LatinAmericanCupid is a dating site that was started in 2003 by Cupid Media Ltd. There are now over a million members. Though the site isn’t the most modern, it’s easy to navigate.
Like many other sites, LatinAmericanCupid allows someone to sign up as a free member with their goal of eventually getting you to upgrade to being a paid member. As a free member you get to see what the interface is like and learn about their site, but not actually meet the women.
Upon joining the site, a new member is able to answer many questions about themselves including their ethnicity, smoking and drinking habits, marital status, etc. If someone passes on filling out their profile, there is a pop-up to drive the person crazy until they do so. This is an effort to keep fake accounts to a minimum. While this is a tad annoying, it is a good technique to keep people out of the system who are not looking to meet other people.
Users of the site are required to be at least 18 years of age. One interesting twist at this site: upon signing up they assume that each user is heterosexual. Once you are logged in, there is a list of profiles with photos of people the opposite sex that are online and interested. If these selections are not satisfactory, a user is able to edit their profile and interests to fine tune it some more. While the site targets Latin Americans, it is not exclusive to those people.
It’s a very neat site and even free members can log in and get a feel for what it’s like. One thing to be aware of is that many of the users are foreign Latin women who are hoping to meet a non-Latin husband and get out of their home land. A 2013 report from Cupid Views indicated that about 28% of the users are Latin women with this goal. Along with that about 40% of the users are non-Latin men looking for the same situation. If you are a non-Latin man looking not looking for a Latin wife, then you will have to be very cautious of people in a different situation than you. This is a situation that could be compared to a mail order bride. Despite this there are people on the site who are looking to casually date. It’s important to be very clear with what you are looking for in your profile.
Signing up is somewhat of a timely process, but on the bright side there aren’t many long form answers. There is a lot of checking boxes. There are things called “CupidTags” where users can tag their profile with certain adjectives and make themselves easier to find. This is a quick and simple way for users to find other users with something they have in common. These CupidTags can be physical attributes or things about their personality.
When a user becomes a paid user they are able to post a video greeting as a part of their profile. Free members are only able to user up to five photos. There is not a complex matching system to pair up users. In order to find someone it is important to transition to a paid membership to increase interaction. The free trial does not last long and the account will be terminated quickly. It’s just a way to test the waters and see what the site is about.
It’s very easy to message members on the site. One huge perk of a Platinum account is it allows members to have their messages automatically translated into the language of the person they are contacting. Users are able to “show interest” or block members as well as report inappropriate behavior. Free members can message Gold and Platinum accounts, but not other free members. All ploys to get people to pay, of course.
- Simple to use messaging system.
- “CupidTags” which allow members to use descriptors to help them connect with people.
- Members are able to share a personal video greeting on their profile page.
- There is an IM chat feature that is great for breaking the ice.
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How to Try It Out
If you’re looking to try it out, click here and sign up for a free profile. But if you are looking for a real chance to meet someone you will need the paid option. This is definitely worth paying for if you are serious about your hunt for passion.
Click here to give it a shot.