Match powering Yahoo! Personals, a look back

Just read the news that Match.com is going to take over Personals dating on Yahoo. Sadly, it was inevitable. During the time I was running product at Yahoo! Personals, we had at least 3 different SVPs the unit reported to. Not only did the group get switched around repeatedly, it was clear no one at the top had strong interest in managing this kind of transactional revenue, despite good ROI, strong team, etc.

Now, 3 years after the first flurries, Yahoo! has accepted the Match deal. Good news–or bad?
Match taking over Yahoo’s Personals category is a great idea if you believe that the unit was on life support, being run for 18-24 months as a cash cow to capitalize on traffic till the earlier investment paid back.

It is a great idea if you believe Yahoo! should focus on a small set of core businesses and divest of things that are distractions (though, 2 1/2 years out of Yahoo! I have no idea what those core business area).

And it is a great idea if Yahoo’s best plan is to be an aggregator and make $3-4 MM a year in affiliate referrals via partner payouts for customer acquisition rather than manage greater revenue against greater cost.

But is is a great idea?

Not really, But Yahoo! stopped having great ideas a long time ago.

Ancient history note: I used to run Product at YP.

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  1. carsenu.myopenid.com says:

    I’ve been hearing this news to about the Match.com taking over the Yahoo’s Personal Dating sites. Well, here at Arizona, dating in net is quite popular; I just hope many dating members could be more careful because many scams our hunting their victims. Whatever the decision of Yahoo in partnering with Match, I just wish them the best. Good day!

  2. mrktlr5234 says:

    Spark.com has graciously offered Yahoo members one month free membership to their site. My favorite comment though is: “The value that Spark.com can provide is far superior to what Match.com hopes to offer Yahoo personals members,” says Adam Berger, Chief Executive Officer of Spark Networks, the owner and operator of Spark.com. “Our free communication features and photo requirements make Spark.com the highest quality online dating destination out there.”
    Mark Taylor@ testking 642-415

  3. Jackson says:

    So will Yahoo! Personals now be linked to Match.com or will they remain their own entity? I’m curious to see how this pans out for both parties. There are countless dating websites that have popped up in the last few years, so I hope the landscape isn’t getting too crowded.
    Jackson
    HCC Medical Insurance

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