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MATCH

Almost everyone has heard of Match - and for good reason. They have been on the online dating scene since 1995 and are considered a pioneer in the industry. This legacy continues to keep Match as one of the most well-known sites on the market today and renewed efforts at marketing are keeping it at the top of the online dating game.

As a new member, Match lets you to search the member database for free. To access email and chat features, a subscription will need to be purchased. There are two subscription option: a basic and a bundled service. Both subscriptions allow you to send and respond to emails, see who has viewed and/or liked your profile, and have the ability to remove members from your view. In addition, you will receive invitations to participate in in-person Match events in your area, a feature which is rare for online dating services.

If you purchase the bundled subscription, you'll also have access to "email read" notifications, have your profile highlighted to members in your area, and participate in the First Impressions service. First Impressions ensures that your profile is included in the very first matches that are shown to new members in your area. The bundled subscription services will definitely step-up your dating game and help get your profile more traffic!

Setting up a profile is a breeze, but will take a little time. You will list information about yourself: your age, height, marital status, body type, smoker, drinker, occupation, income, pets, and kids. You also provide your ideal wishes for your matches. Finally, you write a description about yourself, upload your picture and your profile is ready to start working for you!

Match will find potential mates for you through the use of their matching program, but you also have the ability to search the member database. The search functions are unlimited so you can be sure you have the most flexibility to find exactly what you are looking for. Typical searches will include looking by age, gender, and zip code search, along with keywords, profile types and reverse matches (people who are looking for profiles like yours).

Another great feature for Match is that they offer a 6-month guarantee. If you sign up for a 6-month subscription and haven't found your true love at the end of that time, they'll give you another 6 months absolutely free. Be sure to carefully read the terms and conditions of the guarantee so that you meet all the criteria to collect your next 6 months free.

While there are a great number of positive things going for Match, there are a couple points to consider as well. The Match model has been around for a few years and fits like a comfortable pair of jeans. However, there is a lot more variety in the online dating market right now. Sites that cater to niche audiences, or apps with edgy interfaces, push the creativity envelope and have taken some of the momentum out of Match's dominance.

Still, when it comes to finding a date online, Match is king of the hill. With its huge membership base, ease of use, low price, and 6-month guarantee, Match earns the top spot as our best online dating service.

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FRIEND FINDER

FriendFinder brings many features together, but it almost feels as if they tried to bring too much together into one dating service. Members can create their own blog, join a special interest group, post pictures or videos, rate other members on the hot or not scale, flirt, hotlist and search for their special someone while the list of features continues on and on. The result is an app that lacks focus and clarity on what features are most important to make FriendFinder stand out among its competitors.

Creating an account is easy, but there is a lengthy questionnaire you can complete. Some of the responses help create matches for you based on what type of friend you are trying to find. Others help build your profile so that others can get to know you better as they search for matches. You will also set your preferences for the type of friend you are seeking. These preferences can be changed at any time in the Cupid Finder settings.

You can create your initial account for free and search the member database. But like many others on this list, once you want to chat or send an email to a potential match, a subscription service is required. FriendFinder offers two membership levels, a Silver membership and a Gold membership. The silver membership allows you to view and contact all members, access recorded video introductions, and provide partial access to the blog, group and magazine features. If instead you choose the gold membership, you have unlimited access to all the features and will show up at the top of any searches made by other members so that your profile is seen more frequently. Unlimited chat is also available for an additional charge.

Flexibility and options are good, but the number of features FriendFinder currently has built into their app detracts from the intended purpose of the service. This makes it difficult to be efficient and focused on making a special connection with someone, which is why we have ranked FriendFinder towards the bottom of our list.

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Best Online Dating Sites

To help you find the Best Online Dating Services, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Match and Friend Finder.

What's the best Online Dating Site? The dating scene has certainly changed over the past several years. More and more people are trying online dating. In fact, a recent survey from the Knot found that 19% of brides surveyed had met and started their relationship with their spouse online, that's 1 out of every 5 couples getting married met each other through the use of an online dating site.

While some of the first online dating sites were introduced over 20 years ago, today the number of online dating services is extensive. For many, the sheer number of possibilities can be a challenge to figure out which one will work best for them. The good news is that there is no right answer for everyone - the type of relationship you want and the features of the dating sites will likely drive you to a specific service.

There are a number of factors you should consider before choosing an Online Dating Service. Some of these include:

  • Relationship. Are you interested in a long-term relationship, a casual affair or do you just want to find a new friend?
  • Control. Do you want to have complete control over the matches you are presented with and do the searching yourself? Or do you want to let science and math take over and find matches for you?
  • Features. What features appeal most to you? Instant messaging, emails, blogs, video posts, lots of profile pictures, personality matching or social network matching?
  • Membership. Does the size of the membership for the site matter to you? Do you want work with a site that has lots of members or fewer members?
  • Cost. How much are you willing to pay? How fast do you want to find your special match and are you willing to pay more to speed up the search?
  • Support. Does customer service matter to you?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Online Dating Services available today. We hope this information helps you start your next relationship right away!



Online Dating Tips

Meeting potential candidates at a dating website is far more effective and convenient than scouring the bars and night clubs week after week. Meeting singles online has many benefits including the amount of singles to choose from, the ability to learn important details about a person before you even talk, and the opportunity to preserve your privacy. Your approach with dating websites will be far more effective if you follow these tips:

  • Profile. Writing a quality profile is an important element to attracting your next date. Does your profile tell a story, is it detailed but not too long? Are you positive in your approach or are you focusing on negatives of what you don't want? Keep in mind you need to sound open and not overly picky. Once you have written your profile, wait a day, and go back and review for accuracy.
  • Picture. While joining a dating site can be a little uncomfortable at first you will get used to the idea of others perusing your picture is this environment. If you fail to post a picture you will most likely meet very few singles. Make sure any picture you post of yourself is relatively accurate and up-to-date. Many online daters have been shocked to meet someone in person and find they look nothing like their pictures posted. Also avoid posting pictures of yourself with someone who looks to be an ex spouse. Even if it's a sister or brother, it will bring many questions and set some false expectations on who is the right physical match for you.
  • Response. If you receive communication from a quality individual don't hesitate to respond. Pretending to be too busy or too passe to respond timely doesn't send the right message. Most people that pay the cost to join a dating site are hoping to expedite the process of meeting people. If you wait too you may miss your chance to get to know a great person.
  • Privacy. Once you've met someone online it's important to not jump the gun and give out personal information. If someone has your last name, email address or phone number it takes only a few seconds to find out where you live and sometimes where you work. Utilizing the privacy established through the dating website is a smart idea until you've met someone special, in person, and have a stronger understanding of who they are and if you want to spend more time with them.

A well written, honest profile that is upbeat is a great way to capture the attention of potential candidates that would make a good fit. Sign on regularly to look for communication from potential dates but make sure you aren't too quick to share personal information with those you meet online.

 



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