Do a search for “Passion Search” and before you can find a link to the site you will see a lot of returns for sites that track dating scams.
It has a sister site called “Sex Search” and this should start to give you an idea of what type of dating occurs on this site. Given that assumption, is Passion Search even a decent site to locate an escort? The answer is sadly no, the owners of Passion Search don’t seem interested in providing any type of service except relieving you of your money.
The landing page at first glance is very promising. It is modern and enticing, but then you start reading the ad copy and looking at the pictures. There isn’t much pretense about this being a dating site; it is definitely designed to appeal to men looking for a “dating” site. The pictures are stock, the displayed profile photos are fake and there are highly suspect statements on the landing page. In one of them it states that they were reviewed by the Online Dating Council. They then don’t mention anything that the review said or provide a link to it. There is also a heavy emphasis on the fact that it is 100% free.
How does it compare in the real world?
Alexa does show a global rank of 697,722 for the site and manages to pinpoint some of the demographic statistics down to men, older than in college and accessing from public Wi-Fi points. The traffic and usage barely report any activity and there is not enough information to identify where their traffic is originating from. It does have a high bounce rate, which is probably due to the inclusion of a high price keyword such as “passion” in their title.
Passion Search advertises that it will let you quickly find a date for the night. Not to much is said about anything long term. There aren’t very many special features to the site, just basic search, chat, IM and email.
- Profiles cannot be deleted from the site (you are forever active)
- Email notifications are sent to whatever active email account you registered with the site
- There is no mobile app.
There is little way to tell what features are available on the site, and which ones are active. At best, the hope of the new user is that you can search and contact members. That you can do, but you better have a paid account first.
Price and membership
Much is made of the fact that you can register for free. Then they get to the meat, which is the tiered membership structure. You can opt to pay $2 a day for 3 day’s trial access. You can also choose from one of their tiered memberships:
- $35/month or $150 for one year for gold membership.
- $30 for one month
- $60 for three months
There is no explanation as to what the difference in the memberships is. Just remember that once the trial is over, you can choose not to use the site but your profile will stay active forever to boost their numbers. The lack of explanation about the difference in price ranges and what features it unlocks isn’t unusual, but it is rare that it is so blatantly listed in this manner.
Passion Search does have one of the worst reputations for being a dating site. It would be even worse if people actually tried to use the site. The few who don’t catch on that this site isn’t about dating, but still think it may be the place to find an escort become very angry when they learn that even those profiles aren’t real. In the end, all this site is about is getting as much money from you as they can. They do get points for having the intelligence to make disabling or deleting your account something that you can’t control.
This pumps up their membership numbers and allows them to at least register a score with Alexa. This site is definitely one to stay away from, unless you have a desire to throw money away. If that is what you are looking for, go find a charity and give it to them. Who knows where this money is winding up?