Chemistry.com Free Weekend Starts Today

(Online Dating News Blog) Online Relationship Service Chemistry.com is offering a free communication weekend (Oct 16 – 18, 2009) event this weekend where those who sign up can communicate with their matches for free.

Chemistry.com is the sister site of Match.com. But whereas Match.com is an online dating service focusing on dating, Chemistry.com is a relationship service aimed at people who are more serious about finding a relationship.

Chemistry.com Free Communication Weekend Begins for July 2009

(Online Dating News Blog) Chemistry.com is running a free communication event this weekend where all members, paying and non-paying, will be able to communicate with each other for free.  The Chemistry free communication weekend will run from July 17 through July 19.

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Chemistry.com Free Communication Weekend

(Online Dating News Blog) This weekend, online relationship service Chemistry.com is offering a free communication weekend to all of its users. The free communication weekend will allow new and current users to communicate without paying.

The concept of free communication weekends was made popular by eHarmony.com several years ago. During such events, relationship services see their normal subscription growth at least triple.

Chemistry.com is owned by Match.com and was formed to compete against eHarmony in the online relationship services category. Onilne relationship services differ from online dating services in that they are focused more on marriage-minded singles. Sites like Match.com focus on casual dating.

Why Don’t Girls Respond on Chemistry.com?

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Question: Why don’t girls respond on Chemistry.com when I email them?
There are two fundamental flaws of most online dating services that contribute to this problem. Those flaws are:

1. If you are a member and you send an email to someone, they need to be a member too in order to read the email and respond.

2. Many online dating services don’t clean their databases often, so someone who may not have used the service in years is still listed as available.

Because you don’t know, in most cases, who is a member ro not and whether a person is still active, you could be sending some emails to never-never land and that could account for a good portion of unanswered emails.

Online Dating Magazine research shows that, in general it takes a man 20 emails to various ladies in order to get one response. This 20 to 1 ratio is an average of all dating services, not just Chemistry.com which you mentioned in your question.

Online Dating Magazine also states, however, that it is possible to improve your ratio by following several tips:

1) Personalize your first communication. Carefully read the other person’s profile and when you send your email ask some questions based on their areas of interest.

2) Don’t talk about yourself in your first communication. Keep it about the other person.

3) If services allow you to see when a person last logged on then check that before sending an email. If it has been months or years since the person last logged on then your email isn’t going to change that.  Sending emails to people no longer on services is like putting your email straight into a shredder.

Other studies show that posting a good picture improves your response rate. This doesn’t mean that you scan a photo of a model from a magazine and post it as your own. That type of deceipt will come back to bite you. It means that you post a recent and decent photo of yourself.  Always be honest with your photo and in your profile because when a person meets you, they’ll know immediately if you were lying (or fibbing) and that will affect the quality of your date.

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Chemistry.com Publicly Attacks eHarmony

(Online Dating News Blog) Chemistry.com yesterday issued a press release attacking eHarmony over its past stance on same-sex matches. Chemistry.com also warned gays and lesbians that eHarmony’s upcoming same-sex matching service, which arose from a settlement agreement with the State of New Jersey, sends gays and lesbians to another site, still refusing access to eHarmony’s core service.

Click here to read the full news story.

And who can ever forget Chemistry.com’s infamous “Still Gay?” ad (directly below) from several years ago?