Free dating sites - are they worth the money?
Longer Answer: When most of us think about free stuff, the old adage "You get what you pay for" comes to mind. And while this is almost always true, the topic can be more involved than it would appear. In the case of free dating sites, the site earns it's revenue through advertising. That's the same advertising you see all over the web, be it a free site or a subscription site. In fact, even the subscription dating sites have advertising, so you're not really getting away from it when you opt for the subscription ( paid ) site.
So what do the paid sites give you that the free sites don't? Not much, if you choose the right free site. In fact, some of the free site's features surpass some of the paid sites. How can this be you ask? Doesn't this fly in the face of traditional logic? Doesn't this mean that people are spending their money on paid dating sites for no good reason?
Well, frankly, that's exactly what it means. Don't get us wrong here - we're not claiming that paid sites are evil and free sites are handed down from on high - the point here is that 21st century business modals are constantly evolving and it's going to be awhile before we see changes in revenue models based in reality. Traditional businesses are reluctant to give up the old ways, and who can blame them? And let's face it, there will always be a large group of people who simply refuse to change with the times. «« Continue Reading »»
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