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|Amber Brooks • 12/12/17|
The Short Version: Meeting Russian Women has served as a reputable resource and close-knit community for Western men looking to connect with Russian and Ukrainian women for the past decade. The site is chock-full of reviews on nearly every dating site within this niche and covers topics ranging from overcoming language barriers and arranging airline flights to obtaining visas and clearing customs. The goal is to eliminate the uncertainty that surrounds dating women overseas while educating readers on how to avoid scams and untrustworthy agencies. As a result, the roughly 6,000 visitors who frequent Meeting-Russian-Women.com each month are safely finding love and friendship with women who are genuinely seeking lasting relationships.
When Bob started his site Meeting-Russian-Women.com a decade ago, he was having his own difficulties finding love. Like many men, he found the online dating environment and modern social scene tough to navigate.
“I was 40 when I got married for the first time,” he said. “The social world can be really hostile if you don’t have a little bit of useful information.”
After years of playing the cat-and-mouse game with fraudulent dating agencies while trying to meet a woman overseas, Bob chose to start his own resource for men who were having similar trouble. As the author of a bulk of the content on Meeting-Russian-Women.com, Bob reviews what he calls legitimate sites that help men connect with international partners and provides advice on a variety of topics.
“There are a lot of men who go on and on for years writing letters to a woman who they think they’re establishing a relationship with,” he said. “Then they go over there to meet her, and it turns out she doesn’t even exist.”
Bob told us scams, such as pay-per-letter, where agencies handle correspondence, have given the online Russian dating scene a bad name.
“You can blame the men for being overly hopeful and a little bit naïve, but it’s still disheartening that people would take advantage of that,” he said.
A year ago, Bob moved to the Ukraine to be closer to his passion for helping Western men meet women living in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. He’s grown accustomed to the culture and lifestyle there — teaching English part time and working on a few other side projects — while continuing to be an enthusiastic champion for cultivating love across the globe.
There are dozens of sites dedicated to helping Western men meet Russian women, and most of them deliver the same promise of introducing clients to their dream partner. For Bob, founding Meeting Russian Women was a way to help other Western men navigate the often fraudulent and costly journey of finding a love connection overseas.
“In this niche, there are different sites that hit it from every angle,” he said. “But mine is the site that people read and come away with saying ‘Wow! Thanks for presenting this without a slant and giving us the truth on how to go about it without getting scammed to death.’”
Meeting Russian Women houses hundreds of pages of dating site reviews, testimonials, and user Q&As. Bob also offers personal advice and consultation via phone for a fee as well as one-on-one, hands-on support for men looking to travel to Kiev, Ukraine, where he now resides.
Bob told us many men who visit the site are single or divorced and range in age from late 30s to early 60s. However, they all have one thing in common: They’re looking to meet international women online and not come away disappointed or scammed.
With between 4,000 and 6,000 unique visitors per month, Meeting Russian Women’s popularity is centered on its resources. The platform covers everything from communication platforms, such as Skype, to how to navigate a group tour to Russia. Bob also delivers information that helps travelers overcome language barriers and know what items, such as cash, medicine, and walking shoes, to bring.
“The average session length or amount of time a visitor comes to the site and stays there indicates to me that they are engaged with the material,” he said. “They get here and read the site like a book; they spend eight minutes on a page and 30 minutes on a session.”
The page Dating Russian Women Online: The Correspondence Approach details how to meet Russian women via the web and develop relationships remotely. This section advises readers to narrow the field down to one woman and get to know her before buying plane tickets. This allows for a relationship to develop prior to meeting in person and ensures the most fruitful trip overseas.
For the Correspondence Approach, Bob recommends men use direct-connection sites, such as Russian-Ukrainian-Women.com, RussianCupid.com, and UkraineDate.com. These kinds of sites operate much like Match where members pay a fixed fee for a period of time during which they can have unlimited communication with unlimited members. This reduces the chances international daters will encounter unethical agencies looking to scam them out of money.
The other primary method Bob recommends for meeting Russian and Ukrainian women is the Tour Approach. Here, one uses the services of agencies to facilitate meetings between men and women. Bob said these agencies act as the front lines and can be integral in helping a man meet a woman on a tour of the country. However, he also warns against using agencies for communicating without any previous physical contact.
On his Your Questions page, Bob has answered dozens of questions from men around the world pertaining to meeting, dating, and marrying Russian women. The page is interactive, so users can offer their own comments and personal experiences to past Q&As. Everything here is moderated by Bob, and users have the ability to remain anonymous or simply use their first name and city, state, or country.
In one post, Mark from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, asked if the Russian women on the sites assume most US men are rich. Mark had been to Russia, and his experience in the country led him to believe that was the case.
Bob answered the user’s question with honesty — referencing his personal experiences.
“Yes, it is very common for people in Russia and Ukraine to assume Americans (especially) and other foreigners have lots of money,” he wrote. “I struggled with this with my Russian ex. She seemed to assume there was always more money than there really was no matter how clear I made things.”
Bob told us a large portion of the site’s content is user-generated. His readers are seeking help and guidance, and a reader post or question can sometimes turn into information that will help thousands of others.
“There really isn’t a topic that someone would want to know about that isn’t to some extent covered on my site,” he said.
Over the past decade, the active community of users on Meeting Russian Women has found support through the site’s honest and open dialogue, plethora of resources, and reviews of the online dating platforms where Western men can meet Russian women. For Bob, the testimonials and words of appreciation from users are what keep him passionate.
“Many of them are guys simply saying ‘Thank you for a truly helpful site. I only wish I would have found it sooner. Thanks for a great website and sensible advice,’” he said. “I hear this over and over.”
With his new life in the Ukraine, Bob said he’s working on a few projects, including a weight loss website and one focused on retirement. In the meantime, he will continue to dispel the inaccuracies surrounding meeting a soul mate overseas.
“It’s unfortunate it has that reputation because the fact is that — as I point out on my site — as easy as it is to find a scam, if you only know a few little things and apply common sense and a little guidance, they are almost non-existent,” he said.