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The Ten Best Online Dating Sites You Should Try At Least Once

The Ten Best Online Dating Sites You Should Try At Least Once

1. Match.com

URL: http://www.match.com

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    Match.com claims that it’s an online dating site that has lead to more dates, marriages and relationships that any other online dating site. Ideal age 25-45. Available on smartphones. Boasts 3,100,000 singles.

    Features:

    MatchWords: Users can define a list of words that others can use to search them out with. You’ll even get a list of some of the most recently added and most popular MatchWords to get you started.

    Match.com Platinum: A personalized, professional matchmaker is available for users who don’t have the time to weed through the various profiles.

    MindFindBind With Dr. Phil: For those in need of assistance getting started with online dating, Dr. Phil’s Match.com exclusive monthly program will walk you through how to get your mind ready to date, how to find someone perfect, and then how to bond/bind with them over time.

    The monthly rate for Match.com was $30 a month USD, with extra costs for some of their unique features (Dr. Phil is an extra $8/month USD).

    2. eHarmony

    URL: http://www.eHarmony.com

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      eHarmony is an online dating site that has tried a more scientific approach to love and offer compatibility and personality questionnaires to help match you up with your ideal partner.

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      The ideal age is between 30-60 and eHarmony has approximately 2,000,000 singles. The difference with this site is that eHarmony does all of the matching for you, using a compatibility system they’ve created, which is based on numerous scientific studies about love, relationships and compatibility. One month costs $59.95 USD, with the prices lowering depending on the length of time you sign up for. One thing most members seem to have in common is that they’re looking for long-term love and not quick hook-ups.

      3. Plenty of Fish

      URLhttp://www.pof.com/

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        Free to join. Plenty of Fish is one of the biggest online dating sites in the world with over 40 millions users. It works by asking users to take a special POF Relationship Chemistry Predictor test, which measures self-confidence, family-orientation, self-control, social dependency and “easygoingness.” You’re then matched to those most compatible to you.
        Plentyoffish is modified frequently, new features appear regularly, and members are matched not only on what they say they’re looking for, but how they browse on Plentyoffish.

        4. OKCupid

        URL: http://www.OKCupid.com

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          OkCupid.com creates a unique online dating site environment by putting heavy emphasis on member participation. Matches are identified by your profile and your responses to a series of questions generated by other users. Each match question is made up of four parts: the question, the answers you’re willing to accept from your matches, a rating of how important the answer is to you, and an optional explanation of your response. The more questions you answer, the smarter OkCupid gets at recommending matches for you. It is free to use; paid options are available that include additional site features. While OkCupid is a free online dating site, users can pay (starting at $4.95 a month) to filter out people who are unattractive or overweight. An unusual, possibly controversial feature.

          5. Lovestruck

          URL: http://www.lovestruck.com

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            Fee to join: £35/$57 for one month. Lovestruck’s service finds people who live, work or are near you using location technology that pinpoints tube stations and areas. There’s also a verification policy, meaning you’re slightly less likely to encounter weirdos than you might be on other sites. You can meet other members for dates that fit around your lifestyle (coffee mornings, lunch breaks and after work beverages). A city focus with professionals in mind is evident on this online dating site. A diary feature is available to keep a record of your online/offline activities.

            6. Zoosk

            URL: http://www.zoosk.com

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              Zoosk is an online dating site that originated from Facebook and is now available in more than 80 countries. Free registration. Ideal age 20-35. 6,000,000 singles.

              Choose from a range of relationship statuses, genders and more – Zoosk.com isn’t just for singles. Register quickly and easily through a Facebook account and send virtual gifts through a credit system to show others you’re thinking of them. Send winks to other members to show interest, you can also earn or pay for credit to send gifts and winks.

              Premium members can receive SMS messages so they can keep up with what’s happening even when they’re on the move.

              Premium members can also see who has been looking at their date card and approach members who might be too shy to make the first move.

              7. FriendFinder

              URL: http://www.friendfinder.com

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                Free to join.

                Upload a video greeting on this online dating site if you want and create a private hotlist of members you fancy.

                Standard members can have a maximum of 200 members on their hotlist ; Silver members can have a maximum of 500 members on their hotlist ; Gold members can have a maximum of 1,000 members on their hotlist

                Discover your personality type by completing a personality test.

                Take advantage of “Cupid”, a matching system which finds likely matches, based on profiles & preferences.

                FriendFinder.com isn’t just for finding buddies. Its primary function is to help you find someone special. The site has a lot of features worth exploring, including chat rooms, message boards, blog posts and an exclusive magazine. There’s plenty to do and a real sense of community. The more you get involved, the more you’ll get from your experiences on the site and the more people you’ll be likely to meet.

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                8. Lavalife

                URL: http://www.lavalife.com

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                  One month membership costs approximately $20.00. LavaLife.com is a Canada-based online dating site but has since become popular in a variety of countries to such a degree that its membership has rocketed to over 15 million. Users from all over the globe are using its services, making it good resource for meeting locals or people from another country completely.

                  A key selling point for some members might be the ability to create several profiles. This essentially allows you to have one profile which is looking for dates, one for intimate encounters and – if you so decide – one which only communicates with people who are looking for serious relationships.

                  • Choose from 3 different kinds of dating: casual, relationships or intimate encounters
                  • Set up a variety of profiles so that you can take advantage of all 3 kinds of dating status
                  • “Smile” at members, show them you’re interested
                  • Send and receive email messages (free members can respond to emails but not send an initial contact email)
                  • See when someone was last online – save time not having to wait for responses from someone who doesn’t log on often
                  • Search for members within one mile of your location
                  • Take part in video chats using a webcam

                  9. Chemistry

                  URL: http://www.chemistry.com

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                    A feature that sets Chemistry apart as an online dating site is the personality types. Each member is assigned one of four personality types – Explorer, Director, Negotiator, Builder – based on their responses to the matching questionnaire. Chemistry describes the four types like this:

                    • Explorers: spontaneous, creative, open-minded
                    • Directors: decisive, focused, independent
                    • Negotiators: imaginative, empathetic, nurturing
                    • Builders: social, loyal, dependable

                    As a member you receive a detailed breakdown of your personality type, how you relate to others, and what type is most compatible with you. Matches on your homepage are labeled based on their personality types, and a more detailed explanation of how your primary and secondary personality types match-up is available when you click on a profile.

                    One of the most interesting and detailed profiles out there, combining normal multiple-choice answers with questions that use images. There is also input from Dr. Helen Fisher. Noted anthropologist, human behavior researcher, and relationship expert. This online dating site uses many graphics when asking questions and displaying answers. This makes it easier and faster to understand the question or answer. Approximate cost for one month: $50.00.

                    10. Tinder – dating app

                    URL: http://www.gotinder.com

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                      What is it?

                      Free to download, Tinder is a modern day ‘Hot or Not’. It finds you matches based on your location, then lets you scroll through pictures (no lengthy profiles here), picking the profiles that catch your eye – and vetoing that ones that don’t. If you find one who’s into you too, you can start messaging and go from there.

                      How it works

                      The beauty of Tinder is its simplicity. It finds your location by GPS then links to your Facebook profile to access your info, so – your first name, age, photos (of your choice) and some of your Facebook preferences. There’s space for a short tag line, too.

                      It will then find you potential matches near you, (you can narrow it down by searching by age and distance). It’ll tell you if you’ve got any Facebook friends or ‘interests’ in common.

                      If they take your fancy, you swipe right to ‘like’ them. If not, go left to ‘pass’. If they’ve also ‘liked’ you –  It’s a match and you can start messaging.

                       

                      Online dating sites are a great way to meet new people. Spend time creating an interesting and unique profile. Stay away from cliches such as “fun loving”; “live life to the full” and “happy at home with a DVD and a bottle of wine.” Just about every profile has those words in them these days. Stand out, show your unique characteristics but don’t be dishonest. Keep an open mind and manage your expectations in order to get the most out of the experience. Don’t be put off by a bad experience and always be aware of safety. Meet in public places initially.

                      Be proactive on online dating sites and see it as a way, at the very least, to meet interesting people whom you wouldn’t normally come into contact with. Most of all – enjoy it and have fun!

                       

                       

                       

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                      Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                      Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                      In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                      1. ScheduleOnce

                        ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                        ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                        ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                        Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                        Available on Web

                        2. Calendly

                          Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                          You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                          Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                          3. Assistant.to

                            For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                            From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                            While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                            Available on Web

                            4. Acuityscheduling

                              Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                              It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                              5. Pick

                                Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                Available on Web

                                6. X.ai

                                  For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                  This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                  Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                  Available on Web

                                  7. YouCanBook.me

                                    is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                    They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                    Available on Web

                                    8. Doodle

                                      Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                      It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                      You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                      While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                      9. WhenAvailable

                                        WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                        Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                        Available on Web

                                        10. Rally

                                          Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                          Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                          Available on Web

                                          11. NeedtoMeet

                                            Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                            NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                            While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                            Available on Web

                                            Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                            In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                            To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                            Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                            A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                            Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                            If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                            Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                            With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                            Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                            Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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