Top Ten Inmate Pen pal sites ranked by traffic
Updated 7-2-2014
 
 Ranking is by Alexa.com - the top traffic ranking site on the web
Are you thinking of listing an inmate on a prison pen pal site. Website traffic (number of visitors) is extremely important when considering which website to choose. The more traffic (visitors) a site gets the better change an inmate will successfully get pen pals. We recommend listing an inmate on Meet-An-Inmate.com or WriteAPrisoner.com. Meet-An-Inmate.com is in the number one spot with WriteAPrisoner.com solidly in second place. They get the most traffic by far of any of the inmate penpal sites and both have been established for over 10 years. We suggest that if a site is not in the top ten it may be a waste of money to list with them. What is written about the sites is what they wrote about themselves.

PrisonPenpalDirectory.com  is a fact site not a review site. Alexa.com is the Bible to this website. We also own meet-an-inmate.com and get irritated about the false statements put on by copycat sites that their site is number one. Meet-An-Inmate.com is truly number one and this site shows why.

If you are listing a female then it may be OK to list with most of the sites. However, if you are listing a male then I would not go past number three. It takes thousands and thousands of visitors before one will actually pick up a pen and paper and write a letter to a male inmate. Even Meet-An-Inmate.com and WriteAPrisoner.com cannot guarantee results for the men. I would estimate that about 10% of the men will not get results. You need to put effort into the ad and use the best recent photo that you have and use your wording wisely and honestly. Preferably the photo should come from prison which is more believable than an outdated photo taken before they were incarcerated. Many states have inmate locators and will show information of the prisoner including a recent photo. Meet-An-Inmate.com provides links to the sites to look them up. Or you can go to a site I used to own but sold called inmatesplus.com and they will supply links to prisons and even to county jails. It is real negative for a 45 year old woman to put up a photo of herself when she was 20. Nobody is that stupid and this will cause them to get less mail or no mail.
Alexa.com is ranked #2,227 in the world. PrisonPenpalDirectory.com as you can see at the bottom of this page is ranked between 4 and 7 million. Which means not too many people find it or have a use for it. You can get a free toolbar at Alexa.com and you can instantly view what a site is ranked. Any site ranked over five million is getting few visitors. A site that is labeled as No Rank gets only a few if any visitors. I find this very useful. For example you may have a fancy dandy website that comes across like it is an important site but if if has a ranking in the millions it is not so big. It even may help in identifying scam sites that are imitating a successful site. I frequent Alexa.com almost as much as I Do Google.

The closest competitor to Meet-An-Inmate.com is and extremely good site called Write-A-Prisoner.com. It has better and more expensive software. I like some things about it better than my own site. The owner is passionate about his website. He tries to do other things for prisoners rather just getting them mail like Meet-An-Inmate.com. But he spreads himself a little thin and cannot accomplish all the things that he means well in doing. So Meet-An-Inmate.com has one purpose and purpose only and that is to get mail for prisoners. The site is simple and easy to navigate. When I go to Write-A-Prisoner.com to check out my competion and try to navigate to the prisoner ads it so complicated that I usually give up before accomplishing the task. So bottom line is Meet-An-Inmate.com gets more traffic than Write-A-Prisoner.com and is simpler to navigate to the ads which would indicate that if you want an inmate to get mail Meet-An-Inmate.com is best the way to go. For a brief period of time a couple years ago Write-A-Prisoner held the number one spot in traffic. No other site has done that in the last 15 years.

All of the top ten sites listed here are legitimate and not scams. They would not be listed if they were.

I will soon may be going to a different format where only the top five get listed and all others that have a ranking above NO RANK get honorable mention.
 


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Meet-An-Inmate.com

214,848  (69,365 ranking in United States)
Inmates looking for pen pals. Both men and women's addresses are free. Ads are categorized by age. An inmate can get listed for $25.00 for six months or $35.00 for one year.  This includes two photos and up to 250 words. Very clean and easy to navigate site established in 1998.
2 WriteAPrisoner.com
392,899 (121,398 ranking in United States)
Prison pen pals seeking friendship. Inmates personal profiles, inmates legal profiles and inmate resumes. Men and women behind bars seeking letters. Free to write inmates. Inmates can place one year ad for $40.00 that includes 250 words and one photo.
   
3 PrisonInmates.com
1,250,414 (274,076 in the United States)
Prison Inmates Online is a directory that connects people through social networks along with inmates in US prisons. It's a great place to find prison pen pals or advocate for a prisoner. $50.00 to list an inmate for the duration of their sentence.
4 FriendsBeyondTheWall.com
885,845 (264,731) in the United States)
Prison Pen Pal Photo ads listed in 46 states!
You can purchase an inmate ad for $50.00.
5 PrisonPenpals.com
1,094,041
Male & Female Prisoner Ads. View the photos, read the words & write to the inmates directly at the correctional institution they are incarcerated in.
6 WomenBehindBars.com
1,044,353
Prison Pen pals, prison women looking for love. Women Behind Bars (WBB) is a professional service for women in prison. Many penpals featured on this site are looking for love. Some women in prison have been abandoned by their loved ones and these women in prison desire contact with penpals with hope to start a relationship. Addresses are four dollars.
7 Inmate.com
1,170,637
Prison inmates looking for pen pals and new friends, to exchange pen pal letters and experiences, find legal help and lawyers. $120.00 per year.
Tips for writing a successful ad:
Use a good quality, recent picture of yourself. Choose a good title, something catchy or unique. Invite everyone to respond, not just the opposite sex. Words are important, use them wisely. Be sincere, write about your dreams, passions, regrets, etc. Be positive and cheerful - humor never hurts.
8 Inmate-Connection.com
1,404,246
Looking for a prison pen pal? Write a prisoner through inmate-connection.  Features bios of lonely male and female inmates looking for pen pals. A website dedicated to inmates serving time in U.S. Prisons and in prisons worldwide. Through this site we hope to attract pen pals that can bring friendship, love and laughter to lonely prisoners who are locked away from society. One year inmate listing $40.00
9 LoveAPrisoner.com
1,844,734
Pen-pal service dedicated to those in the prison system! According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice, in 2009 more than 2.3 million people were incarcerated and 90% will be released someday. We strive to reduce recidivism by giving our inmates the feeling of love, affection, and belongingness which is instinctually vital to all persons both free and imprisoned.
10 InmatesForYou.com
3,908,339
The inmates within this site are looking for friends, pen pals, and even that love of their life. A lot of these male and female prisoners are just like you and I...they've made mistakes or bad choices in their life. Now they find themselves in prison; lonely and sometimes even cut off from family and friends. This is where you can make a difference! Having their name called during mail call is something alot of these men and women have not heard.  $20.00 for one year.
     
 
 
*Alexa.com computes traffic rankings by analyzing the Web usage of millions of Alexa Toolbar users and data obtained from other, diverse traffic data sources. The information is sorted, sifted, anonymized, counted, and computed, until, finally, they get the traffic rankings shown in the Alexa service.