Match.com is a dating site you can’t ignore. It is one of the largest and longest running (launched in 1995) dating sites found on the internet today. It has over 25 million members and with those members split almost equally between men and women, it’s easy to see why Match.com is so good at what they do. It’s been talked about extensively on social media, on television, in newspapers and magazines, and probably by a good number of your friends – and for good reason! When it comes to dating sites, popularity often equals quality.
According to Match.com, 1 in 5 relationships begin online, and more and more of them are coming out of Match.com. Last year alone about 400,000 people found someone that they started seriously dating. With numbers like those, why wouldn’t you want to at least check this site out?
Match.com is so confident that they will find you a match in your area that if after you still haven’t found someone after 6 months, they will give you the next 6 months for free!
Sign up is simple: fill out who you are (woman/man), who you’re looking for (man/woman), the age range of who you’re looking for, and your zip code. Then choose a username and a password, input your email address and your birthday, and you can get started.
With a free account you are able to browse and search Match.com‘s entire member database, but if you want to communicate with anyone, you’ll have to upgrade to a paid account. But at least this feature allows you to see if anyone catches your eye before you commit to upgrading.
Match.com is super easy to navigate and is great for both the veterans of online dating, and the newbies. Across the top you’ll see Home, Search, Matches, Connections, Messages, Events, and Profile. There are a lot of features you can check out, but unless you upgrade, most will be useless to you at this point. Check the “features” section below for a comprehensive list.
One very important thing you can do, however, is fill out your profile. You can upload a picture specify things like your location, your age, your marital status, whether you have/want kids, whether you have/like pets, whether you smoke or drink, your ethnicity, your body type, your height, your interests, your occupation, your income, languages you speak, your zodiac sign, your political views, your education, what you like to do for fun, your favorite things, your favorite places, and your faith. You can, and should, also fill out an “about me and who I’m looking for” section.
You also have the option of upgrading and using Dr.Phil’s “MindFindBind” which is allows you to work with relationship expert Dr.Phil to help you adopt a more realistic approach to dating in a 3 step program using video and audio. I haven’t tried it personally, but I know friends who have and say it is a really great tool.
Match.com standard membership features:
– large, diversive, growing database of over 25 million members
– ability to create a detailed profile and upload a photo
– can search and browse entire member database
– can send “winks”
– available as a mobile app with alerts
Match.com premium membership features:
– access to email, private chat, group chat, webcam chat, voice messages, etc
– ability to receive and reply to emails, and being able to see when someone has seen your email
– ability to turn your profile’s visibility on or off
– search based on criteria you choose, personality test, or keyword
– “Total Attraction” matching system – a powerful personality profiling tool
– control over features like: who’s viewing your profile, when they were last online, and who has blocked you
– invited to attend their in-person events and mixers
– technical support staff on hand in case you have any troubles
– guaranteed to meet someone special in six months, or your next six months free! (specific to 6 month subscriptions)
Match.com‘s standard account is free. You can subscribe to a one month membership for $41.99 per month, a three month membership for $26.99 per month, a six month membership for $23.99 per month, or a twelve month membership for $20.99 per month.
The main drawback is that there’s very, very little you can do with a free membership. However, this site is worth the price, and you won’t regret updating. But, if you’re on a budget, this site is not for you.
Another concern I’ve heard is that Match.com does automatic billing (charges for the next month after your subscription, unless you cancel). You are not going to find a site that doesn’t do this. Just read the fine print and cancel your subscription on time. Simple as that.
And one final complaint – there are only options for men and women. They are no designations for those who do not identify with one gender or the other, or any gender at all. I know it can get complicated, but those people need a dating site that will help them too!
Match.com is a great site for everyone. The member database is huge and extremely diverse – whether you want to browse or search, you’re bound to find some faces that will catch your eye and draw you in. There’s every ethnicity, body type, and personality combination you can imagine!
Match.com offers both classic and unique search functions to help you wade through its girthy database, and once you’ve found your perfect match, they have a wide varied of features to help you connect with them.