GLOBAL NATIONAL -- Oct 18 -- Last year 12% of newlyweds in the U.S. met through the Internet. So we can assume a similar number of Canadians did. Clearly there are plenty of fish available out there and tonight we're profiling one of the biggest nets that catches them. She was HorseLady3, a small town B.C. girl. He was HappyDaddy, a Vancouver chef whose search for love took him on the Internet. "I needed an escape because the separation from my marriage was kind of hard." It wasn't long before the two found each other. "We hit it off and we haven't looked back since." Markus Frind is the Vancouver web guru who just happens to be one of the world's biggest matchmakers. His site, Plentyoffish.com brought together HorseLady3 and HappyDaddy and thousands of other couples and he runs it all from his tiny Vancouver office. "I am the largest website run by one person. I'm doing about 600 million pages a month." His website is part of a new wave of companies making money on content generated not by them, but by users. The biggest example is YouTube, the online video site that Google recently bought for $1.65 billion. Like YouTube, Frind's site is free to use and is bringing in a heap of cash. [Google Adsense] ads make him more then $10,000 a day. "The tellers always look at me real funny. They're like are you some kind of criminal? Why do you come in with a $900,000 check? I suppose if I went paid, this site could make hundreds of millions but it just wouldn't be fun anymore and I would have to hire people and I don't know, I just like what I'm doing right now." FULL VIDEO @ GLOBAL NATIONAL (via YOU TUBE)
Mark Brooks: This story gives some insight on Markus. Every American dreams of making big bucks working on their own terms, from home. Markus is the poster boy for the internet fringe of one-man-band success stories. This fringe is growing but it's a rarity to see them pop their heads up. He's ranked #1 in Canada on Alexa, and #6 in the Hitwise USA rankings of internet dating sites. Markus said in this interview, " I am the largest website run by one person." That's a lot of mental ownership. He's gunning to be the top internet dating site in the U.S.A. Your comments please.