While I’m all about going out, having fun, and meeting a hookup, I have a strong liking towards online dating apps. I cannot always find the time to go out, so using these helps me find a great hookup and have a night of fun. I’ve tried many online dating sites so I know my way around them, so here are my findings on Zoosk.
A global online dating platform, Zoosk has been around since 2007. It is available in over 80 countries in 25 languages, and it offers services for people looking for relationships or just a simple hookup. This site grew into a serious online dating platform and is used by a lot of people that are looking for various things like love, hookup, friendship, or a long-term relationship, but don’t want to go about it the traditional way.
My Review of Zoosk.com
At first glance, Zoosk has a nice design with a white/off-white background, a nice blue color logo, and simple black fonts. No matter what are your interests, Zoosk states that they can find the match for you. This platform runs on an advanced matching function that is unlike the standard matching algorithms used by other platforms.
Instead, Zoosk runs on a “SmartPick” and “Dating Insights” functions. Kinda how I give you insight on casual dating, they do their own version of it. People don’t answer personality tests upon sign up. Instead, as they use the Zoosk site, the “SmartPick” function analyzes their behavior, and based on this, it makes matches with other people that would be a good fit. Based on the many success stories that Zoosk proudly shares, I would say that they know their business.
General Info About Zoosk
- 40M+ members
- 80+ countries and 25 languages
- Mobile apps for iOS and Android offer using Zoosk on the go
- 55% guys, 45% ladies
- 3M+ messages sent daily
- Catering to short-term and long-term relationships
This platform has over 40 million members from all across the globe, and about half of these are from the USA. This makes Zoosk quite the popular online dating platform as there are over 3 million messages sent daily through the platform.
In terms of gender distribution, there are slightly more guys than ladies, but the numbers are 55% over 45%. Understandably, the majority of the users are between 25 and 45 years. The main part of the members are looking for a serious relationship, and Zoosk constantly shares success stories about marriages that happened through their services.
How To Join The Network
The initial sign-up on the site is easy and simple, and during the initial step, the users don’t have to upload a photo if they don’t have one. To make things easier, people can log in from third-party sites like Facebook or log in via their Google email.
You will be asked to enter your gender and gender preference, birthday, active email address, and the zip code of your location. Next, the account needs to be verified via email, and only then you will be allowed to use the Zoosk site and its features.
Connect With People
Zoosk allows the members that have joined for free to only have basic access to the site like browsing through the profiles and only flirts like smiles and hearts. For any other type of contact, you will need to upgrade your membership.
After paying for an upgrade, you can message members, see profiles, send digital gifts by purchasing Zoosk coins. Any premium member is eligible for the matchmaking features. You can use the Carousel where suggestions are shown in a carousel mode and you can check, maybe or X a profile depending on whether you like them or not.
The more advanced matchmaking feature is the SmartPick feature where you will get suggestions on possible matches. These are selected based on your activity on Zoosk, the types of profiles you interact with, and on analysis of your search activities.
All profiles on Zoosk need to have a profile image. This does not need to be uploaded immediately on sign-up, but it is preferable to have it done soon. The profiles are quite detailed and the members can write stories about themselves and show off their interests.
All members can see the profile picture, but only premium members can see the in-depth profiles. Zoosk enables its users to verify their profiles.
The verification shows that the person is real and that you’ll be interacting with a real person that you can go out with. The Zoosk profiles also show off the digital gifts the member has received as a show of popularity of a certain member.
What Does It Cost?
The basic membership is free, but it only allows you to browse and look around. To be able to actually use Zoosk’s services, you need to upgrade your membership. People can opt to pay via credit/debit cards and use PayPal.
The monthly fee is $29.95 for one month, $59.85 for three months, and $89.98 for six months. To buy/send digital gifts and unlock special features, you need Zoosk coins that come in bulk and cost $4.99 for 50, $19.99 for 250, and $49.99 for 750 coins.
The site traditionally doesn’t offer promo codes but you might find a few floating around the web. Instead, what I’d suggest is signing up and contacting customer support for a promo offer to upgrade after you’re a member. It will show incentives and lead to more savings.
The Zoosk mobile app is available for iOS and Android users and has the same theme and functionalities as the desktop platform, and the mobile app gets a lot of traffic as most people prefer to use Zoosk on their phones.
The SmartPick technology used by Zoosk analyzes the collective online behavior of the member including sending messages, connecting with members, sending gifts, and more, compiling it and based on the results, making selections on possible matches.
According to the company, they have been very successful so far. Dating Insights is the collective data about your activity and you can look at these, learn about your likes, and what type of members you usually attract.
Any member can send a message to another member, telling them that they are interested in. The connection is made when the other person responds. There is also a Super Send feature that enables sending messages to multiple people, and Zoosk helps with message suggestions.
Anyone that is looking to get matched sooner can boost their profile to make more connections. The boost feature is paid by Zoosk coins, so use it smartly.
Zoosk is one of the most popular online dating platforms. It has been around since 2007 and has amassed a large following, with over 20M US-based members. That is a lot of matching options, and Zoosk shares a lot of success stories. Plus, Zoosk has a strict verification policy and almost no fake profiles.
The design and features of the platform and mobile app are intuitive and straightforward, and their SmartPick technology does most of the heavy lifting, offering custom picked suggestions that are usually on point. I think that if you are looking to find a good match for a long-term relationship, feel free to give Zoosk a try. Is Zoosk the place for those looking for one-time flings, probably not, but trying is your decision.