The GoodGreat male to female quota • Keyword targeted searching • Online dating tips are good • Relationship advisors are available • High security and privacy standards
The BadWay too many pop up advertisements • Filling out the profile is extremely time consuming • Customer service is available by a toll free phone number but that number only is available on weekdays
All in all, this is what an online dating site should be. Sure, there are some scammers and spammers here but not too many. Most members are legitimate and looking for someone to do something, whether it is physical in nature or marriage-minded.
Match.com was established in 1993 and was the first of its kind, borrowing from traditional personal ads in the newspaper.
The first three days are free but a standard plan is $39.99 for one month; a three-month plan is $22.99 per month; and a six-month plan is $19.99. A best value plan is the same as the standard plan but includes email read notifications and a more highlighted profile. Costs start at a three-month increment of 24.99 per month and a six-month package averages at $22.99 per month.
A free membership allows a member to write his or her own profile and to browse others; send and receive winks; and a text alert system. The paid membership allows a member to do the above but also to communicate with other members, see who has viewed the profile, chat and instant message others, remove members from view, and one-click searching.
There are so many options such as gender, age, location, relationship status, straight or gay but there is also the capability to search by photo, zip code, who is online, and interest.
This is by far the best in the bunch. Match.com is high in success rate and open to all people (unlike eharmony.com). There is very little scam and spam there and most profiles are legit and dare I say, not bad looking. Costs are not too high considering the payback in return. The site works for its users and not the other way around. Canceling a membership is also easy as finding a real live company representative is easy (as long as one calls the toll free number during working hours from Monday through Friday.) From what I saw, the ratio of men to women was 3:1 but I could have gone on the site at a misrepresented time. It looked promising, is all I am saying. Funny, I work with a guy who met his wife on match.com and he was in an actual commercial for the site. They DO use real people for their advertising. I just thought I'd throw that piece of information in there.