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If you’re a fan of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, animation, anime, and comics, you’ll find a home at SoulGeek, the nerd- and geek-focused dating site that meets all your unique cravings as it matches you with others who identify as geeks. With a name that’s a play on the word “soulmate,” the niche dating site isn’t just geek-themed, it also incorporates geek culture into almost every aspect of its user experience. Members complete a carefully crafted sign-up form to express their geek traits, such as styles and interests, and SoulGeek runs weekly auto-scans to match users based on this information. Beyond scans, the site provides a slower-than-normal experience that’s more similar to a 2010 MySpace for geeks rather than a dating site, yet it does provide an impressive, if not creative amount of sections for members to interact and express themselves.
Various aspects of the dating site are put in place simply to pique geek interest and let anyone who identifies as a geek express him or herself. Profile fields are fun as well as informative with preset answer choices such as “two hearts” for body features and “Evil Garden Gnome” for pet. There are also various open-ended sections to write out your geek mindset, as well as areas to show off your vivid imagination as you identify and explain your favorite character, or the character most similar to you, and state what your secondary or “dream” car would be. Members can also add various photos, videos, blogs, and even music to draw attention and make connections.
Discovering others on the site is mostly done by browsing groups of members, such as New SoulGeeks, or by searching with basic, advanced, keyword, and username searches. Because profiles are filled out so extensively, thanks to the sign-up process, the advanced search works quite well to really filter out profiles that don’t match your preferences and key in on those that have similar interest as you. When you find profiles you like, you can write private notes to yourself about that profile, or express interest by following, friending, sending gifts, or sending messages.
Over the last 6 months, SoulGeek has attracted an average of 660,170 visitors per month on desktop and mobile web, with over three fourths of all visitors coming from the United States, followed by Canada and Switzerland. The site does not use any paid search and visitors find the site organically with keywords such as “geek dating” and “comic book dating.”
SoulGeek does what it advertises and caters to geek culture through its site sections, user interface, matching features, and language. The site looks like you’re in an Anime film or video game and allows members to feel like players, taking on any geek identity they see fit. To get the most out of the site a premium plan is best, but these plans don’t set you back too much and you can always cut back on costs even further by simply keeping your free account and purchasing credits as needed. If you’re looking for a platform where geekiness is not only accepted but actually encouraged -- and even viewed as attractive, SoulGeek is well worth checking out.
Sign-Up & Login Process
The Specs section dives deeper into who you are, with fields for your height, ethnicity, typical style (such as Closet Goth or Red Cape & Tights), physical extras (such as Borg Implants or Evil Minions), occupation, pets, religion, and lingos (such as Time Lord or Transylvanian). Although there are no open-answered fields in the Specs section, it remains lighthearted with fun answer options such as “Bill W. and I are Buds” as an answer choice for the drinking field and “Burden on Society” as an answer choice for the occupation filed. The In A Nutshell section has two fields that allow you check off boxes to select what you are into (such as Anime or Costumes and Cosplay) and what your other car is (such as a Zombie Assault Vehicle or a Dragon).
Step 2 of the signup process basically walks you through filling out your profile further. You create a tagline, and have an area to describe yourself and who you are looking for. You also describe which fantasy character you identify most with, describe your “Geekdom” in a paragraph, and select non-geek things you are into such as performing arts or cooking. You’re next directed to an area to upload a profile, which is optional, and then land on a page that requests you check your inbox and click on a special link emailed to you to complete your sign-up. Until you click on that link, you are blocked from all areas of the site, but the email comes in a few minutes so it just requires a little patience.
To sign-in to SoulGeek after creating a profile, head over to SoulGeek.com and click on the menu item titled Sign-In, which is second to the left. You’ll land on a sign-in page in which you enter your username and password to sign in.
The homepage of SoulGeek is called “The Bridge” and it’s where you’ll find relevant links to all areas of the online dating site. From here you can begin to discover others based on categories they are grouped in, such as My Matches, My Neighbors, Who Scanned Me, Birthdays, and New SoulGeeks. You have the option to go in and create your own groups as well, to keep profiles you find organized the way you want.
You may also choose to discover others through additional areas of the site such as the quick search, advanced search, username search, or keyword search, by browsing members, or member-uploaded photos, music, and videos, by exploring blogs and forums, or by joining the chatroom. The advanced search is by far the easiest way to discover exactly the type of members you like and allows you to filter by various profile fields such as interests, lingos, style, ethnicity, and more. Throughout nearly every page of the site you are prompted to view featured members, which is a handpicked list of users. No matter where you are on the site, you can also edit your profile and add to different site section with your own photos, blogs, forums, videos, and events at any time.
When you discover others through groups or searching, you’ll see members listed in profile preview cards that contains their username, profile picture, last activity date, location, and the first few lines of their “about me” section in their profile. From this preview you can instantly send a virtual gift, follow, bookmark, send a friend request, or block. If you want to learn more about that member, you can click on their profile picture to gain access to their full profile. Profiles are rather extensive, containing all sign-up info, such as the essentials and specs fields, as well as additional profile pictures, albums, videos, events, and gifts that member has received. When viewing each profile you can create a note about that profile for your eyes only or leave a comment on the profile for all to see. You can also directly message that member, with the option to add links and emoticons to your message, or send that profile to a friend. If sending a message is too direct for your liking, you can show interest in others by commenting on photos, rating music on a one-through-five star scale, commenting on or rating videos and blogs, or adding a comment to a forum.
There are a handful of other nerd-friendly features on the site including games, muses, and digital currency. On-site games include Donkey Kong and Pac-Man, while the Muses is a weekly web series where a trio of geek girls discuss all-things related to geek dating. Credits on the site are earned and used based on your activity. For example, logging in daily gives you one credit, while participating in the chat section uses five credits. Credits are what you use to personalize your online dating experience and using them gives you access to features such as speed dating events and sending messages. If earning them takes too much time, you may also purchase credits with very reasonable package options of 200 credits for $5 or 425 credits for $10.
Despite how many credits you earn or buy, you’ll ultimately get the most out of the site with a premium membership. When you first log on, you automatically have a free membership which puts you at Free Cadet-Level. You can upgrade to premium membership levels of Uber Prime, Uber Vantage, or Uber Max Block. Premium memberships are differentiated by how you pay for them, but they all give you access to the same premium features such as sending unlimited messages, participating in the newsfeed, initiating private chat sessions, hiding ads, and more.
Overall, SoulGeek is very much a site where you’ll get out of it what you put into it, meaning it requires some time and effort. The site does have a unique site auto-scan that will scan the entire site for members who fit the parameters you set with your profile. Scan results are sent to you by email once a week and spotlight recently joined SoulGeeks that have been selected based on your profile.
- Extensive profiles with geek-focused sections such as geek style and interests like Anime
- Various ways to express yourself through sections of blogs, music, videos, and more
- Comprehensive advanced search filters
- Multiple ways to communicate and show interest through commenting, messaging, adding friends, and more
- Unique preference portal to personalize the site to your liking
- SoulGeek auto-scan lets you set scan parameters to ensure you never miss a member who fits your dating requirements
- The Muses educational and entertaining web series that provides dating advice in geek-speak
Safety & Security
The founder of SoulGeek.com is voice actor Dino Andrade, who is best known for his work on video games, such as the Scarecrow on Batman: Arkham Asylum, as well as lending his voice to the 17-year-old version of William Shatner on $h*! My Dad Says. In November 2013, SoulGeek announced the site had racked up 30,000 member profiles, facilitated 20 marriages, and planned to go international.