Canadian Personals Review

Singles in Canada can check out Canadian Personals. The site still doesn’t seem to attract many visitors. Even after having made some changes, such as allowing free keyword searches, its numbers just don’t measure up to the competition. It might want to rethink its traditional bent on dating. It still only has the choice of find someone of the opposite sex for friendship or love. There are no other options in gender or for more causal connections. That’s a bit old fashioned perhaps. I imagine that some would find it ideal though.

This site has one of the fastest signup processes going. You really aren’t forced to provide much information before getting online. That’s not to say that you can’t answer additional questions that will make your profile more comprehensive. The choice is completely yours though. Beyond the basic and extra info, you can also take a compatibility test to analyze your personality. Let me tell you that it asks some strange questions. Your responses are supposed to be based on your childhood, so it’s about as old-school Freudian as you can get.

“If you take the less expensive of the two membership options, it ends up being quite competitive when compared to a good portion of other sites on the market.”

You can send flirty “smiles” or prewritten e-cards without a membership. If you want to use any other form of communication, you need to start paying for access to CanadianPersonals. Once you do, there are a few good and fast ways to make that special connection with a fellow paid member. Obviously, you can send and receive emails. You also have chat rooms and instant messaging.

There are also message boards that are free to read. Again, a premium membership is required to reply to a post. I always say that I don’t expect any free rides in life or in online dating. All the same, when a site has a small member base, I sometimes question the logic behind limiting contact between paid and free members. I’m not sure if I would want to pay a monthly fee if there are tons of freeloading subscribers I can’t reach.

The price to join remains the same as it always was. It doesn’t change whether you choose to pay in American or Canadian currency. The option is nice to have, since many sites only come in US dollars. If you take the less expensive of the two membership options, it ends up being quite competitive when compared to a good portion of other sites on the market.

I still have my reservations about recommending this site though. It just doesn’t have enough people visiting its pages. The fact that paying for a membership doesn’t allow you to contact free members is an even bigger drawback. Canadian Personals simply isn’t the best site to join.

UK Singles Connection Review

UK Singles Connection is aimed toward singles living in the United Kingdom. There are, of course, members from other places, too. However, most of its members do appear to be from the U.K. That’s something that can’t always be said of some other localized competitors in the online dating world. The site does not receive many visitors. That lack of popularity remains despite lowering its monthly price. That’s surprising, because a membership costs considerably less than many other sites do.

The profile process on UKSinglesConnections.com is a bit of a turnoff. It is sickeningly generic and utterly lacks originality. I know the U.K. isn’t as flag-waving as the U.S. can be. However, British users would appreciate something unique, I’d think. As it stands, this site is just another knockoff of your standard American site. Many companies do tailor their services to specific countries. Even many competing sites in the U.K. singles market do a better job than this site does at reaching their client base.

“You can always read the message boards to get a generalized feel of the people in the UK Singles Connection community.”

You can search by postal or zip code in the U.S. and Canada only. There is no such option for British subscribers. If you’re living in the United Kingdom, it can be tricky to search within your local area. It really depends on where you live specifically. After all, you can search to within 10 miles of specific cities on a relatively extensive list of locations in the U.K.

You can always read the message boards to get a generalized feel of the people in the UK Singles Connection community. If you switch over to a premium membership then straightaway you can join in live chats, post on the previously mentioned message boards, send and receive emails, and initiate instant messaging, not just reply. Otherwise, you can send a free prewritten e-card. You can also give a “smile” to someone for free.

The site offers some extra compatibility features. They may be cheesy to some of us, but they’re good fun for most of us. Do a personality test to mark your profile type with a special color. It will help others know whether the color of their love matches. Fill out a ranked series of questions about the details of your desired mate, and their matchmaking system will send you an email with a list of compatible people from the site.

The site should consider allowing paid subscribers to communicate with free members. It also should continue to work on improving its search engine. It would be ideal to add a postal code option for the U.K. Without attracting more members, UK Singles Connection is competitively priced but not successfully competing in its geographic niche.