9 Best Backpage Alternatives (Totally Free to Try)

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9 Best Backpage Alternatives (Totally Free to Try)

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews
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Backpage was a classified ads website that was founded in 2004. However, US authorities, including the FBI and Department of Justice, seized control of the site in April 2018 after an investigation found that Backpage allowed — and even encouraged — people to post ads related to prostitution and human trafficking. Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money laundering, among other things, and could serve five years in prison.

Since then, former Backpage users have been scrambling to find a more trustworthy alternative, so we decided to compile a list of nine sites we think can provide an experience like Backpage used to — but without the deceit, untrustworthiness, and horrible crimes.

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BeNaughty

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BeNaughty has been around for years and has mastered the art of hookup matching. The site uses your location and preferences and scours its user base for compatible people, and then it sends them to your inbox every day. If you’re interested, you can send flirty winks, suggestive icebreakers, or private messages (more than 8.5 million messages are sent on BeNaughty every day).

They say you can never have too many friends, and Adult Friend Finder can definitely help you find some, if by “friends” you mean “sex buddies.” The company was founded in 1996, and it’s always been about allowing people to express their desires without feeling shame. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a one-time hookup, long-term affair, swinging relationship, or any other casual encounter — you can be yourself on Adult Friend Finder.

FriendFinder-X is one of the largest backpage alternatives in the world, and you can join the community in just a few steps: 1) Select your gender and relationship status (couples are welcome, too). 2) Choose the gender and relationship status you’re interested in. 3) Upload a photo or two. You can then fill out more information, or you can get right to browsing. The whole journey is up to you!

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MenNation

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For horny gay, bisexual, and sexually curious men, it doesn’t really get any better than MenNation. Not only is the site free to use, but your communication options include live chat, videos, groups, voice introductions, and private messages. You can find new matches every day in the My New Member Matches section, and MenNation also allows you to see who’s online when you are, and who’s viewed your profile.

LesbianPersonals, as you can probably tell by the name, caters to lesbian singles and couples who just want no-strings-attached relationships — nothing serious. Millions of women of varying age and background, and hailing from all over the world have signed up for the site — and more are signing up every day. You can sort through them by age, background, type of encounter, location, appearance, and many other identifiers.

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Match

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Backpage wasn’t all about hooking up, so if you’re more interested in dates and relationships, we definitely suggest Match. Launched in 1995, Match was one of the first dating sites to exist, and it’s led to more romantic connections than every other dating site out there. Once you post your profile, which is free to do, you can start looking for matches on your own, but Match will also make at least five match recommendations every day.

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Craigslist

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Craigslist is a US-based classifieds website, with sections for jobs, housing, forums, and, of course, sex and dating. It’s very popular among the LGBT community, and you can find ads seeking platonic, romantic, and casual relationships. Craigslist is also known for its Missed Connections section, where you can create a post in the hopes of finding someone online with whom you have crossed paths offline. In terms of We suggest you be extra careful on Craigslist when sharing information and meeting people in person — there are plenty of stories of people lying about who they really are.

URL: https://craigslist.org/

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Oodle

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Oodle is an online marketplace where you can find a car, an apartment, a job, a house, and even a date or hookup partner. Oodle says it’s “using the power of social media” to reinvent online classifieds. The site sees more than 15 million visitors a month and has been featured in publications like TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and Businessweek. It won’t cost you anything to take a look around the site and create an account if you want to start chatting with people.

URL: https://www.oodle.com/

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ClassifiedAds

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Head to the Personals section of ClassifiedAds, and from there you can choose Casual Dating, Men Seeking Men, Men Seeking Women, Missed Connections, Women Seeking Men, or Women Seeking Women. Browse through the listings until someone catches your eye. Then you can see when they created their listing, when it was last updated, when it expires, and how many times it’s been viewed. You won’t have to pay to send a response either.

URL: https://www.classifiedads.com/

We’re All Better Off Without Backpage

What Backpage’s team did was despicable, and we’re all in a better place now that the government got involved. However, if you’re missing some of the genuine resources Backpage provided, like personals, you’ve come to the right place. The nine sites we just told you about can help in that department, and they promise to have your safety and best interest at heart.