In this article, we explore what you need to ask yourself when choosing between niche and mainstream online dating sites.So how do you decide if you should join a niche or a mainstream dating site? So what
But before we do that let’s make sure we know the difference between a Niche Dating site and a Mainstream (or as we like to say Mega) Dating site.
Niche Dating Sites
Niche dating sites focus on something very specific that a single person is looking for in their date.There has been an explosion in such sites over the last few years, with so many to choose from, but let’s focus on a few that explain the different types within this category:
There has been an explosion in such sites over the last few years.
Let’s focus on a few that explain the different types within this category:
An example would be Tallsingles.co.uk – this site’s niche is tall people
An example would be Trek dating – this site’s niche is the hobby of loving Star Trek the movie.
In our directory, we have many different categories of Niche dating sites, here they are:
- Physical Characteristics
- Hobbies and Interests
- Animal Lovers
- Food preferences
- Personality Type
- Marital Status
Due to their Niche nature, the number of people registered on these sites is usually lower than in mainstream sites. I mean, how many people do you know into Star Trek so much they would join a dating site to join someone who is also into that hobby?
Mainstream (or Mega) Dating Sites
In our directory, we have many different categories of Mainstream dating sites, here they are:
- Mega Dating Sites
- App Dating Sites
- Casual Dating Sites
- Senior Dating Sites
- Relion Dating Sites
- Gay and Lesbian Dating Sites
- Media Dating Sites
Mainstream sites have usually been around for ages, usually have millions of members, have long algorithms (matching formulas) to try and match you to your ideal date and usually offer more added features than niche dating sites.
So now we have established the difference between the two types, let’s look at the 7 questions we need to ask ourselves when choosing between niche and mainstream online dating sites.
1. How much do you want to pay?
Niche dating sites are usually cheaper to join than mainstream dating sites. Mainstream sites have to promote their website to everyone using very expensive marketing, Niche sites only need to attract that particular small niche of people to their site.
2. How much does that niche matter to you?
Think about your future with your potential date. If they don’t have a beard, is it a deal breaker? In the past have you ended relationships with people who don’t have that physical appearance, share that hobby, have that dietary requirement? If you have then perhaps it matters more to you than you realised! If it matters to you, go niche.
3. Does location matter to you?
Do you want to date someone close to where you live or not? Due to the size of the mainstream memberships it is highly likely that there will be members near to where you live. However, let’s say you join a site specifically for people into Vampires, the membership will be much smaller and therefore the chance of finding someone near to where you live is much smaller. So when choosing between niche and mainstream online dating sites, if you don’t mind travelling for a date then niche would be fine, if you do care then mainstream would be better.
4. Do you also want to be part of a community?
When you do join good niche sites, you will feel part of a community. Part of a group of people that all have the same interest, hobby, dietary requirement etc. On a mainstream site you are just one of the millions of people registered. There is no community feel. This can make niche sites more desirable when choosing between the two.
5. Do you want to fill out lengthy joining forms?
Mainstream sites usually have long forms to complete when joining. Over the years they have developed sophisticated matching algorithms that need all this data in order to find your most suitable matches. Niche sites on the other hand have short joining forms. They already know you should be interested as you share the same hobby /passion!
6. Do you want to find your match based on algorithms?
You may prefer to have your matched selected for you by an algorithm, in which case
7. Do you want just the site, or evenings and days out too?