- author: Alexa Weeks
Match.com first burst onto the scene way back in the mid-90s and set the benchmark for all the online dating sites that have followed in its wake. 20 years later, it’s no surprise that Match.com offers one of the largest dating communities on the web. Match.com caters to the masses, offering simple features to provide a good reliable service. To properly enjoy Match.com’s dating services, you’ll need to register for a paid account. After doing so you’ll be able to unlock some great features to help you find love.
Plans & Pricing
Match.com offers two kinds of plans:
All bundle plans come with email read notification, highlighted profile and first impressions. A 12-month bundle plan costs $20.99 per month. The 6-month bundle plan costs $23.99 per month. Finally, the 3-month bundle costs $27.99 per month.
The basic plans don’t include the aforementioned bundle special features (highlighted profile, email read notification, and first impressions). For a 12 month basic subscription, you are charged $19.99 per month. A 6-month basic plan costs $21.99 every month. A 3-month basic plan costs $23.99 every month.
If you don’t opt for a premium plan and instead just choose the free registration, you only get the standard features like user searching, photo posting and winking. If you choose one of the packages mentioned above (basic or bundle), you get a rich set of additional features including seeing who viewed you, instant messaging, the ability to remove members from view, mobile email replying, etc.
Ease of Use
Create your basic profile with a username, email, and password. Then comes the ‘match’ part of Match.com where you’ll answer a lengthy series of questions about your lifestyle, hobbies, interests, values, background, etc. These answers will be featured on your profile, as well as, used towards matching you with potential partners. Next, create a short headline and personal summary to represent you. The final step of the process is to upload a photo of yourself via Facebook or your computer.
The majority of your profile is set up during the registration process where you answer questions about yourself and what you’re looking for. This is a smart move by Match.com because it means that you won’t be sifting through blank profiles on the site.
If you aren’t confident in writing your own profile, you can hire one of Match.com’s professional dating experts to do it for you for $39.99.
It’s easy to customize your notifications by going to your account settings and choosing which notifications you’d like to receive.
Your photos must meet Match.com’s photo criteria with guidelines such as no nudity, no animations, and no racism – the usual stuff.
Send and receive messages like you would on any other messaging platform. There is a cool feature where you can enable a filter to reroute messages from members whose age or location isn’t what you’re looking for to another inbox. This saves you time and prioritizes your best matches.
Members receive daily matches chosen for them based off of the Match.com algorithm. Like modern-day dating apps, you can approve or pass on which matches spark your interest.
The most comprehensive member search out there! Match.com gives you the power to find exactly who you’re looking for down to what kind of sports they play and interests they have. There is even a keyword search in case you’re looking for someone who talks about, let’s say, poodles in their profile. And of course, you can keep searches simple with a basic age and distance search, too.
As one of the pioneers of online dating, Match.com led the way in delivering many of the standard online dating features we now take for granted. There are also several special features we liked a lot.
This is a great way to shake things up and discover new potential matches. Rather than searching for people who live or work near you, this feature allows you to press a button on the phone app to check out profiles of users who were in the same physical location during the past 24 hours.
If you fancy digging deep into your fellow members’ profiles without alerting them to the fact, Incognito Mode is for you. By clicking on the button that appears at the bottom of every page you can make your profile invisible for 24 hours or longer, and other members will not receive notifications nor will appear in the list of views.
When you feel like you’re not getting the attention you deserve, Boost will increase the visibility of your profile, helping to get your profile in front of more users.
Due to the membership capacity and success rate of Match.com, the site also promotes social events where members get together at venues near them, have a drink, enjoy fun activities and get to know each other better. With a Match.com subscription, you can get special discounts on these very successful dating events.
Members are prompted to verify their identity by linking to other online accounts such as Facebook or Twitter. Once you’re verified, your profile will display a verification badge.
Report a profile
You can report users whom you feel are inappropriate or fake and Match.com with manually suss out the situation.
Hide & blacklist
You can hide a profile which you don’t want to see popping up in your searches (but they can still contact you), or you can blacklist a profile which is the same as blocking (members will not be notified that you’ve blocked them).
View profiles and browse matches without other members being notified that you’ve visited their profile.
Match.com takes your safety seriously. There is an entire section dedicated to dating safety tips and advice for both online and offline interactions.
Pros & Cons
- Registration process is intuitive and simple
- Profile gets set up by just answering questions
- Professional profile writers can make the perfect profile for you
- Customize your notifications to a great degree
- Only approved photos get uploaded.
- No 24/7 customer support over the phone
You can expect a response to your inquiry within 24 hours.
Match.com is extremely responsive and helpful when it comes to solving technical issues, billing problems, or profile hiccups. They’ve got a fantastic reputation for friendly and knowledgeable customer support.
Phone SupportYou can access the phone number once you are a member.
Video TutorialsMatch.com has a YouTube channel with plenty of useful videos.
FAQThere is an extensive FAQ section for every type of query.
BlogMatch.com has a blog with useful dating articles, tips, and advice.
Match.com have over 20 years of experience, which explains why they are so good at what they do. Thanks to their huge database, and thorough matchmaking algorithm, you’ll find that perfect someone in no time.