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If you think you’ve seen it all, check out Alt.com and think again. As part of the FriendFinder Network of online dating websites, Alt.com boasts an massive user-base of well over 2 million members. When it comes to alternative adult dating, membership numbers correlates with variety, and it's certainly the spice of life at Alt.com.
Having reviewed many alternative and adult dating websites over the years, we're familiar with the ins and outs of this sector. However, some of the kinks and fetishes on Alt.com still surprised us. It's clear from browsing through the categories of kinks listed by users that Alt.com will have something special for everyone.
Users already familiar with AdultFriendFinder.com will notice some overlap, but Alt.com takes things to another level. As well as benefiting from the FriendFinder Network's popularity in terms of membership numbers, Alt.com also uses the same top notch website templates, tools, and functionality, giving members a user-friendly and rich browsing experience.
It's clear from browsing through the categories of kinks listed by users that Alt.com will have something special for everyone.
Signing-up as a Standard (free) member is very straight-forward and quick: just enter your email address and respond to the confirmation email which you should receive promptly. Users are then encouraged to fill out a profile, or at least a minimum amount of information, such as name, location, age and a brief introduction.
Although additional profile information can be filled out later, we would encourage you to enrich your profile as much as possible from the outset; this will greatly improve your browsing experience and will also help you decide which membership subscription is best for you.
As well as the usual profile details, Alt.com offers a range of features which all members can use to enrich their experience. Firstly, members can upload lots of photos to entice other members to get in touch, by showing how flexible you are in body and mind.
Secondly, members can add videos (the kinkier, the better) highlighting personal fantasies, preferences and general demeanor. For some people, tone of voice is just as important as physical appearance, so audio-visual recordings are a great way to find that perfect person with the voice of an angel or demon, depending on your preference.
Thirdly, the ‘Fetish Checklist’ is a quick and easy way to summarize what you're into, what new things you're keen to explore, and what stuff doesn't appeal to you. The Fetish Checklist is several pages long and very comprehensive. The ‘results’ can be added to your profile so that your preferences are clearly visible and searchable.
Most new users will be content to begin by simply browsing the kinky content that other users are uploading every day. In fact, this can be a great way for complete beginners to gauge what they’re into and how far they’d be willing to go. More experienced users will soon want to take their fantasies into the real world, and there’s no better place to do so than at Alt.com.
The Standard (free) membership should certainly whet your appetite and give you a good feel for the way things work. However, if you want to see more than an overview of other users’ profiles, you must upgrade to either a Silver or Gold membership.
It’s as a paying member that you’ll really be able to make the most out of Alt.com. A Silver membership is slightly cheaper but, if you’re happy with Alt.com, we would recommend spending a few extra dollars a month for a Gold membership. Gold membership offers more bang for your buck, as it gives you full, unrestricted access to everything that Alt.com has to offer.
There are some significant savings to be made in signing up for 3 or 12 months in one go.
There are some significant savings to be made in signing up for 3 or 12 months in one go. Also, if you sign up for the 12 or 3 month Gold membership and you remain an active member (send three emails, and make at least one blog or group post each month) your membership will be extended by up to 6 months for free!
To help you track down the right one (or two, three, or four!) for you, from among the millions of possibilities, Alt.com offers finely-tuned search tools which allow you to filter out those who don’t meet your specific requirements. Additionally, gold members, who have more refined tastes, can add some highly specific criteria to their searches.
If you would rather have some perfect partners automatically found for you, then you can avail of the LoveDog matching service. First, make sure that your profile information is as thorough and comprehensive as possible because the amorous canine utilizes the information on your profile (your likes and dislikes, what you're ‘into’ and what you're not into, etc.) to find your ideal match from among the millions of profiles on Alt.com.
The more you bear and share, when completing your profile, the better your chances of finding a great match. This 'dare to share' motto holds true for manual, DIY searches too, as a more detailed profile will usually improve your chances of appearing in other members' search results (unless you're into some very deviant stuff!).
When you've found great people, you'll want to keep track of them for future reference. Alt.com also has some useful tools for helping to keep track of favorite people. With the "MyLists" tool, silver and gold members can also filter their favorites, contacts, hotlist members and others into categories based upon a range of useful headings.
Alt.com offers a range of ways for members to interact (depending on one's membership level). This ranges from simple flirts and winks to sending a rich and detailed message (with the option of attachments) to a member's dedicated mailbox within Alt.com.
There are also message boards, blogs, chatrooms and webcams. With the popular webcam chat feature, members have fetish fun without leaving the comfort of their own home (or dungeon). Members can also join in the fun in the lively chatrooms, hosted by Alt.com, by using a multicam feature which allows them to simultaneously partake in sexy video chat with several other members.
Alt.com have certainly managed to create and nurture a thriving community of like-minded people from all over the world. Check out the blogs and you’ll find literally millions of posts and lively discussions on every aspect of the alternative scene. In daily life, it’s often very difficult to find others who are open to discussing the alternative type of sex that really interests them. However, such barriers and taboos don't exist at Alt.com. The Alt.com magazine is also an entertaining and informative window on the world of alternative adult dating.
Although there are no dedicated “real life meet-ups” there are many groups which you can join that are dedicated to organizing parties with a difference.
Check out the blogs and you’ll find literally millions of posts and lively discussions on every aspect of the alternative scene.
Alt.com have clearly gone to great lengths to provide a wide range of additional features to keep members engaged while they are exploring the site. Members can choose from a wide range of horny adult movies, peruse and respond to advice columns, or perform online tests (the results of which can be added to your profile to enhance it).
The ‘Fetish Consent Worksheet’ is another helpful feature for anyone engaged in particularly hardcore practices. Alt.com is the only site in this category to offer such a feature to its members.
At the Alt.com shop, members can purchase kinky costumes as well as BDSM and Bondage gear. Members can even earn ‘points’ by referring friends to the site, and these points can be exchanged for adult movies or for discounts at the Alt.com shop.
Such extended features mean that, when you’re not busy interacting with other members, you'll always find something to occupy your open-mind at Alt.com.
With millions of members to choose from, there should be someone for everyone at Alt.com. The wide range of great tools means that there are plenty of ways to contact like-minded alternative daters willing to satisfy your every desire.
It is not surprising then that Alt.com takes No. 1 position in our reviews of the best Alternative Dating Websites, mostly due to its huge and active membership base, its decent prices, and its well-designed website. This is an accolade that Alt.com has held for some time now and it shows no sign of being ousted from poll position anytime soon.
As the most popular alternative adult dating site on the internet, Alt.com is a must-join site for anyone with an interest in alternative adult dating, BDSM, Bondage, etc. We recommend upgrading to gold membership to unlock all of the site's functionality and get good value for money.
However, if you begin with a Standard (free) membership this should give you a good idea of how the site works and what it can offer you. With nothing to lose, and a world of perverted pleasures at your fingertips, why not take a few minutes to see what Alt.com has in store for you?
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