If you're looking for volume and/or the most bang for your buck, Match may be the dating site for you. Visited by an incredible 13.5 million people a month, Match is the most popular dating site and is a good option for those who have had trouble finding...well, matches on other sites. Match was a pioneer in dating sites and its long history and subsequent experience in the online dating world has made it a force to be reckoned with. They have honed their users' experience to one of near perfection.
The setup for the site is like many others: you start off by answering questions about what you're looking for. Like eHarmony, there's a questionnaire, but Match's is much shorter, taking you about thirty minutes to complete. It features three main categories, which are broken down into smaller subcategories. The questions are the usual mix you find on dating sites, seeking clarity about your interests, beliefs, and your appearance, among other topics. If you're not comfortable with sharing some of the information requested, you can easily skip any of the questions.
Once you're finished with the questionnaire, you can search for matches on your own, but the site will also generate the Daily 5, which does what it says on the tin: it shows 5 matches every day that you can accept or reject. If you prefer searching on your own, the site gives you multiple options to refine your quest. You can search by the usual parameters, such as by keywords or by certain categories, like religion or appearance specifics, but Match also offers some unique options. You can search for users who are online and/or who are near your location, for example. You can also search for users who are looking for the same thing in a partner as you. To get really specific with that, you can use their Reverse Match, which searches for people who are searching for someone like you. They also have a date matching search, where users can propose dates that other users can respond to.
All of these options can be overwhelming, though, and even with all these search tools, some users may still have trouble finding matches. You may not get your Daily 5 every day, for example. They do have a 6-month guarantee, which will give you another six months if you don't find anyone, but that can't possibly be ironclad. However, even with that caveat, Match has a lot going for it. They offer the app, as you probably have seen in the many, many ads they air for the site, as well as live chat on the site. They also offer paid memberships on the site, in the typical 3-month, 6-month, and twelve month options. The gender mix is pretty even and there are almost 2 million paid users. The final word: If you're serious about searching and want to be very specific in your searches, Match is the site for you. Match has been in the game for a long time and has a long list of successes to show for itself. If you're looking for the largest userbase, you need look no further.