Overview

A dating platform for those looking for extramarital affairs
Average pricing
Millions of users worldwide
Most users are men looking to have an affair with other willing women
All features are free for women members
Men have to subscribe to paid features to fully utilize the site

Ashley Madison is another controversial dating site that promotes pre-marital affairs and cheating. One of the many reasons it attracts its audience is its tagline that says: “Life is short. Have an affair.” Of course, for people who would really want to experience having an affair, this is pretty much appealing.

This affair-centered dating site started in 2001, targeting married people, both male and female, and those who are already in a relationship but still seeking to have an affair. This site is all about cheating, if you would like to look at it that way.

The site has a very easy signing up process and is available on mobile apps as well. It is easy to use overall, and has an average membership rating.

While the site has been infamous because it was hacked and personal data of members were leaked to the public back in 2015, the platform worked toward securing their data and their members, allowing them to have a safer environment.

FUN FACTS

  • For a platform that encourages extramarital affairs, Ashley Madison has quite a number of members all over the world. It is estimated to be in millions
  • Special feature include the “TravelingMan” where you can send messages to 30 women living in a certain area you are traveling to so you can get to know them before your arrival

STRUCTURE

Members
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Members activity
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Gender Proportion
  • Has an active community seeking affairs
  • Majority of the members are middle-aged men
  • The site primarily targets male customers looking for women
  • Basic information needed upon signing up

HOW IT WORKS

  • Creating an account is free
  • you can have the opportunity to conceal or blur your photos
  • Easy registration
  • you can enjoy for freey

Landing through the website does not give you the overall feel of what Ashley Madison has to offer. It is very discreet, which is understandable and to gain access, registration is needed. The homepage only includes the tagline, the sign up page, and buttons to the link where you could download the app

Signing up and creating an account is an easy process and it won’t take you more than 10 minutes to complete necessary information. However, you have to follow every steps in the process as it won’t allow you to skip. It is also necessary to add a profile photo.

Just like Victoria Milan, another dating site that promotes extramarital affair, you can have the opportunity to conceal or blur your photos for privacy. If you want to share a clear photo, you can give an access key, generated through the site, to a potential match.

Signing up for Ashley Madison is completely free. There are also features that you can enjoy for free in the site but in order to fully utilize some of its features and functions, members are urge to subscribe to the premium membership with fee.

FINDING YOUR MATCH

  • After signing up and completing your profile, you can begin searching for matches right away. The search function of the site is very easy to use. The result is also neat and will provide you with potential matches in a gallery format complete with match’s nickname, location, and age.
  • You can freely visit the profile of a potential match in the site. You can also browse it and view photos for free. Remember that most profiles in Ashley Madison only contains basic information as members are trying to be discreet as possible so that they won’t be caught cheating.

FREE FEATURE

  • Signing up
  • Viewing of Profile
  • Liking profile
  • Advanced search
  • Sending winks
  • Blurring of photos

SPECIAL FEATURE

Ashley Madison is a no-fuss, no-frill affair site and while it has millions of users worldwide, it does not have a lot of special features for its members. However, the way that it helps you find you affair easily makes it really popular.

Below are the special features for member of Ashley Madison:

Favorites List. This feature lets members put together a list of favorite profiles. You can add up to 100 profiles in the list and this is free for all the members.

Discreet Photos. Another free feature, this allow you to conceal your photos by blurring it or adding effects like masks. You can give an access key via the platform to other members who wants to see a clear version of your photo.

Sending winks. This is a free and easy way to tell someone you are interested in them. You can easily find this option at the profile page of the person you are eyeing.

TravelingMan. This feature allows a man to send messages to up to 30 women who live in a particular area. Perfect for men who are looking to have a hookup to place they will be traveling to.

Priority Man. This paid feature is all about giving your profile a boost, making it stand out to other members. This will also make you on top of the searches.

Message Plus. This feature allows you to message anyone you have had contact with without using any credits, as long as you subscribe to premium membership. This is initially free for 30 days after subscription but you have to pay an additional amount after the trial period.

Pricing

Ashley Madison offers monthly memberships. The prices are as below

Membership for Ashley Madison are classified into 3 and they are the following: Basic, Classic, and Elite.

Again, women using the website are free to access all the features while men have to pay to use most functions of the site like sending messages. You are paying in terms of credits that are valued like coins and they can be bought in packages ranging from 100 to 1000 credits/coins.

Basic Profiles
$59 or 100 credits
at $0.59 per credit
Classic
$169 or 500 credits
at $0.34 per credit
Elite
$289 or 1000 credits
at $0.29 per credit

FAQ

Is Ashley Madison a legitimate site?

While the site promotes extra marital affair and cheating in a relationship, Ashley Madison is legitimate with millions of members worldwide.

Can I start searching for match as Ashley Madison right away?

After finishing the signing up process, your profile is automatically activated so you can easily begin searching for matches.

Are most members in Ashley Madison male?

The main target audience of the site are men and yes, most of the members are men as well. But anyone can register and be a member.

I am a woman member of the site. Can I have access to all features?

Women members have access to all features for free.

Do I have full control over my profile in Ashley Madison?

Yes. You can freely edit personal information any time you can and you can choose which ones will appear in your public profile.

Is sending messages free in Ashley Madison?

If you are a woman, then by all means, yes. For men however, you still have to subscribe and have credits to send messages.

What is “Automatic Private Key Exchange”?

This function allows member to share clear version of photos via a special code in the site. This applies to those who concealed their photos in their profile.

Can I delete my profile?

Yes, you can either deactivate or completely delete it.

Is my account safe in Ashley Madison?

After the data breach the site experienced before, they worked to strengthen their security features so your account in guaranteed safe. However, members are encourage to use an email specifically for Ashley Madison so that personal data won’t be compromised, if ever.

What are the payment options for Ashley Madison?

The site accepts payment via credit card, Paypal, Interac money transfer, mail, courier or Western Union as payment.

How will my membership appears on my credit card statement?

The site offers anonymous billing so you won’t be caught.

Are membership automatically renewed?

Yes, but you can cancel anytime.

SECURITY

The site surely worked on their safety and security features however, it is still easy to create fake profiles so members are still encouraged to practice their own safety guidelines to avoid being scammed. They also encourage members to create an email specifically for the site. Aliases are also allowed be to be used.

Pros:

  • Well-known worldwide
  • Great search features
  • Simple interface
  • All features free for women

Cons:

  • Many fake female profiles
  • Members data were hacked back in 2015, security can be an issue

CONCLUSION

Ashley Madison is very easy to use. And while it is controversial, there are still a lot of men willing to try it.

Probably one of the best things about Ashley Madison is that they actually provide refunds (under their specific terms and conditions) if after 3 months, if you still have not found an affair. This is what they called the “Affair Guarantee” however, you must do so within 30-days. No one can say yet if this feature is actually real but if this is included in their terms, it probably is.

Males are their main target market but it is also a good marketing strategy to give female members full access of the site and all its features for free.

There are some who claims that there are many fake female members but users are encourage to practice a good judgement.

Their membership system via credit is somewhat unique but simple. Overall, this is a simple affair site with limited yet good features members can enjoy.

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