WhiteLabelDating

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WhiteLabelDating.com
Type of site
Online dating service
Available inEnglish
OwnerGlobal Personals
Revenue£25m
Websitewww.whitelabeldating.com
CommercialYes
RegistrationYes
Launched2003
Current statusActive

WhiteLabelDating.com (WLD) is an online dating platform provider. The company currently has 3,243 partners worldwide in countries including the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and all European regions.

Headquartered in Windsor, England, the company also has offices in Miami, US and Sydney, Australia. In 2009, it announced annual revenue in excess £25 million.[1]

History[edit]

WhiteLabelDating.com (WLD) was started in 2003 by Ross Williams, founder and managing director of web design agency Rawnet. WLD was started as a means to maximise revenue from online dating by applying the ‘white label’ concept to dating platforms.

This enabled the company to provide dating software, membership database, payment processing, customer support, hosting infrastructure and tax processing to partners looking to set up dating sites.

The membership database is segmented according to personal details (age, sex, geographical location, etc.) and interests (sexual preference, music tastes, religion, hobbies, etc.) and then shared amongst all the partner sites in the network. This means that a member who joins on a "general" dating site will appear in the search results of all sites in the same category. The same approach works for other facets such as Over 50s, Casual and Gay dating. There are also some unusual terms on some websites where they claim they can irrevocably use any information that you have provided to them. There seems to be no opt-out as to how far this data is shared between related sister companies.

Early on, Williams was joined by Steve Pammenter, a recruitment consultancy owner who helped set up Global Personals Limited in order to fund and launch WhiteLabelDating.com. In 2009 WLD announced annual turnover of £25 million, hired Darren Damiano from Match.com as financial director and secured a further 2000 plus partners.[2]

Timeline[edit]

  • 2003: Global Personals Limited launched Singles365.com, a flagship dating site to help populate the shared membership database, using the WhiteLabelDating.com platform.
  • 2004: WLD began trading as its own entity in September 2004
  • 2005: After 12 months of building up a membership database, WLD began attracting a number of partners who wanted to start building their own dating sites.
  • 2007: WLD secured a number of exclusive relationships to provide the WLD platform to major publishers including Bauer (formerly EMAP), IPC, Dennis Publishing and a number of niche publishers in the UK.[3]
  • 2008: WLD was short-listed for the ‘One to Watch’ award and won the ‘Financial Director of the Year Award’ at the Fast Growth Business Awards. WLD currently runs 1,004 partner sites and generates an annual turnover of £5,303,000. WLD received an honourable mention in the ‘Tenon Entrepreneurial Spirit’ category of the National Business Awards.
  • 2009: WLD continues to exceed partner expectations on revenue and conversion, and signs on a further 186 partners including CosmoDating, Men’s Health and Borders.[4]
  • 2011: Global Personals have come under fire from various consumer group and lobbyists for their involvement in XXX Adult Dating sites and the use of fake or misleading profiles or bots[5] and on 1 November 2012 were investigated by a Channel 4 Television News investigation program titled "Fools for love: how an internet dating firm duped clients" exposing how the firm uses fake profiles to lure paying customers.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WLD launches dating sites for Borders, Cosmo and Men's Health". RealWire. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  2. ^ milo yiannopoulos (17 August 2009). "WhiteLabelDating.com poaches execs from Match.com and DatingDirect". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Insiders' Guide: White Label Dating". Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Technology News Releases". IT-Director.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Global Personals". Yelp. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Fools for love: how an internet dating firm duped clients". Channel 4 News. Retrieved 10 February 2016.

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