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Is it difficult to make a dating site? My budget is small. Any suggestion?

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Yes, it’s hard. Technologically, dating sites are not that complicated. The difficulty is keeping them populated enough that they remain useful for your users.

Consider this: the better your dating site is, the more likely a user is to get in to a permanent relationship, leave your site and never come back.

The users that DO stick around for a long time are actually your worst users—because the reason they are still there is that they either have unattractive profiles or are bad dates (and hence never manage to form a relationship). This reduces the overall experience for everyone else.

Dating sites tend to need to spend a LOT of money acquiring new users through advertising, AdWords etc. if you don’t have a strong, differentiated plan for user acquisition there’s not much point building a dating site.

This is Is it difficult to make a dating site? My budget is small. Any suggestion? by Simon Willison, posted on 30th July 2013.

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