AussieCupid.com

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In a Nutshell

AussieCupid.com is one of the well-known available dating sites under the Australian geo dating niche. Although Australia is a country with quite a big population, it also accepts non-locals who wants to find an Australian partner. This site allows users to search thousands of profiles and browse through photos, common hobbies or interests, and to hook up and chat through unique communication features with desired Australian singles.

The exclusive dating site is owned and operated by Cupid Media, a popular online dating company from Gold Coast, Australia, and the same creator that introduces users to other popular niche dating websites, (such as AsianDating, GayCupid, and Muslima) to a total of 35 dating websites. The dating website was founded in 2000, and an estimate of over 35 million ‘singles’, male and female with different background internationally have registered to the company’s websites since then.

Essential Stats At Your Fingertips

AussieCupid.com has limited registered members compared to other dating sites that Cupid Media offers. The overall number of listed users all around the world is not more than 100,000. The active members are quite low, standing only at an average of 9,000. An estimate of 150 members are active weekly.

Most of the members are from the United States and Australia. Meanwhile, an estimate of 600 members is from the United Kingdom. To make it convenient for interracial relationships, AussieCupid has various language options which include English, Norweigan, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, German, Finnish, and French.

Unlike most online dating sites, AussieCupid.com has less female member percentage than male. The gender proportion consists of 70% male members and 30% female members. The age group with the highest numbers in female members are those in the age bracket of 25-34. On the other hand, the highest among male members are those within the age range of 35-54. It is also noticeable that there is a high number of male members within the age bracket of 45-54, and in the counterpart, there are no female members from ages 45 years old and above.

*Population Distribution of Members Based on Age and Gender.

AussieCupid.com offers two kinds of membership: Gold and Platinum. Each membership has three types of subscriptions: 1 month, 3 months, and 12 months, which are all billed in one payment. If a member is looking to have a long-time membership, a 50% discount can be obtained for a 12-month subscription plan. AussieCupid also offers a 3-month free trial for uploading a photo.

Registration and initial profile creation are free. However, there are a lot of functions that are limited to paying members. For members who prefer to gain access to more of the special features, the dating website offers two types of premium membership: Gold and Platinum. Listed below is the duration and cost of membership:

Duration Price per month Total Price Savings
Gold Members
1 Month 24.99 GBP / Month 24.99 GBP
3 Months 16.66 GBP / Month 49.99 GBP 33%
12 Months 8.33 GBP / Month 99.99 GBP 67%
Platinum Members
1 Month 29.98 GBP / Month 29.98 GBP
3 Months 19.99 GBP / Month 59.98 GBP 33%
12 Months 10.00 GBP / Month 119.98 GBP 67%

Features

For free members AussieCupid.com offers the following features:

Profile Creation- The information revealed in the profile depends on how much the user decides to fill out. It includes basic identity information, as well as some details about appearance, lifestyle and culture.

Basic Search- Allows match filtering according to gender, age, country, and the distance from your own location.

Automated Matches- System automated matched according to users chosen lifestyle, religion, values, and appearance in their preferences.

Cupid Tags- A special feature of dating sites under Cupid Media. These are keywords of the users choice tagged to their account which represents their personality and helps to search for matches easier.

Sending Hearts- Users can send ‘hearts’ to others to indicate their interest or add profiles they are interested into their list.

Activity Tab- It lets users see other members who have recently visited their profile, along with how long a member was last been active.

Limited Email Messaging-Contacting other users are limited for free members, only premium members have access to send messages. Free users can only reply to messages that are sent to them but not allowed to start the communication themselves.

Standard or free members may also add only up to 5 chosen pictures and have limited space in their profile pages. To gain access to all of the website’s available features, users may upgrade their membership to Gold or Platinum.

Other features available for Gold members include:

● Access to ‘Advanced Search’ which has more filters than the basic
● Ability to send and receive messages from all premium and free accounts
● Instant messaging and live chatting access
● More profile space and additional personality questions
● Option to browse and search profiles anonymously
● Ability to include personal information in messages, such as email address and phone numbers
● Free your account from ads
● Make your account appear on top of search results
● VIP profile badge
● Advanced and developed matching codes in automated matching

Meanwhile, Platinum members can enjoy all features for Gold members as well as the following:
● Option to translate messages to another language.

Sending and receiving messages to and from all other members may be one of the biggest inclusion for a premium account. Along with the message translation, you can conveniently communicate with other members who are using different languages. It will make communicating with people with different backgrounds and cultures easier.

For more convenient usage, the dating website has a mobile app for Android. On the downside, AussieCupid.com was not available in IOS.

Ease of Use

Like other Cupid Media sites, the mobile app and desktop version of the site is very user-friendly. It has organized tabs which makes it easy to navigate. The site also uses icons to make browsing more efficient without making layout look crammed.

With the mobile application available, it will be easier for people who prefer using their phones rather than a computer to access the site.

Sign-Up Process- Creating an account, registering and signing up in AussieCupid.com is fast and convenient. The initial signing up only requires minimal information which can be done in a few minutes. Users can also sign-in using their Facebook account, allowing users to import their information and photos from Facebook directly to the site. The website does not require anyone to verify their email. New members can straightly use the site right after sign-up

Finding Matches- After signing up, click the ‘View Singles Now’ and a window will take the user to the search dashboard right away. In here, the user may start to browse and search through profiles and choose their match. Although the user base of AussieCupid.com is not as big as other Cupid Media dating sites, new users can expect other members sending interest at least within a day after completing their profile.

Safety & Security

AussieCupid.com has a standard privacy policy and has guidelines enforced by the moderators. The dating website also has a list of ‘Helpful Hints for Online Dating’ where everyone can read tips from getting started, suggestions before meeting up in person, while dating, and more importantly, before becoming engaged and getting married. Meanwhile, for more comprehensive tips and topics about online dating, Cupid Media has a dedicated website, OnlineDatingSafetyTips.com.

A ‘Report Abuse’ button is also available for reporting malicious persons in the site. The dating website is strictly advising users to never send money to someone they have not met in person.

Customer Service and Contact Information

There are several ways to come into contact with AussieCupid.com’s customer service.

One way is through the site’s online help and support system where members can directly submit a message to the site. The company’s postal and office address are posted in the contact section of the website so members may easily know who and how to contact them if needed.

The site also listed their landline service numbers for members who want a direct contact from the site’s customer service.

● for US and Canada customers (toll-free): 1-800-787-0838
● for UK customers (freephone): 0800 056 9427
● for Australian customers: (07) 5571 1181
● for other international customers: +61 7 5571 1181

The call center service is available every weekday, Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm (GMT+10)

Positives and Negatives

Positives
● Fast and easy registration
● Call Center and other customer service options are available
● Verified badge is available to prove identity
● Website is available in other languages
● Three-month free trial is available just by uploading a profile picture

Negatives
● Low member activity
● Membership cost is high
● The site’s mobile app does not support IOS
● Instant messaging and other special features are restricted to free members

Other Sites to Consider

AussieCupid doesn’t have a substantial membership base. One of the possible reason is its competitors. Here are some:

eHarmony – This site is Australian based, though they are not really restricted to the specific country. eHarmony has a bigger member base and a well-earned reputation as a ‘relationship’ site with almost 11,000 successful marriages.

RSVP – Another large dating firm based in Australia. It is strict on members and has a good selection process, making it more secure than most websites. The downside is, it is very costly.

EliteSingles – Mostly for professionals who are looking for love with their busy lifestyle. Caters for educated professionals. Signing up takes a long time and has many requirements, though it makes the site secure. It is also among the costly dating sites.

In Conclusion

A major pitfall for the site is its relatively small user base. That apart, AussieCupid.com is doing a good job in catering service to its niche—that is, Australian singles. Though there are many dating sites which are based in Australia, most of them are not focused solely on Australians but instead, compete for the international market. Cupid Media, who run AussieCupid, have more success in terms of numbers with their niche international sites.

The site is more inclined towards those who are looking for long-term relationship. The likes of eHarmony and EliteSingles probably make a more appealing choice given the limited membership base of AussieCupid. Nevertheless, there is no harm is using the free sign-up option to explore the site and see if there is a good selection of potential matches in your locality.

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