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So what are niche dating services and which sites provide them? First off, a niche dating service is an online, or offline, dating service that attracts and matches singles with very specific, common interests. The specific interest or activity, to which the niche site caters, varies from one dating service to another. Niche sites may match singles who are pet lovers, have a common interest in cycling, lead alternative lifestyles, may be vegetarians, believe they have been abducted by UFOs..well, I think you get the picture! There is no shortage of common themes, or niches, and there is probably not a single niche that does not have at least one online dating service dedicated to it.
How did all of these niche dating services evolve?
One of the reasons that prompted the development of niche dating services was the fact that people using the major dating sites occasionally had difficulty meeting singles who had the same interests or shared the same passion for their hobbies or activities. By creating targeted, or niche, services, dating site operators were better able to compete with some of the major online sites by drawing some of their visitors, who were dissatisfied with non-specific matching, away from them and towards their own services.
Are all of these very specific dating sites necessary?
As a society, we are becoming busier and busier and that translates to single men and women having less time to go out and meet, less time for the bar scene and less time to enjoy nightlife and go to places where they might likely meet another person for dating. In addition, after trying a major online dating site, like Match.com and becoming disenchanted with their service after meeting dates who did not share a passion for the same things they did, people began to look for an alternative. The result was the emergence of niche dating services. Obviously there appeared to be a need in the marketplace for such sites and the sites that sprang up grew in both size and popularity. Some of the more common ones are mentioned at the end of this article, but many of you may have heard of ALT.com, or DateMyPet, at which you can meet pet lovers or even CyclingSingles, each of which caters to a specific niche of the online dating population.
Will niche dating services put an end to the big dating sites?
One of the questions you might as yourself, is "Why even bother searching for love on a big personals site when I can now to go a niche site and find EXACTLY who I am looking for?" Hold on a minute, these smaller, targeted sites very often have a smaller database of singles. You might not care because you feel that the person you find will be such a perfect match, however with less users on the site, there will be a smaller selection and more competition. Now, this is not always true, but for some of the newer niche services, it is.
How can Web Personals Online turn a major dating site like Match.com into a niche dating site?
Now, while there are certain niche sites we can recommend, one of the nice things about this site is that the tools we create for our visitors to use, like our targeted search form above, can essentially turn a major online dating site like Match.com into a niche dating service. How can that be, you may ask. Since a site like Match has such a large database of members there are surely to be individuals that share your common interests or passions. The difficulty-up to now-was that you had to read and search through all the dating profiles to find that special someone. With the advent of the targeted search form above, you can have the software search through all of the profiles and only return those that have keywords matching your particular hobby, activity, or interest. What you have essentially done is taken a large dating site and turned it into a niche dating site and all with one simple form and probably less than a minute of your time! The result is that by combining search technology like you find on this dating site and a major player in the online dating space, like Match.com you can have your cake and eat it too. You can use the biggest and most popular online dating services, the sites with the most single men and women and you can save yourself the same valuable time that you would save by joining a niche dating service. Hey, why not do both? Use our tools and join a niche site. We can certainly recommend a few of these types of sites below.
So what are some examples of a niche dating sites?
Here are a few of the popular (i.e. larger) niche dating services available on your local internet. Enjoy!
Popular site for people into BDSM and other 'alternative' style relationships. If 'kinky' is your hobby, then ALT.com is the niche dating service you've been waiting for!
This site features big beautiful women and big husky men. Their motto is 'bigger is better' and with this kind of targeted site you should be able to find your extra-large love.
Online site specifically for individuals interested in interracial dating.
Dating service dedicated exclusively to helping hot women meet millionaires. See - we told you there was a site for almost any niche you could think of.
These people are insane pet lovers and are only interested in meeting people who are as devoted and dedicated to their pets as they are. Why didn't I think of this service?
Avid cyclers can meet each other by using this niche site. Talk about their bikes, discuss cycling and meet singles who share their passion.
Athletic & Bodybuilder Dating - Meet Your Athletic Match.
Niche dating sites are here to stay and as the online dating environment becomes more competitive, there will surely be new services dedicated to very specific interests and developed around many different themes. These services, for the most part, attempt to provide single men and women with a convenient time-saving resource with the hope that people will be able to meet with less searching, less looking and less hassle. Hey, that's the same thing we are trying to do here. Copycats. Good luck and Happy Dating!
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