Biggest online dating agencies

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Like many dating sites, Zoosk offers free browsing and message services.

However, it does not let you respond to other members until you pay for a membership, then you can wink and chat your heart out.

Unlike the more formulaic dating sites, encourages users to spend their twenties dating as many people as possible to find what they like in a partner. Without paying for a membership, you can create a profile, receive match suggestions, search for potential matches and send "winks" to people.

Unfortunately, without a full membership you can't respond to or block other users, use the chat function or see who has viewed your profile.

Obviously, not all dating sites are created equal, so, to help you cut through the noise, I sat down with dating coach, Lisa Copeland for a quick comparison.

Lisa is a dating coach who focuses on helping older women to find quality men.

"Brainiac sites like Ok Cupid, which tend toward math-based equations to find you romance, are good choices for people who think they fall outside the norm to some degree and want a geek who might get lost in the cracks of a bigger site," Masini says.

Ok Cupid isn't the best choice for people who are looking to get into a long-term relationship; the vast majority of users are under 30 and not necessarily looking for anything serious.

Still, e Harmony gives users access to thousands of detailed profiles of high caliber matches.

Like so many things in life, dating is a numbers game.

But, as we get a little older it sometimes feels like the odds are tipped against us! In the last few years, companies have started to realize that there is a huge opportunity to help people over 50 to find partners and have opened senior dating sites just for us.

It's the next step down in size and manageability." There is nothing casual about dating on e Harmony; most users want to settle down and soon.

So, if you're looking for a long-term, serious relationship, e Harmony might be the place for you.

Best for Settling Down: e Harmony "e Harmony is a dating site for people who want to get married," Masini says.

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