We have updated our paypal payment method using a option that allows you to pay even if you dont have a paypal account.
Also, this option now means recurring payments are not an option. As such there is no way you will be automatically billed at the end of your current paid period.
Distance based postcode searching is now also available for members in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The new version of the site has just gone live.
New design...the site is undergoing a radical redesign with a wider format (making the most of newer, bigger screens), graphics and some tools including a major change to the messaging system thats offers a facebook style solution allowing simplier review of message history. All this will make the site faster, smoother, simpler and overall...cooler.
We will also be introducing distance based post code searching for Canada.
Picture file size
I have just increased the picture file size limit by 5 times per picture from 200kb to 1mb.
Since our Launch 6 years ago Freerub and its twin site FindAMassagePartner.com reached a significant milestone having just crossed over the 100,000 registrations mark!.
Thanks for your support!
The site is moving about 3 times faster after a move to a new hardware.
If you have had issues with uploading picture in the last month or so this has now been fixed, my appologies for this inconvenience.
New Search Option added
I have just added an option to the Search page to search for members by their username...this will help with find members who you see in our "New Member Emails".
Video added to Profile
I have just added an option to add a introductory video members profiles. All members can add one but viewers will need ot be paid members.
Adding a photo to profiles increase message responce rates by 4.18 times (on average). Its going to be very interesting to see how a video profile increase any member's partnering rate!
The competition winners have been decided. Some entries won due to their convincing arguments for their individual ideas. Other entries won for shear volume of ideas. In some cases several members suggested the same idea. I this case the member who proposed the idea with the most convincing argument was selected as the winner.
The winners were:-
Thanks to all those who entered.
Win 5 Years Free GOLD Membership
Freerub.com's technology cost $1000's to develop. It has been worth it as the site has been a great success. However, it does seem a little redundant to use it for just one type of partnering site. There are 100's of different types of dating sites out there, why not 100's of partnering sites?!
As such I am looking for suggestions of other partnering type sites that could be developed and you would like to use, for instance, salsa dance partners!
The best 5 ideas I receive before the end of March will each get a free upgrade to 5 years GOLD membership (worth $89.95) on freerub.com.
Ideas will be judged by:-
1) Size of market (bigger the better)
2) Is the market already catered to (preferably not)
3) Ease of access to the market (will it be expensive to let this group know about the site)
Furthermore, if your idea is actually developed into a site you will receive the first $500.00 profit that the site makes.
You can email your idea(s) to me via our contact us form.
Due to a growing membership base and increased site activity the site began to slow a little in recent months with the occasional crash for a few minutes.
We have now moved to a faster more reliable server and expect to provide a greater standard of services as a result.
New Massage Articles section launched
Today a new section has been added to freerub.com. As you will see there is a new button at the bottom of the list linking to "Articles". Here you can find articles about massage from all respects. We have launched with a series of articles from members who are mostly qualified Massage Therapists and who have detailed their massage education/school experiences.
We will add more and more articles with a wide variety of topics in the coming weeks and months.
To make life easier and help memebrs review the progress/success of the messages you send (full account needed) I have added a field in the "Sent" messages folder to show the date that the message was read.
This field was added a few days ago and took the place of the field showing the date you sent the message.
Messages sent before this upgrade still show the "sent" date but messages sent since will show either "not read" or the date it was read.
The site sends automatic email notifications showing your username to all members when you send a message. Some may choose not to upgrade their account in order to read and respond to the message although very often this does prompt the recipient to upgrade their account in order to read your message. Many members hold off with upgrading their account until they are sent a message.
Having at least 1 photo in your profile will encourage this as free account holders can view them before upgrading their account to respond. If you are female you are 3 times more likely to get a message if you have a photo in your profile and 5 times more likely if you are male...strange I know, but those are the stats!
What used to be the preferences page has now been merged with the “Advanced Search”.
These means that you can set your search preferences on the advanced search page and these settings will be retained. However, now when searching using the “Basic Search” your preferences will not be taken into consideration. This is to make the site easier for new internet users to use and provide the most possible search results.
www.FindAMassagePartner.com is launched.
FreeRub's sister site has just been launched. This new site works with the same database of members as freerub. Being a member of one site means you are a member of the other one also. Your member status is the same on both; the functions are the same for both sites. In fact, everything apart from the name is the same - except the payment method.
I have been advise by many members that they would prefer to pay by card via some other payment gateway than paypal. To this end, www.findamassagepartner.com uses 2Checkout to process payments. If you don’t already have a paypal account you may well find this option a simpler solution. As such you can upgrade an account that you originally registered via Freerub using 2Checkout via FindAMassagePartner.com and visa versa.
The idea for the new site came as a result of a survey of female freerub members. Their opinion was unanimous that the domain name could be construed as having sexual connotations; this is something I had considered for some time.
The new domain name and a change in some site graphics a couple of months ago are to try and reduce the possibility that visitors my consider the site as some sort of dating site of pick up place.
We have just hit 30,000 members. It took 15 months to hit our last milestone of 20,000 and now only 4 months later we hit the next one. Membership is growing at a rate that allows me to project a membership of 50,000 by the end of the year.
Is it worth posting a picture?
Well I have always maintained that posting a picture in your profile will help with the number of messages that you receive both from new contacts and as responses to your own messages. Now I have run the numbers for all members that have been registered on the site (free and paid) for at least 1 month and not only do they back up my theory but they also go beyond my expectations.
If you are a female member you will receive (on average) 3.075 times the number of messages with a picture than without one.
If you are a male member it's even more important as you will receive 5.612 times more messages with a picture in your profile.
Need I say more! Want an easier time finding a massage partner...post a pic!
Currently both members of the site have to have an upgraded (paid) account to send and access received messages. I am considering adding a Gold membership to the site which will allow you to send messages to free members that they can access. They can then reply directly via whatever means of communication your provide to them, phone, email etc. I would love to hear your views on this possible upgrade!
Terms and Conditions update.
In order to help keep this site free from abusive, offensive or abrasive users I have updated the site's Terms and Conditions to allow removal of such members.
The site has "Report Abuse" links around it so that you can let me know about inappropriate messages, profile content and photos.