Saturday, December 12, 2009

Google axes more customer accounts

Google Adwords has done another round of banning of accounts with very little information other then a simple email that says that your account has been banned.

The problem with these emails is that they don’t tell anyone why they have been banned. Calling or emailing Google Adwords to find out why is a bigger waste of time then watching a Lindsay Lohan movie.

They are not responding or answering any questions and I have yet to hear of anyone who has been banned ever getting their account reinstated.

This ban has not been limited to people running rebill offers but rather a mix of accounts promoting anything from Clickbank products, CPA offers, poor landing pages, own products etc.

Here is who they are nailing:

1. Offer Does Not Offer A “Good User Experience”

If you are running any sort of offer that Google deems not to provide their users with a “good user experience” according to Google’s judgement, they can ban you.

2. Rebill Offers

If you try to run a rebill offer (i.e. Acai, Biz Op), you risk the chance of having your account banned. I have even heard that if you had run a campaign like this in the past that may be paused or deleted, they can still ban you.

3. Guilt By Association

If you have ever or had anyone log into a shady or banned Google Adwords account from your IP address, you run the risk of having your account banned because Google targets all Google Adwords accounts that have ever been accessed by that same IP address.

If Google simply worked with their customers to clean up poor advertisements (i.e. removing flogs, etc.), they would still have a lot of loyalty from their advertisers.

All good things come to an end.

When Google runs into hard times, they won’t regret the policies they put into place, but rather the manner in which they treated their advertisers when implementing them.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's time to find the RIGHT one... Search PERSONALS

We could all use a reminder that every moment shared with anyone is unique.

When was the last time you had such a great time? When was the last time when you were sitting on a bench in the park and were talking to a person you madly fell in love with? ...or maybe just talking on the phone and you felt like you can do it for hours. You loved them so much, that even just talking to them sent shivers up and down your body. You were burning with desires and expectation of what they would say next. You were sitting there, absorbing every word they had to say.

Well if you are divorced, chances are that you may have not experienced this in a long time. So why waste your time and not join our free dating personals at www.sozila.com

You have nothing to lose. You can only make new friends and maybe find the love of your life. The right person you can spend the rest of your life with. Check out who's online now and create your free dating profile today.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Women do like politeness...

Women do like to be treated like humans, you know?!



So you guys out there, doing the online dating 'thing', please be careful how you approach a girl or a woman you have seen online and would like to express you interest in.



The graph below shows what are the worst and best approaches you can use in your first email to a woman or a girl you have met online and make a notable first impression.

As you can see, addressing a girl or a woman with sexy, cutie or any such will probably not get you a reply. However, if you use awesome, it's nice that, or fascinating, chances are that you will get an answer. Get her engaged in the conversation and you may be talking all night long on a candle light, sipping glasses of wine.




How do I tell the one I love that I have an incurable STD after months of dating?

I recently read in a forum somewhere that a female member was asking the following question:

How do I tell the one I love that I have an incurable STD after months of dating?

Well here is what we suggest:

Tell him the way you told your other partners, if you had any other ones. It is something that takes great courage, because STDs are extremely stigmatized. However, it truly is the right thing to do. Yes, you might scare him away and he may get mad. He would probably be pretty justified in doing so -- STDs are not the sort of thing you withhold from your sexual partners, not at least until you are "serious". If you love him, you have to do it and let him make the choice whether or not to stay with you. Think about it from his perspective -- the longer you take, the more it hurts him when you finally reveal it. Would you want someone to wait that long to tell you, after you'd already had unprotected sex with them? No matter where the outbreaks were localized?

Google Adwords was down today

A random visit to my Google Adwords account revealed that the service was down for a short period of time. I am not sure if they were doing any maintenance or were experiencing problems. Adwords is the platform we use to advertise our online dating service www.SoZila.com

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Google Trends for the keyword 'Dating'

An interesting trend from the Google labs reveals that Senegal and Nigeria are the most active regions on searching the web for sites with keywords containing 'dating'. This will once again prove that their only intentions are to pray on unsuspected members seeking their other half.

http://trends.google.com/trends?q=dating&ctab=0&sa=N

I for one will block every Nigerian on my dating site and have been doing it for the past year and a half.

Monday, September 14, 2009

SoZila.com releases a new design

On August 20th a new website design was released. The new design may remind you of a familiar dating site, but it was purposely done so as they implemented the long awaited Facebook Connect. Feedback has been positive so far and they are working hard to finish implementing some of the remaining options. Stay tuned for more.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dating Deal Breakers (online)

Guys, being in the dating business for quite some time, I have been able to compile a few things that you may find very, very useful when seeking love online. Here are a few of the things girls do not like in a guy when they look at their profiles online:

- Pictures:
  • If the guy's picture is a glamor shot. Don't steal photos! We know that not everyone is a model. Move on and use yours.
  • Making weird faces with the caption "two hours of sleep!" Either he's seeking sympathy, or showing how he parties too hard.
  • When there is no photo, girls tend to move on and don't even bother to read the profile.
  • Shirtless poses. Girls would think of you as cocky
  • Clown masks, or equally freaky and elaborate Halloween costumes. Scary! Not funny!
  • More than one of the pictures is with his "friends" out in a bar getting sloppy. You have more time for your friends and not for me.
  • When he poses with girls. First, do you have a girlfriend? Huh? Second, pretty sure that girl doesn't know you're using her photo, and doubly sure she wouldn't be too happy about it.



- Profile descriptions:

  • In the "about me" paragraph, he says, "I don't know what to write." You're on a dating Web site, sell yourself a little bit!
  • When his "looking for" selection includes only "sex partners." I admit I might be looking for a hookup, too, but I don't advertise it so blatantly. And a guy who does seems a bit creepy.
  • Saying upfront that he doesn't have faith in online dating Web sites, or describes how someone forced him to sign up. That's a winner. Not.
  • "I'm an actor." Moving on.
  • Anything about his genius zombie/alien/Sith defense plan.
  • Using the following spellings: "u" "ur" "no1," and overuse of LOLs.

- The Screen name:

  • The following will not bag a girl: PantsParty, Phantorgasm, "Magnum" anything, MaSword, FartyDogAss, Bloodlust, 420guy.

- Contact and E-mail:

  • He writes to you is "whats up." He's so lazy he can't even add punctuation.
  • Misleading subject lines like, "We made plans and you never showed," which he then admits in the body of the e-mail was a ploy to get you to open the letter and not delete it. Desperate, much?
  • Letters that sound like job applications: "Hi. I'm the guy for you!"
  • Bizarre requests. "I have an unusual request for you....my friend is currently living in [your city] and is feeling quite sick at the moment and I want to cheer her up. Could you surprise her with a sexy phone message that would go something like this: 'Hello, I'm Nurse X, I'm in the bath right now and hope you're getting better.'"

Friday, July 17, 2009

Google AdWords

Will Google ever allow us to limit where we want our ads to display and who can click on them? I am really not willing to pay for clicks from users using proxies and showing up in countries they are actually not from.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Looking for....

Now that SoZila.com is back on the search engines and placing quite well by the way, we are looking for someone to help us with increasing conversion rates on registrations.

If you do a search for 'free online dating' on Google, you will see us on page 3, Yahoo! page 2, Bing page 1. Yet, conversion rates are quite low. Traffic keeps increasing, but registrations are not.

So, if you are an SEO Guru, please contact us. Payments can be made via PayPal

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Live Search is now Bing!

Imagine my surprise when I used for the first time in a few weeks Live Search in my IE, for the term free online dating, and was directed to a site called Bing!. I guess Micro$oft is finally evolving and live search is now called Bing!

I can care less what they are called, as long as I can place in the first 10 results on the term online dating

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Virtual Dating or Virtual Sex

The Japanese are not only light years ahead of us with electronics, but also in virtual and mobile dating. They have invented a handy little device (see the video link for more), which in a few years will allow you to have virtual sex with anyone over the Internet.

Sorry, but you could not stop laughing at what geeks these guys are

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xtcqvm0AHM

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Is OmniDate Down?


Someone asked me to pay $180 to have my dating link added to a online dating personals directory. I decided to check it out and noticed that one of the 5 paid links is for OmniDate.com. I decided to click on it and I was taken to a 'Service Not Available' error message.

Is OmniDate down or is it something with the directory




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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Immigrants seeking similar partners

This is an interesting article on where the dating industry should be heading. If you have a dating site, I think you should be focusing on matching partners from the same race.

Although interracial marriages overall have increased, the rate of Hispanics and Asians marrying partners of other races fell from 27% to 20% for Hispanics and 42% to 33% for Asians from 1990 to 2000, according to Ohio State University sociologist Zhenchao Qian, who co-authored a study on the subject. Increasingly, singles are turning to a growing number of niche dating sites on the Internet, such as SoZila.com, free online dating to find their potential partners.

I can attest to the study, knowing my own sister and my sister in law. Both of them immigrated in the early 1990's as kids. Now, all grown up, they have been seeking to connect with someone who shares their own roots. It is one thing when you share your parent's home and feel part of the immigrant culture, but completely different when you are outside and you feel more like an American. They feel divided and wonder if bringing an American to the family would make them feel comfortable. They even try to stay away from recent immigrants as they don't feel like they share common interests.

If you have a story you would like to share, please don't hesitate to comment on the post. Looking forward to your feedback.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lying about your age...

Mark Katz, who is a 'Personal Trainer For People Who Want To Fall In Love' is going on the CBS Early Show today (Tuesday) to talk about the ethics of lying about your age. I’m 27, just sayin’. He says he’s going to be sporting poofy hair, which should make watching it even more of a must-see TV event.
I wish he were working for SoZila.com, the free online dating service!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Twitter's new email system - a step forward

A meaningful update to Twitter's email system was just rolled out. It includes both new followers and direct message notifications. The Twitter logo and background are now present, but what's most important is the additional information contained within the message about the person messaging you or starting to follow you. The only hyperlink is the link to this person's profile. Looking forward to more updates from Twitter.

SoZila.com the free online dating service had also rolled out a version of Twitter, which can be found at www.160tag.com's mini blog

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Is Userplane closing down?!

There were rumors today and an article on the Online Personals Watch claiming that Userplane is closing down. Userplane is the company Michael Jones built and then sold to AOL. Mike subsequently was invited to become COO for MySpace.

The company was providing online instant messenger for the dating communities. I have confirmed from Mike, that for now this is only a rumor and that there is no substantial proof that this could be happening. I guess we can only wait and see what happens.

For a short period of time, back in 2005, SoZila.com the online dating service was also using it.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Facebook's New Friends Page

I did a little digging on Thursday last week and have an interesting finding to share with all of you. The new design Facebook implemented on your Friends page has one minor flaw: it lacks something we all may need - 'delete'. Let me backtrack and explain what I mean.

Let's say you have hundreds or even thousands of friends and one of them is writing junk, so you decide you want to remove them, as you get sick and tired of reading garbage (it happened to me). You click on Friends and then you go to 'All'. Well, it ain't easy finding the one you need, so you do a search. You start typing the name of the friend in question and the person appears on the list, but now, you have NO delete. You can not remove them from your friends list, period! You can only add them to an existing or new list. Well how do you make it easy then?!

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Online Dating - Update for SoZila.com

For the new website design, we have been experimenting with the FaceBook connect and we are pretty sure it is 100% operational. Once the site is released, we will be asking all of your members for their input: do they find it useful, is it working, are they loving it?!

The FaceBook connect allows members to login to the site just by using their facebook login information. There are other hidden gadgets along the way, but I will let you discover them yourself. Some of them are: comments to facebook, invite facebook friends, and much more.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Guy's Rules (in reply to the article below)

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. Finally, a guys' side of the story.

(I must admit, it's pretty good.)

We always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side.These are our rules! Please note, these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides.Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.


1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!


1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's What we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.


1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a Problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.


1. If you won't dress like the Victoria 's Secret girls, don't Expect Us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.


1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one

1. You can either ask us to do something Or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.


1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.


1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing, " We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.


1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... Really .


1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as sports, cars, or, sex.

1. You have enough clothes.


1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!


1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Submitted by Dinko Kirev (he may not be the author!)

Dating Tips for Girls

  1. Know your worth and respect yourself. Put yourself on the highest bar so he can respect and treat you at that bar
  2. If he gives up too quickly or doesn’t try hard enough, chances are he doesn’t know your worth as of yet either! The kick!!!
  3. If he grabs you on first date, or touches your bum/boobs chances are you aren’t the only one nor does he respect you any higher: either he needs prescription hand cuffs…or the BOOT!!
  4. Etiquette towards others, his attitude to a waitress or his friend or even YOUR friend by any means is rude is UNACCEPTABLE. Never mind that one day he will come off 10x worse towards you once you get comfortable.
  5. Work is important but your time is also important, if he can’t distinguish that then obviously let him date his career instead. ..THE BOOT!!!
  6. If he stops being affectionate or compliments after first month...out!- every man should always acknowledge u as the most beautiful woman in the room, in EVERY room! My aunt once said a man should “Love the air that you breathe, and respect the wind that blows in your hair”…yes old fashion but why not!
  7. When you ask for something ie: your choice of dinner, your choice of dessert, game, etc and do not receive in beginning- you will NEVER receive. Cut it loose while you can!!!
  8. If he honestly does like you and does want to spend more time with you, don’t get scared, but rather take it as opportunity. But also let him know you are a busy woman and have your own life on the side too, so then your time is just really precious!
  9. If you inner instincts tell you something is not right and you deserve better, speak out and confront it right away. Otherwise you will waste his time and your precious moments!
  10. If you want to wait and to have relations, then he has to want to wait to enjoy that magical moment too. Don’t fall for any lines, “anyways we are going have sex one day so what’s the big deal when it’s going to happen.” Or “stop being a little 16 yr old girl,” .. It is a big deal buddy because I want to know if I actually like you first!
  11. Always take notice of any signs of jealousy, which conclude to insecurity, which in turn can sabotage any normal relationship! If he doesn’t understand tell him he has a chronic sickness and needs medication! Otherwise the CURB!!!

This article was written by Dessi (my sister in law) and by the way, she's part of SoZila.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Domains for Sale!

I have two (2) domains that are really good and I am about to sell one of them. The domains are:

www.TwittLove.com
www.TwittHeart.com

Make me an offer and we can talk.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dating Facts

Did you know that 71% of UK adults claim to have had an affair with a colleague (AOL survey). Find your affair now at www.SoZila.com the 100% free online dating service

Thursday, March 19, 2009

An Unusual Workplace Romance

Not unusual, but very comon

Cathy has a strange problem in her office. Strange is actually not the correct word here. Peculiar would be more like it, and she doesn't know how to tackle it or solve it. Her colleague is smitten by her. That should not lead you to conclude that he's coming in her way. Rather, far from it. He never comes across and talks about his love, neither does he drop hints. He just looks in his quiet way but this silent admiration is proving to be more effective in making an impression on Cathy. The fact that he does not express his love explicitly and maintains strict professional behavior amazes Cathy. She's surprised that a man can be so silent despite appearing to be so hopelessly in love.

This is not a typical workplace romance friends. I'm not sure of the complexities myself. This colleague of hers is making his moves very carefully. He knows Cathy is a no-nonsense woman and the moment he makes a wrong move, he'll be snubbed. So he's not making any move at all. He's just letting her understand he likes her and is in no hurry to reach anywhere. He meets Cathy everyday due to professional commitments. Even here he's playing a masterstroke. He's not being extra nice to her, nor is he being nasty. He's being normal. And that is something that he needs credit for. I can never see myself being composed if I loved a girl and she was around me!

Adrian is very upset about all this. He doesn't know what to do. He somehow feels that Cathy's colleague is a potential threat. He was sure of the fact that Cathy would deal with any inappropriate advances, but he did not take into account a dignified, restrained appeal to Cathy's softer emotions. The colleague has now put Adrian at a loss. He asked me if I can suggest something. I heard him out, but I have nothing to say. This is indeed complicated. If Adrian did anything brash, it would be the best way to drive Cathy straight into this guy's arms. And you cannot expect Adrian to keep quiet while Cathy is being royally wooed by her colleague. Help!

I would love to hear what would you do if you were Cathy, the admirer or Adrian

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Recession & paid dating sites

Now that valentines day is over we’ve seen massive swings in sign-ups and now paid sites are cutting back even more dramatically and payouts are going way down as people are no longer willing to pay for memberships.

Last quarter every publicly traded paid dating site reported revenue declines. Because dating sites didn’t spend as much money on marketing last quarter they have lost a lot of market share. SoZila.com hasn’t really grown much this month or the month before, but hey, we just haven’t lost traffic like many others.

With so many dating sites for sale either in whole or in part, one has to wonder what this industry will look like in 6 months. I was just yesterday approached by Toby from flirtbox.com, asking me if I'd like to buy out his business.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Worm causes overheating and disables CPU

For all of you dogs and cats lovers: If you have cats and dirt you may want to be aware of a new type of worm that is infecting computers across the UK -- or at least one computer, anyway. It's called 'earth-worm', and one of the five-inch variety stealthily found its way into the laptop of Mark Taylor. The unfortunate guy began receiving overheating errors and took his machine to a technician who promptly found the unfortunate creature wedged in the cooling fan, slowly crisping thanks to the system's heat. Taylor thinks one of his cats dug up the worm outside and brought it inside, and then the poor thing crawled through one of the cooling vents on his notebook to flee the cat.

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Dating Advice: How to pick-up a girl in the Bar

Over the years I have dated many girls. I am not ashamed to share it and I am kind of proud of it. I do have the physique and I think I have the intellect. I am an attractive catch and I've been told so.

Well without any further a do, here is what I want to tell you.

I have learned many techniques on how to pick up a girl and sometimes these techniques work and sometimes they don't. I am not saying that I am 100% right, don't get me wrong. Not all of us are perfect. Here is one of them and I promise to share the rest with you in the course of a few different posts.

How to pick up a girl in the bar?!

Being in a bar can sometimes be a very intimidating environment. You walk in, you scan the environment and you size the competition. You see other good looking guys and you start thinking that your chances are slim or almost none. Not true! Here is what you can do:

1. Surround yourself with a bunch of friends
2. Ask them to be very loud and obnoxious
3. While they are acting up, you do the exactly opposite: be soft spoken, quiet, and most important polite.
4. Be nice to the bartender, the waitress, and everyone around you

Trust me, girls know how to pick up the soft spoken, polite, and well behaved guy. They will love you and seek your company

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

SoZila.com is a free online dating site ideal for busy people who no longer have the time or patience for what has become the typical, "e-mail intensive", never ending string of disappointing first and last dates, "on-line" scene. What sets this service apart from the rest is its ability to not only create opportunities by getting you in front of million other people, but by creating opportunities with people you share interests and commonalities with, making it that much more likely that you'll hit it off.


"I have been to so many dating sites where I had nothing in common with the guys I was meeting", OnSpeedDating.com Co-founder, Amber Soletti explains. "I thought the concept of speed dating was great in the sense that it increased the odds that you would hit it off with someone; however I still wasn't meeting the guys I wanted to meet. And that's when it hit me - speed dating had the quantity aspect covered. If we could just find a way to incorporate the quality portion, by increasing the chance for connection, we could offer something the other sites weren't".The majority of speed dating companies offer events, based on age ranges, i.e. women and men ages 24-28. OnSpeedDating.com is a new breed of speed dating where the events are geared more towards interests, backgrounds and/or preferences. OnSpeedDating.com is offering its more diverse NYC clientele events like "Date a NYC Fireman", "Date a Democrat", "Speed dating for women 5'9 and taller and men 6'2 and taller" and "Date men with big hands". "What can I say," Soletti smiles, "a lot of women are into and requesting these types of events! We're like Burger King in the sense that we want you to have it your way".Some up-coming OnSpeedDating.com events include speed dating for busy executives, volleyball players, gay men, and Wall Street traders. Just sign up with whatever group you want and maybe find "the one". As for connections and expectations, no pressure there either. Studies have shown that speed daters connect within the first 30 seconds, so 3 minutes is plenty of time to figure out if you've potentially met someone worth seeing again. "That's what I love about speed dating", OnSpeedDating.com Co-founder Carmine DiRe shares. "I can usually tell if I'm into someone within the first few minutes and when I wasn't, I'd end up being stuck with them for the entire night." With speed dating, it's 4 minutes and out. "I try and leave the expectations behind and instead just focus on having fun".And fun is exactly what the majority of event guests have. With plenty of pre-date drinks, music and socializing and more drinks, even the most up-tight of daters will loosen up and be at ease. In regards to cost, OnSpeedDating.com can run anywhere from $20-$35 depending on the event. A small investment that can potentially lead to finding your match, not to mention the fact that being in a safe dating environment, especially for women, is priceless. Drink specials are also part of the OnSpeedDating.com package and offered to participants at each venue.You can come in straight from work, as most often do, and not worry about dress code, as there is none. Just bring yourself and some friends if you're not brave enough to go it alone.About onspeeddating.com OnSpeedDating.com is an on-line company offering speed dating services for singles in the New York City area. Along with their speed dating site, they also offer free on-line dating throughout the United States and Canada via their sister site called Kissburg. Visit them at www.onspeeddating.com and/or www.kissburg.com for membership and event information.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Monthly Updates

Over the past month we've been getting ready for the new design and site implementation. We took into consideration some of our members' concerns and have implemented them. Some of the most important ones are:

1. Profiles will no longer be accessible by Google. What does that mean? It means that all of your personal information, such as name, city, state, and country will not be available for indexing by search engines. I am not sure why would someone request that, but we listened. The way I see it is that if you are on a .free dating site, then you want as much exposure as possible.

2. None of the profiles will be accessible by users who are not registered. You need to have a user registration to browse through profiles. If you need to use any of the options on the site, then you need a profile. This will eliminate spam and prevent scammers from contacting members.

The change is coming soon and the site will be better than ever.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Some improvements over the week...

We are getting ready for revealing the new design of the site and started doing some winter cleaning.

1. Deleted over 6,000+ inactive profiles.

2. Revamped the profile system forcing better quality profiles on random search

3. Implemented an option to require login when browsing through profiles. Hopefully this will stop the scammers

4. Semi new design and cleanup of a lot of pages..

5. A whole bunch of tiny changes all over the place.

Your input would be greatly appreciated

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

DowntoEarth.com and the unfair practices

So, I signed up for DownToEarth.com about a week ago, just to see what is all the fuzz about. Design is great and I won't deny it. The site is simple and easy to navigate. Being that this is a spawn of match.com, I am assuming there is a lot of financing behind it. By the way, seems like match.com is dropping their paid subscription and trying their luck in the free dating field. Their photo uploader is amazing. I have never seen a flash one before. Thought they can only be done in Java. So far I have reported all the positive things, but it is about time for me to tell you about the drawbacks.

This morning I received an email that nalisha has sent me a message. Good enough! I logged i, read the email, and sure enough she turns out to be a scammer. Being a good Samaritan, I reported it to the good folks at downtoearth. To my surprise, I had another two emails in my box (I was never notified about these). They were also scammers. Zapped and reported! Then, I visited my free dating profile section. They have this section called 'My Little black book', that shows profiles I have flirted with and profiles that have flirted with me. Well guess what? There were 3 ladies that 'I HAD' flirted with, but I wasn't aware of ;-) I know I did not, so why are they there. Did they get a message that I flirted with them? If they did, then I think it isn't fare to get your customers coming back to the site by feeding them false information.

I am sure other things will come up and I will be more than happy to report them, but until then, keep warm and think positive.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

People still getting tricked by scammers!

We're only on day ten of 2009, and MessageLabs (owned by Symantec) is already telling that it has detected a significant spike in email fraud and financial scams compared to last year. In the first week, messages with subjects like "Congratulations New Year winner! You have won the UK National Lottery" make up nearly 10% of all e-mail, three times what it was in the first two weeks of 2008.

"The new year means new opportunities for spammers," says Paul Wood, Senior Analyst, MessageLabs. "As the economic climate continues to be frosty and the inability to secure credit through official channels remains spammers are tempted by the possibility that consumers facing uncertain futures may be more tempted by some of these hard-to-resist offers."

It is hard to believe these types of scams are still going full throttle, let alone growing so significantly. Yet the numbers lay it out:

MessageLabs notes that the scams are getting easier to read and less verbose, as to be more cunning in their attempts to trick unsuspecting victims. All of you potential victims out there, how many people do you know that have just come into large sums of money and been notified simply by an email from a stranger? Think these things out. There must be people still falling for these things or they would become extinct.

People still getting tricked by scammers!

We're only on day ten of 2009, and MessageLabs (owned by Symantec) is already telling that it has detected a significant spike in email fraud and financial scams compared to last year. In the first week, messages with subjects like "Congratulations New Year winner! You have won the UK National Lottery" make up nearly 10% of all e-mail, three times what it was in the first two weeks of 2008.

"The new year means new opportunities for spammers," says Paul Wood, Senior Analyst, MessageLabs. "As the economic climate continues to be frosty and the inability to secure credit through official channels remains spammers are tempted by the possibility that consumers facing uncertain futures may be more tempted by some of these hard-to-resist offers."

It is hard to believe these types of scams are still going full throttle, let alone growing so significantly. Yet the numbers lay it out:

MessageLabs notes that the scams are getting easier to read and less verbose, as to be more cunning in their attempts to trick unsuspecting victims. All of you potential victims out there, how many people do you know that have just come into large sums of money and been notified simply by an email from a stranger? Think these things out. There must be people still falling for these things or they would become extinct.

Friday, January 9, 2009

SEO's assistance is needed!

It's getting to a point where I am out front becoming mad. I have done everything to boost my ratings and I have been very unsuccessful and frustrated. My site keeps hovering on page 22 on Google for searches such as: free online dating and free dating. I have done everything I can and know to improve, but with no luck.

I am looking for an SEO consultant (willing to pay him/her) to help me boost my rankings and my position for these key terms. If you are interested, please let me know.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

How to catch a scammer?!

With many years of experience, I’ve established a routine for catching fraud on my free online dating site. 7 days a week. So far, I have been able to keep fraud levels pretty low and this is what I have learned

  1. Picture of a model.
  2. Headline such as “Looking for a long distance relationship.” Who is LOOKING for a long distance relationship?
  3. Terrible English
  4. Copy/paste email sent to people all over the country
  5. IP address that doesn’t match their registration location. Despite the fact that most foreign countries such as Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoir have already been banned, they still find ways to make it in through anonymous IPs. Well, I have news for you - I am blocking these as well. I am also in the process of writing code to display the IP address of the person in their profile with the respective country.

After the review is done, I delete the bad guys/girls. Delete also removes all email, spam posts, comments and everything related to that person. Users may be a bit frustrated that they’ve been notified that they have mail but log on to find none, but it’s better than being scammed.

Code has been written to say “This account has been deleted.”

Please, write me with your comments here: Free Dating

Sunday, January 4, 2009

On the Web, no one knows you are 14!

Okay knuckleheads, you can’t rely on a website to make sure a girl’s 18. And when you get in trouble because she’s actually 14, it’s not the dating website’s fault, even if their age verification process is ridiculous. So, what s the best age verification process? How can you make sure that the person on the other side is actually of legal age?

Ask for ID! Make sure it’s real! Maybe ask for a birth certificate, too. Because it ain’t SexSearch.com that’s serving jail time, got it? And an appeals court just said the free dating website can’t be held liable for the girl’s lie, not because of the usual Communications Decency Act protections from third-party content, but because the dude that sued SexSearch didn’t make sure she was 18, either.

It was probably a good idea to look around for Chris Hansen, too, ya creep.

Not that SexSearch shouldn’t—um, isn’t morally obligated to—make better efforts to confirm user ages. But in this situation, where a crime was committed offline because of information perceived to be true via a specific medium, there would be infinite liability for all websites, and book publishers, and broadcasters, and on and on, for anything.

The judge says it better: "Given the nature of the service, which encourages members to meet in person for sexual encounters, SexSearch’s potential liability is nearly limitless. For example, arrest, diseases of various sorts, and injuries caused by irate family members or others may be the result of such hedonistic sex.”

Yeah, and it makes your mom sad, too.