International Dating Service | How to Start a Niche One
While there are plenty of international dating sites out there, in today’s post I’m going to show you how you can start an international dating site with a more targeted niche.
What Is An International Dating Service?
An international dating site is a dating site service that connects people from around the world to one specific country. In this example I’m going to use Russia.
AnastasiaDate is the leading Russian dating site that is designed to allow people from around the world to connect with women in Russia. This site has been around for over 10 years and is going very strong and shows no signs of slowing down.
Other international sites connect people from around the world to other specific countries like Thailand, Japan, Columbia and others with the sole purpose of connecting people.
Can I Start An International Dating Service?
While you might not want to start a generic international dating site due to the number of international sites out there, what you can and should do is start one that follows a specific niche.
Again, there are a lot of international dating sites out there so what you want to do is create one that revolves around a certain niche. Let’s take religion as an example. You could start a Christian international dating site for those Christians that are looking for people in a specific country. You could start a Buddhist international dating site for those people looking to connect with Buddhists in Thailand, Cambodian, Laos and other Buddhist countries.
As with all niche market dating sites you want to be interested in the specific niche so this type of niche would be geared more towards people or expats living on those specific countries. Sure you can start one living in the states but you’ll have more success if you’re looking to start one within the country you’re in.
Are There Any Legal Issues I Should Consider?
While we’re no lawyers we can tell you from 20 years experience what you might want to check into and consider.
In the states a few years back a new law was written that states that if you’re a marriage broker type of site the you needed a marriage broker license and you had to perform background checks on all of your members. This forced these types of sites to change the way they title their business. If you put marriage broker or brides in your title of your site then you could fall into those guidelines but sites outside American didn’t have to worry about this due to not being under US law. Another way US based sites got around this was to change their text to show that they were not marriage brokers hence circumventing the US law.
Most people that I talk to live as expats in those other countries. I have a friend that lives in Russia and runs an international dating service and because he’s in Russia he doesn’t have to abide by any US laws.
Again we’re no lawyers so don’t take what we say as the legal way.
What Types Of Niches Can I Start?
If you live in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Columbia or any other country then you could start an international dating site for a specific niche and the niches are endless. Some could include motorcycle enthusiast, pot smokers, pets, beer, wine, religion, outdoors, sports and the list goes on. You could even start more than one.
Remember that with niche dating sites you start one around a certain niche, same thing for international dating sites. You’re customer base is just a bit different in terms of geography.
If you can think of the niche then an international dating service can be created around it. If you’re unsure of what to do then contact us and we’ll help you sort it all out.
What Do I Need To Get Started?
First you need that desire to start a dating site. Second you might want to be living in the country of the niche you’re looking to create. For example maybe you love Vietnam and you’re living in or thinking about moving to Saigon. You obviously have an interest in Buddhism and Southeast Asian culture so that’s a huge plus. You’re there so starting one is easier than you think.
Second thing is you need dating software to start the international dating service, which you can get here.
Since we provide free hosting (Premium Package Users) you won’t need to worry about the hosting. That saves you hundreds of dollars per year. Our servers are dedicated servers with your own cpanel area with unlimited traffic and disk space to grow with.
Your domain name should reflect your niche. For example: AsianBuddhistInternationalDating. That domain name has your niche in it so make sure the domain you get has your niche. It’s relevant to your business so keep it relevant.
Within the country you’re living be sure to check the laws to ensure you won’t be running a fowl of any local laws.
With an international dating site the men to women ratio is a bit different than say a regular niche dating site. Because it’s for more men then you’ll want to make sure that there are a 10 to 1 ratio of women to men so for every 1 man there should be 10 women and this is the norm with most international dating sites.
In conclusion, if you have a desire to start an international dating site then I hope these tips can steer you in the right direction. There are a few things to consider before starting one of these types of dating sites but over the last 20 years we’ve learned a few things about starting one so please, learn from our prospective. 🙂