A collection of online dating sites

Mar 22, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. ET

When it comes to online dating sites, what comes to mind? Match? JDate? Just because they are popular doesn't mean they are right for you.

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Dating sites like Match, eHarmony and JDate are the rising stars in the world of online dating, but are they right for you? When I was in the dating game, I played Match and the J, and trust me, each had a stereotype.

In playing the J, I would find Jewish men boys who were on both sides of the Jew spectrum: They either wanted to get married tomorrow and have three children by next weekend, or they were not eager at all to settle down now that they've found this $40/month all-Jewish playground. While Match was home to a few of my kind, I found them to be more interested in the chicness than they were on the site itself, being 'single in the city' than in the actual purpose of finding their better half.

That's why I respect dating sites that have an intensely specific type. There's no guessing, wondering or games. I got the idea to write this article when I was on a plane going to Florida from New Jersey. The commercial on the TV was for a dating site that was solely for farmers. Like, farmers looking to date other farmers. At first, I thought it was a joke. But then, when I had access to the internet, I logged onto that site and realized not only was it legit, but there were so many other dating sites like it.

So, in an effort to better the dating world, here's a collection of awesomely specific online dating sites:

  • BlackPeopleMeet.com: Meet black singles today!
  • AsianPeopleMeet.com: Join now and meet Asian singles near you!
  • CatholicMatch.com: Meets the needs of traditional Catholic singles and less traditional Catholics alike.
  • MilitaryCupid.com: Whether you're a military single or a civilian looking for military dating, this site will assist you in finding your military match.
  • LDSSingle.com: The largest dating website for Mormons by Mormons. Their tagline: Seek, and ye shall find... 3 Nephi 14:7
  • InterracialMatch.com: Best hub if you are on the lookout for a dating community dedicated to encouraging and sowing the seeds of interracial relationships.
  • FarmersOnly.com: Meet thousands of down to Earth country folks today ... because you city folk just don't get it!
  • Over40World.com: Find mature singles near you!
  • Tastebuds.fm: Find a match close to you based on the kind of music you like!
  • OutPersonals.com: Online matching for the gay community.
  • sugardaddie.com: Aimed at people who are either seeking a richer person to pamper them, or conversely for richer people looking for someone to lavish gifts upon. When you do a search, you specify "golddiggers" or "sugardaddies" (or "sugarmommies"). Hey, at least you can be honest about what you are really looking for!
  • SeniorPeopleMeet.com: Dating site for the elderly community. It's never too late to find love!
  • CougarWomen.net: Dedicated to the older women looking for younger men.
  • starmatch.com: Dating with an emphasis on your birth date and your star sign.
  • meet-an-inmate.com: For those of us who really want to talk to the incarcerated.
  • equestriansingles.com: Yup, you guessed it! A dating site that connects people interested in horses.
  • LargeandLovely.com: Dating community for the fuller-figured female.
  • WineLoversMeet.com: Consider yourself a 'whino'? Check out some other people who might, too!
  • AnimalPeople.com: Dating for animal lovers. Unite!
  • GreenSingles.com: For the environmental, vegetarian and animal rights community!

Have any others to add here?

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