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.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Fab Swingers gets to 5000 members!

Fab Swingers is now up to 5000 members, mostly UK swingers but there is also a growing number of Irish swingers.

The site is a free community site so there is no marketing budget and all of the members have come from word-of-mouth recommendations. So although it's not the largest swingers site (by a long way!) it is mainly people who really are into the scene and who have probably been introduced by friends. And 5000 members in only 8 months isn't too bad!

It's also quite unusual because Fab Swingers has pretty much equal number of couples and single men registered; most swingers have vast numbers of single guys and comparitively few couples. Again, this has happened because the site has been built up through personally recommendations of couples in the scene.

If you'd like to give it a go you can sign up at http://www.fabswingers.com

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Swinging Heaven

I got some details emailed to me about Swinging Heaven. One of the things I never really understood was why the suddenly changed from being such a popular community site to being completely money-grabbing.

The answer is that the founder of Swinging Heaven, Mark, sold out to Symbios Solutions Ltd, a ring tone company, who bought the site in November 2005. According to their website they have "an aggressive web real estate programme" which I guess translates to "charge as much as possible on Swinging Heaven". This has resulted in more than half the users leaving the site since the takeover.

The founder of Swinging Heaven along with some of the users who'd been driven away from the site by Symbios then decided to create a new free site called Swingers Cave. When Symbios found out they took legal action to close it down (I'm told by my source).

So if you want to become part of a "competitive product portfolio" I would suggest you join the most expensive "free" swingers site in the UK!

Sunday, 25 March 2007

A moving and sexy website

I've decided to go slightly off-topic to tell you about a very special site I came across today. It's not often that a website can be described as "moving" and "sexy" but I think that's best description of VixPix - subtitled "Tits Out For Multiple Sclerosis".

The site has some pics of Vix and links to a MS resource centre if you'd like to donate. There's a very honest and moving account of her illness - Vix herself suffers from MS. I notice that the site hasn't been updated for a while so I do hope that she's okay.

There was article in The Sun about the site which quotes the manager of the MS centre saying "It's important to remember that what Vix has done is far more than just a fundraising exercise. She also challenges people’s preconceived beliefs about MS sufferers".

Saturday, 24 March 2007

Problems at Fab Swingers

Fab Swingers has some problems last week, there was basically a huge amount of new people going to the site with traffic doubling over two weeks! Unfortunately the server that the site was on didn't really cope and at peak times the site was unusably slow. The site has now been shifted over to a much more powerful server and it working fine now.

The new server was quite expensive but the site is still completely free. The advertisers pay more when there is more traffic so the sudden rush in new users has generated more cash which has covered the cost of the new server.

Saturday, 17 March 2007

Department for Education and Skills includes swinging in the curriculum

It's good to see that the UK government's Department for Education and Skills is broadening the curriculum, as this page about swinging from their website shows!

I've included a screenshot below for when they take it down.

I guess this has been put up by someone spamming the forums for the sake of getting a link from a .gov.uk website which will carry a lot of pagerank benefit - unless the government really has become a lot more liberal!

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

SwingFans.com

I was surfing the web for swingers sites in the UK (as you do) and I had the pleasure of stumbling across this gem of a site. It's SwingFans.com.

The site itself is not very impressive, it's basically just a slightly customised phpBB which is a fairly standard (and free) bit of forum software.

But what the sets the site apart is the atmosphere and the sense of community. The people who post are really friendly. It is of course a free site but it doesn't even have any advertising! It is obviously a labour of love rather than something that's been set up to earn a bunch of cash and that really shows.

So that's two positive posts in a row! But I'll get back to scam-busting next time!

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Melanie's UK Swingers

Up to now my blog has been pretty negative, just exposing the rip-offs out there rather than talking about any of the good sites. Unfortuntately this is because there are many more rip-offs than good sites! However one of the exceptions is http://www.melanies-uk-swingers.com.

There is a lot I like about this site:

  • it's free - really free in the same way Fab Swingers is a free UK swingers site.

  • it's real - I really like the way that there are real people behind it, not a faceless corporation

  • they can write - I'm afraid that I am very fussy about my English but these guys really can string a sentence together in a way that makes you want to stick around till the end



Their user interface really stinks unfortunately so you do tend to end up with lots of open windows and it can be really hard to work our what you're doing but these are really pretty minor gripes. Overall I think our Mel has put together a really good site and I think it probably is a good place to find a shag.

Sunday, 18 February 2007

Swinging Heaven

Swinging Heaven is still the most popular UK-only swingers website although its traffic has fallen by more half over the past year because they made the switch from being a free to site to a site with quite an expensive subscription. If you were lucky enough to have an account with them before they made the switch then you can use the site for free but all new users have to pay.

I'm not very sure why they made the change, normally this sort of thing happens after the site is bought by a company that has no idea how swingers sites work or maybe the owners just decided they wanted to make some cash. Either way the loss of Swinging Heaven is quite sad and I'm sure it will lose its number one position in 2007.

At Fab Swingers there's another article on Swinging Heaven.

Monday, 12 February 2007

The Adult Hub

The Adult Hub is quite a clever idea. It's a single swingers site but people can produce their own front end for it. The owner of the front end then gets a chunk of the cash. The Adult Hub itself is actually quite good and the free membership lets you do a reasonable amount.

The downside of their system is that you might visit quite a few websites and then discover that they are all the same - which can be annoying! All of the following sites are really just The Adult Hub:

http://blondeadultcontacts.com/
http://connect4fun.co.uk/
http://expatswing.com/
http://melanies-swingers.com/ (see note below)
http://www.888dates.co.uk/
http://www.adultdate.co.uk/
http://www.adultdates.co.uk/
http://www.adultnode.com/
http://www.dirty-dating.co.uk/
http://www.dirtydavid.co.uk/
http://www.england-swings.co.uk
http://www.freedates-4-u.co.uk/
http://www.fukbuddy.com/
http://www.genuineukswingers.co.uk
http://www.s3xy.co.uk/
http://www.sexcontactuk.co.uk/
http://www.swing-uk.com/
http://www.swing2.co.uk/
http://www.swing2night.com/
http://www.swing2us.co.uk/ (see note below)
http://www.swingdesire.com/
http://www.ukswingerstogether.co.uk/
http://www.wifeswoppers.co.uk/

I am not a lawyer but in the cases of swing2us.co.uk and melanies-swingers.com the owners of the original versions (swing2us.com and melanies-uk-swingers.com) would have a strong case for a passing-off action in court or alternatively they could apply to the registrars to have the domain names deleted.

The Adult Hub is also behind all of the following:

http://www.aberdeen-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.birmingham-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.blackpool-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.bradford-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.bristol-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.cardiff-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.coventry-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.derby-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.dudley-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.dundee-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.edinburgh-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.glasgow-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.hull-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.leeds-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.luton-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.norwich-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.nottingham-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.plymouth-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.poole-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.preston-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.preston-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.southend-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.swansea-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.swindon-swingers.co.uk/
http://www.swingers-in-london.co.uk/
http://www.york-swingers.co.uk/

There probably are a lot more but to be honest I was beginning to get a little bit bored!

Friday, 9 February 2007

Most popular UK swingers sites

So what are the most popular UK swingers sites? On the Fab Ent Blog there's the latest UK Swingers Sites Rankings which use information from Alex, a traffic ranking company to show which are the most popular sites.

Adult Friend Finder comes top; although most of their traffic is outside of the UK, this is also true for SDC. The most popular site is still Swinging Heaven (www.swingingheaven.co.uk) although it is in fairly rapid decline since the introduced charges. The fastest growing site is our very own Fab Swingers!

The Alexa rankings are just an approximation and shouldn't be taken too seriously but it's the best estimate you can get (without paying a lot of money) of how popular websites are.

Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Dodgy Comparison Site #1

I did a search on Google for "uk swingers guide" and one of the first results is this hilarious comparison site:

http://www.swingersreview.co.uk/

It bills itself as "The Ultimate Guide for the UK Local Swingers Scene" and recommends the following websites:


  • ukswingers.co.uk

  • swingcentral.co.uk

  • directswing.co.uk



Oddly enough swingersreview.co.uk and all of the three listed domain names are owned by the same person! Shurely shome mistake?

Friday, 2 February 2007

Welcome!

This blog is just going to be my thoughts on the UK swingers scene, hopefully some of you will find it helpful and - who knows? - maybe even get a shag out of it!

I'm fearlessly expose some of the awful rip-offs out there, the websites that claim to be free but actually require payment before you can do anything, some of the clubs which don't believe in basic hygeine and anything else that happens to annoy me.

One of my first experiences of swinging was being invited to a party when I was 21 or 22. I turned up and the youngest person there apart from me was late 40's with most people in their 50's I guess. I felt like I'd stumbled into a Saga swingers party! It was absolutely hideous.

And yet... Swinging does sometimes go so wonderfully right. I've fucked some women beautiful enough to have been models, other women not so classically beautiful but deliciously kinky and intelligent which in many ways is even better. I've partied with some incredible groups of people!

So I guess I'd like to relive some of these moments and perhaps see if I can help my readers have great experiences from exploring their sexuality.

Toodle pip!