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Would Our Site Be Better If It Were Free?

Some people write to us suggesting that our site would be better if it were completely free, with unlimited messages permissible for any member, unlimited chatting, no restrictions on sending contact information.  We have considered this, and we believe that our site is much better with its current tiered membership structure.  If anything, we’re more likely in the future to raise the fees for membership levels and eliminate our lowest one-week membership and possibly one-month membership level.

Our site is owned and run by two of us; we are a Fil-Am couple, and we currently live in Hawaii, USA.  When we started the site, we lived in the Philippines and were in the process of applying for a residency visa.  Every day, we personally read about two hundred membership applications and modified profiles and approve or reject them based on their content.  We also answers dozens of phone calls, emails, inquiries and abuse reports sent in through our feedback form.  We also read hundreds of queued messages in order to protect our members as much as possible from fraudulent users and ensure that our members are following the terms of service.  Although we are not available 24×7, we believe we offer unparalleled customer service.  We also have a toll-free number (800 578 1469) and receive calls from members on a regular basis with questions about their experience on the site.  And finally, we actively advertise the site using partners like google, yahoo, as well as affiliates, to help those individuals who can benefit from the site to find it.

If we did not have the revenue from membership fees, we would not be able to dedicate the time to maintaining our standards in our membership.  We would not be able to invest in new site features like the text/video/voice chat we developed.  We would not be able to offer a toll-free number or take the time to speak with our members.  We would not be able to pay for the dedicated server where our site is securely hosted in a top-tier data center in Los Angeles, California.

There are, of course, completely free dating sites on the internet, and you can visit them and try for yourself. One of the biggest free sites is dateinasia.com — go ahead and visit there.  You may find your match, and if so, we hope that it is a good match for you.  On the other hand, you may find yourself inundated with invitations for paid webcam sex chat, ladyboys (gays posing as women), Nigerian fraud artists, and con ladies from the Philippines who suddenly develop financial problems as soon as they meet you.  We welcome you to come back and join our site at any time if you prefer the calmer environment we maintain here where our membership has a much higher percentage of sincere, God-fearing ladies.

We do understand, of course, that not everyone has $19.99, $24.99, $49.99, or $79.99 to join our site.  For this reason, we do not require that every member upgrade their account.  Free level members are welcome to send two messages per 24-hour period and send 10 winks per 24-hour period.  And if one member upgrades his or her account, he or she can send and receive contact information from any other member. It is not necessary for both members to upgrade.

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Thanks For Supporting Our Site By Upgrading

We also offer our members the opportunity to upgrade for free by helping us to spread the message about our site.  If you have a suggestion about how to spread the word, just let us know, and we’ll consider whether that feels like an appropriate trade in exchange for an upgraded membership.  Or you can create a video about our site and post it to youtube.  Here’s an example video posted to youtube from one of our members who is sharing the message about Christian Filipina in video form.

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13 Comments »

  1. I think that payment makes your site useless… On the other hand intelligent people can share contacts without you knowing about it…
    As for frauds no one can stop them…

    Comment by yvan — April 18, 2010 @ 4:19 am

  2. Hi Yvan,

    It may be true that from time to time someone manages to trick our filter system and send contact details between free level members. However, those who are identified by the system as intentionally trying to trick the system are suspended by us, because we prefer to protect our sincere members as much as possible from those who are dishonest from the start. As we mentioned in the article, if you prefer a 100% free site, we encourage you to visit and join one like dateinasia.com or plentyoffish.com. You claim that no one can stop frauds, which makes me wonder whether you may actually be one of the fraudsters yourself, attempting to self-justify criminal activity? I can tell you that we’ve to date suspended 1,309 profiles in the past year, including obvious criminals, dishonest persons like those you suggest are intelligent, profiles with vulgar photos, and members reported as violating our terms of service such as attempting to solicit money from other members.

    We do ultimately leave it up to the Lord to pass judgment on these activities, but that doesn’t mean that we are helpless to identify and remove the sources of fraud from our site; in the same way that a Doctor may be unable to resolve every disease, there will always be room left for the Lord’s will, but this doesn’t mean that the Doctor ought to stay at home watching rerun television: he still ought to be in the office identifying pathogens, explaining hygiene and nutrition to his patients, and when need be, performing an operation.

    God bless you, may you (and all members of our site) be blessed with all the best life can offer.

    Jen

    Comment by Christian Filipina — April 18, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

  3. i guess it would be better if it for free for some will continue to search their right perfect match.

    Comment by flordeliza — April 19, 2010 @ 12:06 am

  4. it would be better if it for free because I want to send a lot messages to continue communication..

    Comment by phoebe — April 19, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  5. Yes, wouldn’t it be nice if it were free! Perhapse the people wanting it for free would be willing to pay all your bills, this way you wouldn’t need the money!! In my opinion, I think your right for charging, as long as you deliver the service you promise!! I’m a Plumbing contractor and I’m always getting people who want things done for nothing. That just is not how the world works and the Bible does say a workman is worth his wages!!!
    I’m new here, but like I said before as long as you deliver the services you promise, go ahead and charge.

    Comment by Scott Pickard — April 26, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  6. I agree to what Scott Pickard said…
    I also would like to ask, do you accept e-banking remittance? I don’t use credit cards, as I pay all my bills by electronic banking which is the safest in Europe, and i find sending checks by mail is not safe and takes a couple of days. Would be glad if you could send me infos in these. Thanks. God bless.

    Comment by Angelina Zuend — April 30, 2010 @ 2:42 am

  7. I am afraid when the expiration of my membership comes. I can’t access to the site anymore and can no longer continue communicating with my fellow Christians. Please make your site free and available to everyone.
    Thanks

    Comment by azucena — April 30, 2010 @ 5:16 am

  8. Hi Angelina,
    Our payment processor is setup so that you should be able to pay with a European bank account directly. However, most of our members from Europe pay via Western Union or paypal (which can be funded directly from your bank account also). If you have any trouble with this, please contact us through the feedback link at the bottom of the site’s pages, or call us at the numbers listed on the Upgrade page.
    Jen

    Comment by Christian Filipina — April 30, 2010 @ 10:52 am

  9. Hi Azucena,
    If your free membership expires we would be happy to extend your free membership period. If you would like to upgrade and do not have the funds to do so by payment, please read our blog entry on creating a video for the site. You can see that other members have created videos in this way for instance here, here, and here.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — April 30, 2010 @ 10:57 am

  10. i wish its free coz i wanted to find my sweet someone here

    Comment by Chass — May 1, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  11. There is no problem with a fee based site, it is common sense that you need to be compensated for your time and cost. But I think your rates are too steep based on your traffic, and if you want to grow you need get more people to join. Lowering rates does not necessarily mean less revenue.

    Comment by Mike Johnson — May 2, 2010 @ 11:51 am

  12. I have no problem with this being a pay site. However, your fees seem somewhat high for the average Filipina, who does not have the financial resources of the average male member here. I would suggest keeping the current rates for males the same, and give Filipinas a 50% discount. I believe that would result in significantly more Filipinas upgrading to paid memberships, which would actually increase your revenue.

    Comment by Randy — May 8, 2010 @ 2:10 am

  13. Hi Randy, That’s an interesting idea. Right now about 90% of our upgrade members are men. Typically most ladies wait for the men they are corresponding with will upgrade, since only one or the other has to upgrade to take advantage of the additional features. Perhaps we could offer that on a trial basis, but most ladies do not have credit cards, and sending through western union costs an additional $10 for the transaction fee. For these reasons we actually give upgraded memberships without any payment to any member who creates a video to help us publicize our site and submits it to youtube or to us directly.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — May 8, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

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