Our 2020 BlackPeopleMeet Review
BlackPeopleMeet.com is the largest dating site for African American singles in the U.S., where you’ll find literally thousands of black and biracial men and women looking to connect with others for friendship, romance, and more.
While you could sign up for a free account yourself, here I’ve gone ahead and done that for you, making my way around all areas of the site. So, since my review is comprehensive, it will give you all the information you need.
I’m going to tell you about my experience in signing up, what I was able and unable to do as a free member, what information I needed to provide in order to complete my profile, and more. By the end, you’ll able to determine whether or not BlackPeopleMeet is the right site for you.
- Numerous useful search filters available for free
- Large number of users providing plenty of options for black and biracial partners
- Detailed profiles include basic stats, personality questions, photo albums, and interests
- Up to four Message Suggestions on each profile to help members start a conversation
- Premium tokens offer users an enhanced experience and an ability to get better results
- Safety tips and 24-hour hotlines
- Countless success stories showing how much difference Black People Meet can make in` people’s lives
Of all the sites I’ve tried over the years, this is the largest dating site for anyone seeking a black partner, with a network of close to one million members and 1,000 people signing up every day.
Its parent site is one that I know well, and you’ve likely heard of it, too – Match.com. In fact, BlackPeopleMeet is more in line with Match.com than your typical hook-up app, as many of its users are seeking a serious relationship and with most being in their 30s and 40s.
The first thing to note is that while the site is marketed towards African Americans, individuals of any ethnicity can join. It isn’t like I was asked to take a genealogy test before signing up.
Sign Up Process
Creating an account with BlackPeopleMeet was a breeze. All I had to do was enter my username, email address, and birthday and I was all signed up.
Next, I had to complete my profile by filling in a short “about” section, my top interests, and my personality questions. I could have just skipped that step and started searching, but I wanted to get the best possible matches.
I thought carefully when it came to what to say in my “about” section. BlackPeopleMeet made some suggestions as to what to include here, but to be honest, I wasn’t too keen on any of them. Fortunately, I was free to make it entirely my own. Of course, I wrote only what accurately reflected me as a person and was honest as to the kind of person I was looking for, as I wanted to attract the best matches.
Then it was time to upload my profile picture. While it isn’t technically a requirement, this is a dating site, and other users would surely want to know what I look like. By uploading a picture, I concluded that these users would likely trust me more, and failing to do so might have made my account appear spammy. Also, the guys at blackpeoplemeet.com claim that profiles with photos receive 10 times more attention than those without. I was given the option to choose a photo from my Facebook account that I’d already uploaded, but I had one on my hard drive that I felt was more appropriate for a dating site.
The site then presented me with a number of pre-written greetings, which varied in personality styles from artistic to ambitious and from witty to sporty. I opted for a sporty one, as it was the kind of message that best represented me. Potential matches will be able to see this greeting, which provides a way of breaking the ice in starting a flirtatious exchange.
Communication options include instant chat, email, and video greetings, sending ‘Flirts’, favoriting profiles, and liking photos. I can also send e-gifts and set notifications to show that I’m online.
So, while there are a number of ways to get in touch with other users, unfortunately, most are limited to paid members. As a free member, this was frustrating, so I think I’m going to have to upgrade and try out the premium features.
In addition to the basic “flirt” and “reply for free” options that come with the free account, a premium account would allow me to call users without having to reveal my phone number, thanks to the “ConnectMe” feature.
BlackPeopleMeet also offers premium members the chance to play a game called “I’m Interested”. It isn’t dissimilar to certain mobile dating apps, with its ‘swipe left and right’ style of browsing.
The site also offers a premium game called “Who Do You Like?”, where users can compare pictures of two members. Of course, they could then choose which match they liked the best.
One of the more interesting features of the site is one I’d mentioned that you first see once you’ve signed up–the pre-scripted “Message Ideas” to use as icebreakers. By using this feature to initiate a conversation, I could quickly start engaging with users who I feel might be a good match for me. Again, I’d need to upgrade my account in order to send actual messages to those profiles who hadn’t messaged me first.
The dating site’s profiles are structured in such a way as to make it easy to get to know other users before making contact. Even as a free member, I could browse through a user’s photo gallery. With the profile below, I was able to see all three of the user’s photos in her gallery.
When it came to uploading my own photo, though, three days later, it was still pending. This meant that I wasn’t getting as many matches as I could have been.
While adding more to your profile than the absolute basics wasn’t technically a requirement, the site advises its users to enter all profile information in full. As I didn’t do this when I first signed up, I added some additional details over the next couple of days.
The matches I was getting so far were actually pretty good, but I wondered if by adding more information to my profile, they would be even better. All I had to do to make changes or add to my profile was go to the Settings menu and click on “My Profile.”
I also thought that a fully completed profile suggested to other users that I was serious in finding a match.
I searched for the app in the app store and downloaded it to my iPhone for free. I was impressed with just how smoothly it worked, and its sleek design made me want to look around and explore, even though I knew what was coming. Its layout fits in perfectly with modern apps, which meant that it didn’t hold any surprises for me in terms of navigation and overall usability.
I found the mobile app to be as easy to use as the site’s desktop version. It provides various search options and sorting features, which allowed me to find someone compatible. All of the basic functions are accessible via the app, which allowed me to test it out on my cellphone to the same extent as I did on my laptop. I could view member profiles, look at any of their photos, “flirt” with them, and even rate my daily matches in order to receive better matches the following day.
As a free member, I could access a limited number of the website’s features. Once I’d created my free account, I could navigate my way around the site as much as I wanted to. I could create my profile in full and view other profiles, as well as use the bookmark feature to save my favorite profiles. This allowed me to easily access them again later if I decide to upgrade my account and send them a message.
When it comes to the site’s communication tools, however, the only one I was able to use as a free member was the flirting feature. As I’ve already mentioned, I’d need a premium account in order to send actual messages.
Basic and Premium are the only two membership levels. To upgrade my account from Basic to Premium, I can start off with a free trial so that I can try out the premium features before I commit. Once the trial is over, pricing begins at $14.95, but I know I’ll save myself some money if I opt for the long-term plan, as opposed to signing up for the monthly option.
As a premium member, I’d be able to read all of my messages, and my profile will show up at the top of the search results pages. I’d also be able to engage with other users via the instant messaging system.
Before I sign up to anything subscription-based, I always like to check to see how easy it is to cancel should I change my mind at some point in the future. Fortunately, canceling with BlackPeopleMeet isn’t difficult at all. All I would need to do would be to go to “My Account”, and from there, go to “More Account Status Changes” where I would then check the box next to “Remove Automatic Renewal”. What was even more reassuring was the presence of a phone number for the cancellations department, just in case I should run into any problems.
Also, if I wanted to remove my profile from the site completely, instead of clicking on “More Account Status Changes”, I would click on “View Account Status.” From there, I would have the option of removing my account.
The Bottom Line
BlackPeopleMeet is one of the most popular and successful dating sites out there, with thousands of success stories to show for it. Regardless of ethnicity or race, anyone can create an account for free and “flirt” with potential dates who share their appreciation for black culture and black history.
Signing up with BlackPeopleMeet could offer the opportunity people been looking for to meet someone from a diverse background, providing an exciting dating experience for those willing to give it a go.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do Members of Black People Meet Contact Each Other?
You’ll need to upgrade your account to send and receive messages. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to either send one of the site’s pre-scripted messages or craft your own.
Is Black People Meet free?
It’s free to sign up for a basic account, which allows you to create your profile and search through other profiles. However, you’ll need to upgrade your account to access the site’s premium features.
Can White People Join Black People Meet?
BlackPeopleMeet doesn’t discriminate against other races, and anyone, including white people, can join the site. While 95% of members are African Americans, that leaves a large number of members from other races who are seeking a black partner.
Is there a Black People Meet Promo Code?
While I saw a number of promo codes online, I couldn’t get any to work. I would suggest that the free trial is a safer bet.
What is the membership cost of Black People Meet?
It’s completely free to create an account and set up your profile with BlackPeopleMeet. You can sign up to a premium membership for as little as $2.99 per week.
Is There a Black People Meet App?
Yes, the app offers many of the same features you’ll find on the desktop version of the website. You can download the app from the Apple store or the Google Play Store.
Is There a Black People Meet Discount?
Not at the time of writing, but once you’re signed up to a free account, BlackPeopleMeet will notify you of any available discounts.
Can Gay Black People Meet Through the Site?
Yes, Black People Meet welcomes gay members. I joined as a man and had the option to seek either a male or a female partner when completing my profile.
Does the Site Delete Black People Meet Accounts at Request?
You can delete your profile yourself by clicking on “My Account” in the drop-down menu under the gear icon on the top-right corner of the site. Then locate your Account Status and click on “View Account Status.” You’ll then be presented with an opportunity to delete your profile.
Does Black People Meet Work?
There are numerous success stories showing that many people have successfully met their match on BlackPeopleMeet. So, if it’s worked for so many others, there’s no other reason why it can’t work for you, too.
Can I Meet Professional Black People Meet Members on the Site?
Yes, absolutely. When members complete their profile, they’re asked to enter such details as education and income level. Each question the members are asked to answer is designed to help you find the right match.
How do I contact Black People Meet customer service?
The home page contacts a FAQ section and one of the links goes to the customer care contact page. They list their 800 number to call or you can fill out a contact request form online.