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All about dating services business, online personals websites, changes in overall e-commerce world affecting dating, matchmaking, mail-order brides and online personals websites. Most recent LoveCompass announcements, reports, and plans. 

May 22, 2003

New finance calculations engine for partners

LoveCompass Online Personals & Dating Services Network partners now have a flexible tool for their earnings calculations. Now you can easily calculate what you earned during different periods and dates, also you can track specific number orders. Both contact sales and gold membership subscriptions are calculated and shown in transactions lists. Feel free to respond if you have comments, suggestions to make calculations more flexible and easy, and if you notice any bugs.
Posted by LC at 06:32 PM | Comments (0)

May 20, 2003

IMPORTANT: Partnership Policy - New Rules

LoveCompass Partnership Network Policy has been altered – new section has been added – “Violations”. This section was added due to continuous cases of partners’ fraudulent behavior. Additionally, we are going to remove all partners’ accounts of the partners without web sites and without profiles, since it is obvious that they are doing nothing within the network. Please note that even more changes and restrictions will be applied soon and all partners must keep track of changes and remain active participants to stay LoveCompass Network Partners.


All partners must read LoveCompass Partnership Network Policy VERY CAREFULLY. There is no way to proceed working as a partner or join as a partner if you are not agree with this policy and with possible changes of this policy.

Latest changes of the Partnership Policy occurred as a reaction to the increasing number of fake profiles and profile of inactive members added by LoveCompass Partners. From now and on we will be tracking all suspicious cases carefully and we’ll have to penalize abusing partners either by introducing fines or by removing partners' accounts.

VERY IMPORTANT: We are about to finish final version of aePartner 1.0 package. All partners will have to upgrade their web sites’ software to this version. LC-Dating 0.8.x software will be discontinued within 1 week after official aePartner 1.0 release. All remote queries from site with old software will be declined indefinitely. There are no exceptions and partners have to track changes themselves and upgrade their sites themselves. We will announce this change in this weblog and we’ll allow 1 week for comments and upgrades. We will also sent E-mail notifications to all partners.


Posted by LC at 07:25 PM | Comments (6)

May 06, 2003

Web Hosting for Dating and Personals Sites

Detailed description of the web-hosting company that we use and recommend for all our partners and all webmasters who looks for really affordable, reliable hosting with best customer support ever.

Powerful and Reliable Web Hosting


Recommended

We are proud to recommend HostForWeb - Linux Red Hat hosting company with absolutely the best technical support and very, very, very affordable packages. HostForWeb proved to be the best solution for dating, matchmaking, personals or any other website. LoveCompass is proud to be its happy customer for a long period. HostForWeb number of free services that most registrars charge for: DNS, URL Redirection, EmailForwarding, API, and Parking Services.

HostForWeb Corporation strives for a setup time of no more than 60 minutes per order. If an order is placed during normal business day hours, orders may be processed in only a few minutes.

Best customer support

HostForWeb Corporation will assist you with all support for services provided directly thru HostForWeb Corporation. HostForWeb Corporation will help you with basic settings for your email software and ftp client, as well as assist you with using the web browser control panel.

Technical support is really available 24 hours a day 7 day a week via IM, Live Chat or E-mail. You will never find as helpful and responding support team. A pager number is also available for dedicated server clientele. HostForWeb strives for response times of no more than a few hours. Response times of just a few minutes are quite common during normal business hours. HostForWeb Corporation has recently implemented a web based support ticket system, which integrates all incoming support email into it. The ticket system tracks support inquires by "time waiting" for response from the support dept. The HostForWeb Corporation administration carefully monitors that the HostForWeb Corporation support staff maintains a fast response time, with courteous and helpful service.

Best for LoveCompass Partner Site

Main LoveCompass database is hosted by HostForWeb, so if you want the fastest possible remote database connection for your LoveCompass Partner Site, stick with HostForWeb. No other hosting company can even theoretically provide better connection to LoveCompass. Additionally it is almost impossible to beat their prices. Did you ever imagine to run your own huge dating website paying less than $5 a month? It is reality!

Packages

Even Budget Package is quite enough to run your LoveCompass partner website. And when your traffic grows, you can switch to bigger packages. Basic Package is the most popular one. And Supreme Package is all you need to run a big website with thousands pages and high traffic.

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Tomcat/JSP Support No No Yes
Account Setup Time 60 min 60 min 60 min
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Reseller

If you have multiple websites or want to open your own hosting company, the best solution is HostForWeb Reseller Account. For example you may run from 10 to 100 LoveCompass Partner Sites on one Reseller Account, or you can resell and start earning money from hosting services.

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Posted by LC at 01:57 PM | Comments (0)

May 03, 2003

Credit Card Processing Company Recommended for Dating Sites

We would like to share our experience of using 2checkout.com credit card processing services. Entire LoveCompass Network successfully uses 2checkout.com services and they proved good quality and customer service.

We are using 2checkout.com for almost 6 months now and they were not down for even one hour for this entire period. Sometimes there are problems with administration during heavy network load, but from our experience it looks like 100% of our payments were processed without any technical problems from 2checkout.com.

So, we recommend them for any e-commerce website and of course for any dating or personals web site. Even though they are not the cheapest solution out there, you will finally understand that this is the best choice. There is a 1 time only set up fee of $49.00, after that you only pay for sales, sell nothing, pay nothing. 2checkout.com collects a 5.5% commission on each sale plus a $0.45 charge per sale.

We considered and tried a lot of other billing providers, but they all had some sorts of problems or weaknesses. Some of them never responded to our letters, some don’t accept payments from Asian countries, some require high installation fee and one of biggest is so unstable and inconvenient that we were loosing most of our potential customers right after they used payment form. 2checkout.com makes it both secure and VERY simple. Even those who hate filling forms find their form easy to use and user-friendly. GO with 2checkout.com!



Posted by LC at 06:15 PM | Comments (3)

May 02, 2003

Yahoo Personals : research / review / comments : Yahoo! Personals

Deep research of Yahoo! Personals web services provided by Yahoo! Inc. This article is to become a public resource for anybody willing to share their comments and opinions. As far as Yahoo Personals is a huge dating services provider it might be interesting to know all aspects of its operation. Anyone willing to say a few words about Yahoo! Personals is free to comment.

About Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo! Personals


Power of The Leader

Yahoo! Inc. is known for operating a huge, web’s most popular link directory. They are one of the biggest portals in the world and of course they have stable traffic flow of new and experienced Internet users. Yahoo! is working on providing full service for their visitors; in fact you could find almost anything you need in Internet right among Yahoo! services. Yahoo! Personals is one of their services and possibly one of their main priorities. For example, if you track how many time they put Personals banner on their front page as a main ad, you would understand that none of their services - Yahoo! Games, or Yahoo! Finance… or whatever else doesn’t ever beat that http://personals.yahoo.com page. With such a huge promotion power they could beat anyone on dating services market, but Yahoo! Inc. works on even more aggressive and global advertising campaign – you would likely see them among first or more often THE FIRST in all major and small Pay-Per-Click search engines, advertising agencies, on affiliate sites and even Google AdWords. You meet Yahoo! Personals everywhere and anywhere. This is a power of money and possibly something else… let’s read further.

Services Review

You may happen to search for, say, “Free Personals” and find personals.yahoo.com, but you should mix things up – Yahoo! Personals IS NOT FREE. Period.
They are nothing different from most other paid services – you may “Post a Free Personals Ad” but you will have to pay for monthly membership to contact other members. This is a widely used structure and many sites offer similar service. So, nothing interesting here.
Additionally they have explanatory tour for newcomers and options to post voice and/or video message to you profile. Another small advantage is that members can post up tp 5 photos to their profile. It is all fine, but nothing really different or unique. There are agencies now that can offer you video/voice messengers, up to 10 photos for upload, chat, and sometimes even instant messengers.
So what's so cool in Yahoo! Personals? Why they are so attractive? The answer is absolutely obvious - they are HUGE. It is one of the largest online dating services ever, with all pros and cons of this fact. And they just keep growing and growing every day - nothing stops them from getting bigger and, well, nothing should. This is where we say - Well Done Yahoo!

Internet Community about Yahoo! Personals


LoveCompass Plays Objectiveness

It would be incorrect to share our own opinion only, especially keeping in mind the fact that LoveCompass Online Personals & Dating Services Network is a direct Yahoo! competitor in personals market. This why we decided to add comments of other dating companies, Yahoo! Personals affiliates, and individual reviews. You be the judge.

Dating Sites Reviews Quotes

aLoveLinksPlus.com - “…comprehensive communications system for single people in America and Canada. One drawback to their online personals is membership with Yahoo's main services is mandatory. If you want to place your free profile, you have to be a Yahoo member. Not that it's entirely a bad thing, they do offer a lot of services and features that you could make very good use of, but it does add a couple off steps if all you want to do is place your profile online.”

aLoveLinksPlus.com - “…Yahoo Personals is a premium service, membership is required to send and reply to messages, but you'll be part of one of the largest online dating services once you've joined and be able to take advantage of a number of features that are only available to subscribed members. You can search for other members without subscribing, so you can see if it would be worthwhile for you to join to contact singles in your area before you pay.”

Free-Personals-Ads.com – “Yahoo personals is no longer a totally free personals site. You now have to pay to reply to ads, but you can join for free, and there are a good number of photo personals.”

Free-Personals-Ads.com – “…One thing yahoo personals used to be bad about - spam. When yahoo was totally free, people would join and send messages to get you to visit other sites, or just to get your email address. If you are ever contacted and the personal profile ad tells you to go to another site for more pics, it is probably just spam.”

DateSeeker.net - “…A secure, inexpensive and simple to use dating site with millions of members from all over the world - making it easy to meet somebody that lives near you.”

DateSeeker.net - “…The only limitations free members have at Yahoo Personals is not being able to initiate contact with members or use instant messenger. Other than that they can freely browse and view ads, reply to messages received and have full use of the advanced search and matching tool.”

…to be continued.

Posted by LC at 12:18 PM | Comments (6)