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Dating Sites: Pros, Cons, and Red Flags
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When it comes to online dating, there are a lot of questions and uncertainties that come your way. After all, a lot of negative feedback was written and posted on the internet about it. But, using it in a positive way will definitely grant you what you’ve been looking for.

While it is true that some dating sites cannot meet our standards, the handlers or owners, however, are continually adjusting to the changing stance of social dating. With this scenario, not all dating sites are perfect and some services being offered are often misleading.

For further and simpler explanations, here are the Pros and Cons of Online Dating:

Online Dating: Tips for Writing a Great Dating Profile
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With online dating becoming a new venue for romance and with a lot of people as competition, your profile is your only ticket to getting what you are looking for. And creating a great dating profile is not as easy as it sounds.

To succeed in online dating is to have a great profile. Your profile is your first impression to anyone who might click your name. There's a saying that the first impression lasts, and making a good first impression is something you should aim for.

Create a great dating profile page that will make anyone mail you in a heartbeat! Here is a checklist for writing your profile:

  • When Choosing Adjectives
  • How You Live Your Life
  • What are You Looking for
  • Who are You Looking for
  • Grammar and Spelling Check
  • Upload a Profile Picture

Blossoms

Blossom.com’s website

Blossoms.com, formerly known as Cherryblossoms.com, is a leading international dating site featuring women from Asian countries primarily from: Philippines, China and Thailand.

It’s an American-owned company based in Hawaii and has been in operating since 1974. The site only allows female users that are born outside of the United States and Canada. American and Canadian men are very much welcome to register due to the fact that most Asian girls who join this site is looking to have a committed relationship with Western men.

With over 2.3 Million visits per month, Blossoms.com is no doubt, one of the largest international dating sites to date


Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Free account
  • Large user base
  • Lots of fun features like sending and receiving smiles, personalized daily matches, sending and receiving top 10 questions, updating status to “eating,” “showering” or even “sleeping,” visa support and more
  • Quick signup
  • Advanced search option offers a lot of filter criteria
  • Multiple forms of communication: messaging, video messaging, chat and video chat
  • A “Help” section is available for step by step guidance for those who might experience any technical issue
  • Offers money back guarantee

Cons

  • Strictly for foreign women only. (Not for American and Canadian females.)
  • The site navigation can be quite confusing
  • With a large user base and poor security measures some fake accounts can be encounter every now and then
  • You might need a translator to communicate with the female members with below average English skills

Process

  • Signup

The signup process is easy and fast.

Blossom.com’s registration process Blossom.com’s member page

  • The free account allows photo upload of up to 12 photos. This allows the members to showcase themselves in a lot of angles and scenarios.
  • After uploading 1 photo, you’ll be routed to your membership home page which will display your options.
  • The left sidebar displays a quick access box for your profile, a success story snippet, some ads and buttons on other services the site offers.
  • Viewing who’s online can be done through clicking the “Online Now” menu at the top bar. The page allows you to view the results in three ways: Gallery view, Photo View and Standard View.
Blossom.com’s “Online Now:” page Blossom.com’s search window

  • The Search feature can be accessed by clicking the “Search” menu at the top bar.
  • It will display a dropdown list of the type of searches you want to generate including active members, advanced searches, and even horoscope searches. You can also access your matches on the same window under the “Your Matches” menu. .
  • The advanced searches will display a generous list of criteria including country, education, occupation, religion and more
Blossom.com’s “Advanced Search” page Blossom.com’s notification window” feature

  • A stream of your notifications can also be seen at the dropdown window under the “Notifications” menu.
  • Of course, your search won’t be complete without you viewing any profile.

    A member’s profile has basic bio information and relationship preferences, a grid view of her photos, and her profile description.
  • Next to it are buttons to allow you to send emails, smiles, and view email history. There’s also a button underneath the profile photo to block or report the member.
Viewing a member’s profile at Blossom.com’s Checking an online member’s profile at Blossom.com’s

  • When you’re ready to communicate with the member you may send her email. Or if you like to look around, a floating list of members who’s online and ready to chat would display at the left side of the page.
  • But sending a message or chatting live would both require you to upgrade.

Cost and Inclusions

Blossom.com’s upgrade page

Free

  • Account creation, uploading up to 12 photos, sending smiles, viewing email history, search and advanced search, and viewing of profiles

Premium

  • All of free membership inclusions plus priority search listings, sending emails, reading emails, and live chats
  • 1 Month costs $29.95 USD
  • 3 Months costs $49.95 USD
  • 6 Months costs $79.95 USD
  • 12 Months costs $119.95 USD

Summary

Blossoms.com has been one of the leading international dating site catering to match Asian and other foreign women with Western men.

The big downside to the site is the confusing navigation design and the poor security feature makes it an easy target for scammers. Nevertheless, the site has kept an active amount of community members for many years and is still growing today. It is also worth noting of the number of success stories on foreign marriage that made the site popular to ignore.

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