Plenty of Fish (PoF) Review

Features available to all subscribers:

  • Viewing of photos and profiles
  • Testimonials
  • Favorites
  • Communication with members
  • My Matches
  • Users viewing fellow members
  • Rating of pictures

Available features for paying members:

  • ‘Ultra Match’ access
  • Removal of ads
  • Profile themes
  • Free gifts (unlimited)
  • Able to see if emails were deleted or read
  • Able to see who browses a particular member’s profile and the time and date viewed
  • Profile highlighted in search results

Pros:

  • Free features include searching for members, making a profile, and communicating with members.
  • It is one of the biggest free-membership online dating websites.
  • One can get tips on how to make a desirable profile and how to start communicating to potential mates.

Cons:

  • Certain features need a paid membership before accessing.
  • There is nearly no phone support or email customer support.
  • The design of the website is lacking compared with other online dating sites.
  • There is no uploading of features or group chatting.
  • Advertising, which is found in personal messages, other site areas, and website menus, can make navigation of the site confusing.
  • As membership is free, there is no reason why scam artists or philandering married people use the website.

Search Parameters:

Basic search parameters include intent, education, zodiac sign, ethnicity, body type, and location. Advanced search parameters include pets, family orientation, self-confidence, profession, religion, marital status, hair color, income, and personality.

Costs:

  • USD 35.40 for a 3-month membership or USD 11.80 a month
  • USD 51.00 for a 6-month membership or USD 8.50 a month
  • USD 81.40 for a 1-year membership or USD 6.78 a month

Why choose pof.com (Plenty of Fish)?

Plenty of Fish (PoF) has continually received high rankings among online dating websites and has been ranked #1 or #2 in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The website was established in 2003 and boasts of 32 million members all over the world. In 2011, it was named the world’s #1 free dating website. With numerous page views every month, users are sure to meet various singles who are looking actively for friendship, serious relationships, or casual dating.

PoF members who have registered for free can actually get to use the website. It starts with one’s basic profile information and what the person is searching for. Sign up inquiries cover marital status, children, drinking and smoking habits, interests, profession, religion, family situation, income, relationship history, and other questions. Members then make their profiles more personal by adding an essay description, interests, and a headline. An essay on first dates is optional.

What is interesting comes next. It is the Relationship Chemistry Predictor. It makes the process enjoyable with questions meant to determine compatibility. The predictor asks 73 statements about the member and his or her personality. The predictor also measures five facets of one’s personality and then it uses one’s responses in order to help match the person with other people who have undergone the test. Members can also take the Relationship Needs Assessment. This determines a member’s hidden and known needs in a relationship. As one accomplishes the assessment, one is give an action plan of topics and questions to effectively communicate with one’s matches

Other nifty features on PoF include login points, Goldfish credits, testimonials, roses, and virtual gifts. One can buy Goldfish credits and use them to buy PoF gifts, the ability to see if a message has been sent, and more crafty Ice Breakers. Gifts bought with the credits appear on the profile of the recipient for three weeks. Points for login are automatically earned for each day one signs into his or her account. The login points can also be used to buy virtual gifts, which appear only on the recipient’s email.

If one has been added to the ‘favorites list’ of a particular member, one can get to leave a testimonial for the former. One can remove or edit any testimonial as long as he or she has written it. One can also remove any testimonial written about him or her. Each user gets 2 roses upon joining the website. After one rose is sent to another, one has to wait for 30 days before getting a new rose. One should choose wisely as – since roses are ‘rare’ – receiving or sending a rose is a memorable occasion.

There are also Plenty of Fish features that are only available to users of a particular gender. Only women can get access to the ‘Most Attracted’ feature, while only men can access the ‘Hottest Girls’ page. The ‘Most Attracted’ feature formulates a list of male members having the highest likelihood of getting attracted to the female member accessing such feature. Other PoF features include forums, like chat, MeetMe, and mobile applications for Windows, Android, and iPhone.

The free membership enables members to access the site comprehensively including testimonials, searching, communicating with other users, and favorites. However, paying members get more perks than the rest.

What draws users to PoF is that the website helps prospective members create their profiles successfully. One should take time to think about and create the profile. If one’s profile is impersonal, sparse, and short, members are likely to ignore messages being sent to them. As members get messages, they check out the profile of the sender. If they find the profile satisfactory, the member may seriously consider the message. Otherwise, that message will be deleted.

One should include a photograph. Profiles with pictures are seen 10 times more than bare profiles. As more people see one’s profile, the more opportunities the person can find his love. Likewise, the profile description must be comprehensive and say a lot about the member. The more a member writes in a profile, the more the site’s members can identify the person and may want to contact the member. Some inclusions in the description can be dislikes, likes, fears, passions, personality traits, and personality beliefs. In the first date ideas space, one should be truthful as it is reveal the member’s personality, whether that person is romantic, sporty, sensual, adventurous, sensitive, or easygoing.

As one gets to follow the above tips, accessing the Plenty of Fish online dating website is easy and one can meet his or her true love in no time.