Are you scratching your head over which online dating site to join? With so many to choose from, how do you narrow down your choices? Joining an online dating site is all about knowing which will likely give you the greatest chance to find “The One.” That calls for a little research.
According to a study by Match.com, one of the most popular online dating sites today, only two percent of men and nine percent of women found love while perched on a bar stool. With 40 million Americans currently using online dating services, and counting, and at least over half a million users who actually found some form of romance in 2010 via online dating, it’s not hard to figure out that these services are some of the most potent tools available for singles to zero in on the one they could swap “I Dos” with.
So, back to your question: How do you know which online dating site might work for you? We’ve done all the work, check out our reviews of the worlds best online dating services that are based on track records and cutting edge dating solutions.
eHarmony. Reputed to be the largest online dating site out there, eHarmony has users in more than 150 nations. What sets it apart from other dating sites is that it simply doesn’t let you choose whom to date based on users’ profiles; it actually helps you find potential compatible mates based on specially formulated matching algorithms. You list down details about yourself, and then eHarmony finds users with the same core traits. The site reportedly has 20 million registered users as of this writing, with 15,000 more signing up every day. It’s free to join, but if you want to enjoy its more unique features (voice calls, etc), you have to shell out $19.95 to $59.95 a month, depending on your membership plan.
Match.com. This is currently one of the elite online dating sites on the planet. With 15 million users, 600,000 of whom have reportedly found their match in 2010 alone, it’s surely worth investing time and money, don’t you think? Membership costs anywhere from $16.99 to $34.99 a month.
Perfectmatch.com. This online dating service uses the Duet total compatibility system which analyzes your personality, lifestyle, dating preferences, and financial details to find people who may be compatible to you. About 15 million people use Perfectmatch.com, with 10,000 new members signing up daily.
Matchmaker.com. Another highly popular online dating service, Matchmaker.com has 10 million registered users, and an estimated 600,000 sign up every week. This dating service is powered by Date.com, so joining Matchmaker.com also gives you access to millions of users of Date.com. Basic membership is free, while Gold membership (access to more advanced searches, etc.) costs $29.99 a month.
Catholicmatch.com. If you’re a Christian and would like to meet someone with the same beliefs as you do, you can never go wrong with Catholicmatch.com. It boasts of 1 million members, with at least 15,000 new ones joining every month. Since it’s a Christian dating site, membership is limited to heterosexuals. Basic membership is free, while paid membership (private messaging capabilities, etc) costs $24.95 a month.
About the author. Matt Fuller writes for various dating sites in Australia and has been involved with online dating Australia for more than a decade working as a matchmaking consultant. You can follow Matt’s updates here: http://twitter.com/#!/DatingSites9
Everyone knows that finding a perfect partner in our busy society is not always easy. Sometimes it can feel like all the good ones are already taken, but it is not necessarily so. The world is still full of extremely eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, with billionaires, royals and aristocrats the world over still looking for that special someone.
Top of the list is a man who easily makes the Forbes top 100 rich list, Mr. Michael Bloomberg. This New York City mayor is the owner of 88% of the fantastically successful Bloomberg news and data company. Worth an estimated $18 billion Mr. Bloomberg could be quite a catch for a lady looking for a jet set lifestyle.
Another one for the ladies holds the 2009 crown for richest person in Brazil with a fortune currently standing at $27 billion; Mr. Eike Batisa is one of the world’s biggest oil and gas tycoons. Also a keen powerboat racer Mr. Batisa is looking for a new lover after he split with his ex wife, but any ladies with their eye on him will need to come up to scratch as his ex is a Playboy cover girl.
Single men searching the market for a successful lady may have previously overlooked Miss Oprah Winfrey, fearing that her busy TV schedule leaves little time for a relationship. But with retirement planned for the end of her 2011 contract and a fortune of $2.4 billion to play with, she could well be searching for the perfect chap to share her golden years with.
If you can speak a little Spanish you might be interested to hear that billionaire construction company owner, Alicia Koplowitz is still seeking a second husband following her divorce in 1989. Potential spouses will need to come with some status though, as her younger sister has been linked romantically with the Duque de Huescar, heir to the Spanish aristocratic house of Alba. Worth $2.2 billion she is definitely one to keep your eye on.
Maybe you’re looking for someone with a bit more class than some of these self made money moguls? Well the good news is there are still plenty of royals the world around who are seeking a partner and top of the list is most definitely Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. With Orlando Bloom-ish dashing good looks, this handsome 31 year old blue blood is second in line to the Swedish throne and quite a catch for a classy lady.
One for the men, the stunningly beautiful Charlotte Casiraghi is Monaco royalty and the granddaughter of Grace Kelly. At just 24 years old she is a successful published writer and editor of a popular magazine, as well as being fourth in line to the throne of Monaco.
For those looking closer to home, you may have thought all was lost since old Wills got engaged to Kate Middleton, but there is still single royalty close to home. Williams younger brother and self confessed naughty boy Harry of course is still available and don’t forget those lovely, if a bit quirky, daughters of Lady Sarah Ferguson, Beatrice and Eugenie.
Garry Hudson currently writes for Baines and Ernst
Most mature single guys are looking girls who are attractive, sexy, and YOUNGER. If you’re one of those men, here’s what you should always keep in mind: Women LIKE guys are who are considerably older than them.
In the past two centuries, the American government managed to take statistics of married couples in this country. A close look at the statistical trends on marriages in the United States during the last 200 years suggests that men have a wide age gap with the women they marry. That’s correct — woman prefer older guys…it’s a timeless classic. The underlying reason behind this can be understood by studying evolution.
Women are psychologically inclined to search for security, safety, and other things in between. She does so because it’s embedded in her DNA and human nature to provide an environment conducive to raising a child. An older man can provide security and safety because of his rich personal experiences, well developed personal skills, and knowledge of the real world.
Social norms usually project men as desperate and hopeless romantics, who must do all they can to get a life partner as soon as possible. That may be true in some cases, but in majority of cases, young women are deeply inclined to seek out older guys.
The next thing that you should keep in mind is this:
If you devote yourself to learning art of pickup and dating, in approximately two years or less, you will be a skilled pro in dating women and enjoy a fulfilled sex life than you ever thought possible.
Do you know that the typical guy only gets involved sexually with an average of 4 to 7 women in his entire lifespan? The media and social norms don’t accept this picture, it’s true according to statistics.
This means that it doesn’t matter how old you are, or even if you’re fifty-year-old virgin. If you have the courage and decision to overcome your personal fears, change your mindset, learn new ideas, and take firm action…your life will change and you will have more fulfillment with women.
What you should do is to start the learning process IMMEDIATELY, and dump all the excuses you might be making up in your head right now.
The next few months will be an opportunity for you to practice new practical dating techniques, and it will be a remarkable experience. It is never too late to make a change. If you’ve failed a thousand times with women in the past, there is still plenty of time to start from scratch and revolutionize your dating skills.
Always think and believe that you are not desperate. Lose the idea that you’re "running out of time". The sooner you get rid of that thought, the sooner you’ll experience success with women.
Being anxious and desperate only makes you appear cheap. Acting as if you NEED a girlfriend right now is an attitude that will turn off most women.
Techniques To Start With
1. Project A Youthful Image
The way you project your age is what counts the most, not the actual number of your years. By projecting a youtful image, I mean you should be happy, see the lighter side of things, and enjoy life to the fullest. Consider loosening up and possibly get back to wearing your jeans again. (Not a bad idea).
I suggest that you go to a clothing store this week and buy a new pair of jeans this week. Lots of older guys keep wearing old, worn-out jeans, and they’re signal to the entire world how old and outdated the are.
Take an honest, close scrutiny at your hairstyle, appearance, and wardrobe. consider updating your style a little bit.
If you’re enjoying life, having fun, and projecting a carefree attitude, younger women are bound to notice you. Balance your proper mindset with an updated wardrobe and appearance and you can be really successful in dating younger women.
2. Be Fun loving
I often give advice to mature guys are too serious with themselves.
Imagine there are four hot women in a club. they’re relaxing, enjoying themselves, and taking some time off to unwind. The suddenly a guy enters the scene and starts talking about serious topics like politics, literature, work related issues..etc. Do you think those girls will like it? Of course not. It doesn’t fit in the situation!
Women expect older guys to be mature, but there is certainly a proper time and place to get serious. For this reason, when you’re out with a hot younger woman, loosen up and act relaxed, calm, and always on the lighter side.
The laidback, relaxed energy you project is the type of "atmosphere" that attracts women when you interact with them.
If you think loosening up and having fun when conversing with a woman is difficult, I suggest that you take an honest look at yourself and your personal issues.
Having a reality that is full of work, serious stuff, and no time for play can truly take its toll on your ability to enjoy life. Problem is, this affects your ability to land a long term relationship with an attractive woman. As the song goes, "Girls just want to have fun". So if they can’t have fun with you, they’ll choose someone else to have fun with.
More often, serious guys are the ones who love watching serious films and TV shows. They are primarily interested in politics, intellectually stimulating documentaries, and even appreciate music from many centuries ago.
A good idea would be to balance your intellectual appetite with films and TV shows which bring out the lighter side in you. Watch movies that are simple, funny, and relaxing. Appreciate TV shows with good clean fun, and learn to make way for humor in your personality.
If you only read Time magazine or stock market magazines, try adding some entertaining readings to your collection. Listen to some music that are "cool" and recently popular.
Being "updated" gives you a string of initial topics to use when conversing with women. I did not say that you should totally screw all that stuff about politics, stock market, work, books, etc…but you can save it for later, when you’re already intimate with a woman.
For the meantime, while you’re still dating and flirting, stick to easier topics and fun conversations.
This also gives you fun conversational topics to talk to women about. That hot 25-year-old babe at the bar might know a surprising amount about politics, but that doesn’t mean she wants to talk about it when she’s unwinding with a few drinks.
Practice and incorporate a cheerful, fun loving attitude into your personality.
Try it first on your friends. When you’re talking them, try to stay clear from any topics that are too serious. Get into the habit of inserting cool humor in your conversations, and it will naturally come out when you’re out with women you particularly like.
3. Be Outgoing!
As men age, their social connections dwindle down. College buddies start to marry and start a family. Other social connections tend to be busy with work and all that stuff.
Perhaps you’re one of those people who just moved in to a new town and you haven’t developed new acquaintances yet. Or maybe you just don’t lie going out anymore, feeling like a fossil to hang around in local bars like before.
This is common sense, but I feel the need to say it: You should definitely go out once again.
Start by wrapping your socializing efforts with a hobby that you love to do.
A good idea is to start attending personal development events and recreational activities in your area. If you have already sunk to being shy and introverted, shake yourself up and get a renewed confidence. Talk to two or more people each day and engage in fun, fulfilling and meaningful conversations. This will help you strike a friendly chord with new friends.
Staying in your shell won’t do you good. better get out there.
Issues Related To Age:
Do you find your age embarrassing, and feel the need to lie about it?
Of course, it is best to tell the truth. However, you are not obliged to reveal your age to a woman when you meet her.
A woman will press you early on for information regarding age, educational background, line of work..etc., but as I said, you are in no obligation to reveal all that in the early stages of meeting her
Stimulate her curiosity, by not telling it all to her at once. Instead, reveal yourself gradually, as time progresses. This way, she will always look forward to hanging with you again, because she always learns something new about you that she has never been aware of before.
Most guys make a stupid mistake by bragging about all their accomplishments, stating all their achievements, and showing the girl how important he is in society. It just won’t work. Doing that will leave the girl with no excitement to talk to you again.
Let women ask the personal questions. Then answer in such a way that you will escalate the suspense, making her want to know more.
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.
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.