Is POF Really Worth It?
To help you gain a more rounded view of Plenty of Fish, I created an account to find out how easy (or difficult) it is to find what you’re looking for here.
As mentioned, the signup process is fairly lengthy because everyone has to take a Chemistry Predictor questionnaire that comprises between 30 and 100+ questions. I recommend that you take your time with it and answer each question carefully because POF uses your answers to display compatible matches.
What I realized is that your headline is VERY important to your success on POF as, along with your profile picture and dating intent, it’s what grabs people’s attention in an otherwise crowded search area
Once that was done, I added a few lines to the About Me section in my profile, wrote a headline (I decided to add something witty the first time around), and I added a conversation starter.’
Then, I headed over to the search’ section and tweaked my filters. As part of their revamp, POF has added more filters, and you can now filter by intent. For example, I was initially looking to date but nothing serious. You can also tweak this filter to find those looking for a relationship, those looking to get married, those looking for casual dating or even anything.’ It’s an excellent way to find someone who’s looking for the same thing you are, and because Plenty of Fish is very heavy apps similar to eharmony traffic, it means you get to filter out lots of unsuitable profiles.
Once I’d tweaked my filters, I was soon viewing profiles and sending messages. I was also getting a few views, and because POF lets free members see who’s viewed them, I was able to view them back.
To increase my chances of success, I used the Meet Me’ feature, too. It wasn’t long before I was getting notifications at the top of my page letting me know that I had a few mutual matches, and it also wasn’t long before I was getting replies to my messages.
That said, I sent out a lot of messages during my first few hours on POF. Most users who I messaged didn’t even view my profile, let alone respond to me! I imagine this is the same for a lot of users because some POF members are known to get flooded with messages, especially from fake profiles. So you need to be wary that there are times when people won’t even see your message, or they simply won’t have the time to get around to replying to it.
What I enjoyed, however, was that POF’s search feature is very easy to use. Finding other users who I was interested in was simple enough. And when I wasn’t getting many replies to my messages, or even many views, I just changed my photos and tweaked my headline.
If you want others to view you and message first, you need to get your headline, your profile pic, and your intent absolutely right. For instance, some users simply write Hi’ which to me isn’t very attention-grabbing at all.
And this is the thing with POF: It lets you experiment with your profile until you get it just right. If you do this right, success will come.
Also, because I came to realize that there were occasions when my messages just weren’t getting read due to the sheer volume of traffic on the site, I paid extra to use the Send Priority Message’ feature. This allowed me to connect with more people because it meant that my messages rose to the top of their inboxes.