Lately, I have been coming across a lot of online dating sites.
Being a single male I decided to join a couple sites that I have come across just to see what they were about.
I know there are literally a plethora of websites- so when deciding, do your research on the most trusted and reputable sites on the market.
Make sure you have an idea of what you are looking for and the kind of experience you would like to get from your time online.
While browsing some sites it dawned on me that I did not really know how to stand out and get the kind of attention I’d like to have in the online dating world.
So it got me thinking…
What are the best things to do when it comes to online dating?
Tip 1: Finding the best site for you
Once you have an idea of what you are looking for with your online dating experience you will be able to select the best match for your interests.
There are generally four types of online dating services, which include:
General Online Dating – These sites are usually set-up for everyone to be able to view each other and make a decision on who may fit them best based off their profile. Most of the time people are just looking to date and get a feel for one another. Some people join these sites out of curiosity, boredom, or a recommendation. Site examples are Datehookup, POF, and Singlesnet.com.
Relationship – Relationship sites are designed to bring people together based on compatibility tests created by psychologists or relationship experts to determine the best match for you based off your answers/responses to questionnaires or tests given. Most of the good sites are paid membership. Site examples are eHarmony, Chemistry.com, or Zoosk.
Social Networking – These sites are free of charge and allow you to connect with people all over the world. They are not necessarily used as a dating tool, but can be used to effectively find you a date in the process or being a part of the website if you know what you are doing. Site examples are Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn.
Specific (Niche) – These sites are usually geared towards bringing people together with specific interest’s, passions, or desires. Site examples are Millionaire Match, Friend Finder, or Christian Mingle.
Tip 2: Create a meaningful and truthful profile
I always tell my friends… “Be careful who you speak to because you can be anybody you want to be online these days.”
Make sure that your profile is real and based off what you are about, who you are, and what you are really looking for.
People can usually tell how genuine or sincere you are once they communicate with you either through the phone or in person… if you even make it that far.
So make sure your profile gives them just enough to be enticed to send you a message, but not enough that you are telling your whole life story.
Be short, simple, honest, and to the point.
Tip 3: Spend time reading people’s profile and not just looking at their pictures
People like to know that you have spent some time actually trying to see what kind of person they are.
Nobody wants to spend time on creating a profile and not have anyone read what they wrote.
Send a message letting them know that you have read their profile and are truly interested in getting to know them for who they are and not what they look like.
Tip 4: Post recent pictures of yourself smiling and having fun
Statistics show that people are more likely to send you a message if you have a picture, but are also more likely to send you a message if you are smiling and look happy in your pictures.
Pictures of you smiling make you seem more inviting, honest, fun, and trustworthy.
Tip 5: Be respectful to others
The same rules apply online as they do offline.
Treat people they way you would like to be treated and you will have a positive online experience.
Nobody likes to be called names, ridiculed, or criticized.
So make sure you say and do nothing but positive things in your online experience and you will surely have an enjoyable one.
By following these tips I am sure you will have a positive outcome with your online experience.
If it is friendship, a partner, or a lover you seek I wish you the best.
Online dating can be used as a positive tool that can assist you with building character and developing friendships that can last a lifetime.