so buying the stock now would probably be based on a qualitative assessment that you’re convinced they will grow earnings this year or in the coming few years — or, at least, that they’ll invest in growing their network and will build a plan to “monetize” that network more efficiently within the next few years.

Dating services need to be very discretionary and much safer, until that time comes here are some important things to consider when thinking about joining a dating site. If so, this indicates a lack of attention to detail in the construction and layout of the site.

It may have been pre purchased and the owner does not have the skill to alter it correctly. Well, a site in a state like this gives a clue that the back end program probably is also in a state of disarray or disregard. If it is very young, this could help you determine if the site has worked out all the kinks (program bugs) and how many members they have accumulated. Be wary of statements like "You are the 4697th member to join today." and "Search through millions of profiles." these statements are usually false.

That means the dating site you are at does NOT screen the people who sign up. You should get out of there immediately and go to one that does. Check to see if they screen their profiles or somehow disallow racial, hate or overly sexual material.

If they don't state this than, anything goes for this site, another reason to leave.

“That’s the type of growth and market opportunity that gets David Gardner’s heart pumping.” So who is it? Match Group (MTCH), owner of a bevy of dating sites, including giant and millennial favorite Tinder.

Match was partially IPO’d out of Barry Diller’s IAC/Interactive Group (IAC) late last year in an attempt to get a better valuation for this fastest growing business in the IAC family (IAC still owns a controlling stake). Well, the market cap was recently below .5 billion (it’s slightly over that now), and they did grow their user base by 63% over four years — though from what I read that was total growth for the full period, annualized.

This is one you’ll have to dig in and understand for yourself, the financials don’t either easily justify an investment or rule one out, so it’s all about understanding the business and their potential and seeing if you agree with David Gardner that their “first mover” status means they’ll continue to lead a growing market. Share ’em below, that’s what our friendly little comment box is for.

by Leif Croonquist Seems like everywhere we surf on the Internet nowadays we run across this little advertisement: 'Free online personals'.

And they do believe that their addressable market is 511 million single internet users in the countries where they provide services, and they currently have 59 million monthly active users… It is certainly a “network effect” stock — meaning that it builds upon itself, each new user who tries one of Match’s dating services or apps adds to the appeal of that service.

No one wants to use a dating app that doesn’t have lots of potential dates on the other side of your future potential relationship.

They are everywhere, they are dating sites, and more are opening up shop every day. More and more people are signing up to these new and "free" dating sites.