|Aimed at kinky people|
|Free to join|
|Lots of community features|
|A large community|
|A few fake profiles|
|Adverts inside member's area|
|Upgrade needed to see videos and photos|
ALT.com is a widely used and very interactive dating site that seeks to put you in touch with other singles and couples around the world, or right next door. Unlike most dating sites, this one is designed for girls and guys into BDSM and other fetish action, so it is one of the few online specialised dating sites. Registration is free, and you can upgrade to get even more out of the stunning dating site that is ALT.com.
Although the first thing you will see at ALT.com is the sign-up form, you can browse the site and see the main pages before registering. You won't be able to see the details until you've started a free membership, though, so it’s best to register before you start looking around. It’s 100% free and a very simple five-step process. Here’s what you can expect.
A simple form with only a few things to tick.
All of these questions have a ‘prefer not to say’ option, so you can leave them, carry on and come back to them later.
Introduction title: You must write at least 10 characters. Written introduction: Optional. Activation email/link: An email link is sent to your email address to validate your membership. This should take less than a minute to come to you. Click the link to return to the site. Consent to data (European users): You will see this next if you are in a European Union country. Agree and continue to the full, free site.
The next thing to do, once registered, is to expand your profile. The more you put in, the more you will get out. Tempting though it is to run searches for other members, if you've not got a detailed profile, the system won't know who to match you with. So, head to the links beneath the main menu where it says ‘Get 10 X more action’ and click the link to upload your profile photo, then come back and click over to your edit profile pages. These are very detailed.
Click to your profile page, and you have the option to add many details. These include:
A lefthand list gives you these additional and optional options. Some of the links open new pages and the left menu vanishes, but once you've edited the page, you can return to the main profile setup page and carry on.
At the last count, ALT.com had 887,848 registered members showing over 250,000 videos and 2,920 live webcasts. ALT.com also comes with basic dating site functions, so here are some of your questions answered.
Bling is what ALT.com calls its personalised icons. You can create one, or send one to other members as a gift, and the system has plenty of help and tools to help you put one together. These are like little banners you can add to your profile to get more attention.
It’s very easy to search at ALT.com. You can see who is online, you can run a match search to fit yourself up against someone looking for someone just like you, or you can just browse and see profiles. Search results are more or less instantaneous, but remember, the more you’ve put into your profile, the more you'll get out of your searches. There are many filters and various ways to find other members, so here’s the list:
Basic Filters: Who’s online, who’s on IM, new matches, new members near me, VIP members, not or not (new), advanced search, kink search, browse, search by username.
Along the top menu, you will see your account area and profile edit section, and in the second, main menu, you will find:
The nifty extras you get with ALT.com that you don't often find on dating sites include the members’ blogs and the groups. There’s also the live cam casting and the instant messaging, the very detailed profile setup, and the excellent search engine. You have all the good and standard browse tools at ALT.com and a lot more.
You can check how your profile looks by heading to your username and the ‘view profile’ link. This is what your page displays:
Now, here’s the thing. Much of what you’ve seen and added at ALT.com so far is free to view, but you can’t actually get into the details and see members’ videos and photos unless you pay. Assuming you use the site to find genuine hookups and friends, then paying to upgrade is worth it, and the prices compare favourably to the costs of other dating sites, but here, you are at a more specific site, because it’s aimed at those into BDSM, and unlike many dating sites, ALT.com is specialised. Therefore, it is, again, worth paying to get the most out of the service.
Note: Your Gold or Silver plan gets you unlimited access to all members. But, free members can't initiate contact with you or view your profile.
You will find the upgrade link in the drop-down under your username. There are two packages and some additional add-ons that let you enhance the features you get with the silver and gold memberships. My prices showed in Euros, and the prices given here may vary according to your local currency.
ALT.com so the best online dating and community site for everyone looking to meet new friends who are into the BDSM scene and other fetishes. It lets you get extremely detailed with the information you provide, and has loads of free elements. However, to get the best from it, you will need to sign up for one of the packages. These, however, are well-priced and compare favourably to other dating sites, and yet, you know you’re joining a group of thousands of other BDSM fans and fetishists, so you're only going to find genuine hookups. You get out as much as you put in, and because the basics are 100% free, you've got nothing to lose from starting a free membership to the world’s largest BDSM & fetish community chat and dating site.