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5 Steps to Start Online Dating [Infographic]
By Nida Sea
Did you know that online dating is number three on the popularity list for meeting singles? And that nearly 280,000 marriages occur annually from meeting online? If you’re curious to know if online dating will work for you, we’ve got the five steps to get you started in online dating now!
1. Choose the right site for you
When you sign up for dating sites, you need to do more than select whichever site is most popular. While popularity is important, selecting the right site that fits your needs is just as important. Ask yourself what sort of dating you’re seeking. For instance, do you want a site that offers mature, faith-based singles? Maybe you’re seeking fun nights and sexy flirting, which would be casual dating.
Following this, make sure the site you choose has the features you want. Some sites have mobile-enabled sites and apps that let you date anywhere you want. Other online dating features can include hooking up with singles at local events and even scientific matchmaking.
2. Pick an awesome username
How does LoverBoy3423 sound? It’s lame and says nothing about you. Online dating usernames with the words ‘lover,’ ‘hot,’ or ‘sexy’ are repetitive and don’t attract the right people. And, having multiple numbers or symbols after your username can make it difficult to remember you.
When you sign up for dating sites, don’t select any username that comes to mind. Choose a username that describes you in just one or two words. For instance, ClubbingFun2Nite is ideal for someone who enjoys clubs. You can adjust usernames to fit the hobbies and activities you enjoy. It’s a good idea to avoid using your real name. In fact, most dating sites will assign a number to your profile name to keep your real name a secret until you choose to reveal it.
3. Take a perfect profile picture
Poor quality photos, photo-shopped pictures, and other bad photos should never be on your profile! You can kiss any interest in your profile good-bye with bad photos. Concerning dating sites free sign up, you are almost always requested to upload a profile photo before visiting the available singles. It’s a good idea to upload a photo before you jump to the other profiles. Otherwise, you risk not being noticed.
A perfect profile picture should feature you and only you. There shouldn’t be a floating arm or half-smiling face anywhere on the sides of the photo. Also, use a photo that’s clear and current. Posting your old high school photo on your dating profile when you’re in your 40s is not clever—it’s lying. Don’t do it.
4. Send the right message
This goes more than just simply "Hi, you’re hot." Such messages are bland, overused, and played out. Ladies, how many times have you signed up on a free dating site only to see, "Wow, you’re hot, wanna chat?" Or guys, how about, "Damn, you’re fine. Wanna meet up for sex?" Ok, maybe that works for casual dating sites, but to establish a real relationship, send out the right messages.
Try messages that compliment what you find in the person’s profile. If she’s a vegetarian, ask her what her favorite vegetarian restaurant is that she enjoys. If it’s a guy who loves photography, ask him what his favorite event to photograph was. Make the conversation interesting by using details from profiles. Messages like "Hi" are lazy and just plain boring.
5. Take online dating offline
Congratulations, you’ve done it! You’ve got together with a wonderful man or woman online. You two have hit it off, and you’re ready to take it to the next level—meeting in person. Great! So how does that work, exactly?
Going from online dating to offline dating is very simple and much easier than it sounds. All you two have to do is pick a location that convenient for you both to meet. Choose an activity that will be fun, but that will also allow you two to talk and engage in conversation. Make sure you both notify someone of where you are and keep the price affordable. But, overall, have fun!
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