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MATCHMAKER

Matchmaker is a classic online dating app that has been bringing singles together for over 20 years. It targets a more mature crowd who are serious about finding love and making a long-term commitment. It's free to sign-up and start searching through the 10 million active member profiles. Like many of the other sites on this list, if you want to start communicating with other members, that is when you will need to purchase a subscription.

Matchmaker offers one type of subscription service, but allows you the option of purchasing multiple months at once to reduce the average monthly cost. If you buy more than one month at a time, you will be required to make 1 payment for all the months in your subscription. This can get expensive as an upfront cost, but it may be worth it because you will save significantly over paying month by month. For example, purchasing a one month subscription will cost you $34.95/month, whereas if you purchase 12 months upfront, the monthly equivalent charge would only be $11.66.

Matchmaker asks several questions to help you develop an interesting profile that consists of both multiple choice and essay questions. This allows others to get to know you better before reaching out. They also utilize a matching algorithm that will use your answers to the profile questions and find people that have things in common with you.

Matchmaker may be having issues with its website at the time this review was published. Repeated attempts were made to create a new login for the site and experience all the features Matchmaker has to offer. Unfortunately, all attempts were redirected to an error message and no profile was created. Hopefully this is a temporary issue and not indicative of an ongoing problem.

Matchmaker is a classic choice with a reasonable price point when you purchase 12 months at once, but it found itself towards the bottom of our list. The online dating service market is full of new and innovative sites to make dating fun again and even though Matchmaker is a classic, it will have difficulty keeping up with the newer options if something doesn't change. Add to this the difficulty we had creating an online profile and you can see why this one found its way towards the bottom of the list.

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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 Matchmaker 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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