Conventional dating sites are a dime a dozen – they all blur into each other, because they’re all offering the same basic service.
Where online dating was once a novelty, now it’s turned into something of an online swamp, with millions of people all competing for the same ever-diminishing pool of prospective dates.
That is a big part of why International Love Scout was founded. International dating sites really open up a guy’s dating opportunities. That was the goal of the founders of Seeking Arrangement too, but they went in a different direction – an economic direction.
They cut through all the noise and just give people what they’re looking for. In the case of Seeking Arrangement this was the creation of a website that allows busy men to find women who aren’t looking for the normal dating pattern – one that usually ends in broken hearts and stalkers.
Instead it allows wealthy single men to come to arrangements with single women who need a “Sugar Daddy.” Just for once you can join a dating site where “false advertising” is a thing of the past for both male and female members.
How It Works
The basic features of the site work like any other dating portal – you create a profile, add a picture, and let people know what you’re looking for.
The similarities with other dating sites stop there because on Seeking Arrangement, as a Sugar Daddy, you actively promote your income and Sugar Babies list exactly what their expectations are financially i.e. what they want to be paid to be part of your life.
Seeking Arrangement do everything they can to prevent fake profiles being created, including demanding proof of income before your profile becomes fully active. The admin team also check for fake female profiles, just to make sure that everyone is who they say they are.
The site is very clear that prostitutes are not welcome, so they weed them out long before they can become a problem for paid members. Criminal background checks are par for the course here, something other dating sites would do well to take note of.
When you login you’re shown recommended profiles, but you can also do a manual search using a variety of filters. The number of women using the site far outweighs the number of men, so there’s no shortage of profiles for you to check out. It’s also the exact opposite to what you’ll find on pretty much any other dating site you can think of.
We also found the Seeking Arrangement mobile app to be one of the best of its type, and is available for both iOS and Android.
To its credit the site doesn’t try to pretend to be something it’s not, so the men looking for dates are referred to as “Sugar Daddies” and the women looking to be cared for in financial terms are referred to as “Sugar Babies”.
Although the stereotypical image of a woman who looks for a Sugar Daddy is one of a brainless blonde bimbo, the women on Seeking Arrangement are usually anything but.
In fact, they’re mostly a mixture of college students who need a financial boost in return for some company, working women who need to earn more than minimum wage in a second or third job, or single moms who just want to provide their kids with a better lifestyle.
It’s also worth mentioning that the site isn’t full of 80-something guys looking for hot 20-something girls. Sure, there are older men using the site, but there are plenty of very wealthy men on Seeking Arrangement who are in their late 20s and early 30s.
So, ladies if you play your cards right you might just find the kind of arrangement with the guy of your dreams, but without all the headaches of a normal relationship.
Oh, and the site does also feature a number of “Sugar Mamas” and male Sugar Babies, but they tend to be in the minority.
There are approximately 5 million members using Seeking Arrangement, with active profiles in over 130 different countries.
The Website Design
Most dating websites put a lot of time, money and effort into engaging their members at every turn. This includes everything from quizzes and games, to checking what type of personality you have.
Seeking Arrangement has no need of all the bells and whistles on it because personality isn’t a factor here – it’s about income. This results in a site with a very clean – almost minimalist – design that focuses on helping you find the perfect arrangement for you.
The site design and navigation are extremely intuitive, and are updated on a regular basis, plus the design team do their best to add relevant new features when they’re called for.
One nice touch is that women can create Amazon Wishlists to show their Sugar Daddy exactly the type of gifts they’d like to receive. This is another example of where the site cuts through all the fluff involved in online dating, getting straight to the heart of the matter – no pun intended.
A lot of online daters got very, very nervous after the Ashley Madison incident, and this is something that’s been taken to heart by the team at Seeking Arrangement.
Every message sent and received on the site is encrypted, so you have no need to worry about privacy. The site also features hundreds of blog posts with hints, tips and news about how to make the most of your Seeking Arrangement experience.
So, where’s the catch? Full membership doesn’t come cheap, with a basic plan costing around $70 per month, and the ‘Diamond’ membership plan costs several hundred dollars per month.
The pricing scale is based on the fact that only genuinely wealthy men are meant to be using the site, so they don’t mind dropping a few thousand dollars per year in membership fees.
They also don’t mind dropping a few grand a month on their specific female arrangement, so pricing isn’t really something we’re taking into consideration in this review. If you’re wealthy you should use the site, and if you’re not then don’t bother.
You will need to verify your income to be a full-blown “Sugar Daddy” – this includes a background check for a criminal record. We also love the fact there’s no automatic rebilling.
There’s nothing more annoying than a forced continuity model that makes you pay for something even when you’re not using it.
Seeking Arrangement is not just about finding a young woman to have sex with, although that does happen. But there’s a lot of wealthy guys who are simply looking for somebody to go to dinner and drinks with, with intimacy coming in second place to almost anything else.
It’s refreshing to find a website that’s less about finding your soul mate, and more about finding a relationship that works in the real world.
There are no gimmicks or tricks here – just a platform that allows consenting adults to create a type of open relationship that works well for everyone involved.