How To Find The Best Online Dating Sites

| May 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

online datingIf you are back on the dating scene again after a long term relationship has ended, or you have been single for ages and yearn to find that special someone, then you may have been thinking about dating online. If you go to Google and type in “online dating”, you will find plenty of sites to choose from, but where do you start?

Firstly you need to decide on which type of dating site you are looking for. Are you a single parent looking to meet other singles with kids? or are you looking for adult fun and casual sex? Are you a guy who wants to meet women online, or a woman looking for that special guy?

You may have Christian beliefs and only want to find other like minded people to date, or you only be interested in dating someone who is mature and over a certain age. There are plenty of niche sites that specialise in different requirements.

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Alternatively you may want to join a mainstream site such as friendfinder.com or eharmony.com

Why you should avoid free dating sites.

My advice is to avoid free dating sites such as plentyoffish.com as they can often attract less serious individuals. You may have a higher chance of finding scammers and time wasters who post fake profiles and have no intention of forming a serious relationship with anyone. Of course you may also find the love of your life on a free dating site, however the chances are far greater if you join a paid site.

Free online dating sites are often full of ads as they need to make some money somehow. The downside to this is that you are bombarded with ads as you search through profiles. Dating sites that require a paid membership usually have a screening process in place to filter out undesirables, scammers and con artists. They are also ad free.

Most dating sites allow you to join as a free member. This allows you to view profiles without committing to paid membership. The best advice is to join several sites for free and then decide which ones you want to stick with.

So what are the best online dating sites?

One of the more popular internet dating sites is eharmony. This site is very unique as it does all the matching for you in a scientific way. You fill in a detailed questionnaire and then you are given resulting matches that eharmony believes are right for you.

woman viewing online dating siteThe main disadvantage is that you can’t browse member profiles and decide who you want to contact. However some users have found incredible results and despite the fact that you can’t choose your own potential dates it may be worth giving it a go. Be prepared to wait a while before you get any matches so patience is needed.

If you are keen to make platonic friendships as well as romantic connections then friendfinder  may be right for you. There is a good sense of community and opportunity to meet like minded people. Some of the features include daily horoscopes, free egreetings cards, a free interactive magazine which lets members submit articles and poetry, and photo ratings.

If you are of Christian or Catholic faith and only want to meet like minded people then bigchurch may be worth a look at. As with all other dating sites though you need to be on your guard for fake profiles and scammers. However this Christian dating site does have plenty of features including a searchable bible, bible verse or scripture emails and chatrooms. You can also search for a prayer partner if you want.

Elitematch.com is a less expensive dating site at only $9.99 a month. One of the unique feature of elitematch.com is that you get an astrological compatibility analysis. On sign up you get a free personalised astrology reading. Some of the features include live chat rooms, voice mail, video profiles and personality matching.

The downside is that as it’s so cheap to join there is a chance that it may attract less serious members and those that create fake profiles.

If you are over the age of 40 and interested in meeting people of a similar or older age then seniorfriendfinder may be for you. This dating site claims to have fraud detection algorithms and real people that review every profile at the point of registration.

Why you need to pace yourself with online dating

Finding a partner on the internet is a great idea and plenty of couples meet online. You will find a larger pool of prospective dates, but you may also find yourself replying to endless messages and winks. It could become time consuming if you let it, and dates every night of the week will make you feel exhausted and it could start to seem like a chore. Space your dates out and only have one or two a week at the most.

Don’t give up!

You may be very lucky and find your miss or mr right within weeks or months of joining an online dating site, however it can also take years before you find the right one. Along the way though you may make some long lasting friendships and have some fun times meeting different singles. Never give up as there is always a chance that your next date may be your ideal girl or guy!

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