So I’m totally pumped to share this newly launched site with everyone today. I’ll admit that ever since Craigslist shut down their erotic services section about three or four years ago now, I couldn’t have been more grateful that I no longer needed to post ads much.
I was fortunate enough to have built up a strong list of regular clients by that time, but I would not have been able to get to that point without the free ad space that Craigslist offered escorts back when I first broke out onto the scene back in 2005 or so.
The benefits that came with Craigslist were significant at the time, and difficult to overlook. First of all, the site had massive traffic. It was and continues to be one of the most visited websites in the world, so the exposure was hard to match and no other site came close to beating it.
Second, there were really no other sites which had a devoted section for adult services and certainly not on a local level like CL did.
Third, it was free. At least until the end when they began to charge, requiring a credit card to post ads (small fee, but wouldn’t allow prepaid cards). This was the result of tons of pressure which was put on CL by lawyers and other officials who ultimately led to the removal of erotic services altogether.
And so, all that traffic migrated over to a few smaller forums and Backpage.com mostly picked up the slack for CL during the past few years. Since then, I hadn’t noticed much at all in the way of competing services until I recently happened to stumble upon a seemingly unlikely new resource for escorts everywhere.
I was doing research on dating tips for women, for a writing project I was working on. Out of curiosity, I typed “dating.com” into my browser and much to my pleasant surprise, the site was home to dozens of linked articles on topics related to – you guessed it – escorting!
Shocked but also excited, I clicked on a few of these links and read the articles all the way through. These were full of good advice, useful tips and most importantly, THE TRUTH! I loved how honest and straightforward the information was, and wondered about the direction the site would take in the future. I was pretty sure it must have been bought recently, and a small text near the footer confirmed that it was in fact under new ownership.
Fast forward several months, and now dating.com is a robust classified ads style platform that offers free advertising for escorts! They have all major cities listed from around the world and a quick click on any of them will show tons of listings.
I posted my first ad in the Portland, OR section yesterday and was very pleased with the process. I highly recommend giving this a try if you are looking for clients or need some extra work between seeing your regulars. Posting is 100% free since the site is still in beta, but I’m sure they will start to compete with paid sites like Backpage after too long. After spending only a few minutes checking out the site, it’s easy to see how worth the money it will be once they have scaled up.
Overcome with enthusiasm for the entire concept, I reached out to the staff at Dating.com and was fortunate enough to write for them as well. If you’d like to check it out, you can find it here and here.