SingleParentMeet.com

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Raising children is not easy, especially for those who do not have someone to accompany them. SingleParentMeet.com is a dating site under the niche specialized for a single demographic group—single parents.

Some people have a misguided prejudice against single parents. Some individuals even consider children as extra ‘baggage’ or burdens in starting a relationship. The most important thing in a niche dating site like SingleParentMeet.com is, most of the members are in the same situation, which makes them understand each other better.

There may be some people on the site who are not actually parents, however, they are those who find single parents acceptable or are even actively looking for a partner with children.

SingleParentMeet.com is under People Media, one of the biggest companies in niche online dating particularly those which cater to specialized groups. People Media was launched in 2002 and was acquired by dating giant, Match.com in 2009, which led to a redesign of the websites. Some other successful sites under its name include BlackPeopleMeet.com, SeniorPeopleMeet.com and BBPeopleMeet.com (Big and Beautiful).

Though the site is only available in US and Canada. It has around 410,000 active members with reported 50,000 unique visitors and hundreds of new profiles every month. Except for single parents, SingleParentMeet.com also accepts singles that don’t mind dating someone who already has a child. It also helps single parents look for caretakers for their children.
The gender ratio of the website is slightly skewed to males, which is highly unusual in most dating sites. Males constitute 55 percent of the users; meanwhile, females make up 45 percent.

The user base of the site is also diversified in terms of age and income levels.

In terms of age, the largest groups are those from ages 18-24 and 35-44, each of which constitutes 25 percent of the members and from ages 45-54, which makes up 23 percent.

Compared to other sites, members of SingleParentMeet.com have lower education levels. About 49 percent of the members only have high school education, 39 percent holds a bachelor’s degree. On the other hand, 12 percent finished graduate studies.

However, the capability of these people who are single-handedly raising their child/children cannot be underestimated. Most of them are equally accomplished people who chose to forgo their education and spend their time to earn money. This can be reflected in their diverse income levels which do not conform to their education. Most members have an annual income of $50,000 – $100,000 and $150,000 and above, each of which constitutes 28 percent of the users.

User Demographics based on Education and Income:

EducationIncome
High SchoolUnder $50K19%
Bachelor’s Degree$50K – $100K28%
Graduate Degree$100K – $150K25%
Over $150K28%

Like most dating sites new users can create their profile and try the service for free, however, most of the good features can be accessed only through paid membership. Below are the prices of premium upgrades at SingleParentMeet.com:

1 Month16.99 USD16.99 USD
3 Months13.02 USD39.07 USD23%
6 Months7.64 USD45.85 USD55%

On the other hand, there is another option for members who want to use premium functions without paying a fixed monthly price, that is through tokens. Tokens don’t expire and will only be expended as consumed. The tokens can be purchased in differing amounts based on the users’ needs. Members can buy 25 tokens for $0.99, 110 tokens for $3.99, and 280 tokens for $9.99.
Payment for membership upgrades and tokens can be made through Credit Card and PayPal. There is a one-time processing fee of $3.99 to all new account upgrades.

Functions available to free members include profile creation and sending ‘flirts’ to other members. Aside from the basic requirement which includes age, height, appearance, ethnicity, location, religion, relationship history, children and profile photo, SingleParentMeet.com has provides many ways to customize user profiles and make it more unique.

There is the ‘greeting’ message. This is the first thing a member sees when viewing another user’s profiles. Another is the ‘message ideas,’ where users can write proposed questions for those who view their profile as a way to understand them better.

The messaging function for free members is locked. The only way to interact with other members is to send ‘flirts’ to express interest. Members can also add profiles to their ‘favorites’ list for future viewing.

Like most dating sites, a user cannot do a lot without paying. Here are the functions unlocked for premium members:

● Unlimited Messaging- Includes unlimited use of email and live chat messaging to all members, whether free or premium. There are also audio and video chat available.
● View Activity- Let members see who sent flirts or favorited their profile.
● Profile Highlight- Makes profile appear on top of free members on searches and matches.
● Advanced Matching- Access to advanced search filtering.
Meanwhile, below are the features that can be accessed with tokens:
● ConnectMe- Use of messaging options including live chat, mail, audio and video chat with a fixed rate.
● PromoteMe- Highlight profile for a limited amount of time.
● MatchMe- Use advanced matching options.
● NotifyMe- Set an alert to notify the user when a specific member is online.
● VirtualGifts- Can be sent to another member to express sincerity. The gift items can be bought with an equivalent number of tokens.

The dating site has a mobile app which is compatible with both Android and iOS.

The website design is simple and efficient. There are no overwhelming layouts or graphic designs, which makes the site easy for the eyes. It also has good functionality and usability. It’s simple yet functional design makes the site popular to its users.

Mobile apps are important for convenience especially for those who spend more time outside. The mobile app interface is very easy to use and navigate. It has similar design and functionality with the desktop version, although much simple to fit phone display. The app is free to download from Google Play and Apple App Store.

Signing up and creating a profile is not complicated. Users can use Facebook sign-up for more convenience. The initial process only requires basic information, after which users can directly gain access to the site interface. Meanwhile, there are also other sections like personality questions and open-ended questions where users can write short essays about themselves.

It is also fairly easy to connect to members with its moderate user base. Though it is more effective to make the first move and send flirts or private messages to another user. There are some reports on scam profiles that approach new members and some not-so-good encounters. There are also some reports about old and inactive profiles which remain viewable at the site.

SingleParentMeet.com has several safety features to protect its users and ensure an enjoyable online dating experience. Its privacy policy outlines the usage of information that members submit to the account. It also asks for consent for every data collection done to the user’s device. If users still find it uncomfortable, they can choose to leave as little or as much information about themselves, especially about their children.

To protect users, the website has accessible safety buttons which can be used to block or report another user to the customer support staff. The site also has a page which offers safety tips about online dating and fraud awareness.

SingleParentMeet.com has a good FAQ section which can answer almost all questions about the site, including filling out a user profile and most site functions.

There is no phone number available to call customer service. For more assistance, the site has an onsite email messaging system on its ‘Ask A Question’ tab, however, users cannot expect a fast response. It takes at least two days for the service staff to answer queries.

For inquiries users can also mail to:
Privacy Officer
People Media Inc.
8750 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75231

Positives
● A unique community for single parents
● Moderate user base with diverse demographics
● Partner website which helps parents find reliable babysitters
● Subscription cost is lower than other websites
● Option to use tokens for users who don’t want a fixed subscription
● Good layout and site functionality

Negatives
● Not available in other countries, except the US and Canada
● No phone number for customer service and slow email response
● Profiles do not enable users to give more details about children and family life.
● Free members cannot send messages
● Inactive profiles stay viewable at the site
● Reports of scammer profiles

Aside from SingleParentMeet, there are a lot of dating sites that can cater to single moms and dads who are looking for romance, some of which are listed below:
SingleParentMatch- As a competitor in the same niche, it was launched a year earlier than SingleParentMeet and has a considerable reputation. Profile approval in the site is more extensive, making it more secure. It also has more features which include access to a dating counselor.

JustSingleParents- This site is relatively newer. However, it is doing well with more than 2 million members. One reason for its success is its constant updates to meet the needs of its users. It also has better customer service with call center available.

MomsDateDads- Dating site for singles based in the UK. Its users are mainly from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so it doesn’t really clash with SingleParentMeet. It offers more functions for free members.

OurTime- This caters to more mature single parents—those aged 50 and above. The site is free to use and has a streamlined set-up to meet the needs of the older generation and those who aren’t tech savvy.

eHarmony- Though this site is not really exclusive for single parents, it has a very large and diverse membership, single parents won’t find it difficult to find an appropriate match.

Success Stories
There are many single parents who found another chance at love in SingleParentMeet.com. Here are some of them:

I have met the man of my dreams. It was through your site that I met him. Thanks!- Gig Harbor, WA

I heard about the site from a coworker whose best friend had gotten married to a military gentleman she had met off the site. I signed on one day when I wasn’t in the mood to go to a party and met David. I will relocate with my son from St Louis to Las Vegas in about 30 days to join him and his son…- Saint Louis, MO

My Fiancée and I have a great success story we would like to thank you for. We met on your website and we will be getting married July 5th- Buffalo Grove, IL

It takes a lot of time and effort to raise children alone. Most single parents don’t have the time to go out and socialize, much less find someone for a romantic relationship. SingleParentMeet.com makes meeting and dating easier for busy parents and help them connect to like-minded individuals.
One of the drawbacks of SingleParentMeet.com is, it is limited to US and Canada. It’s ever expanding membership base means the site might have an expansion soon due to its growing users. Another disadvantage of the site is its lack of active customer service contacts. Even if there is no landline available, that is understandable, there are a lot of dating sites without phone service. However, it would be better if their email response would be a little faster.

SingleParentMeet.com is open for those looking for friends, casual dates, serious relationships, marriage partners or penpals. It also allows both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. The site does not just focus on finding a partner for an individual but a possible new mother and father figure for their children.

All in all, the website does not provide a full-featured experience like those dating websites with millions of members such as Match.com despite being owned by the same parent company (Match Group). Nonetheless, it is worth checking out like-minded singles that have an understanding of the challenges and joys of being single parents.

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