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About Match.com: Match Personals has grown from a 1995 online dating service to a full-fledged online dating and relationship help center. You can join, complete your profile and start searching for dates, you can start with Match’s advanced personal matchmakers to create an accurate and respectful profile for you with the advice to make your profile effective and attractive. You have the ability to move beyond the internet and use Match Mobile services to connect locally to other singles. Match Personals has teamed with Dr. Phil to create the unique “MindFindBind™” 3 part online system that will get you in the right frame of mind to understand yourself And your unique relationship needs that will untimely give you the skills not only to connect to your relationship equal but be able to create a relationship that grows stronger over time. Join Match.com now!
What We Found: As Match says, they are the “big kahuna” of online dating services. With more than 20 million members internationally and services that range from basic memberships allowing you to browse personals; premium match services that get very intensive in the type of questionnaires and matching capabilities, relationship and personal advice features including Dr. Phil’s “MindFindBind™” program; niche portals that include sections for straight, gay, lesbian, seniors and over a dozen culturally specific dating services, the online “Happen” magazine with advice articles relevant to today’s singles, and the branching out with the Chemistry.com service that is their exclusive personality test matchmaker system and even match Mobile that connects you to local singles through your wireless phone.
Added regularly are new quizzes that help you find a real person that is a good compatibility match. We really like the current "Like on first sight" quiz which takes through through about a dozen simple questions and results in about 20 good matches for you based on your answers.
I think my major complaint about Match is that with all the programs and services they offer it’s too easy to be overwhelmed and rush through the important but preliminary steps to start trying to find dates and even “The One” and find disappointment instead.
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Start your membership by taking the tour, it’s a nice introduction to the basics, and advanced services, of Match. Or start with a simple search to view the basic profiles (or Portraits) of members close to your location. Beginning your membership requires standard name and address information (that is kept confidential) and competing the basic profile questions. Have a digital photo handy to upload with your profile.
Keep the “I’m ready” box checked to get almost immediate matches to your profile and emails that have new matches that have newly joined emailed to you. On the next page, if you’re not ready to subscribe, pick one of the options across the top of the page. I suggest starting with the “My Profile” section and completing the options as they are listed.
Don’t pass up on the “Linked Accounts” option that integrates the Match Personals messaging to your MSN Messenger for instant messages from other linked members. Then it’s time to click on “My Portrait” and begin filling out your profile, your interest and the type of person (and personality) you’re looking to meet. You’re going to find 3 sections (“Me”, “My Match” and “In My Own Words”) of about 6 pages to complete, but be thoughtful, introspective and go for it! You’ll take 20 to 30 minutes to complete the three sections that need to be completed as they are presented, but it’s time well spent, maybe even life-changing!
We like the new "Daily 5" feature that provides matches for you once you have completed a personality test. Don't pass up this option.
It’s free to send winks to other members (a message that you are interested) as well as search and browse profiles. Become a premium member to send and reply to messages as well as be notified of the members that view your profile and be able to hide your profile at any time. Additional options at Match.com are available for extra promotion and visibility of your “Portrait”, as well as additional services to really be able to find interesting and worthwhile matches. Read the terms and select from these options as they interest you. If you haven’t joined Match Personals you haven’t really tried the best that online dating has to offer and that includes the 6 month guarantee to find someone special.
New feature: matchTalk. This is a safe way to talk to your match. Connect through matchTalk and keep your phone number and calling area hidden from the person you talk with. Discover the voice of your matches. This is a great feature of an anonymous phone system that has been available in several different guises for years. I'm glad that match.com has finally added this as an available feature to subscribers.
What You'll Find: Free basic membership allows browsing and searching of member profiles and “Portraits”. Premium memberships allows full access, unlimited messages and replies as well as personalized search capabilities and the Match system of compatibility matching that brings like-minded singles to your inbox.
Additional member features include “Portraits” that give you additional promotion within the Match service (up to 15 times more people viewing your “Portrait” than your standard member profile), Dr. Phil’s “MindFindBind™” 3 part online program of insights and strategies towards a better relationship with yourself and the match you seek. Match also has compatibility matching through the Chemistry.com branch, local mobile personals through Match Mobile, and personal matchmakers through Match Platinum, services. Straight, same sex, American, Canadian, UK and more than a dozen international culturally, language specific niche services (Match International may require separate membership fees).
Three things you should know about Match.com
As a new member to Match.com there are three things that you should know so your profile can be seen more often and you really do have a fair chance at finding love online, after all, to stand out in a crowd (20,000 new members every day) you have to tilt the table in your favor.
1) Login often, once a day at least. Active members, even free members, show up higher in the members search results.
2) Have several photos uploaded to your profile and make sure that your primary photo is only you, and no one else, in it. Profiles that have photos are searched through much more often.
3) It's free to send winks to other members, so send them and hope that your profile is interesting enough that those you wink at will show mutual interest. At Match.com you can wink at 50 members every 24 hour period and only at the same member once every 30 minutes. But you wouldn't 'cyber-stalk' someone using winks, would you?
Now you're ready to join Match.com - see you there!
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