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We have awarded Match.com our prestigious Gold Award in this category, having reviewed 34 Online Dating Sites. Read our review below to find out why...
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Match.com is one of the best known dating websites around, and there are some good reasons for that. The site has over 25 million members to its name, which is a lot. If you can’t find a date among them then something isn’t right! There is also (approximately) a 50 : 50 ratio between men and women on Match.com, which is rare in the dating world. Many of Match.com's competitors have a much larger ratio of men to women.
Match.com seems to be a leader in its field because it offers a professional service which actually gets results. Its membership numbers are backed up by a reliable system which offers value for money and a good time too! There are a variety of ways to approach finding a potential date on Match.com, all of which are worthwhile and offer a constructive means to finding a date who is likely to push your buttons.
The site is so confident that you’ll find someone special within six months that you will receive another 6 months’ paid membership for free, if you don’t. This does require a 6 month contract to be taken in the first instance, but it’s quite a reassurance. The price is right too, with Match.com sitting comfortably among the price brackets of most other dating websites but offering a superior service.
If you haven’t yet decided to pay for the services on offer, there’s still plenty you can do as a free member to help decide whether or not Match.com is the dating site for you. Free members can build a profile, upload a photo and view other profiles in full. A lot of sites don’t offer this benefit and require that you upgrade to a paid membership before you are able to view full profiles. It’s a great incentive because you can get a clear idea of what people are like before you decide to take our your credit card. This also means that you can build up a bit of a list of potential members who you would like to contact before paying for the service. Then you can pay for a shorter subscription and contact those members before the time runs out.
Often, one month isn’t enough, however, as it can take some time to get used to the system, particularly deciding how best to speak to people using the online resources. There’s a temptation to be either too picky or just to go for anything with a pulse, but the best course of action is to be open to different people and to take your time getting to know them before deciding to actually meet up. This can sometimes take just a few days, sometimes months. So the longer contracts are worth considering, particularly given the guarantees available on Match.com.
With over 25 million members in 60 different countries and presented in 18 different languages, mainstream online dating doesn't get much bigger than Match.com.
You’ll find that the quality of photos on Match.com is better than most, and you can also upload a good number of them. Some sites are quite restrictive but with Match you have the ability to show yourself in a range of outfits and scenarios to really develop a sense of your true character.
Adding bits of information on your favourite authors and directors is also a nice touch because it gives you a clear and easy link for others to pick up on and to strike up a decent conversation, other than the usual “err hi, I like your profile, you’re pretty, lol” nonsense that isn’t bound to go very far.
Match.com's system not only allows you to search through or browse profiles for your ideal date, it also makes recommendations based on a number of factors. Some of these factors are as simple as physical attributes (e.g. for those of you who may only be interested in girls, aged 20-25, with red hair) but a more intricate system allows you to perform a two-way search, meaning that the results take into account personalities.
How, you may ask, does the system know what your personalities are like and whether or not you’ll get on? Well, a team of experts has worked on a system which will fairly accurately estimate whether or not you are likely to click, based on a series of tests you can take. If you are not the sort of person to make yourself the centre of attention, then it’s no good being matched with someone who isn't into shy people, is it? No. Much better to be matched with someone who finds shy people alluring. Therefore, Match.com’s system works on a series of levels to provide a match which ought to be both physically and emotionally harmonious.
Also worth a mention is the site’s MindFindBind program, which is exclusive to Match.com. It includes a series of videos (over 50) which help to educate the members of the site on the do’s and don’ts of dating, how to understand and talk to other people, and how to go about having a happy relationship. You can move through the program at your own pace from home. Of course, this isn’t necessary for absolutely everyone but we’re sure we could all learn something about how we go about in day to day life, dating or not.
With over 25 million members in 60 different countries and presented in 18 different languages, mainstream online dating doesn't get much bigger than Match.com. It has been around for almost two decades (since 1995) and it shows. It has a refined, intuitive user interface, expert tips and advice, a professional, polished layout and of course one of the biggest databases of members on the planet. The premium membership is also extremely competitively priced, costing a lot less than many other, smaller dating sites.
As The Match.com Guarantee comes with the 6 month membership options, it makes sense to upgrade to a 6 month membership, either on day 1 or else after a few weeks using the site as a free member. It will probably be a rather good investment, in the grand scheme of life, love and the pursuit of happiness.
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