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Online Dating: What to Expect

Posted on : 15-10-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



Getting involved with online dating can be scary at times. Not because there is something bad waiting for you on the other side, but because this is a new way of doing things for you. Fortunately, if you know what to expect you will have a much easier time adapting to this way of doing things.

Here are a few things to expect upon getting started with online dating:

1. It takes time to find the right person. Just like dating in the “real world” it may take time to find that special someone. Do not get down on yourself if it takes you a few weeks or longer to become acquainted with the ins and outs of online dating.

2. Not everybody will respond to you. You may come across somebody who you find interesting. Unfortunately, they may not feel the same way. The best thing you can do is reach out to somebody, and hope that they get back in touch at some point. If this doesn’t work, remember, there are millions of other people out there.

3. There is a chance that you may begin to feel overwhelmed. Most people go into online dating thinking that they will strike out. But guess what? This doesn’t always happen. You may receive messages from more people than you thought possible, and in end making a lot of friends along the way.

Now do you have a better idea of what to expect from online dating? No matter what, make sure you are prepared for everything.

Online Dating and Selectivity

Posted on : 08-10-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



Upon joining an online dating service you may be overwhelmed with all of the members who are in the same shoes as you. Some people go into online dating thinking that they will never find anybody, just to learn that they have more opportunity than ever before. In this case, it is important to be as selective as possible. No, you don’t want to turn away anybody who may be a great date, but at the same time there are only so many hours in a day.

The selectivity process should begin with location. Most people using online dating sites only search for members in their area. How far is too far? This is up to you. Some people do not mind connecting with members from the other side of the country. On the other hand, many only want to speak with those who are within driving distance. You need to decide how to narrow down your choices based on location.

Your online dating service will also give you the ability to search for members based on many other factors including age, sex, race, etc. All of these factors will help you weed out those who do not suit your personality, and in turn find members who may be a good match.

If you are going to be selective make sure you do not take this too far. By doing this you may find that there are not too many members who meet your “exact specifications.” There is nothing wrong with being selective as long as you also keep an open mind.

Don’t be Embarrassed of Online Dating

Posted on : 01-10-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



Are you avoiding the online dating scene because you don’t want to be embarrassed? Many people believe that there is something wrong with using an online dating service. Even though this may not be the way that your friends find dates, there is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the only thing to be ashamed of is staying away from online dating because you are worried about what somebody else will think of you.

What are you scared of? Some people think that online dating is an admission of not being able to find a date the “real way.” But guess what? In today’s day and age the internet is turning into one of the more traditional ways of finding a date. There are millions of people who use online dating services, and quite a few marriages have started over the internet.

You should get started with online dating because it is the right thing in your mind. Even if others think this is stupid or a waste of time, you have the right to your own opinion. Don’t get caught up in what others think about online dating. As long as you feel good this you should continue to move ahead.

If you are involved with online dating it is nothing to be embarrassed about. You may not want to announce it to the world, because it is your personal business. But if it comes up, there is no reason to be embarrassed. Finding a date online is just as “normal” as any other way of doing so.

How you fit into the Online Dating Game

Posted on : 24-09-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



How you fit into the online dating game is up to you. Some people feel that they have no place in this world, and opt to search for dates at more traditional locations. On the other hand, there are millions of people who realize just how much online dating can do for them. These people find their way into the game, and do whatever they can to succeed.

Do you have any reservations? This is the number one reason that many people stay away from the online dating game. They feel that they are too old, too young, not good looking, etc. No matter your excuse you need to get rid of it right now. People of all kinds use online dating services. Do a quick search on any large online dating site and you will find people from all walks of life. Why limit yourself with excuses? This is only going to hold you back from finding true happiness.

You have nothing to lose. Even if you are worried that online dating is a waste of time and that you will not find anybody, you should still give it a try. Most sites offer a free trial, and you should take advantage of this. Who knows who you will find, and what type of time you will have.

There is a very good chance that you will succeed in the online dating game as long as you get started. If something is holding you back, now is the time to go out on a limb and see what (and who) is out there.

Emails and Online Dating

Posted on : 17-09-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



As you know, when you get involved with online dating you are going to use the internet quite a bit. You will sign up online, find others online, and communicate online. From the get go you will realize that online dating communication is based primarily on private messages as well as emails. If you are not ready to email other people you should stay away from online dating for the time being. Generally speaking, this is the way that you will begin to communicate with those that you meet online.

Once you meet somebody via an online dating site you will not want to rush ahead and call them on the phone or meet in person. Instead, take your conversation from the online dating service to your email account. This is a safe way to advance your relationship. Most people find that it is much easier to communicate via email than relying solely on private messages. If you do not feel comfortable using your personal or work email address, be sure to create a new one for free through a service such as Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.

Remember, just because you are communicating via email does not mean you should change who you are. You want to keep with your same personality so the other person has the chance to learn more about who you are and the way you act. This will work out in your advantage when you finally meet in person.

Online dating and email go together hand in hand.

Large Online Dating Services are Best

Posted on : 10-09-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



Even though there are many online dating services to choose from, the bigger ones are usually the best. If you do not believe this all you have to do is compare the services that are out there. You may find a smaller site that suits your needs, but for the most part you will realize that the bigger ones are more beneficial.

Why is this true? To start, the largest online dating services have the most members. And more members mean you will have an easier time meeting people who suit your personality. Additionally, a larger membership base usually leads to more members being located within driving distance of your home.

You will also find that the larger online dating sites are those that have the most features. Remember, these sites make a lot of money and have the backing of big time investors. For this reason they have the funds to add new features when necessary. It is also easier for them to make updates to current features, layout, graphics, etc.

With a lot of online dating services to choose from you definitely want to consider a few. Compare the pros and cons of small sites to those that are bigger and better known throughout the industry. You will probably find, like most others, that the larger online dating services are those that are best suited to somebody in your shoes. This gives you access to millions of other members, as well as top of the line features that will help you succeed.

Online Dating: Start with Internet Communication

Posted on : 03-09-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



With online dating, before you ever think about calling or meeting in person you need to communicate via the internet. The point of an online dating service is to have the ability to meet others online, and then communicate with them until you feel comfortable moving forward.

What type of online communication is available? To start, most online dating services offers a system in which you can send private messages to anybody you are interested in speaking to. This is the first step in meeting somebody online and one that you want to become familiar with. Once you are comfortable sending messages to others you will be able to move on with additional modes of communication.

If you connect with somebody you may want to suggest that you move your conversation to email. This makes it much easier to send long messages, photos, etc. Of course, if the other person does not agree there is nothing wrong with staying put for the time being. Remember, online dating is all about trust. You need to trust the other party, and vice versa, before you communicate via email and eventually over the phone and in person.

With online dating you are going to be using the internet to start so you might as well communicate this way as well. Soon enough you will be having conversations with others via private messages and email. Once you are comfortable enough with a person you can then ask to call them on the phone, and hopefully meet in person sometime in the near future.

Don’t move too Fast with Online Dating

Posted on : 27-08-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



With online dating you need to be patient. Since you are not meeting others in person it is going to take a while to build some trust. If you are interested in “speed dating” it is safe to say that the internet may hold you back. Of course, you never know how long it will take for an online dating relationship to take off. Even though being patient will pay off for you in the end, you don’t necessarily have to hold yourself back. You need to do what is comfortable for you, while also respecting the wishes of the person you are communicating with.

To start, you will want to communicate via the online dating site. You can send private messages to those who you are interested in, and once there is a spark you can continue to do so for the time being. Once you are comfortable with this, you may want to move your conversation to email.

When should I work up the nerve to ask for a phone call? This is something that you will decide on with the person you are talking to. They may be interested in talking to you on the phone as well, so don’t be afraid to suggest this when you are comfortable with your situation.

Soon enough, online dating turns into meeting in person. You should never arrange for a face to face meeting until you are comfortable doing so. To go along with this, don’t rush so much that you put yourself in a dangerous situation.

As long as you are patient you will never get frustrated with the time it takes to succeed with online dating.

Your Online Dating Photo

Posted on : 20-08-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



It is a proven fact that online dating profiles that are accompanied by a photo attract greater interest. If you are going to get involved with online dating you should realize that adding a photo is of utmost importance. In fact, if you don’t “show yourself” the chance of getting in touch with others is slim to none. As unfortunate as it may sound, most people, no matter how they are meeting others, are interested in appearance above all else.

Follow these tips when choosing your online dating photo:

1. Clear image. You do not want to upload a photo that is hard to see; this is just as bad as not using one at all. If you do not have a clear image there is nothing wrong with taking one specifically for your online dating profile.

2. Make sure you are the only one in the photo. This is a big mistake that many people make. If you are not the only person in the photo how will other people know who you are?

3. Nothing stupid. You want your photo to show who you are, but at the same time, a picture of you chugging a beer may not give off the best vibe.

4. Don’t choose a picture without comparing all your options. Chances are that you have several photos that could be used. As previously mentioned, you can take a photo specifically for online dating purposes. No matter what, compare your options and choose the one that you are most confident in.

Your Online Dating Profile

Posted on : 13-08-2009 | By : Kristine | In : Online Dating Tips



The success you have with online dating comes down to how you promote yourself. When using the internet, in particular online dating, the only way to show others what you are all about is through your profile and picture. If you do not do your best to make your profile stand out, you will not achieve the success you deserve.

You need an online dating profile. If you are not going to create one you might as well continue to search for a date in more traditional ways. Some people sign up for an online dating service, but never take the time to create a profile. They complain that it is too hard, takes too much time, or that they do not know what to say. You should never let any of this hold you back from moving forward.

Your online dating profile does not have to be extensive or tell your entire life story. Generally speaking, you want to let others know who you are. Some people can do this in a few paragraphs whereas others opt to include much more information. What you include within your profile is up to you.

When creating your online dating profile, be sure to take your time. There is a lot you can say, and some stuff that you do not want to include. Write a rough draft, edit it, and then go back a few hours later for the final changes. You want to make sure your online dating profile is perfect when it goes live.