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Match.com Review

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The road to true love usually involves weeding out dates that make you flee through the back door of a restaurant like your hair is on fire. You can minimize the chances of these kind of horrendous dates by trying out online dating on Match.com. Match’s free search features have bloomed hundreds of thousands of new friendships, casual dates and happily ever after stories. Are you tired of going on bad dates? Join today and discover why Match.com is a leader in the online dating industry, serving millions around the world.

Packages and Features

Match.com offers a number of packages with features that could suit the needs of almost any online dater. Though it provides limited features in terms of communication, the free trial membership should give you a pretty good idea of who's available in your area. If you decide to become a paying member, you'll instantly realize the benefit of being able to reach out to your nearby matches. The standard plan offers a slightly lower price tag than the value plan, and can certainly help you if you're willing to contact people who interest you. If you're trying to get noticed, though, the value plan will give you the most bang for your buck, providing a number of features to help you stand out. These features include:

  • A highlighted profile
  • Notifications of when your emails are read
  • "First Impressions" - having your profile emailed directly to new members to provide them with a sense of Match.com's members. This can drastically increase the amount of interest in your profile.
Feature FREE Trial Standard Plan Value Plan
Receive match suggestions      
Search independently      
Create a profile      
Add images      
Send winks      
Respond to communication      
See who's viewed your profile      
Block certain members      
Send and receive emails      
Use instant message communications      
Highlighted profile      
Receive notifications when emails are read      
Have your profile emailed to new members      

In terms of price, Match.com offers several durations for its standard and value packages so that you can choose the dating program that best fits your budget and your needs. Pricing is as follows:

Subscription Period FREE Trial Standard Value
3 Months FREE $22.99/mo $25.99/mo
6 Months FREE $19.99/mo $22.99/mo

Membership Base

  • Serves heterosexual and gay singles
  • Married people may not register for Match.com
  • Approximately 17% of women and 16% of men using Match.com are 50 or older 1

1 Source: datingsitesreviews.com

How Match.com Works

Before you can search through this vast world of Match.com singles, you will need to construct a profile that consists of three sections. The first section, called About You, includes questions about your physical characteristics, relationship status, political views, education level, interests, occupation and salary range.

The next section called About Your Date will ask about the characteristics you are looking for in a match such as certain physical traits, religious beliefs, ethnicity, relationship status, children, salary range and personal habits.

Following that is the In Your Own Words section which gives you a chance to come up with a profile headline that will make a user stop and view your profile. You can also share the things that you want in a match. Be specific so others know exactly what you are looking for. The last step will ask you to upload a well-lit attractive photo of yourself.

Now that your profile is completed, you can access Match.com’s free search features. You can do a basic search which allows you to select a few criteria like age range, distance you want to search and whether they have a photo posted. If you get too many search results, you can narrow down your choices by selecting even more criteria like physical traits, sports and exercise, hobbies, salary range and horoscope sign. You also have the option of running a quick search like Mutual Matches and Reverse Matches.

When you find someone that you like, you can add them to your Favorites list and send a virtual wink. With an upgraded membership, you could talk and chat using a Match.com generated phone number. The Our History feature shows you any interaction that you have had with this user. The Match Me feature will place your profile in their Daily Match results so they won’t be able to miss you.

Match uses behavioral technology called Synapse, which combines your interactions on the site and your ideal match preferences to determine which users are the best for you. Unlike other sites, you can improve the accuracy of the matches by using the site on a daily basis.

Match.com offers 3 helpful search options:

  • Search based on which users are online locally. This service will help you find relevant people near you and will also lead you directly to profiles that are still active. Searching by those who are online in your area will also allow you to chat immediately with anyone you are interested in.
  • Reverse Matching - With this search feature you can check out profiles of singles looking for people like you.
  • Mutual Matching - In this section you can find people who provided a similar answer to the "About my Date" section.

Match.com presents each profile in a clear, concise way and also tells you which aspects of your profile are compatible with the member that you're interested in.

Match Suggestion
match suggestion

Match.com also enables you to sort your search results in a couple different styles so that you can view your options in the most useful way. You may choose from the "detailed" view or the "gallery" view.

Custom Search Feature
search feature

Search the Match.com database for users looking for a match with your characteristics.

Reverse Match Suggestions
reverse match

Check out profiles of singles looking for people like you.

Finally, Match.com offers you a comprehensive My Match section, in which you'll see suggestions based on multiple criteria. The Daily 5 offers recommendations of 5 potential matches based on various qualities that you have in common. You should be aware that you may not always receive a Daily 5 suggestion (or, in some cases, you may just receive a Daily 3), if Match.com's algorithm does not find an ideal candidate for you. The Mutual Match option presents potential partners based on stated preferences that you and your match suggestions have in common. Like at First Site offers match suggestions based upon your answers about first impressions in the registration quiz, and the Singled Out feature offers highly-targeted matches based upon computer algorithms that suggest you and a potential match have an especially high likelihood of liking each other in person.

Customer Support

Although most online dating sites offer customer service by email only, Match.com offers both email and phone support. I called the customer care center on a Sunday afternoon at 2:35pm EST and received an immediate answer. I didn't even wait a minute before a customer service representative came to the phone. He was both friendly and helpful and knew the answers to all of my questions.

Customers can also contact help services through email by submitting a form on the website.

Overview

  •   6-month guarantee that you'll find someone special
  •   A large user base
  •   Mobile dating availability
  •   Search by who is online now
  •   Daily suggested matches based on compatibility

The Good

Match.com can be accessed on your mobile devices.

Talk and Text helps you stay safe while you get to know your matches.

The Bad

Talk and Text is not available for basic users.

The Ugly

None


User Reviews

Not all submitted reviews are posted but all submitted reviews are factored into our rating. Consumer-Rankings.com believes the posted reviews best reflect the overall opinions of all submitted reviews.

Submitted by Sharron Rogers

As a Christian professional black woman, we are always told that it is hard to find a professional black man. Well I was matched with a great guy, and now we have been married for almost a year. We are happily married; we are very blessed.

Submitted by Fran Silliman

Having access to so many features was really helpfully since I'm new at this and didn't know exactly which features I would need.

Submitted by Dugg Mur

Good site, no questions.

Submitted by Anne Marie Conklin

I have been a member for four months. I have found some men I E-mailed but they either did not get back to me or they were not interested. I am getting too many men who are not at all within my travel distance, theirs either. I am 60 yrs. old but look much younger. I think you have better luck if you are younger, but I am not giving up yet.

Submitted by Michael L

I tried all the other sites before and always had bad luck! Match led me to my soul mate! I recommend this site to every single and looking person I know. It's affordable and so worth it!!

Submitted by M. B.

Mixed experience but the best overall.

Submitted by Liz Clark

Great site...only one where you can truly find matches that meet your criteria!...I met many interesting, stable, intelligent men. Only a few duds… Two of the men became serious relationships

Submitted by Linda Mallonee

I met many quality people over the couse of 2 years but did not meet my match. Then I noticed a new member. I sent him a message, we met for lunch and it was true love. That was 5 years ago. We have been married for the past 3 years and are living a dream I never thought possible.

Submitted by Heather P

I found match to be fun and really easy to use. I just signed up this past weekend and already met a great guy that lives 10 minutes away.

Submitted by Paula G

I've met so many guys through match it's been great. Going on a third date with really nice guy tonight.

Submitted by Kate Mxxx

It was an easy to use website with a lot of interesting people on there. I will definitely be back on the website again.

Submitted by Ryan Sincityworld com

I still think is a great site.

Submitted by Frank Verone

Belonged for over a year. Easy to use, lots of matches. Quality of matches were not high enough... too many obese women, or women lying about their age, old pics, etc.

Submitted by Antonio Miles

I met more friends and compatible mates on this site than on e-harmony. I spend 3 months on both. One the other side, computer date sites are still not really for me.

Submitted by James Dinkins

In love already!

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