A Guide to Niche Online Dating Sites

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What You Need to Know

  1. Niche online dating sites can make the task of picking ‘the one’ in a sea of thousands of potential partners that much easier.
  2. Whatever your passion, background or tastes, there’s likely to be a site out there for you.
  3. Some of the most popular niche sites include dating services for people with shared interests, singletons of the same religion or even those with the same physical characteristics.
  4. Generally speaking, it’s free to register with a niche dating site and also free to start browsing profiles in order to get a feel for who’s out there.
  5. Note, however, that the majority of specialist dating sites require their members to pay monthly subscription fees in order to send and receive messages to other users.
  6. Even though you may feel more comfortable on sites where you are among like-minded singletons, remember to use your common sense and play it safe.
  7. If you do make a date, make sure you meet in a public place and tell someone about your plans.

The world of online dating can be a daunting place. Not only do you have to sell yourself, you also have the hefty job of searching through endless profiles in an effort to find ‘the one’. To make the search that little bit easier, many singletons opt to boost their chances by making use of one – or two, or three – of the many niche dating sites available, whether it’s one where all the members share the same interests or one where they can find a special someone according to age, religion or location.

Whatever your passion, background or tastes, there’s likely to be a site out there for you. Here are ten of the most popular niche online dating sites out there today:

Green Singles

Can’t bear the thought of going for dinner with a meat-eater? Don’t want to be picked up by a date driving a gas-guzzling SUV? Then Green Singles may be the site for you. While the site welcomes members of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientation, all members share a ‘global consciousness to explore the mind, body and spirit’.

There are thousands of green-minded singles from all over the world registered at any one time. Users can search for others by location or interests such as animal rights, vegetarianism, natural living and green politics. A variety of membership plans are available, including free trial membership – though you will need to buy credits to send messages to other users.

Christian Connection

Claiming to be the ‘UK’s leading online dating site for single Christians’, Christian Connection was launched back in 2000. Since then, it has helped thousands of Christians find love with like-minded souls. As well as online dating, the site also runs regular meet-ups and events such as speed-dating.

New users are asked to fill in a brief profile, with the Christian Connection team – themselves committed Christians – helping find them a match, for example by sending weekly emails linking to suggested profiles to check out. As well as its strong record of matchmaking, the site also prides itself on its ease and transparency, with all users able to sign up in just a few minutes and close their accounts at any time.

Countryside Love

Aimed at bringing together people with a shared love of the great outdoors and rural life, Countryside Love attracts equal numbers of men and women of all ages and backgrounds. New users are able to browse through thousands of profiles and search according to age, location and interests, whether it’s hunting, farming, country sports or walking and rambling.

JDate

The UK’s leading Jewish singles dating site, JDate offers users to search through thousands of profiles and find love with a like-minded soul. Both practicing and non-practicing Jews are invited to join, with initial registration free. While it’s also free to browse other profiles, you will need to pay a membership fee to send and receive messages.

Dance Dating

As the name suggests, Dance dating is an online dating site for singletons with a love of dancing. Whether salsa, waltz, foxtrot or jive is your thing, here you can search through more than 15,000 profiles to find someone to share your passion with. It’s free to register, though you will be required to sign up to a membership plan if you want to message other users or make use of extras such as instant messenger chat.

Beautiful People

Forget searching for potential dates by hobbies and interests, here, the focus is very much on how they look. All new users have to be approved by existing ones – this means, uploading a head shot for the Beautiful People community to give the thumbs up or thumbs down to. If you do get the nod, then the site is very much like every other dating site, complete with the ability to search by location, age, interests and send messages to other users for a monthly membership fee. If you don’t make the grade, however, there’s always…

The Ugly Bug Ball

Just as upfront as Beautiful People, the Ugly Bug Ball is an online dating site that prides itself as ‘dealing in reality’. “If you’re one of the millions of people that don’t always like what they see in the mirror, then this is the place for you,” the site says. At any one time, thousands of users of all ages, shapes and sizes are signed up, with paying members able to make use of a range of features such as instant messenger chat and even video chat.

Older Women Dating

Designed for the older woman looking for a younger man, or the young man looking for his own Mrs Robinso, Older Women Dating allows you to post a profile and search through thousands of others for fee, though full membership is required to send and receive messages. Extras include live online support, ‘cougar blogs’, forums and chat rooms and ideas to impress the older woman on a date.

Sugar Daddy Dating

“Where the classy, attractive and affluent meet” is the tagline of Sugar Daddy Dating. The site is aimed at connecting men who have financial security and confidence but not a special someone in their life with attractive, single women looking for a better quality of life. Thanks to its international outreach, users can view profiles from men with money and women all around the world, though monthly registration fees do apply.

Geek Date

The website of for single geeks looking for love, Geek Date welcomes new members, regardless of age, appearance, background or interests. However, the majority of members have a passion for all things geek-related, including science fiction and science fact, gadgetry and cult TV shows and movies. New users are invited to register and browse profiles for free, though membership costs apply for anything more than this.

Further Reading

  1. Read our guide to safe online dating and make sure you’re completely secure whilst looking for love.
  2. Looking to push your relationship forward? Read our guide to dealing with a commitment-phobe.
 

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