How are the dating sites doing now?
Plentyoffish.com - Pof.com
One of the internet dating dinosaures is now also loosing some traffic - however only slightly. They still seem to be *kind-of* stable.
What about the stock-market rockers Cupid Plc and their flirt.com site? Flirt.com is run by people with loads of money and loads of knowledge about how to pull the last cent out of every visitors nose and how to maximize the conversions. Also they always find cheap dating sites to acquire (12-36 months revenue as a sales price) which usually reach their break-even after 3-6 months. But what about their flagship, flirt.com? How does it perform?
Let's put it this way: it could do better. All the breaks in the graph is probably when the advertising budget is reduced...and the spikes when they spend loads of money on advertising within a short time.
What about the wanna-bes from flirtomatic? Those people are really experts in getting venture capital - but are loosers in effectively spending the money and creating a decent revenue stream with it:
So the rearlight of this comparison if flirtomatic - a really sad example of how venture capital can be spent the most useless way.
Hang on - I almost forgot about a site....
What about those French internet guys with all the media coverage last year on how cool this company is?
They also received (and spent?) millions of Euros...and what's the status of Smartdate.com?
It looks dead if you ask me:
I love the final blimp on Alexa...the last resurrection attempt...fighting with its venture capital death.
If you have a pet, you probably know this already: If you feed animals too much they die.
Speaking of internet death - those German visitors amongst you might remember the Jamba guys with their ilove rip-off website - it died some time ago - but somehow it refuses to die decently: