Online Dating 101

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Online dating has its own rules and perils.  If the concept of online dating is new to you, this article will give you some basic information to help you successfully navigate the scene.

To start with, there are different platforms for online dating services.  The most basic is a general online dating service where you can view everyone who has posted a profile.  Samples of this type of general dating sites include FriendFinder, and Match.com.  Then there are relationship-based services that find you a match based on criteria for compatibility.  This type of service is generally for those who take dating and finding a mate more seriously such as sites like eHarmony.  Social networking sites such as Facebook and Friendster are also venues for online dating, although the emphasis is not so much for online dating as it is on networking.  Nevertheless, some users do find relationships through these sites, usually through a mutual friendship.  There are also services who match up people with similar interests.  Niche dating services aim to take advantage of common interests and commonalities such as love for horses, or a certain age group.

If you do decide to take the plunge to online dating, then it is only prudent to exercise caution.  After all, the internet is populated by people of dubious backgrounds and motivations.  Until you know a person really well, it is best to remember that when dealing with strangers, too much caution is better than none.  Here are some pointers for online dating safety.

  1. Don’t give out personal information until you are absolutely sure that the person can be trusted. Information as simple as your full name and home phone number can lead a person to retrieve your complete address.  From there, it is a short journey towards learning where you work, how much you earn, even how much your home is worth.
  2. Trust your instincts.  If something tells you not to go through with something, or you somehow feel as if you can’t let your guard down with a certain person, don’t just disregard it.  Intuition can be a powerful tool, as there are some cues that your subconscious may be picking up on without you being fully aware of it.
  3. Use a dedicated email address just for online dating.  Remember that your email address reflects your full name.  Sign up for a free email address to keep this information private.
  4. Use a cell phone or anonymous phone service for dating-related calls. The same principle applies to keeping your home phone number private, at least until you really get to know a person better.
  5. Never let your guard down.  Though some online dating services may claim to run background checks on everybody, this is not always possible.  It is rather easy for a determined criminal to go through this background checks by using simple evasive strategies.  Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security.

Online dating can pave the way for meeting the right partner.  Still, it is in your best interest to think critically before rushing into anything.  There are thousands of successful online relationships that have ended in long-term commitments such as marriage.  You have to admit though, that even more have ended in crime or disaster.

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Online Dating Tips and Advice

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There are so many great online dating tips that will improve your success rate of meeting people online. That’s mainly because it can be an overwhelming and complicated process, especially if you are new to it. Profile writing, sending messages, choosing a picture, and carrying conversation are important aspects of online dating.

Choosing the right site is important to your success. If you are very busy and don’t have the time to put into finding potential dates and matches, you may be interested in choosing one of the algorithm-based dating sites such as eHarmony. If you are adventurous and have the time you can opt for a free site, such as Plentyoffish.

Now that you have your site chosen, here are a number of online dating tips. Firstly, the golden rule of online dating is to make contact. If you don’t introduce yourself to people you’ll never get to go on a date.  Although challenging, over coming your fear of making that initial contact will bring you a long way in the world of online dating. Another great tip is in choosing the right profile picture. You don’t want anything inappropriate but at the same time you want to make sure that you are identifiable and someone can see it. Also, keep conversation short. After your initial contact, you may send a couple messages back and forth to ask questions and build interest but don’t keep it lingering. Once you have decided that the person you’re talking to is a potential date, try to seal the deal. This is usually done by either asking for a date or asking for a phone number. You can make up an excuse saying you are busy and won’t be on and ask for their number. Remember throughout your entire online dating experience – always be respectful of everyone you speak with.

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Online Dating for Women over Forty

If you are a woman over the age of forty and looking for love, online dating can be an excellent way to meet many great, handsome and available men who are looking for someone like you.  With online dating, as with any form of dating, you must remember that it starts with you.  By the time you are over forty, you have probably figured out that you can’t look for another person to define you or give meaning to your life.  You probably already understand the importance of having self-esteem and confidence.  Although some women over forty feel self-conscious about their age, you need to understand that your age is not the enemy.  Rather, you need to see it as something to your advantage.  By the time you are over forty, life has taught you to be confident and proud of the woman you are.

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The truth is that dating and finding love can be difficult at any age.  So save yourself some time and angst.  Be honest with yourself.  You probably already know what you find attractive, what kind of men you won’t tolerate () and what qualities are important to you.  If you haven’t already, take time to make a list of the qualities you want in a man.

One great thing about online dating is that it gives you many options and exposes you to many possibilities.  With dating sites, you are allowed to browse through ads and, if you choose, let them see yours.  You can learn a lot about each other through online communication.  Just be sure not to hide behind your computers forever.  If you are interested in someone, eventually you should meet them.  Yes, that can make people a little nervous.  Don’t place all your hopes for love on any one date.  Go with the intention of getting to know each other.

At any stage of dating or relationships, it is important to remember that no one is perfect.  If the other person says or does something you don’t like, recognize that everyone makes mistakes.  When you are getting to know a man, he may not do everything perfectly.  Although it is important to always keep your eyes open, remember to look at the whole person.  Give yourself the chance to start liking someone and maybe even fall in love.

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Date.com (Free Profile)

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When you are ready to meet someone special, Date.com can help. To get started you can give some basic information about yourself and upload a good photograph. The next step is to write a great headline and essay. Once you have done this other members can contact you and it is absolutely free. You can also search the site for other members using different criteria. There are over 100 personal preferences you can use including location and age.

You can also use the keyword search to find people who have specific interests. If you want someone who loves horseback riding as much as you do, you can search for that. 24 hours a day you will find people hanging out talking in one of the chat rooms. There are also instant messaging, email and video greetings to make sure you make a great first impression. All you have to do is write a little about yourself to get started.

Online Dating Services Now a Billion Dollar Industry

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Online Dating Services Now a Billion Dollar Industry

 

Online dating services now have a subscriber population estimated to be over 1 billion. That’s an industry of over $1 billion USD per year with growth rates steady at 10% per year. North America alone has over 1,400 online dating sites, where they are the third largest industry.

 

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Yet the online dating phenomenon is not restricted to the Americas or Europe, as Asians have embraced this love technology wholeheartedly. Japan has 1,600 online dating sites, even more than the US. India has 15 million subscribers, and that figure is expected to grow despite the economic crisis.

 

Perhaps the most significant growth factor has to do with the fact that more and more elderly people are dating online. 60 percent of women over the age of 65 and 30 percent of men of the same age group are expected to find dates on the web this year.

 

 

Top Online Dating Service Websites

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Top Online Dating Service Websites

The top three online dating services of the year are most likely to be same top 3 as last year, as new polls are showing. Match.com, Yahoo! Personals and eHarmony are in the lead again for top honors as well as top revenue generation.

Here's another potential eHarmony date. Why do...
Here’s another potential eHarmony date. Why do you suppose he’s smiling? (Photo credit: David Reber’s Hammer Photography)

However, these top sites are now facing stiff competition from niche sites like JDate for Jewish singles, Christian Club for Christian singles, and Shaadi for Indian singles. Targeted sites like those are ever popular, and one can find a site that matches any discriminating love interest.

Even popular social networking sites like FaceBook and MySpace have organized themselves to cater to love seekers using single sub groups. But the biggest growth in the industry is coming from the most surprising spot in the world: India. India has two of the top 10 sites worldwide with Shaadi and Love From India garnering more then 15 million seekers per year.

 

 

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