Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Online Dating is Booming, Get in the Game and Find Someone Special!

Just a few short years ago, online dating was seen as "risky" at best. Yet today, you would be hard pressed to find a single person that has not visited, become a member, or at least been told to visit an online dating website. The reason for this online dating boom is that record numbers of people are dating safely and successfully online. Today there are "mainstream dating sites" that try to be all things to all people and "niche dating sites" that specialize in every imaginable preference. In other words, no matter who you are looking for, they are probably already dating online.

The 3 things that online daters struggle with most:
  1. Finding the right dating website
  2. Creating an appealing online profile
  3. Knowing what to say when communication with other members starts

To find the right dating sight, first visit an online dating directory that has a comprehensive list of dating sites. Once you select your site, it is time to create your winning online dating profile.

Here are a few rules you must follow to create your winning profile:
  1. Get some good, recent photos of yourself.
  2. Tell the truth in your profile.
  3. Don't be arrogant, cocky, or desperate.
  4. Upload a sincere, well lit, introductory video clip if possible
  5. Don't be shy! Fill out your profile completely
  6. Pick an catchy "screen" or "profile" name
  7. Become a paying member of the site.
General rules for successful communication on a dating website:
  1. Remain anonymous until a level of trust is built.
  2. Tell the truth
  3. Flirt a little when appropriate :-)
  4. Don't be afraid to ask for the date
  5. Read the other members profile and ask questions about their interests and hobbies
  6. Tell them how much you have in common
  7. Show your sense of humor
Most importantly, have fun and don't take any rejection you may experience personally. Remember, online dating is a sorting process and requires patience. Sometimes you will sort people out and other times you will be sorted out. The good news is that if you follow the online dating tips above and set aside a little time each day for interacting with other singles, you will go on some great dates and possibly even meet the person of your dreams. If you have already been dating online and would like to anonymously share your experiences, take "The Online Dating Survey". Thanks and Happy Dating!