Although you’ll hear lots of people say that the online dating markets are too saturated to really make any money these days, starting an online dating site is actually an excellent way to start making money online! While you may never become the next eHarmony or Date.com, there’s always room for another great dating site, especially if you choose to start a carefully selected niche membership site.
What’s a niche membership site? Niche membership (dating) sites are more targeted toward matching people with very targeted interests. For example, if you’re a golf fanatic, you may choose to join a site that is specifically for people who love to play golf. Therefore, you would likely meet other singles who would share your passion for golf, and hypothetically, be more compatible. Here are some examples of niche dating sites:
- Religious Sites (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.)
- Ethnic Sites (Black Singles, Interracial Singles, Hispanic Singles)
- Professions (Military, Medical, Attorneys, etc.)
- Shared Interest (Golf, Equestrian, Beach Lovers, etc.)
Still other sites are based on sexual preferences, financial status, age groups… the list literally goes on and on! Basically, if you’ve got a special interest, or even a medical condition, chances are, there’s a dating site devoted to it. And, if you’re interested in starting your own site, finding the right niche could mean the difference between success and failure in an online dating business!
In addition to building your own membership site, there are quite a few “white label” affiliate programs available online, too, white label meaning the ability to brand your site, but share in the membership base of the main site. So, instead of having one or two members initially, your brand new dating site would start with thousands, even millions of members, for your new members to mingle with online. Of course, like any affiliate program, you would receive a commission instead of the entire membership fee, but generally speaking, it’s much easier to build a branded site through an affiliate program when you’re just starting out.
Your other option, of course, is to build your own membership site, completely from scratch, with zero members to start. While it would take a bit longer to get the site up and running, and even longer to generate income, the income from this type of site would likely far outpace the income from several white label dating sites… assuming that is that you choose the right niche, build an attractive site, and promote it like crazy!
As you can see, there are still excellent opportunities in the business of online dating, and if this is a field that interests you, or where you have a level of expertise, it can turn into a great home based business, as well. So, what are you waiting for? Choose a niche and get started!