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match.com Review

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Welcome to one of the largest dating services on the Internet. Match.com claims to be responsible for more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating site in the world, a reputation they’ve lived up to since launching in 1995. Match now serves singles in 24 countries and hosts websites in 15 different languages, giving them one of the largest member bases of any dating service. In fact, the team at Match so confident that you’ll find love amongst their millions of members that they offer a guarantee:find someone special in 6 months or get 6 more months for free.

To get a feel for how dating on Match.com works, new users can sign up for a free account. Only paid members have access to the full range of Match features, but free members can create a profile, post photos, and send winks. If you’re struck with writer’s block, Match offers a ProfilePro service that provides dating experts to review your profile, edit the text so it puts your best foot forward, and offer online dating advice.

After subscribing, members have unlimited access to match.com’s complete functionality. As a paid user, you can view all photos posted on other profiles, send unlimited emails, and see who has viewed your profile. You also receive a dedicated Match email address, so you can communicate safely and privately with other singles on the site.

matchMobile makes it easy to take the online dating experience anywhere. Surfing the site from your smartphone is simple, and it includes nearly all of the features the main site offers. You can update your profile, search for matches, or send an email to that one member who caught your eye. The mobile service also sends alerts, by email or text message, when you receive a new wink or message. Match.com dating applications are available for the iPhone, Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, Blackberry, Android, and Windows phones, and are free to use by Match.com subscribers. Most of these smart phones have the added advantage of allowing you to use location-based capabilities to find other singles in your area.

To protect your privacy, premium members can use the matchPhone service, an anonymous alternative to conventional phone calls. matchPhone allows you to talk or text on your cell phone anonymously by generating a new, unique phone number that is forwarded right to your phone. Your auto-generated matchPhone number is the only number that will appear on the other member's Caller ID.

The latest additions to match.com’s wide range of services are The Stir, an iPad app, and two-player games. The Stir takes online dating into the real world by hosting live, local events for Match members. Match plans to roll out Stir events – which will include happy hours, cooking classes, dance lessons, wine tastings, and bowling nights – nationwide by September 2012.

For those who aren’t interested in meeting matches in person, Match will introduce 7 new games in summer 2012. The games each last from 1 to 5 minutes, and are structured to create shared experiences that encourage interaction between players. The initial run of games will be called Best & Worst, Food Critic, Romance Rip Off, Name That Dance, Gut Reaction, Drawn Together, and If I Could.

Match members can enjoy all that 21st century technology has to offer with the iPad app, which offers all the features of the primary website plus a few unique iPad touches. The app takes full advantage of the iPad canvas with large photos, sorting search, and a new email feature that makes it easy to contact someone you’re checking out. The email form floats over the profile of the person you’re sending it to, making it easier than ever to craft a message based on aspects of their profile.

Put it all together, and you get a site that fully deserves its reputation as one of the best dating services on the Web.

flag_uk UK singles, please read our separate match.com UK review.

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Awards

Current

2014 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Gold 2014 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All 2014 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Dating App

Past

2013 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Gold 2013 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All

Note:See this page for a full list of past awards

Positive Features of match.com

  • Site is easy to use
  • A first in the dating world:a Guarantee (formerly called “Make Love Happen Guarantee”)-read below in the costs section for more details
  • Very large online dating service (perhaps the largest general oriented dating site on the internet)
  • Ability to remove singles from your search results
  • Ability to find out when your match reads the email you sent them with Email Read Notification
  • Online customer care available – members can contact customer care via the online form and receive a response within 24 hours

Negative Features of match.com

  • Although the site is easy to use and has a great online help system, those who are new to the internet and online dating sites may want support over the phone

At a Glance

Address:
Match.com
Regions:
United States, Canada
Languages:
English, French
Member Numbers:
Not Available ?This value includes all members since the launch of the service. The service has at least this many members if not more.
Cost per Month:
From $20.99 / month
Membership Types:
Free - Basic
Paid

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match.com Free Membership

  • Free Trials (limited length of time) and Free Memberships are both available
  • Included:
    • Create a profile – the following information is needed for a profile
      • General – user info, gender, birthday, location, sex and age of the person you are seeking
      • Basics – relationship status, who are you looking for, search radius from your postal zip code
      • Appearance
      • Interests – lists of interests to choose from and essay questions covering what you do for fun, favorite type of date, etc.
      • Lifestyle – what you enjoy doing in life
      • Background / values – ethnicities, faith, education, languages
      • About my date – description of who you think your best match would be, including everything from appearance to smoking preferences
      • Introduction – headline and essay question, describe yourself and your perfect match
      • Photos
    • Search for matches
    • View profiles
    • Send winks
    • Post photos
    • General mobile access
    • Receive text alerts for winks and emails
  • Not Included:
    • Receive, reply, and send messages
    • Connect faster with IM
    • Ability to see who has viewed your profile
    • Keep track of all open Connections in one place – including those you've sent Winks to
    • Remove members you're not interested in from your search results in order to make room for other possibilities
  • Your profile will be reviewed by a member of the Match.com customer service team within 48 hours. Once approved, other members will be able to find you!

Relationship Types Allowed

  • Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Bisexual

Your Relationship Status

  • Single
  • Divorced
  • Widowed

Relationships You can Look For

  • Dating
  • Friends
  • Long-Term
  • Marriage

match.com Costs

  • Membership costs last confirmed May 18, 2013. Please check match.com for most recent pricing
  • The first seven days of a membership are free
  • Standard Plans includes:
    • Send & receive email messages
    • Instant messenger
    • Read & reply to emails on mobile (full mobile access)
    • Remove members from view
    • See who's viewed you
    • One click search type
    • Receive SingledOut matches
    • Costs for a membership:
      • 1 month for $41.99 per month
      • 3 months for $23.99 per month
      • 6 months for $20.99 per month. Includes Match.com Guarantee
  • Best Value Plans includes:
    • All the benefits of a Standard Plan
    • Email Read Notification
    • First Impressions
    • Highlighted Profile
    • Costs for a membership:
      • 3 months for $26.99 per month
      • 6 months for $23.99 per month. Includes Match.com Guarantee
  • Match.com additional paid features:
    • matchPhone - From $4.99 to $6.99 per month (depends on plan length)
      • Talk with other members on your own phone, but keep your number confidential
    • Email Read Notification - From $2.99 to $4.99 per month (depends on plan length)
      • Find out when your matches read the messages you have sent them
    • Highlighted Profile - From $2.20 to $4.99 per month (depends on plan length)
      • Your profile receives a unique color in search results so it stands out from the rest
    • First Impressions - From $2.20 to $4.99 per month (depends on plan length)
      • Newest members see your profile first which gives you a better chance of being contacted
  • Additional paid features are more expensive per month if you pick a shorter membership term
  • Match.com Guarantee
    • If you don't find someone special during your six-month subscription, Match.com will give you an additional six months at no additional cost to you to continue your search. Certain rules apply. See Match.com for full details
  • Match.com accepts most major credits and PayPal

match.com Viewing & Communication Tools

  • Photos
  • Profiles
  • Mail messages
    • Email Read Notification (you are notified when someone reads the mail you sent them)
    • VIP Email (Very Important Person)
      • A member can send one a week. It is reset every Monday at midnight Central Standard Time
      • The message will be bolded and highlighted in the receivers inbox and their profile highlighted on the receivers Connections page
    • Filtered email
      • Add up to seven filters that allows you to specify the type of members you want to receive emails from
      • You can filter emails based on profile attributes. These attributes include age, height, location, smoking, children, ethnicity and religion
  • Games
    • Play one of seven games that last 1-5 minutes with other members that are designed to encourage interaction and asses compatibility
    • Choose between:Best & Worst, Food Critic, Romance Rip Off, Name That Dance, Gut Reaction, Drawn Together, and If I Could
  • The Stir events
    • Attend in-person singles events around the country
    • Each event is customized through the Match group matching algorithms in terms of age, gender, and interests
    • Events include:happy hours, cooking classes, wine & tequila tastings, bowling nights, dance lessons
  • Match.com Messenger
    • Used for chatting and storing favorite members
  • Match.com Dating Apps
    • Apps are available on Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad)
    • Dedicated iPad and tablet apps to take advantage of the larger screen. For more information on the latest iPad app and the features offered you can read: Match Launches A Brand New iPad App
    • Compatible with Android Wearables. Features include voice commands and pulse notifications. For more on this feature you can read: Match.com supports Android Wearables
    • Check out member profiles who are near you. Receive daily matches
    • Create a profile and upload photos
    • Communicate by exchanging emails and flirts
    • Search for members and see who has looked at your profile and who has liked your photos
  • Who's online
  • Keywords
  • Sex, age and sexual orientation
  • Distance, city and zip code
  • Any part of profile including appearance, interests, lifestyles and values
  • Daily Matches
    • Match.com offers you a new list of matches every day. Members can then let Match know if they sparked your interest. If so, an introduction email is sent out. If not, the match is removed from your list. The Daily Matches feature learns from your choices to provide better matches in the future
  • Reverse Matches
    • Discover who is looking for you but you are not necessary looking for
  • Mutual Matches
    • Lists members with whom you share a mutual attraction, essentially allowing you to find members who will also like you based on profile matching preferences
  • Smart Search
    • Find people based on their interests, MatchWords, username or other text in their profiles. You enter some words or a phrase in a text box along with a postal/zip code and your gender
  • DateSpark
    • Help users actually meet people with compatible interests in real life
    • Propose a date that you find interesting and then wait for a response from members who are interested in the same activity
  • Location Based Searching
    • Available for the Match.com iPhone, Palm Pixi, Palm Pre, Blackberry and Android dating applications
    • Allows you to find other singles in your immediate area
    • Match.com members must opt in before their location is given out
  • You are allowed to save any search with a name so it is easy to retrieve later

Other match.com Information

  • You can link your Facebook account and/or your Windows Live ID account to your Match.com account
  • "Match.com is enormously popular and singles are finding it a great place to meet appropriate suitors." -- Katie Couric, Today Show
  • "It's now 100% socially acceptable to sign up for Match.com" -- Business Week
  • Forbes magazine rated Match.com as one of the best online dating services available

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