Black Singles Review
BlackSingles.com is part of Spark Networks, which is a major player in both the mainstream and niche dating market.
Unlike several other websites that focus on interracial dating, this platform is exclusively for black singles, both men and women, thereby catering to a specialised niche. Over the years, the website has seen addition of several new features, plus a significant growth in the number of active users as it aims to create a conducive atmosphere for singles to meet and establish their own type of relationship.
Establishment, membership and matching/contact system
BlackSingles is coming up to its 15th anniversary since it was set-up and claims to have over a thousand new users joining each month. Most members and singles looking for a partner tend to be from either the US or Canada and their age demographic is in the band of late 20s to over 50 years old.
The site has a sophisticated matching system, a variety of search options, instant messenger, chat rooms, message boards and much more.
BlackSingles, as with many other similar sites, has a two level membership structure: free and subscriber memberships. The former permits access to the basic features of the site, whilst the latter has additional exclusive benefits.
At the basic level:
- by adding basic information such as gender, birth date, height, religion and a brief description about themselves, users can set up a profile
- in order to help in finding a better match, member can write up to 7 essays on general topics so that others can contact them based on multiple traits
- it’s possible for users to upload unlimited photos and develop creation of photo albums
- members can see who is online and chat with other members
- users can try to find their ideal match by answering "Question of the Week" as well as undertaking a colour code personality test
Members who subscribe can, in addition to the above:
- start an instant chat
- find other members based on multiple criteria using the advanced search option
- view a featured list of members who reside in their area
- search for their ideal match by keying in more than 20 different criteria for more accurate results
- users can send smiles to other members, or
- try the Compass Matching Service which compares a user's profile with other profiles and shows members with similar preferences
Cost of Membership
BlackSingles offers a number of affordable subscription packs with the top of the line 6 month subscription pack at $29.94, although should users only select a month package, it will be $9.99.
BlackSingles offers a number of black dating tips and articles and aims to assist and advise members wherever possible—all in all taking a positive approach to customer service.
Like some other sites, BlackSingles has the benefit of being part of a much larger network and is one of the specialised niche dating sites, only catering for black men and women—so it can’t really be called an interracial site. However, its large user base and user-friendly features have led to success for many singles with the site claiming that hundreds and hundreds of people have met that special someone through the site.