The Scoop: Online dating can sometimes feel like a numbers game because so many platforms prioritize quantity of dates over the quality of dates. Flirthut is a free platform that aims to disrupt that dynamic by helping singles expand their social networks and connect with people who share their interests. The platform connects users for friendships and relationships, and the team has designed a unique system for upgrading accounts that doesn’t cost money. The result is a fun, streamlined way to meet new friends and compatible partners.

When singles seek an online dating platform, they often start by researching features, prices, and effectiveness. Some swear by sites that cost money, but many discover that free sites are more streamlined and easy-to-use. 

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FlirtHut offers a straightforward dating platform for meeting new people.

That’s the model Flirthut uses to connect users for friendships and relationships. 

Choosing the right dating site is essential because singles can spend a lot of time swiping through members to find someone they click with. Some platforms rely on slow dating methods that present members with only a few matches each day. Others use a complicated algorithm to help users weed through their options. 

Some sites are pretty expensive, leaning heavily on the idea that “you get what you pay for.” But Flirthut Founder Andrew Simeou said that’s an outdated concept, especially in online dating. 

“The way we see it, the more opportunities someone has, the better it is for them,” he said. “Flirthut was created to provide a simple, free, and easy-to-access platform with a quick signup. We’re an independent service that gives people an extra opportunity to meet someone.”

Members appreciate that they never have to pay for services with Flirthut, and they also value its simplicity. The platform doesn’t place any barriers on having fun while looking for a new friend — or perhaps something more. The site is a popular option for singles who want to enjoy online dating again.

A Free Service For Singles With Earned Platinum Status

Andrew said that Flirthut’s model differs from that of other free sites. Typically, when members sign up for a free dating app, they are bombarded by advertisements for upgrades they can pay to access. The Flirthut team considered that business strategy, but they ultimately went in another direction.

“We played with the idea of having paid for premium access but found this just didn’t work well and went against our original ethos,” he said. “Premium access still exists, but it is earned rather than paid for.”

Members who have been registered for at least two months are eligible for an upgrade. They must have at least three approved public profile photos and contribute at least one post on its forum. At that point, they will be automatically upgraded to a premium membership.

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The forums invite newcomers and regulars to engage in conversations.

Their upgraded status will remain as long as they sign into their account at least once a month. That helps other members know who is active and searching for dating opportunities.

The approach also focuses on customer service, which is essential as the app continues to grow. Andrew said the team focuses on organic growth. That’s important for singles who want a guarantee that the singles they connect with on Flirthut are authentic.

“We don’t have the number of members that some other dating services do, but all of our members have specifically signed up for our service,” he said. “Our members are ours, and we pride ourselves on that.”

Working Hard to Overcome Pandemic-Related Challenges 

Over the last 18 months, many businesses — including Flirthut — have suffered from COVID-19-related regulations. Andrew said the team had seen a substantial change in the number of people using the app, although he expects the traffic to pick back up now that many mandates have been lifted.

That’s happened with other apps. But Andrew said that some other teams have been employing tricks to cover the effects of slower traffic so they wouldn’t be as apparent.

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The dating site has seen a spike in signups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Since the start of the pandemic, many of the popular search engines have changed their algorithms. Since we rely heavily on organic traffic, we have had a tough time maintaining the levels we saw over two years ago,” Andrew said. “But we are still hanging in there, though.”

It helps that Flirthut is more streamlined than many other online dating services, making its operations more cost-effective during challenging times. He encouraged current members to remain patient and enjoy the new dating opportunities using the app.

“New members are signing up regularly, and that special someone could show up tomorrow, next week, or even next month,” he said. “I would say patience is key, especially if a suitable match isn’t available at the time.”

Flirthut also takes safety seriously for singles who find connections. The platform’s free blog offers online dating safety tips for men and women. For example, it encourages members to initially keep their real identity hidden and never disclose their password information. Singles should take their time to feel comfortable with another person, and treat them as a stranger until they earn trust.

Flirthut Offers Simple, Straightforward Online Dating 

Flirthut’s straightforward design makes it easy for members to search for dates or friendships. But its simplicity shouldn’t keep users from considering their options before swiping.

“In an era of impulsive swipe left, swipe right, we would say our system is more traditional and based on a bit more thought rather than impulse,” Andrew said. 

That’s important as Flirthut’s membership continues to grow. And members know that the people they meet on the site are there for the same reason. That makes the experience more rewarding. 

Andrew said the team hopes to see a return to the platform’s pre-pandemic numbers in the upcoming months. Flirthut isn’t planning any new launches or upgrades because its members appreciate that the platform keeps things simple.

“We’ve had many positive reviews — often members provide these when they choose to close their account,” he said. “Overall, the site has proven very popular to those who just want something simple to use with a familiar layout.”

Some people predict that online dating will become more popular than ever after the COVID-19 pandemic. That means many singles will be looking for free, straightforward ways to connect with others. Andrew is confident that more people will find Flirthut organically, sign up for accounts, and enjoy their experience. 

“We hope to increase Flirthut’s popularity as a simple, no-frills, completely free dating site,” Andrew said. “Particularly for those users who don’t want or don’t see the need to install a dating app on their device.”