Yahoo! Personals Alternatives to Try After the Shut Down

A woman who used to use yahoo personals, on her computer looking for a different site to use.

Yahoo! Personals was the dating service sponsored by the popular search engine. With more than 10 million members and 13 different international subdomains, Yahoo! shut down its personals section in July 2010 when it merged it’s services with

For many singles who enjoyed the service, it was a big blow. So if you’re someone who’s looking for dating services that are similar to Yahoo’s, here are a few alternatives you may want to try:
Everyone know’s—they’e been around forever and are one of the first online dating services. And since they’re the dating service that merged with Yahoo! Personals, they’re probably the most obvious place to transition to. Match is a paid site, but members can create their profiles and describe what they’re looking for for free and check things out.

Zoosk has been around for a while, but isn’t as well known as (And, full disclosure, The Date Mix is owned and operated by Zoosk.) With over 40 million members worldwide, Zoosk provides its members with multiple ways to meet people (through quick matching, advanced searches, or customized set ups) and has a few extra safety features such as photo and military service verification that many former Yahoo! Personals members may like.

Elite Singles
This site has a somewhat different format than others and suggests 3-7 suitable matches for you a day, based on a how you fill out your information. Their goal is to match couples based on compatibility, give extra relationship advice, and to remove non-active users so you’re only seeing people who are really engaged and interested in dating.

On PlentyOfFish (also known as POF), members take a chemistry test to match with people who have similar personalities, and the test puts an emphasis on people’s emotional needs. It’s one of the biggest free sites and has people who are interested in different types of relationships, ranging from marriage and serious relationships to more casual dating.

eharmony is known for being the marriage-minded online dating site. They use a 29 DIMENSIONS® model to match compatible couples, with help from an in-depth questionnaire. While using the site, your communication is also guided so you can ask other daters questions and get replies before jumping into a full convo.

With 20 billion matches to date and countless members all over the world, Tinder is undoubtedly one of the most popular dating apps out there. Tinder is a location-based app that allows members to like or dislike other singles by swiping left of right on them. If both people swipe right, they get to chat. Easy right? It’s the simple, straightforward formula that’s made the app so popular.

As one of the more diverse dating apps out there, Okcupid sometimes feels like old personals ads where anything and everything goes. It’s an online dating, friendship, and social networking website that also uses multiple-choice questions to help members match up.

With over 45 million members and a woman-first attitude, Bumble is growing to become a major competitor to Tinder. It’s another app that uses swiping and matching to quickly introduce people, but Bumble is different than other apps since women have to message first to start a conversation.


Tori Glaude

Tori is a D.C. life coach on a mission to empower women to achieve their goals. Her debut book is entitled “Sour Grapes into Wine: How to Leave a Toxic Relationship to Create a Productive Lifestyle.”

When she’s not writing or working in television production, Tori enjoys kickboxing and trying out new restaurants.

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