Oasis reviews RSVP online dating in Australia

So you are ready to try your luck with this online dating thing. You have followed the fads and read the ads seen the fluff and sorted through the chuff. So where do you go from here? Oasis Network has been involved in online dating since 2001 as both a developer and marketing agent and we now offer you a range of dating reviews, tips and advice to save you time and effort. Find out which dating site is right for you.

Having recieved hundreds of reviews on our blogs regarding the most popular dating websites in Australia we provide the best review's on the top five online dating websites below with very interesting results.

- RSVP is Australias original online dating site with over 2,000,000 members it claims to be the largest in Australia.

RSVP Dating

RSVP is an Australia pioneer, matching singles in Australia for over 15 years and according to research available on their website it is still the number one Aussie dating website.

RSVP claims 1200 new members a day with over 2,000,000 members making it the largest and one of the most active dating sites in Australia. RSVP is owned by Fairfax (a large Australian media group) allowing it to reach a wide audience and keep those new faces rolling in. RSVP does have the feel of a locals dating site. It does allow free registration, browsing of the database and some communications however to actively participate you are required to purchase stamps to send direct mail.

RSVP does have some nice features that bring value to your hard earned dollars. Good privacy settings, advanced search features and a number of payment options. RSViP is one of the new features of RSVP offering members the ability to "stand out from the crowd" giving RSVP a nice edge on some of the other online dating sites.

It has been a while since I reviewed RSVP however when I did I found it to have an extensive database of members in all areas (quite strong in regional areas as well). The stamp (pay as you go service) worked quite well however I did come across a number of members who had not logged on for a while so I was not sure how active they were. This is an issue if you are sending out invitations to connect. There is nothing worse than someone not replying as you never really know if it is just they never check their mail or that funny face you pulled on your profile.

RSVP has from what continues to add new members and features to keep ahead of its competition. According to the September 2011 Nielsen Online Ratings RSVP is Australia’s number one online dating site so who can argue with that. Holding on to this top spot may not be easy for our Aussie battler however with the help of their parent the Fairfax media group they still seem to be attracting some new faces. Of course quantity may not necessarily mean quality.

RSVP currently is tied for our top spot with 4.5 stars but it is a close race and there are a number of others that are quickly catching up but again we think at this point RSVP still retains the crown but watch this space.

RSVP Pros:

  • A number of payment options
  • Easy to sign-up and get started
  • Simple to navigate
  • The largest database of members

  • RSVP Cons:

  • Some profiles seem old or inactive
  • Features not as polished as match
  • Not a real active live - chat environment
  • Limited screening of members

  • RSVP Rating: 4.5 – 5 overall for dating in Australia!


    Oasis Advice:

    One important statistic to remember is that 20% of the profiles get 80% of the attention. If you want to have more success with online dating put less emphasis on people’s looks, spend more time reading peoples profiles and more time on your initial emails to these potential matches. It should go without saying put some character into your own profile (a little humor goes a long way) and of course put up the best photo you can of yourself.

    There are many very nice, honest, intelligent and successful people out there who could make very good partners with you however may not be as photogenic, poetic or quite frankly as attractive as you would like them to be. It is very easy to be critical when you're browsing through a long list of profiles but you may be your own worst enemy. Try and be a little more open minded, a little less defensive and less focused on looks. We live in a very critical society and scrolling through a directory of photos is not helping matters. Try and look passed the photo and try to read into what people say about themselves with an open mind 'don't be so critical'.

    Also very important is only date locals. Chatting or engaging with people in far away (often exotic) places is only asking for trouble. If they are locals it is easy to establish their credentials this will minimize the risk of being scammed because believe me they are out there.

    Oasis Active, Match, RSVP, eHarmony, POF they are all very good sites with well thought through features to help in your quest for a partner, date or even a friend. Knowing what you are looking for will help; not having too high an expectation and understanding the pitfalls of online dating will also help. Remember the sites are simply the venue they attract people just like you who are looking for someone (some good, some not so good, some downright bad). How you approach it, the people you search for, chat with and possibly meet depends on you. Do not be too critical of the site if you have a bad or boring experience. Be positive, be careful but not too suspicious of people and you will get out of it what you put in. Obviously some people are more cut out for this type of thing but hey what have you got to lose. Relax, exercise some common sense, enjoy and jump in; millions of people are doing it.

    Oasis Quick Tips:

    My number one safety tip is: only date locals. Ask specific questions that only locals will know. Spend some time chatting online before meeting someone. When you are ready, meet in a public place maybe with a friend but don’t invite them over for drinks. A quick coffee at a local coffee shop in the middle of the day is great. Don’t have too high of an expectations, approach it as meeting a new friend. Exercise common sense but don’t be too suspicious. If someone sounds too good to be true they probably are so be cautious. Never lend anyone money for any reason (that is just silly) and don’t give out too many personal details online. Relax, ask about them, talk about things they are interested in, don’t compare them to your last boy or girl friend. Most important enjoy the experience remember we are doing this for fun :)

    Oasis Disclaimer:

    RSVP, Oasis Active, eHarmony and Match Australia websites and trademarks are owned by their respective companies. Oasis network the owner of oasis.com.au has no relationship with any of these companies. Opinions in this review are opinions of the writer's only and do not reflect the views of oasis network, its owners, staff or associates. Reviews, comments and opinions are extracts exclusively from our blog they are not edited or checked for accuracy. If you find any inaccuracies or incorrect information please contact us. If you would like to write a review or comment on this or any of our reviews please feel free to add your comments to our dating blog under RSVP.