A lot of readers have been requesting a Plenty of Fish review so after trying it out for 2 months I decided to give it a go.
Plenty of Fish (PoF) is the most popular dating site with claimed membership of the over 100 million members. It is definitely the most popular dating site in the US and United Kingdom - probably because it offers great features for free.
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The People You'll Meet on PoF
As the most popular dating site there are all sorts of characters and people using PoF. However, after a while I noticed a trend - there are a lot of ratchet, hard core party girls. They look decent but you can tell from their profile picture and description that they aren't exactly premium, high grade girls.
If anything, PoF may is considered by some to be the "Myspace of dating sites". It's still there, but it's a little trashy which isn't always a bad thing. If you're looking to get laid then this is an easy place with a lot of girls who are looking to get laid.
For men and women alike you'll see tons of images like
- Countless bathroom selfies
- Women with gangster tattoos
- Hoop earrings
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If you're missing any of these in your life then go sign up for PoF! You are personally guaranteed to see a ton of pictures that meet this description.
There are a ton of different people you can meet. For men, you'll see a lot of girls in the range of 18-30 who, with their pouting and provocative pictures, state that they need a real an to handle a real woman.
On the other side you'll have a slightly older guy in his late 20's to mid 30's that will have huge paragraphs about every detail of his life. This especially includes why he's single and using Plenty of Fish - despite his hate for online dating. Then he'll proceed to say he is glad he didn't make you bored.
(Just for the record, my friend Rachel told me about this - I wasn't actually checking out some dude's profiles!)
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Plenty of Fish Features
The free version of PoF is pretty functional which is nice when compared to other sites. However, this is probably because it’s a site on the lower end of quality (both the site and the people you’ll meet).
The basic features are better than a lot of other free sites. The best ones include:
- Profile description
- Instant messaging
- Access to awesome forums
- “Meet me” feature that is used almost like a “wink” at them (or old Facebook’s poke)
- Search functionality
- Matching function (based on interests)
As you can see it has pretty much everything you need to get started. Most of these are pretty straight forward except maybe the matching function.
The matching function is based on how you answer a series of questions. I recommend doing the bare minimum since it's not great to begin with, but it helps to suggest some cute girls for you and you can cherry pick which ones are right for you.
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How to Effectively Use Plenty of Fish
Other PoF reviews somehow tend to skip this section (which is a big reason why readers kept emailing me for a review of Plenty of Fish). We'll go into detail about the most useful free features how to take advantage of them.
With its search function PoF will help match you with people it believes you will like. However, the search function can't be used if you don't fill out the questions.
Fill out the bare minimum - it's not worth your time to fill out more unless you're really bored. After that take some time to play with and explore the site.
It's definitely one of the easiest sites to use since it resembles a lot of social media sites (we DID call it the myspace of dating sites). It creates an environment of familiarity with almost all users so the best thing to do is actually treat it like a social media site.
However, you actually want to stalk profiles and message girls you like because you have nothing to lose. It's not like social media where people have a newsfeed and will see what you are messaging.
Take advantage of it and just be pretty aggressive to women here. They usually respond well and most are down for one night stands or a casual relationship so it's perfect if you don't want anything serious.
If you do want something serious it requires more work - there's a lot of filtering to do on the site. You'll have to filter past all of the crazies, fake profiles, etc. It's totally possible to find love here... but it'll require a LOT more effort on your end.
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Plenty of Fish Paid
To give a proper Plenty of Fish Review I tested both the free version and the paid version. If you're wondering about the upgrades and if it's worth it then you'll find this section particularly useful.
- Profile shows up higher in search
- Get more messages and emails
- Access to more profiles
- See who viewed your profile and when
- See entire history of a profile (if you’ve messaged before, etc)
- Ad-free PoF
- See if people have read your messages/emails
- Send 3 gifts/day
- Upload 16 pics (instead of 8)
As you can see there are some pretty nice benefits to getting the paid feature. The site claims the chances of getting your profile viewed is 3 times as much. I saw something closer to twice as much which isn't quite the 3 times but it's still a lot more. I'm not sure what is normal in this regard.
Regardless, twice the amount of profile views turned out to be a little less than twice the matches so I guess their claims must be true.
My favorite features were:
1) Being able to see who viewed my profile and when
2) Full access to all profiles
3) Ability to see my history with a person when looking at their profile so I don't waste my time checking someone out I already have.
It's not totally necessary to find upgrade to the paid version if you want some success, but it sure does help. If I felt like having some more raunchy one nighters then I'd definitely sign up. In the 2 months of the paid version I was able to increase "my count" by 9 which is about one a week. Not too shabby if you ask me.
How to Get Girls on Plenty of Fish
Honestly, getting girls here is pretty similar to Tinder. You want to be aggressive and use some classic pick up lines (you can find some examples of our favorite here)
If anything, you actually want to be more aggressive then Tinder. There are basically an unlimited amount of women so you can just keep finding profiles and using lines to get some easy bangs.
However, a small difference vs Tinder is that PoF girls seem to focus more on just looks and don’t read the profiles as much. This can be pro and a con depending on how good looking you are, but knowing this don’t spend 10 hours perfecting your profile description.
Just pick some bomb ass pictures and you’ll get plenty of chicks. Bonus points if you have awesome selfies, some tats, and muscles (though they’re definitely not required).
On the other hand I’m not sure how useful it is to use the site for long term relationships. It’s definitely not what I was chasing here but I can tell you there are a lot of crazies. Filter hard and filter smart. Don’t think with the wrong head.
Plenty of Fish | Conclusion
It's a decent site with a lot of options. Using the free version doesn't hurt, and the paid version is still pretty cheap. If you're satisfied with what the free version has to offer (spend at least 2 weeks testing it out) then there is no need to move on.
However, if you want more matches and want access to some better features I would say it's worth the money, but again not 100% necessary.
If you are looking for a long term relationship then you wan to use the paid version. This will give you a better ability to filter out and you'll waste less time. There's a lot of girls out there who can and will waste your time so the extra features will definitely help you quickly score more quality dates.
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