Topic 8: Dating Tips for Newbies
Most younger people have tried online dating sites or know someone who has. But among the older crowd of people over 35, the whole idea of using a dating site is still a big foreign, despite the pervasiveness of sites such as Match.com and Eharmony. In this article, I will be providing some tips for such people.
1. Pick a site that matches your wants and needs.
Before choosing a site, make sure you have a good idea of what you want. If things like religion are important to you, you may want to select a niche site. On the other hand, if you are ready to settle down, a site like eHarmony might make more sense. If you don't have any specific requirements for the people you date, then Match.com can be a good general choice. Whichever site you choose, it's a good idea to test the site first using a free trial offer. You can get free trials of various dating sites by going to Couponleaf.com. They recently added a Match.com free trial as well as an Eharmony free trial.
2. Decide whether to use free sites or paid sites.
In a previous post, I talked about free sites vs paid sites. On the whole, using paid sites is the best way to go. However, if you are on a budget and can't afford the monthly memberships of paid sites, you can still get some results on free sites, although it takes more work.
3. Spend lots of time on your profile and get feedback.
Don't simply write the profile off the top of our head. A good profile should be written and revised numerous time. Spend some time reading other dating profiles and take notes on what works, and what doesn't. Last but not least, you'll want to get feedback from trusted friends on what they think about your profile.
4. Post multiple photos.
When it comes to photos, more is usually better. Add photos of yourself in different locations doing different things. Photos of you engaging in a certain activity can be a great launching point for conversations.
5. Don't expect overnight results.
Some people are under the mistaken belief that you can find dates quickly if you use a dating site. This is not always the case, and you may need to be quite patient and persistent before you get results. Don't get discouraged, and keep working on your profile and try to improve it gradually over time. Eventually, you will get results using dating sites, but it might not happen overnight.