Annnnd I’m Back

Now that was a nice break from the blog. I'be been trying to take advantage of this incredibly rainy summer, exploring swimming holes, doing brewery tours, hiking and riding my new motorcycle every chance I get. On the work front, working on a big project and with helping a few dating sites launch in lucrative niches like health and wellness. A couple of people are … [Read more...]

Online Dating Summit Recap

It was great to see everyone at Online Dating Summit in Miami! Met a lot of readers from EU and AU as well as key players at top US dating sites. Many people were fried after Affiliate Summit in Vegas. My keynote presentation is at Sign up for the weekly digest of Online Dating Insider ( Follow me at @datinginsider … [Read more...]

Cue Flying Pigs, AARP Partners With HowAboutWe

Years ago I sat poolside in Miami talking to a few dating site owners. The topic turned to the over-50 baby-boomers and each and every site owner in attendance was salivating at the thought of partnering with AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). One after another, everyone had a story about getting stonewalled by AARP despite business development meets, … [Read more...]

Mindblowing Futuristic First Date Scenario Dating site executives, investors and the media often ask me what I think the future of online dating will look like. My usual response is that the 30th generation of Match Synapse will include DNA and genetic testing, full credit card report analysis, behavioral and test results based on terabytes of our social exhaust and verified … [Read more...]

Online Dating Insider Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago today I posted the first entry at Online Dating Insider, cleverly titled What's This? Over the years I have performed hundreds of interviews, podcasts, site and feature reviews and more in almost 4,000 posts and 8,000 comments. The blog has survived moving hosts, getting hacked multiple times and countless hundreds of  hours of me optimizing it to make Online … [Read more...]

Cupid Fights Dating Site Scammers With Scamalytics

In 2008, IntroAnalytics launched their recommendation system for dating sites. As I expected, because every matching system vendor does this, they broadened their focus into anti-scam and e-commerce. Why? In part because getting dating sites to license a third-party matching system is incredibly difficult and behavioral matching works across all sorts of industries. The … [Read more...]

Dating Industry News 8-1-12

And we're back. I converted the blog to Wordpress Multiuser so I can run about a dozen other sites under one roof. Had some issues along the way and a bit of a steep learning curve but things are smoothing out and I'm looking forward to more regular posting. Cupid PLC is *the* dating site company of the moment. Revenue going up up up, founders cashing out, lots … [Read more...]

When Will Acquire Zhenai?

Last week I mentioned that  Jiayuan is an Asian dating site that the Match business development team seems to have missed out on. Match has had some ups and downs with their Asian investments over the years, mostly downs. But with deep pockets and IAC as a parent, Match can buy a few companies here and there until they get it right. there's no rush, Match doesn't have to … [Read more...] Re-Launching Match Live Events?

This week's PR department reached out to set up a time to talk about an important upcoming announcement. Then today the Match blog, Up To Date, features a post, Stay Tuned for an Exciting Announcement from will be making a BIG announcement on Monday, May 14th that will change the way singles connect, meet, and date- online and offline! Stay tuned … [Read more...]