It's about if you bring anything new to the table. If you can help men at large to improve their love lives in a healthy way that's beneficial not just for them, but for women too.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2006
ArtOfApproaching.com, the internet's leading website dedicated to dating advice for men, today announced on it's blog the Top 10 Pick Up Artist of 2006.
The website's webmaster, author Joseph Matthews, has been ranking the top Pick Up Artists for the last four years.
"Before I started officially ranking people, there was a lot of speculation as to who was the real deal and who wasn't," said Matthews, about his decision to rank men on their prowess with women.
"You had a lot of guys running around saying how good they were with women, but I actually started to go out and meet them and see for myself if they had the goods. Some did, some didn't. I wanted to point out the ones who did."
Ever since the release of the New York Times Best Selling book "The Game: Penetrating The Secret Society Of Pick Up Artists," there has been a lot of interest from people about the "Pick Up Artist Phenomenon."
"There are a lot of guys out there who are trying to make money teaching men how to meet women who have absolutely no business doing so," said Matthews. "Releasing the Top 10 every year was a way of highlighting the people guys should pay attention to."
The criteria for making the Top 10 list varies. First of all, candidates must have met with Matthews, or someone that he trusts, and seen them in action with women in person.
Secondly, Pick Up Artists are graded on their qualities and skills. Not only is their ability to get a woman attracted to them quickly taken into account, but their innovation, creativity, and willingness to give back to the community at large weighs heavily in the rankings.
"It's not just about whether you can get a girl to sleep with you," said Matthews. "It's about if you bring anything new to the table. If you can help men at large to improve their love lives in a healthy way that's beneficial not just for them, but for women too."
For that reason, you won't see any "sleazeballs" among Matthew's picks this year.
"It's going to be a controversial list this year," explained Matthews about his rankings. "We have a new number one, and it's not who you might expect. In addition to that, we also have a lot of new faces added to the list - some of which many aren't convinced should have been included, but I felt shook things up enough to be recognized."
Some of the people ranked this year will be familiar to readers of The Game. Some are fresh new faces. Others are old stand-bys looking to claw their way higher in the rankings.
In former years, those who've ranked highly in Matthews' Top 10 have seen their business efforts grow the following year. The number one Pick Up Artist of 2004 and 2005 - Neil Strauss, author of The Game, whom Matthews' discovered while he was still undercover and unknown - went on to release a course in 2006 that sold out in a matter of hours, netting the author a hefty seven-figure profit.
Erik Von Markovich, also known by his pick-up name "Mystery," went on to see his business grow from a small workshop service, to a multi-million dollar a year industry while being featured consistently in the top 3 of the rankings.
"I don't know if the rankings affect the business, or the business affects the rankings," said Matthews. "But regardless, it's great exposure for the people who are listed. Not all of them make money teaching others how to improve their love lives, but all of them definitely get a bump in credibility because of it. And it's not unusual to see someone venture into the commercial arena after being listed."
The top three was a close race this year. The title of number one Pick Up Artist this year goes to a man with the nick-name of Swinggcat, an under-the-radar author and dating coach based out of Los Angeles California, who rose to fame through his infamous ability to get women to have sex with him within just a few hours of meeting him - sometimes while their boyfriends were in the next room.
The number two spot goes to former champion Neil Strauss, followed closely behind by Markovich, who has recently completed a pilot for a TV show on VH1 based on his teachings.
A complete list of the Top 10 Pick Up Artists of 2006 is available at: