Larger sites might offer a smorgasbord of dating options, but if you’re looking for something more particular, then signing up for a niche site like BlackCupid.com makes more sense. With comprehensive search and filtering options, BlackCupid.com helps you find the perfect match. You can filter matches based on a particular cultural or racial background, religion, or even star sign!
When you browse the profiles on BlackCupid.com, you’re given a comprehensive rundown of each user’s preferences—everything from eye color to body art to religious beliefs. The best part is that your potential date’s stats are displayed side by side with your own. A green icon indicates whether you’re a match in each area. If you’re pressed for time, the “Quick View” gives a short overview of their vital stats (again, matched with yours for convenience). You can flirt with a crush or send a message (if you’re a paid member) right from the profile page if you find someone you like. BlackCupid.com allows you to upload as many photos as you like, and will feature one of your choosing prominently on your profile page.
BlackCupid.com asks you to complete a comprehensive survey on what you’re looking for in a partner. These criteria are then used to provide you with matches. The criteria include age, height and weight, lifestyle, education and cultural values.
You can filter your matches by location to find someone nearby or even go global if you’re looking for some international intrigue. The site also features “Cupid Tags” where you can enter personal interests such as movies or music you like. Tags will help you find others with similar interests.
In a word, BlackCupid.com’s search function is comprehensive. You can filter on everything from tattoos to political views to star sign. You can even search for your potential match’s self-described “best feature” (options include “My Butt”, “My Wallet” and “My Personality”). If you’re particular about the type of partner you want, you can save your search criteria so you don’t have to reselect it each time you login. Don’t worry, if you’re more flexible in your tastes you can save multiple searches.
The free version of BlackCupid.com will let you “flirt” with matches, a simple feature that lets you indicate your interest, but you’ll have to upgrade if you want to send messages or use the livechat feature. If you’re popular, BlackCupid.com provides an email-style inbox that lets you organize your messages into folders. If you only want to receive messages from certain types of people you can set up a filter to block messages from others who don’t meet your criteria.
At around $8 a month for a 12-month membership, BlackCupid.com is excellent value. Especially if you’re very particular about what you’re looking for in a partner. For a little extra, “Platinum” membership will give you access to VIP features including ranking above other members in search and more advanced matching algorithms.