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Match.com Review

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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.

Costs

  • Gold Membership
    • 1 Month: $42.99.
    • 3 Months: $71.97 (equivalent to $23.99 per month). Save 44.2% on normal price of $57.
    • 6 Months: $125.94 (equivalent to $20.99 per month). Save 51.2% on normal price of $132.

Features

  • Match.com Guarantee
    • If you don't find someone special during your first six months, you'll get another 6 months free.
    • You just need to do some simple things to ensure that you abide by the Terms & Conditions, e.g:
      • Create a truthful profile with a primary photo and ensure that it is visible to the public
      • Respond to, or initiate email contact with, at least 5 unique Match.com members each month
  • The largest database of members on mainstream dating sites
  • Over 25 million members waiting to find someone special
  • Tens of thousands of members online at any time
  • Add a Verification Badge (badge is unique and requires separate steps for verification)
  • Access the site on your smartphone and send emails, winks and IM when you're on the move.
  • Add photos from your hard drive or using a web cam
  • Add your favourite films, movies and books to your profile
  • Advertise yourself with a dating headline
  • Read and send emails on Match.com's internal system
  • Chat on an instant messenger, talk in real time
  • Highlighted Profile - highlight your profile to get more attention from members using the site
  • Follow a 3-step program produced by relationship experts
  • Attend Stir events where you can interact with other Match.com members in the real world
  • Read an exclusive magazine with dating and lifestyle tips
  • Access the 'Similar Profiles' feature

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.

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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