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Since 1995, Match.com has been on a mission to pair up singles from every walk of life with their ideal partner! This match-based dating site has grown to include members from over 24 countries and offers its famous dating site in 15 different languages. You can literally find love from just about anywhere in the world – and millions of people have.
There is a reason that Match.com is the number one dating site in the US with 13.5 million visits per month as of 2015. The chances of finding romance on this dating site are inarguably some of the highest. Whether you are looking for casual dating, or a serious connection- there is surely someone on this dating site looking for just the same.

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Registration Process

Registering on Match.com is a light and fun process. The questions asked seem more like an airy conversation than an interrogation, and the whole thing only takes up about 15 minutes of your time.
Like most dating websites, you’ll first be asked the basics: age, gender and location. Next, you’ll encounter three sections: “About You”, “About Your Date”, and “In Your Own Words.”
Expect a couple of open-ended questions like, “What are some of your favorite local hotspots?” or “Tell us something you’ve recently read,” but mostly you’ll encounter multiple-choice questions quizzing you about your interests, faith, and the attributes you’re looking for in a partner.
These answers will be featured on your profile, as well as being used by the site’s algorithms to match you with potential partners.

A unique twist you’ll notice during the registration process is that Match.com offers tips and advice in the sidebar to guide you, reminding you to stay open-minded, or show you some examples of what other members have written in case you get stuck. You can go backwards, or save a step for later if nothing immediately comes to mind.
The final step of the process is to upload a photo of yourself via Facebook or your computer- and now your basic registration is complete! You are officially a limited member and will immediately be given your first set of matches.
On a free membership, your profile will show up in the Match.com database, you’ll receive notifications when people message you, you can send winks and search for matches, but if you want access to the full range of services on this site, including messaging, you must subscribe to a paid plan.
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Plans & Pricing

Choosing your membership plan is a bit daunting as there are so many options. The packages you can purchase are broken down into ‘Bundle Plans’ and ‘Basic Plans’ which are pretty similar, but the Bundle Plans include three extra features:

  • Email Read Notifications
  • First Impressions
  • Highlighted Profiles (see Features & Functionality).

Both Plans offer you 3-month, 6-month and 12-month subscriptions, with the Bundle Plans listed at a slightly higher price. Also, with a Basic Plan, you have the option to sign up for a 1-month subscription but it is quite costly.

  Picking a plan
The best subscription for your money seems to be the 6-month Plan (Basic or Bundle) as it offers the Match.com Guarantee:
As long as you are an active member communicating with at least 5 members a month, and you haven’t found love by the time your subscription is through, they will give you another 6-months for free!

Features and Functionality

Homepage The homepage looks a bit intimidating at first as every feature seems to be on one screen, but it is actually quite easy to use once you get your bearings.
Located at the top of your screen, you’ll find the navigation bar to view your emails, winks and likes.
On the left side of the screen, you’ll see the ‘Match’ section where you can jump between your matches and use ‘MatchMe’, a feature that let’s you alert Match.com of members you are interested in. The site will then tactfully place you in the Daily Matches of those members.
Below the matching section, you can access your inbox and sent messages, and underneath that are all of your ‘Connection’ features to view favorites, see who has viewed you, etc.
In the center of the homepage, the ‘Connections’ tab highlights members who have shown interest in you. Next to that is the ‘What’s New’ section which is basically a live feed of activity by relevant members.
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Chat To the right of your homepage, a drop-down bar will appear with the profiles of members interested in reaching out to you. From there, you can live chat with these members, or your can click the top of the chat section to make the bar disappear.
Daily Matches Click on ‘Daily Matches’ and you will be shown profiles in a slide-show style. Based off of your first impressions, you can click to move on or to keep that person in your matches. When you choose to click to keep someone you will be prompted to send this person a message right away, or continue on to your next match.
Profile Searches Enter the age range and location radius into the search bar and you will be shown profiles that fell just outside of your matching criteria. Refine your results by selecting attributes such as education or faith. You can also search for members based off of common keywords you value.
Messaging You can send and receive emails easily like you would on any other online platform. You can enable a special filter, which will route emails from members whose age or location isn’t ideal, to another inbox. This can save you some time, and keep your inbox organized.messaging
Entice Him/Her Here is a feature not seen on other dating sites out there. If you aren’t confident in writing your own profile, you can hire a professional to do it for you for $39.99.
Mobile App Clean, clear and straightforward, dating on Match.com’s mobile app is a breeze. Tap the top left-hand toggle to drop down your navigation bar. Here, you can view your profile, settings and other basic tools.
Located on the top of the screen are three icons for messages, your profile and alerts showing a green dot when there is new activity. The main interface has four sections titled: Matches, Search, Viewed Me and ‘Mixer’ which is a ‘swipe right and left’ style dating game. Possibly, the most attractive feature of installing this app is that you’ll receive push notifications on your phone when you have a new message or ‘like’.
‘Bundle’ Features In addition to the features that come with a premium membership, if you choose to cough up a little extra for a ‘Bundle’ Package, you’ll also get access to these extra features:
Email Read Notifications If you have sent another member a message, a time stamp will tell you if and when they have read your message.
First Impression Your profile will be shown amongst the first in database search results, upping your chances of being contacted.
Highlighted Profiles Your profile will stand out in database search results in a unique color, which may set you apart from the rest.

Support and Safety

Match.com takes your safety seriously. There is an entire section dedicated to online dating safety tips and advice, which will pop up the very first time you engage in messaging.
You can be sure that the profiles on Match.com represent real people via the Verification feature. This allows member to collect Verification Badges after they verify themselves using other online accounts such as Facebook or Twitter.
Additionally, if you come across a profile, or a member who has made you uncomfortable or whose profile features inappropriate content you can block their profile so they cannot view or contact you.
You can also report them by filing a complaint to the Match.com team, who will then decide what action to take.

Pros & Cons

 Match.com’s member database is one of the largest in the online dating world with members from every kind of background The cost of a subscription is somewhat steep in comparison to other dating sites.
The mobile app is extremely enjoyable and easy to use.

The Final Word

The odds are in your favor at Match.com. Boasting an almost perfect male to female ratio, and a database of over 1.7 million paid members, you’ve got to believe that there is at least one match here for you! This site’s tailored approach to helping you find romance is extremely personal, taking the pressure off and allowing you to enjoy the process. If you’re still on the fence, you can read about Match.com success stories on their website, and maybe you, too, will be adding a story of your own one day.

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We made every effort to ensure that this review was accurate and fair, but we’re only human. If you think we’ve got something wrong, or that the review does not reflect your own experiences with the product, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, send us an email, or write your own review in the Customer Reviews section.

 

Emma Walters
Emma is an arts and science student graduating this year from NYU. She loves New York City and writes about her big city single-hood experiences. “Being single in the Big Apple is more of a task than a status”, she says, “Dating sites are great for socializing, especially if you’re new in town”. Emma is a regular contributor to the Top 5 Dating blog.
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  • david

    I have never experienced such a huge amount of scammers as this site and would not recommend it to anyone serious.

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