"Send me a message."
It's a line you see on profiles across many different dating sites. It's almost a cliche. But as you start browsing profiles on BlackPeopleMeet.com, you'll start to have trouble finding profiles that don't include that sentence, or a similar one. BlackPeopleMeet.com is a simple dating site, structurally speaking, but its users all seem dedicated to finding a good match, by taking time and effort to make meaningful profiles, and encourage communication.
BlackPeopleMeet.com is a People Media site and uses a simple, fast profile creation system common across most of their dating sites. You begin by filling in some basic information about yourself (height, build, whether or not you smoke, etc). After this, you are asked to write in answers to three prompts: "A little about me...", "About the one I'm looking for...", and "I'd just like to add...." This will form the largest part of your profile, and you should spend some time on this section. Most users on this site have clearly thought about their answers here. Long or short, the community on BlackPeopleMeet.com seems to know the importance that these sections have in identifying potential partners. And after all, since you're going to be judging other people on their answers, it's only fair you work hard on yours.
After you've set up your initial profile, you can later add more detail, including interests, information on your education and political leanings, and giving people ideas for messages you'd like to receive.
There is not much to the search function on BlackPeopleMeet.com. The basic search will filter based on age, sex, and location. You can use the advanced search to look for users based on some of the physical characteristics they added to their profile when signing up. That's about it.
Or at least, that's as far as the site will take you. From there, you'll have to go it alone, looking through profiles until you find one that interests you. It may seem like a bit of a slog at first, but luckily, nearly all the users on BlackPeopleMeet.com have really spent some time working to make that slog just a little bit easier. Most profiles really give you a sense of the person behind them, and many are clearly written by people who care a great deal about their search for a potential partner.
But finding an interesting profile, or a user who shares your interests, is really only half the puzzle. The other half is communication. You're going to have to send a message. Lucky for you, that's just what most people want you to do.
BlackPeopleMeet.com does not give you much help in finding a potential match. There is no super advanced search algorithm, or quirky, hip site design to point you in the right direction. But it has a truly caring user base, which is probably the strongest asset a dating site can have.
The Signup Process: People Media's standard profile creator--while the biographical data will take 5 minutes to fill in, it is highly suggested you spend significant time to answer the site's three long format questions well.
Match Quality: Technically, there is a system on the site that will give you three recommended matches per day, but it works about as well as the basic search.
Quality of People: Simply great. People on BlackPeopleMeet.com really put in the effort.
Cost: $14.99 per month for one month, $11.99 per month for three months, $9.49 per month for 6 months.
Legitimacy: Given the quality of BlackPeopleMeet.com's user base, and the fact that it is a People Media site, you have nothing to worry about.
Overall Rating: 9.6 out of 10