Services: Online matchmaking
Cost: $30/month + $8 for extra enhancements
Payment Methods: Credit Cards and PayPal
Match.com is one of the largest online dating sites with a membership that runs into the millions. It was one of the earliest dating websites and has been operating since 1995. Match.com claims that up to 500,000 singles may have found meaningful relationships through Match.com’s online singles and personals within one year.
The layout of the Match.com page makes site navigation easy. A member, whether paying or free, reviews the profiles of other members using the Match.com advanced search tool. Only paid members can send or respond to email messages. All profiles, called “portraits” must undergo reviews by Match.com’s Customer Care before being posted to ensure that inappropriate material is not included in a portrait.
Match.com features a large range of special features including Match.com Platinum, MindFindBind and MatchWords. MatchWords allows members to define a list of words that other members can use to search for them. Match.com provides members with suggested and popular MatchWords to help start the introduction process.
Match.com Platinum is a professional matchmaking service that provides personalized service to individuals who want a more customized touch or who don’t want to take the time or effort to search for partners themselves.
MindFindBind is also a personalized service. It involves a monthly program that guides a member through the preparations for dating, identifying a suitable partner and learning how to develop the relationship. This service relates to the psychology of dating and may be helpful to people who have little or no experience dating, or whose previous experiences have been unsatisfactory.
Of the complaints that some members and potential members have about Match.com is that their pricing structure is hidden, making it difficult for potential members to fully compare and contrast the program with other online dating sites.
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