How to Meet Women in Ukraine
Each year, thousands of foreign men spend millions of euros while trying to find a Ukrainian bride. Popularity is on the rise, despite some mainstream efforts to expose the fraudulent nature of the mail order bride industry. Today, the civil war and economic crisis brings even more Ukrainian women into the fold, as living conditions in Ukraine continue to get worse.
Our own observations indicate that the online dating industry in Ukraine continues to pull in huge profits. Foreigners will continue to invest much of their time and money into searching for a Ukrainian woman online. But, is this a fool's quest? Do online dating services really work? The very corrupt nature of the industry makes for finding fact or truth difficult at best. We can say, however, that finding true happiness from online dating services is a gamble. Yet, can we clearly define the odds?
Where do foreigners look for Ukrainian women online?
There are more online dating sites/services popping up each day. While generally, I like to think of market competition as a good thing, the online market for online dating is clearly oversaturated. One current trend involves new entrepreneurs first establishing their own dating site with active user base, then selling out to a larger competitor. Competition brings consoldiation. So how do you measure the reputation of an online dating site? according to site traffic volume? their marketing efforts? maybe according to the quality of the photoshopped glamour shots?( hope not!) While it is true that most online dating sites support and encourage the participation of women with genuine interests, these honest ladies are greatly outnumbered by the heartless professional scammers whose livelihood is based on mastering their art of deception.
There are other popular methods that foreigners use to connect with Ukrainian women online. There are travel agencies that specialize in matchmaking. Most Ukrainian travel agencies orchestrate romance tours for foreigners but they'll also provide standard travel services as well.
We have considerable experience in dealing with Ukrainian travel services and we also have a few friends in the business. We can say that most have the ability to provide quaility transport services. I remember years ago when James and I first met in person, we arranged for auto transport to a ski resort in the Carpathian mountains. The travel agent even got us a nice room in the resort during a very busy time of year. As for the romance tours, neither James nor I have attended such an event although it is worth mentioning that we have received a considerable amount of feedback form our userbase regarding their own personal experiences with romance tours in Ukraine. The results were quite mixed.
Realize that in Ukraine, anyone with a running vehicle can quickly become a tour operator, so if you're in need of travel services make sure you find a business with established reputation.
Online Chat with Ukrainian Singles
Social media groups from Vkontakte or Facebook are growing in popularity. Social media groups provide a low cost means for small businesses to easily connect foreigners with Ukrainian women. Internet chat services such as Skype, ICQ or Yahoo chat are still very popular and often provide an alternative means of chatting online.
Believe it or not, adult entertainment sites are another place where foreign men tend to connect with Ukrainian women. The very nature of content from adult entertainment sites should send the signal that this is the wrong place to look for love.
1,200 verified users were asked about their online dating experiences and where they met their Ukrainian girlfriend /fiancee / spouse.*
Dating sites /networks 42%
Social Media group sites VK / Facebook Groups 26%
Skype, ICQ, Yahoo chat 14%
Adult entertainment site 11%
Online forum 3%
*These results indicate current popularity, not effectiveness.
Here we see that the online dating sites/networks are the preferred place for foreigners seeking Ukrainian women. Feedback from our own users suggests that finding true love on an online dating site is expensive, time consuming and frustrating. Is it possible? Yes. But the odds are against you.
Foreigners need to realize that most of the revenue generated by online dating sites comes from your continued use of the service. If a man would find true love on their first attempt, then there would be much less profit involved - think about it.
Not all dating sites are crooked though, as there are many online businesses with honorable intentions, but the scammers are quick to take over and dating site owners have yet to find an effective means to filter out the rotten apples.
You can read more about the crafty nature of these online dating scammers in Part II of Online Dating in Ukraine.