user-friendly, essentially leveling the playing field for daters who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg just to say hi to someone online.
Plus, Free.Date is completely mobile-friendly, so you don’t have to download an app and waste space on your devices — you can access the website from anywhere and on any device.
“Free.Date is our primary brand,” said Ron, who owns Free.Date and 120 free dating sites in a variety of niches. “I’d describe it as a private white label dating site. We’ve kept it privately owned so we can maintain a high-quality experience for singles.”
Registering for Free.Date is simple and straightforward. First, you put in your name, gender, the gender you’re seeking, and a valid email address. Then you’ll be directed to a quick form for more specific details, including your username, location, background, match criteria, and personal bio.
The open-ended sections (About Me and What I’m Looking For) require a minimum of 10 words, but more is always better when it comes to a dating site. You should do more than make a list — you should show off your personality and eloquence by writing a paragraph specific to you. Instead of saying, “I’m looking for a kind person,” for instance, you should say, “I’m looking for someone who’ll binge watch ‘Boy Meets World’ with me and be a friend to my friends.”
You must upload at least three photos to become an active and visible member on Free.Date. If you don’t have at least three pictures of yourself on your profile, your Free.Date membership will be frozen, which means you can’t access the site. Adding more photos (Free.Date allows up to six) makes your profile look more attractive to online daters and helps members feel certain they’re talking to a real person.
Free.Date’s photo policy prohibits members from uploading low-quality, fake, or nude pics on the dating site. But the policy actually goes a step further and requires the photos to only feature the members themselves: no friends, no family members, and no children can be shown. Photos of yourself wearing sunglasses are also discouraged. All members must abide by these rules and take the free dating pledge to behave with integrity and authenticity on Free.Date.
As Ron said, “It’s important to understand that if you want a quality free dating site that you must truly lead by example and create a quality profile as your part of what you are asking for and expecting in a free dating site.”
Once you have your profile set up the way you want, you’re free to search for members on Free.Date and send messages without having to upgrade your account. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for and want the site to suggest people, you can go to the Match Me section and click yes, no, or maybe on profile pictures of thousands of members.
“Our big focus is on building a quality dating site active on a world scale,” Ron said. “We’re a truly global database in all but two countries, which sets us apart from even the top dating platforms out there.”
Although the Free.Date network has a vast footprint on the web, the actual team is relatively small. Ron got the idea to create free dating resources about six years ago when he was working on his MBA, and it’s been a passion project for him ever since. In the beginning, it was just Ron, his wife, and his cousin working part time to create the infrastructure for hundreds of dating networks. Now, in addition to five administrative and marketing staff members, Ron has outsourced a team of programmers in Sri Lanka and India.
“We don’t have this super cool technical team,” he said. “It’s a small group focused on slowly getting the infrastructure set up and doing it in such a way that we can scale up over the years.”
Together, the Free.Date team operates over 120 dating sites catering to various niche audiences, including Christians, seniors, BBW, lesbians, and even truckers.
This forward-thinking team is continually coming up with innovative ideas to shake up the online dating market and make it easier for today’s singles to meet one another. Ron said his latest and most exciting project is DateCity, which is set to launch in about two months. DateCity will be a location-specific dating application where anyone can browse through profiles for free and without registering.
You only have to register if you want to send messages on the app, so there’s no risk involved in looking around, and the site only gets you as a member if it has something valuable to offer you.
“DateCity is going to be transparent,” Ron said, “and I think people will respect that honesty and be much more likely to sign up because they know exactly what they’re getting.”
The Free.Date team is also developing a new cryptocurrency, known as Online Dating Coin, which will give privacy-conscious singles an anonymous way to unlock exclusive features on 120 dating sites in the FriendsDate Network. The universal token system is the first of its kind, and Ron hopes it will empower singles to get what they want from online dating.
“We think information is power,” Ron said, “and by giving consumers everywhere total instant access to what we have to offer, right up front, we can send the message loud and clear that we want to be their partner in dating.”
Though it’s still relatively new, Free.Date has already amassed quite a following online. It’s easy to see why. The site is ridiculously simple to use and gives people all the typical perks of a dating site without the price tag. You can read every message in your inbox. You can send an unlimited number of messages. You can browse, match, and stay an active member on the site as long as you like. It’s not a free trial period — it’s just free.
And Free.Date is just the beginning. The team has plans to shake up the online dating industry one niche site at a time. Already, the network supports over 120 sites that appeal to different dating audiences. That means anyone anywhere can find free dating tools designed to help them meet compatible dates. Ron said that now that he has the overall infrastructure set up, he can create a new dating site, for any niche you can imagine, in less than 15 minutes.
“I believe the future of online dating is free.” — Ron, owner of Free.Date
“It’s all a matter of having good business fundamentals and a good quality experience,” he said. “When you have those two things, it just takes time, patience, and hard work to get going.”
In the last year, Ron said the business grew 600% as more people discovered his dating sites and joined the network. Around 70% of the overall traffic came from Free.Date, which is the most successful brand he’s launched so far. This organic growth bodes well for the future of the dating company.
“If you give people a quality experience, they keep coming back,” he said. “I’ve been at this a long time, and I plan on being at this for a long time to come.”
The internet is chock-full of free content, games, and tools. You can get everything from action flicks to zucchini recipes for free, so it doesn’t make sense for online dating to be the exception to that rule. Singles shouldn’t have to fork over their hard-earned money just for the chance to meet someone online. That should be a given.
On Free.Date, it is. This completely free dating platform doesn’t have deceptive marketing, premium payment plans, or inaccessible members. It’s just free. You can go right in and start a conversation with anyone who catches your eye. The Free.Date team is so committed to staying free forever that they put it right there in the name. Once you sign up, the dating site’s global infrastructure will support you on your dating journey, and it won’t cost you anything to use it for as long as you like.
“I believe the future of online dating is free,” Ron said. “You’re giving the site your information and seeing ads, so why would you have to pay for it?”