OKCupid Review

I wrote this OKCupid review from the standpoint of someone who has actually signed up and used the dating site.

This is not just a series of facts about OKCupid. This is a practical OKCupid review to help you to discover if this site is worth your time and effort to join.

If you have read any of my other dating site reviews, you would know that I’m a big fan of eHarmony and Match.com.

The reason I promote both of those dating sites over most others is because if done correctly, you should be able to find what you’re looking for on either site.

I would encourage you to take a few moments and read my eHarmony review and Match review.

Now on to the OKCupid review.

Does OKCupid Truly Have Everything For Free Forever?
OKCupid review

Name: OKCupid

Description: OKCupid is an American-based dating site started in 2004 but has members internationally.

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Overall Rating

This is my overall rating of each feature of this dating site. I have taken into consideration each of the seven most vital features that make a dating site a good experience or bad experience.

  • Matching System
  • Searching
  • Ease of Use
  • Popularity
  • Profile Quality
  • Customer Service
  • Cost

Pros

  • Extensive questionnaire
  • Easy to use site
  • Profiles seem very extensive
  • You can message on free membership

Cons

  • Ads shown on free membership
  • No search in free membership
  • Everything is not free as stated
  • Must upgrade to see who likes you
  • Upgrade needed to be seen by more people
  • No identity verification for members
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Detailed OKCupid Review

What Kind Of Members Make Up ​OKCupid?

There have been over 10 million users sign up for OKCupid since their launch in 2004 and around 5 million active members.

OkCupid is an international dating site but most of its members come from these countries:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom
  • Australia

According to the OKCupid site:

  • Over 1 million app installations each week
  • 7.3 million messages are sent everyday on the OKCupid platform
  • Close to 100,000 people are online at any given point in time.

OKCupid datingMain Claim To Fame

The thing that supposedly makes OKCupid better and different is that the dating site lives by three core principles:

  • Their love of math (they say they have a passion for their matching algorithms that help people connect)
  • That they will ALWAYS be free (their supposedly free forever but if you want extra perks, it costs money)
  • Everyone is welcome (you can have find your soulmate, have a one-night stand, or even have a sham marriage as long as you’re not a jerk)

How Does OKCupid Work?How Does OKCupid Work?

When you first come to the homepage of the OKCupid website you will see a button to join the site.

Click that to start the sign up process.

The next step will be to enter your email address and password. This is all you need to do to sign up.

OkCupid Questionnaire

Once you sign up, you’re immediately taken to the questionnaire. The questionnaire is quite lengthy and is made up of 38 screens where you will answer question about yourself and then multiple choice questions to determine your best matches.

It will take from 20 to 30 minutes to complete the OKCupid questionnaire.

OkCupid QuestionnaireHere is what is included in the questionnaire:

Tell Us About You

The first section is called “Tell us about you”. These are the things that will be asked in this section:

What’s your name?
Which gender best describes you?

You will have the choice of man, woman, or more options. If you choose more options you will see a variety of gender options.

The date you were born.
Where do you live?

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Who Are You Looking For

This next section is all about the who your ideal match would be. These are the question asked:

What connections are you open to?

Here you will choose the type of connections that you’re open to having. You will have choices of Hookup, New Friends, Short-term dating, or Long-term dating.

You can even choose “I’m open to non-monogamy”

Who are you open to connecting with?

With this question you will choose whether you’re open to connecting with men, women, or more options. If you choose more options you will have a wide variety of gender options to choose from including:

  • Men
  • Women
  • Agenders
  • Androgynes
  • Bigenders
  • Cis Men
  • Cis Women
  • Genderfluids
  • Genderqueers
  • Genders Nonconforming
  • Hijras
  • Intersexes
  • Non-binaries
  • Others
  • Pangenders
  • Transfeminines
  • Transgenders
  • Transmasculines
  • Transexuals
  • Trans Men
  • Trans Women
  • Two Spirits
How old should they be?

How old should your matches be? Choose a range for the age.

Add some great photos

Be sure to add some high quality photos of yourself. NO SELFIES! This is your first impression. Make certain your photos look good.

Introduce yourself

Write a short paragraph with an introductory statement about yourself. If you’re a horrible writer get a friend or family member to do it for you. Or, hire a freelance writer to help you spice up everything you write about yourself.

Above all else, make sure that someone proofreads what you write just to make sure it sounds good and is free of spelling and grammatical errors.

You would be surprised but spelling and grammar errors is a big turn off to many people.

Also, DON’T USE VULGAR language or curse!

Calculating Your Best MatchesCalculating Your Best Matches

This last section contains 30 screens and you will answer questions to calculate your best matches.

This is a set if 15 multiple choice questions where you choose your answers. Then after you choose your answer to a question you need to choose an answer that your ideal match should answer to the same question.

Here are the questions included in this section:

How long do you want your next relationship to last?

You choices are:

  • One night
  • A few months to a year
  • Several years
  • The rest of my life

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Which word describes you better?

Your choices are:

  • Carefree
  • Intense

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

How important is God / Religion in your life?

Your choices are:

  • Extremely important
  • Somewhat important
  • Not very important
  • Not important at all

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Are you ready to get married and settle down right now?

Your choices are:

  • Yes Absolutely
  • No Way
  • I’m ready to get married yes, but settle down no
  • I’m ready to get married no, but settle down yes

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Do you enjoy discussing politics?

Your choices are:

  • Yes
  • No

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Would you date someone who was in considerable debt?

Your choices are:

  • Yes, it’s not a problem for me
  • Yes, if I thought the debt were justified
  • No

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Is astrological sign at all important in a match?

Your choices are:

  • Yes
  • No

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Do you smoke?

Your choices are:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Rarely

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Which best describes your political beliefs?

Your choices are:

  • Liberal/Left-Wing
  • Centrist
  • Conservative/Right-Wing
  • Other

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Which would you rather be?

Your choices are:

  • Normal
  • Weird

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Could you date someone who was really messy?

Your choices are:

  • Yes
  • No

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Could you date someone who does drugs?

Your choices are:

  • No
  • Yes, but only soft stuff like marijuana
  • Yes

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Would you strongly prefer to date someone of your own skin color / racial background?

Your choices are:

  • Yes
  • No

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Are you currently employed?

Your choices are:

  • Yes, I have a fulltime job
  • No
  • I have a part-time job
  • I’m a student

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Choose the better romantic activity:

Your choices are:

  • Kissing in Paris
  • Kissing in a tent, in the woods

After you make the choice for yourself you will then answer the same question that your ideal person needs to answer for this.

Finding You Great People

One you complete the detailed questionnaire and submit the answers the OKCupid site will tell you it’s finding you great people.

This will then bring you to your account where you can see your first matches.

OKCupid profileComplete Profile First

Before you really begin browsing matches and start to use the OKCupid site, first, take the time to set up your profile.

If you don’t take the time to properly set up your profile, you will get very few good matches. This means it’s critical to take the time to do this right.

The profile pages is made up of 10 separate sections:

  • About Me
  • Aspirations
  • Talent
  • My Traits
  • Media
  • Needs
  • Hobbies
  • Moments
  • Secrets
  • Dating

Each of these sections has 5 statements you should answer completely so potential matches get a good view of who you are.

Also be sure to complete the 4 sections on the right of the page.

The goal here is to complete your profile as completely as possible. This will help you to find better matches.

Search

There is no real search function as a free member of OkCupid. All you can do is browse the matches shown.

This is a weakness of the OkCupid free membership.

Communication

While you can like a member on OKCupid, they will not see the like unless they are a paying member.

You also cannot see who likes you unless you upgrade to one of their paying options.

The good news is after you like someone you can send them a message. This is about the only thing I like about the free membership.

Cost To Join OKCupidCost To Join OKCupid

While OkCupid likes to talk about how they will be free forever, the truth is, like every dating site, you are limited with what you can do as a free member.

Unlike most dating sites, OKCupid shows ads. This is would ok if they gave you all features and then made all of their revenue from ads.

The reality is OKCupid shows ads on free accounts and also limits what you can do.

Free Membership

As a free member of OKCupid you can browse matches, like a match, get notified if a match likes you back, and message a match that you have liked.

However, you cannot see who likes you unless you’re a paying member.

Boost

Apparently, as a free member, your profile is not seen as much as a paying member. So, you can pay for a “Boost”.

This “boost” allows your profile to be seen by more people by showing it more in match results. The Boost sign up page says you’ll get a full day of activity in 15 minutes.

You’ll also be seen first in OKCupid’s “Double Take”. Double Take allows other to see a deeper look into your profile.

The cost for the Boost feature is:

  • 1 boost for $1.99 each
  • 5 boosts for $1.89 each
  • 10 boosts for $1.69 each

A-List Basic

As I said above, OKCupid is free but with limited options. To get the most from OKCupid you really need to sign up for one of their two main upgrades. Here I will cover the “A-List Basic” upgrade.

With the A-List Basic plan, you will be able to:

  • See members who like you
  • Gain access to searching and advanced search options
  • Get notified that a message you sent was read
  • No ads

The cost of the A-List Basic plan at the time of this writing is:

  • Pay for 6 months comes to $9.95 per month
  • Pay for 3 months comes out to $14.95 per month
  • Pay for 1 month at a time $19.95 per month

A-List Premium

The A-List Premium plan offers more than A-List Basic plan.

With this upgrade plan you can:

  • Get a daily auto boost to be seen by more people even during peak hours
  • Somehow you get increased attractiveness (not sure how this works)
  • You can see public answers to questions even before you answer
  • You messages to matches will be sent as priority so they’re at the top of your match’s conversation page
  • Be able to see who likes you
  • Better more advanced search features
  • See when someone reads your messages
  • Plus get rid of ads

The cost of the A-List Premium plan at the time of this writing is:

  • Pay for 6 months comes to $24.90 per month
  • Pay for 3 months comes out to $29.90 per month
  • Pay for 1 month at a time $34.90 per month

Is OKCupid Safe To Use?

When you’re using the OKCupid site they do use SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption to make sure your data is safe.

However, I can see no other safety feature that verifies identity of members. Many dating sites use some type of verification process but this is not available on OKCupid.

What this means is you need to be even more vigilant and be on the lookout for scammers and always practice safe dating practices.


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Conclusion Of OKCupid Review

With their extensive questionnaire and profile, overall, OKCupid does a good job at providing some decent matches.

However, they’re lack of a good search feature for free members is a weakness.

Besides that, for a dating service that promotes themselves as a site that will always be free, they do charge for a lot of features.


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