Spark.com Review

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Spark.com is a great online dating site for those looking to get back into the dating scene or for more casual dates. They have a fun layout and many great searching options. Using their personality test, the Color Code, they guide you to finding very compatible matches and allow you to respond to any members email. They offer you all this for a great price. Give Spark.com a try yourself and you will see that you don't have to pay a ton to get a lot of features from an online dating site.

Price

Spark.com offers a basic membership plan with 1, 3, and 6 month plan lengths. If you signup for longer plans, you save more money per month. They also offer a 6 month premium plan for $1 more per month. This premium plan gives you a highlighted profile when other members search for you and it also gives you the member spotlight. The "member spotlight" prominently displays your profile at the top of searches and match lists. Spark.com bills you up front for your entire membership length. It is free to view your matches, but you must signup for a plan to contact other members..

Membership Plan:

Length 1 Month 3 Months 6 Months
Cost / Month $24.99 $14.99 $11.99
Billed As $24.99 $44.97 $71.94

Signup and start searching today at www.spark.com. In order to guarantee continuous service, all Spark.com subscriptions will automatically renew at your plan's renewal rate following the end of the initial subscription term. So if you find what you are looking for, be sure to cancel your membership.

Membership

While Spark.com may have a more limited membership base than other online dating sites, they do offer a lot of great features and tools for finding the right person. Spark.com is one of the few sites that have more male members than female members. The site is also frequented by younger singles, but they do allow separated singles to become members and have a more affluent membership base. Spark.com also serves both heterosexual and homosexual singles.

Demographics*:

Membership
Visitors per Month 63,000
Male / Female Ratio 52% / 48%
 
Age
18 - 24 30%
25 - 34 11%
35 - 44 19%
45 - 54 30%
Over 55 10%
 
Ethnicity
Asian 8%
African American 7%
Caucasian 74%
Hispanic / Latino 9%
Other Ethnicities 2%
Education
High School 40%
Bachelor's Degree 42%
Graduate Degree 18%
 
Income
Under $50K 20%
$50K - $100K 27%
$100K - $150K 30%
Over $150K 23%

*Compiled from site traffic stats from Alexa and Quantcast.

Features / Search

While some other online dating sites only offer a search or a guided personality match, Spark.com offers both. They offer a quick search where you can select an age range and location to find members. They also offer an advanced search where you can search based on many basic personality traits or appearance traits. Spark.com has a photo gallery where you can specify gender, age, and location to browse through member photos. All members have at least one photo because Spark.com requires that members upload a photo within 72 hours of registering, which is different than most other sites. Having a photo does get your profile noticed much more. If you are looking for a better match, take the Spark.com Color Code test where you choose answers about your personality from multiple choice questions. This will then help Spark.com match you to other members based on personality.

Spark.com includes some other great features, like their "secret admirer" section. Here you are shown photos of other members and you can choose Yes, No, or Maybe to indicate if you are their secret admirer. If you choose Yes, then the member is notified and they will let you know if they are also interested. Because you are not required to answer many questions when signing up for Spark.com, a lot of member profiles are incomplete, although they do mostly have photos. Spark.com also offers SparkTV, which is a unique mini tv series on their site, that gives you great pointers on how to date, and the dos and don'ts of dating. It is very entertaining and informative to watch. You can also see who's checking you out and what other online members are up to in the Community section. Spark.com uses a lot of icons and some of them are a bit confusing, but you can easily find out what they mean by clicking on the help link at the bottom of each page.

Your Profile Includes
Basics - Age, Height, Hair Color, Eye Color, Body Type, Ethnicity
Relationship History, Kids, Smoker, Drinker, Location
Add up to 12 photos to your profile - you must upload at least 1 photo 72 hours after you join
The Color Code Personality Test
In My Own Words - Answer questions to show your personality
More About Me - Unique questions to reveal your deeper side
Background / Lifestyle / Your Ideal Match
 
Search & Matching
Quick Search - Age and Location
Advanced Search - Search by basic appearance & lifestyle traits
Photo Gallery - Search by age and location and view members photos first
Your Matches based on your Color Code Personality Test results
 
Features
Who's Checking You Out / Who Are You Checking Out
Highlighted Profile / Member Profile - with Premium Membership
Advanced Searching Tools
Secret Admirer - Let members know you are interested in them
Community - Message Boards, Chat Rooms
E-cards - Send a member an E-card to let them know you are interested
In-Person Speed Dating Events
SparkTV Dating Advice
Today's Sparks - Answer enlightening questions and let all members know a bit about your personality
 

Screenshots (click to enlarge):

Your Matches Secret Admirer SparkTV

Communication

Spark.com sets itself apart with their communication tools. They are also the only online dating site where non-paying members can respond to emails from paying members. You'll have to signup for a membership to initiate contact with other members though. You can Instant Message members, flirt with them, send them an E-card, or mark them as a favorite to let them know you are interested. You can also email them. While Spark.com will help guide you to your matches using their Color Code test, you don't have to fill out the test and can contact any member you wish. You can also see how many members are currently online at any time. Spark.com also lets you tell a member if you are their secret admirer. If you choose Yes, then they will be notified so you can see if the sparks fly!

Privacy / Safety

Spark.com has a dating safety section like most other online dating sites. They give you some informative tips on how to protect yourself while dating online. They also remind you that the same rules for offline dating apply to online dating and to be wary of anyone trying to get sensitive information from you, like detailed financial information on a first date. Basically Spark.com reminds you to use common sense when approaching online dating. Online dating should be a fun and enjoyable experience.

You can choose whether or not to show members that you are currently online with Spark.com. You can also choose to hide your profile at any time and choose to only show your photos to members. Spark.com definitely gives you many controls over what other members can see about you. You also have the ability to block members on Spark.com if you no longer wish to have them contact you. This is a fairly standard feature of online dating sites. If a member concerns you, then you can report them to customer service. Spark.com wants you to have a safe online dating experience.

Customer Support

Great customer support can be hard to find, but Spark.com delivers here. They offer both email and phone support which you don't always get with online dating sites. They display their toll-free number on their Help & Advice page. They also have a comprehensive FAQ section which should be able to answer any questions you may have. We were pleased to have them respond to our email question in less than a day, which is what they promised.

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