MatchMaker is still a great way to find true love, especially for older singles looking for a serious relationship
MatchMaker.com is the longest running online dating site, helping people find their match since 1996, but you really don’t hear of it as much anymore. The dating website doesn’t spend nearly as much on commercials as eHarmony or Match.com but still manages to attract a huge pool of members looking for love.
MatchMaker caters to an older and more marriage-minded membership, with most 35 years or older and looking for that long-term relationship. The dating site claims over two million registered users and nearly 50,000 online singles signing up every week.
It’s free to sign up on MatchMaker. You can post a profile and search other profiles but you’ll need a membership to contact others. The membership requirement helps to weed out people that are just cruising the online dating sites and not really interested in finding a longer-term connection.
Check out my MatchMaker.com review and what happened when I joined.
My MatchMaker.com Review
MatchMaker was one of the many online dating sites I tried in my search to find true love. I saw the site from an internet ad and was pretty desperate after another fail on yet another relationship website. Overall I liked the site and the price seemed to be in the middle of the rest of the dating sites I’ve tried. Check out my comparison chart of online dating sites to see all the websites I used.
What is MatchMaker.com?
MatchMaker was launched in the early days of the internet revolution but hasn’t grown quite as fast as some of the other online relationship websites. Then again, the site has outlasted a great many that came and went so there’s something to be said for that.
The site mostly caters to an older dating group though anyone can sign up and create a profile. Since most profiles are for people 35+ then younger people may find it difficult getting responses from other members. I think this was why I ultimately didn’t find my ‘match’ on the site since I was quite a bit younger than most of the other members.
It’s easier to get started on MatchMaker compared to other websites because no membership is required to create a profile and search. You have access to just about all the features in the free account but will not be able to read or send emails and your profile might not rank as highly in search.
How to Find a Match on MatchMaker
As opposed to the lengthy questionnaire process and automatic matching on eHarmony, MatchMaker works like most other dating sites where you do your own searching. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, take your time in filling out your profile. MatchMaker is for serious people looking for a serious relationship. If you don’t take your profile seriously then no one else will either.
Here’s a dating profile hint…don’t use a picture with your ex- in it! I know it may be difficult finding a great picture of you alone but resist the temptation to just Photoshop or edit someone out. It looks like you’ve just separated and have no other pictures (and no life) apart from your ex.
While you’re at it, don’t use any picture with someone else in it. Your profile picture is about YOU, don’t share it with someone else.
Once you’re done with your online profile, the site makes it pretty easy to search other members. The site includes straight, gay and lesbian members and (despite the fact that most are looking for a long-term relationship) allows you to search for type of relationship including dating, friends, long-term and marriage. MatchMaker will also send you daily emails with people that might be a good match.
Communicating With Your Match
Communicating on MatchMaker.com is very much like other online dating sites. You can:
- Send a Gift
- Instant Message
We covered why you shouldn’t just send out ‘flirts’ in our recent post on writing the best first message to your online match. You’re both on the site for the same reason, to meet someone for a relationship so there’s no reason to be coy or shy. Just go for it and send an email.
I wouldn’t use the ‘send a gift’ or ‘instant message’ feature. Sending a gift to someone you’ve never talked with screams stalker…ok, maybe not that bad but it’s odd. Instant messaging someone before email contact might be a little pushy. If you want to send a gift to someone after you’ve already met, you don’t need the site to do it. Just send them something directly.
I don’t think I’d use the instant messenger feature after talking with someone either. If you’ve already been out together…what are you doing on the website? Might seem like you’re still looking around and trying to play the field.
Things I Like About MatchMaker.com
Super Easy to Use: You can complete a profile for free. Even better, you can start searching for matches before even going through the task of completing your own profile and uploading pics. I was searching for matches in under five minutes. If you sign up for a membership, your profile goes to the top of search results so there’s a little incentive to subscribe even before you’re ready to start emailing.
Advanced Search: As with most of the online dating sites, MatchMaker.com lets you get pretty specific with your search criteria. What is also interesting are the “quick searches” where you can view others currently online, new members, members that recently viewed you, members with a birthday today and more.
Site Layout: The site is very easy to navigate and easy on the eyes. It’s you and your matches, that’s it. I like streamlined like this after visiting a few online dating sites that had all sorts of things trying to take my attention away from the matches.
Things I Dislike About MatchMaker.com
Profiles: The profiles aren’t as complete as other online dating sites. There is still a decent amount of information to them, but after you’ve been to the likes of Match.com and others, you know a profile is lacking in information when you see it. Because it’s free to start a profile, some of the profiles don’t seem complete so that’s frustrating.
Search Results for Non-Members: The biggest negative for non-members is going to be that your profile will not show up as highly. Paid subscribers get shown first in search, which makes sense because they’re the only ones that can read and respond to email.
Overall Thoughts on Finding Love on MatchMaker.com
MatchMaker.com didn’t work for me but I think a lot of it has to do with the age difference between myself and a lot of the other subscribers. I did go on a few dates, one of which I think she was just looking for a booty-call with a younger man. The site might work better for you even if you’re under 35 if you are attracted to more mature singles.
MatchMaker.com is a nice online dating website. It has a nice, clean layout and has a good sized pool of members. It doesn’t quite have the number of singles as does Match.com or eHarmony but it’s a great dating site for a specific group of people and a good stop if you don’t find what you’re looking for elsewhere.
The cost for MatchMaker.com is average. It’s $34.95 for a one-month subscription but you can get that down to $16.95 if you sign up for six-months. As with most dating sites, you’re probably going to need at least two months to go on a few dates before you find anyone close to a match so the six-month deal is probably better.
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