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Step 6: How to find your match

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Searching for your matches with match.com couldn’t be simpler. With years of experience in online dating, our search functions have been created specifically to help you find the kinds of matches you’re looking for.

Knowing what's important

Before you start your search, consider what is a deal-maker or breaker for you, and what you’re willing to compromise on. Perhaps dating someone who holds similar aspirations for the future is essential for you? Maybe you could never date someone who smokes? But could you put up with someone who listens to Status Quo if you really liked the person?

However, it’s important that you approach online dating with an open mind. While certain personality types or physical attributes may be your usual preference, enter the world of online dating with a willingness to date someone outside your classic ‘type’ and you could be in for a nice surprise.

Advanced search

While it’s good to consider dating people with different personality traits, you may still want to specify certain key attributes, for example if you want to meet someone of a similar age or a maximum height. Using the advanced search option, you can enter your desired height, body type, age and personality type to narrow your search to those who you think may be most suited to you.

Daily 6

With match.com, it’s easy to find someone special. The Daily 6 feature will show you six new profiles every day that we think match your search criteria. Responding regularly to the Daily 6 helps us learn more about what you like to find you better matches. It also helps you keep your profile active and at the top of search results, meaning you’ll be more visible to potential profile viewers.

Rate your Daily 6 and, if you like someone you see, we’ll let them know you’re interested so the two of you can get in touch in your own time.

Reverse search

And now for something completely different… If you’d like to spice up your online dating experience and meet people you wouldn’t have found using the normal searches, match.com’s reverse search will open up an entirely new selection of dating possibilities. You may just discover that opposites really do attract!

Block function

Understandably, you might just like to date people in your local area, which is why we let you block people from individual countries or parts of the UK from contacting you. If you want to, you can further refine your search so that we only deliver potential dating partners who live within easy reach of your chosen location.

Whatever you’re looking for, as the UK’s best known dating site, we’re sure you’ll find it on match.com. Start dating today.

Read the other articles in our '10 steps' series:
- Step 1: Why you should try online dating
- Step 2: Why you should choose match.com
- Step 3: Tips for writing your online dating profile
- Step 4: How to pick the perfect profile picture
- Step 5: Discover who you're really looking for
- Step 7: Getting in touch with your matches
- Step 8: How to respond to your first message
- Step 9: Where to go on your first date together
- Step 10: The first date survival guide

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