Saturday, 23 February 2008

Local swingers rebellion!

There has been a mini-rebellion over at Local Swingers. The site designed to turn off their forums because the moderation was getting to be too much work. Unfortunately there was no consultation with the users and the result was a mass defection to Fab Swingers.

You can read the full story in this forum post.

Some very angry people! To their credit, Local Swingers have refunded the membership fees of the people who have left. But it does like like they've lost a big group of people.

According to the latest Alexa traffic rankings Local Swingers have lost a lot of traffic recently. Check out the details here.

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Local Swingers: Site Review

Local Swingers is one of the more popular pay sites. They do offer a limited free membership and one of the things I really like is that they make it completely clear on the homepage what is and isn't included in the free membership.

Regular readers will know that I'm not actually against charging for swingers site but I get very angry when people claim that a pay site is free and attempt to mislead people. Local Swingers are completely upfront which is great. I wish more sites would follow their lead.

As for the actual site itself, one of the strong points is that they take everyone's postcode so you can actually find people who are very close to you. There is also a reasonably large membership and most of the features you'd expect from a swingers site. I like the Swing Date feature for finding a fast meet.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good site.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Free UK swingers sites?

As an experiment I've just search for "free UK swingers" on Google. Here's the results:

The first site that comes up is Swinging Heaven which is described as "The FREE UK SWINGERS ads site Swinging Heaven is dedicated to giving adults a platform to chat, meet and enjoy other people who swing." Actually it's one of the more expensive pay site.

Next up is http://www.free-uk-swingers.co.uk/ however you need to pay if you want to contact other members! This is a slightly strange definition of free!

The third site is Local Swingers. Now, although this is a pay site they actually make it clear that basic membership is free but that you have to pay to get full access to the site. They are honest and up front and in fact it's not a bad site.

Melanie's UK Swingers is next which really is a free site! What a shock! Again, this is quite a good site although our favourite free UK swingers site, Fab Swingers has three times as many members as Melanie's.

Next we have "Free UK Adult Personals Swingers" which as I'm sure you've guessed is another pay site.

So out of the first 5 results on Google for "free UK swingers" only one is a really free and that is a site without very many members. Hopefully on this blog we'll be able to give you slightly more accurate information!

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Swinging Heaven Magazine

Regular readers of this blog will know that I'm not a fan of Swinging Heaven so I sat down to read the new Swinging Heaven Magazine with very low expectations.

However, I was pleasantly surprised. It's a really good magazine about sex, very well written and with high production values. It reminded me of Desire Magazine. It's not in any way a porn magazine, it's actually a very sex positive, women-friendly, guide to sex in the UK.

Thankfully there is almost nothing about the Swinging Heaven website, the only major mention is a few pages of adverts where they've printed some ads from the site (but minus the photos). I can't really see much point in this.

The other major omission is of course any discussion about what's happening online; and nowadays there are such a huge number of websites and online resources. I guess that they're unable to mention any of them due to the Swinging Heaven link which is a pity.

Overall though it's a great read and I'd thoroughly recommend it.

Saturday, 26 May 2007

Dirty David Site Review

Dirty David started out as a free site, then introduced charges and began to lose members to the free sites such as Fab Swingers.

The full story is a little bit more complicated. The site began in 7 years ago and was completely David's site. It did really well and became the number 1 swingers site in the UK.

However he then did a deal with The Adulthub in 2003 (who are actually not that bad) but it meant that he lost the guts of his website. All of the content on his site has shifted over to the Adulthub which just leaves a small number of marketing pages on his site.

Combined with removing most of the content of the site he also seems to have indulged in some activity against Google's Webmaster Guidelines which is why the site has suffered a big page rank penalty which will explain why the traffic has gone down so dramatically according to Alexa.

The headline of the site is still Welcome to Dirty-David, free adult swingers contacts. despite the fact that there is a fee to gain full access to the site. However, unlike many pay sites, he does make it clear that you need premium membership to do everything on the site so overall it's not anything like as bad as certain other sites!

Friday, 18 May 2007

Swing2Us Site Review

Dean & Matty's Swing2Us at www.swing2us.com is one of the original UK swingers sites. It's not to be confused with www.swing2us.co.uk who are an Adult Hub affiliate trying to rip them off (and in my opinion guilty of the common law offence of passing off).

The site has been around for absolutely years, when I originally joined it was a plain HTML site and you emailed Dean and he would then put your advert up. However they later made it a proper database driven site, introduced subscriptions for new member but allowed the existing members to have free access forever. Although it is now a pay site I'm not going attack it for charging fees because they make it completely clear that it's a fee paying site, there's no attempt to con people into thinking it's free in the way that sites like Swinging Heaven do.

Tragically, Dean died but Matty has done a great job of continuing the site. He has been greatly missed by all of us in the community.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Swung: New Book on Swinging



There's a new book on swinging in the UK that's just coming out. It looks pretty good although I haven't ready it yet.

The Independent has a review.