4th November 2008

Dating Site Reviews!

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4th November 2008

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11th April 2008

Datepit.com DateHop.com Cell Phone Text Scam

Datepit.com Cell Phone Text Scam

Recently, wireless bandwidth has been flooded with text messages trying to scam unsuspecting people.  Most people who have been hit are on the Telus Mobile network, however, more networks are being targeted.  In fact, even people on a Pay-As-You-Go (phone card minutes) are being targeted as well. 

The Text:  “Hey, I got your number from a friend of mine, but I bet you can’t guess who I am! My name hope0707, if you wanna come see if you regonize me online, at hope0707.love-jump.net, Well hope to see you soon!”

or Hey, I got your number from a friend of mine, but I bet you can’t guess who I am! My name psychocutie_p808 if you wanna come see if you regonize me online, at psychocutie_p808.datepit.net , Well hope to see you soon!

Other variations include:

POOKITOU19982.datepit.net

[email protected]

Teeney4.match-pit.net

bludevilgirl_822k.date-magik.com

lonewolf624.datehop.org 780-221-1911.

2trueblue4you06.datehop.net

2trueblue4you06.datehop.com

BluDevilGirl_822k.datehop.org

lonewolf624.love-pit.net

All of these sites will redirect you to friendjungle.com, a new social networking site.  These text messages are SPAM and nothing more.  Telus and most other cell phone service providers have technology in place to prevent SPAM texts to their customers; however, in this case this one slipped through.  DO NOT RESPOND to this text, and DO NOT visit FriendJungle.com.


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9th April 2008

Whats in A Name? Success or Failure in Online Dating!

Your browsing through the seemingly endless profiles on your favorite dating site,  when suddenly a name jumps out at you causing you to check out the picture and dive into their profile!  Whats in a name? you ask, a lot!  It can mean the difference between success and failure in the online dating world.

Writing a good profile is one thing, but a catchy name can say a lot about you; turn people on, or make them avoid you like the plague.  Recent studies have shown (or rather confirmed) that funny, clever and flirty online names were rated best by both men and women.  Names that described your ‘fun side’ gave the average browser a glimpse into your personality, showed you have a sense of humor, and were a nice person. 

Also working well where names that described your appearance a little.  “Blueyedcutie” works well among people because it shows as fun, flirty side of you while describing your appearance too.

What doesn’t work:

Men do not like names that describe money, how articulated you may be, show high intelligence.  Names like “professionalBookWorm”  do not rate highly.

Women do not like names that describe ones wealth and power.  It makes you look shallow and full of ego.  However, some women do prefer names that hint at education, and refinement.

No one likes a boring name.  Sorry “John1975″, but you will have to try harder than that!

 A good profile picture can add to your stand-out name.  Together, you can dominate the online dating world!


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8th April 2008

Bill to Require OnLine Dating Background Checks

Back in January I was advising online daters to use the benefits of a background check.  Now it appears my instincts were spot-on as a Florida legislator now wants to make background checks mandatory for online dating sites.

 Rep. Kevin Ambler is asking Florida lawmakers to pass bill (HB 411) that will require online dating  sites to complete a criminal background check on new members when dealing with paying Florida customers.  The Bill also wants dating sites to clearly state if they do NOT perform such checks. 

Personally, I would like to see this Bill implemented to all dating sites regardless of where a member joins.  If the bill fails, and I suspect it will, dating websites should at least be made to inform potential clients of such a service.  Reports suggest that the average cost of someone lured by criminals online is approximately $3000.00 .  Suddenly spending 20 bucks on a background check doesn’t seem like a waste of money.

I wish you success Mr. Ambler!  And hope that bringing light to the subject will invoke future changes.


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7th April 2008

Date Bait! Stay Away and Don’t Bite!

Online dating is a multi-million dollar a year industry, no doubt, some companies will use “Date-Bait”  to get you hooked!    I plan is simple and it works like a charm…but in the end, the Online Dating Site is the only one smiling.Since 2002, claims have been made against many online dating sites, both big and small, that profiles and “interested singles” are used by the online dating company to lure you to purchasing a premium membership.  Recently Match.com and Yahoo Personals have been taken to court for use of this tactic.  Both companies deny the use of Date Bait, but it is a serious concern if you are using a smaller, niche dating-site.

How it works:  You are single and sign up for a free membership to an online personals site.  Maybe you are there desperately trying to find the love of your life, or just curious and wanted to browse a few profiles.  Over the next few days you will recieve “winks” or e-mails from attractive singles who are interested in you!  GREAT!  But now, to communicate, or read the full profile you must pay for a premium membership (nothing new here, its how all dating sites make money).  The problem is, is that some or all of those “interested singles” are Date Bait – fake profiles designed to get you excited enough to purchase a membership.  Once you have purchased a membership, suddenly the e-mails stop and you are left searching around the site trying to find new love.

How to stop it:  The oldest saying still holds true “If its too good to be true, it probably is”.   Males are especially lured in by young attractive women.  Problem is, when in real life does that ever happen.  Face it, if your 45, over-weight, still living with your parents with no job, beautiful women will not be “winking” at you.   Same goes for ladies; rich handsome doctors laywers most likely will not be flirting with unattractive, jobless, women.  Let common sense prevail.

Judge a book by its cover.  Yes, it seems shallow, but it can save you a lot of hassel.  Far too many times I have seen profile pictures that look to good to be true.  Generally you can tell these right away as they are obviouisly professional models captured on film by professional photographers.  Don’t be confused with the fine work of LookBetterOnline .  They are a legitimate company who will improve your online image.  But their picture makes YOU look good; and doesn’t replace you with a model.

Look for the same profile picture in other cities.  Fool proof method!  If your online dating site is using Date Bait, they will be using it in all cities trying to lure as many people as they can.  Watch for profile pictures that are repeated.  Sometimes it won’t be in a directly neighboring city (they might get caught if you expand your search to with in X km/miles of where you live).  Some sites have even sunk so low as to steal attractive members photos to place in other cities as Date Bait to avoid being caught.  

Look for similar profile descriptions.  If pictures can be stolen and used in other cities, chances are the online dating company will still use its “tested and verified” profile description lure.  These profile descriptions are expertly written to maximize conversions from free to paid memberships.  Once they have one that works; they keep using it. 

Sudden interest close to expirey:  This one is easy to catch as you can be prepared for it based on the date your “trial membership” or premium paid membership is set to expire.  Its common knowledge that many sites will “bubble up” an expiring member to the front of the results page.  This will mean more hits on your profile, increasing the chance of a natural flirt or e-mail.  But also be aware of the Date Bait that suddenly wants to chat on the day your membership expires.

Using these tips, you should easily be able to spot the Date Bait on any Online Dating Service.  This will save you heartache and lured memberships.  All bait has a hook wating, Don’t get Caught! 


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21st February 2008

Double-Book Yourself for a Successful First Date!

 

Double-book Yourself for a Successful First Date!

 

At this point you are thinking to yourself that I must be crazy! First dates are so nerve racking to begin with, why on earth would you want to Double-Book yourself, isn’t that your worst nightmare? It is, when its not planned, and suddenly your friend calls you in the middle of your date wondering why you haven’t shown up yet. But, if you double-book yourself on purpose, your “first date” will be stress free and safe!

Now that I have your attention, let me explain this to you a little more. You have just met some amazing person (online, or at the mall, or where ever). Fact is, you probably don’t know them all too well at this point. Well yes, that is the point of a first date- to get to know them. You don’t know this person’s background, true personality or anything else but what you quickly talked about upon first meeting. Unfortunately we live in a time where charming strangers can be closet killers, or interesting people online can be boring losers in reallife. This is where Double-booking yourself comes into play!

 

Set up your date as you would normally, go out for dinner or head to an amusment park (what ever you like to do) but also make plans with your friends to ‘tentatively’ head out for drinks or meet up that night. In doing so, you have done yourself two great services 1. reduce the stress of the first date and 2. added a safety check incase thing go wrong.

 

  1. Beleive it or not, but double-booking yourself can actually ease the stress of a first date for BOTH people involved. Upon setting up the date, tell him/her that you kinda have plans to meet up with friends for drinks later that night. This takes off the stress of being stuck in a bad date all night if you two don’t seem to click. So, if your date turns out to be a total loser, you can simply end the date by saying you have to meet your friends in a bit. Bid goodbye and file that date under “experiences”. The same principal works for your date too. If he/she isn’t feeling the vibe, they can let you head off with your friends later on. There is no pressure to “seal the deal” and take the date late into the evening.

     

  2. “Safety first” is always a good motto – even when attempting innocent romance. There are far too many creepy people in this world, and you might be about to head out on a date with one of them! By setting up tentative plans with friends, you have made them aware that your heading out on a date that night. They know when, where, and with who. If things do go horribly wrong on your date, at least you have people who will be calling you and looking for you later that night. Now don’t get me wrong, not all people are out to kidnap you; this also applies to those random accidents on dates (car accident, run out of gas some place on the highway..the list continues). If for some reason you don’t call or show up, you at least have people who will be looking for you and can help you out if needed.

 

“Ah but wait” you say! “What if the date goes well”. Perfect! Congrats! You can call up your friends and cancel drinks that night. These were tentative plans anyway, and I’m sure your friends will smile and understand. Or, bring your new hot date out for drinks and introduce him/her to your friends! If you plan to date, you will have to introduce them at some point anyway.


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30th January 2008

Background Checks

Background Checks: What are they & do I need one

Ok, you have found the person of your dreams online (or anywhere).  You’ve met, and your ready to start a relationship.  But how much do you know about the person your bringing into your life?  Do they have a shady past?  A simple background check can save you heartache and from being scammed… Read More


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1st January 2008

All Dating Sites

 

Which Dating Site is for YOU?

Below is an alphabetical list of Online Dating Services and Reviews! Use the datinghelp101star.gif Star Rating (0-5) as a guide for each site!

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