Finding the Right Online Dating Site For You

If you’ve just decided to enter the world of online dating, you might be asking yourself “what is the best place for me?”  After all, a quick Google search will yield a plethora of online dating sites, all of which advertise different features, prices, and membership lists.  Where does one even start?

Well, start by looking in the mirror.  What’s right for you?  You’ll want to ask yourself this question before starting the online dating process anyway.  Here are some other handy questions you might ask to find the right online dating site:

-What’s more important:  amount of people on the site, or the quality of service?  There are plenty of online sites that offer a lot of members - and with a lot of members comes more opportunity for success - but you don’t want this to be the only variable you consider.  Would you rather talk to a lot of people, or would you rather like a site that has better service and more convenient ways to meet people who mesh well with your personality?

-How does the online dating site match people up?  Do they offer matches for you, or do you have to take the initiative?  If you’re really not reliant on online dating for your dating success, then you’ll probably be more interested in a site that matches you up with the appropriate people.  However, if you are really looking for a date or two to result of your online dating endeavors, be willing to take the initiative yourself to make things happen.

-What kind of people seem to log on?  Take demos and previews, usually offered for free by most online dating sites.  This will give you a clue as to the kind of people you might expect to meet online - free sites often have plenty of members, but members that, because they haven’t committed to the online dating financially, won’t be as dedicated to finding you as you are them.  Take a preview of these online dating sites and explore - does it “feel” right or not?

-What are your ultimate goals?  If you’re looking for a long-term relationship, you’ll want to meet someone via a site like eHarmony, which is looking to match up compatible people.  If you’re just looking for a few dates, you might try a free site like, in which you can meet a lot of people and send a lot of messages in order to find that person you’re looking for.

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