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Review of Match.com
Match is the biggest online dating site in the USA & Canada and has been increasing in popularity over the years as more and more people turn to internet dating to meet new people.
As well as having a huge number of members, Match also allows you to do very detailed searches so that you can narrow down your potential dates only to the people that you know you are likely to be interested in. Read our review of Match.com below to find out quickly whether or not it is the right dating website for you.
At the time of writing this review, Match had over 20 Million members.
Free Membership Options and Features
With Match you can sign up for free and create a detailed profile that includes photos. You’ll also be able to use their search facility to browse other members’ profiles and see if there are any people that interest you.
The profile takes around 15-20 minutes to create and contains lots of detail about yourself and what you are looking for. You can add information about where you live, your interests and hobbies, your job, your lifestyle, background and values. You can also specify requirements for your partner. It is easy to go into a lot of detail about what you are looking for in a partner, but do remember if you are too specific you will end up with less matches.
After finishing your profile it gets submitted to the Match team for approval. This may seem a bit cumbersome, but it helps to ensure that Match is kept full of clean, genuine profiles.
Here are a couple of screen captures from the profile setup.
At this stage you will not be able to contact anyone without paying a membership fee. The free membership is a great way to find out whether or not Match is suitable for you, but if you are serious about meeting someone online you’ll need to upgrade to start interacting with other members.
Match Membership Cost
The cost of becoming a member with Match.com is $34.99 per month, but you can reduce this fee by signing up for multiple months in one go. A 3 month membership works out at $19.99 per month and a 6 month membership works out at only $16.99 per month.
There is also the option of a Premium membership at $22.99 per month for 3 months or $19.99 per month for 6 months. The premium membership gives you more exposure by highlighting your profile in the search results and sending new members your profile first. It also allows you to see whether or not someone has read your email.
Both the premium and the standard 6 month memberships come with the Match.com Guarantee. This guarantee will give you an additional 6 months membership for free if you do not find someone special within the first 6 months. Do claim the 6 months you must keep your profile online for 100% of the time and contact at least 5 people each month.
Membership Benefits & Features
As well as all the usual profile and search features, Match has a few fun features such as “winking” . A wink at someone lets them know that you like them and is a good way to start a communication and see if they like you without sending a full message to them. If you are a paid member you’ll be able to see who has winked at you
Match has a really cool feature called “DailyMatches”. Each day Match will send you some suggestions based on what they think you’ll like. You can then rate these potential matches and as time goes on, the system will automatically learn what you like and don’t like. This is a really great way to find potential dates without having to spend a lot of time searching.
As you browse through the site you wil be able to “favorite” people that take your fancy. Do be aware that paid members will know when you have favorited them.. So don’t do what I did and start favoriting too many people at once! As a full member you will be able to see who has winked at you, who has favorited you and who has viewed your profile.
From time to time Match also organize “stir events”. These are social events that happen in real life rather than online and are exclusively for Match members. Previous events have included bowling, wine tasting, cooking classes and happy hours.
The basic search facility in Match allows you to search based on a specific age range and up to a maximum number of miles from where you live. This is a good initial search to do as it will let you see all the people within your preferred age range that live close enough to you to consider dating. You can also search for only people who have photos on their profile. I recommend doing this as I think it is very important to see at least one photo of someone before you even consider going on a date with them.
If you find that this search is returning too many people, you can use Match’s advanced search feature to narrow things down for you. The advanced search allows you to search based on:
- Physical Attributes
- Has Kids/Wants Kids
If you’ve dated people in the past that you’ve not been compatible with due to religion, interests, beliefs or goals in life, this is a really good way to just cut to the chase and only see people that you know you can have a relationship with. With offline dating, you’ll often have to go on numerous dates before you can find this stuff out!
Match Review Verdict
Overall we’ve rated Match 5 out of 5 stars. One of the biggest advantages of Match is the huge database of members, so this site is ideal regardless of where you live. If you live in a very small town or in a rural area, Match is probably your best chance of meeting someone online due to the sheer popularity of this site.
We also found the site very easy to use, both for setting up a profile and searching for potential matches. If you are new to online dating you will probably find this site is a good one to get started with.
The only warning we would give you is to be aware that any trial or membership that you take with Match is recurring. This means that you are automatically billed and you will need to cancel your membership manually if you have decided not to continue. I’ve seen a lot of people complaining online about this particular aspect of Match, so just wanted to point this out so that you remember this. Thankfully they make it really easy to cancel and you just need to login to your account and go to the help area to do this. As with any membership that you join it pays to know the rules and be organized.
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