Summer is here and many of us now have some extra time to find that special someone to share our time with.
If you are tired of bars and clubs or established by family members there are other options that can help you create a special relationship.
What started back in 1965 as a "computer dating" has mushroomed to $ 2 billion in matching industry to thousands of singles.
Once considered the province of crazy and losers, online dating scene today is inhabited by many ordinary people like you.
If you are single, recently divorced or widowed and are afraid to go back into the dating, why not try to make an online game?
If you keep these tips in mind will help you navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of online dating.
Know your site
Not all dating sites are created equal. Some scams that take your money without ever getting you a date, while others are quite reliable. Currently the largest site Match.com, which guarantees you'll meet someone special within six months. Of course, their idea of "special someone" might be different from yours. Other sites are highly rated by users Zoosk and eHarmony.
There are general dating sites that serve a variety of people as well as specialized sites that serve specific groups such as the elderly, gays and members of religious or particular interests. For optimal results, try joining one of the main sites and niche sites.
Check the prices before you join.
The fees charged by the site can vary, from $ 16.99 per month (with a six-month subscription) on Match.com to $ 59.95 a month on eHarmony or PerfectMatch. Most of the sites offer free trials that let you feel them out before joining.
If you have reached the end of your free trial period and have never met a single prospect, do not hesitate to move to another site. There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all site for all people, and may take a little trial and error to find the best place for you.
Write a positive but honest profile.
Dating profile is a tool to present yourself to a stranger in a few paragraphs. Give some biographical information, and what you are looking for in a partner. Read complete your profile and ask yourself how you sound. Superior? Control? Bitchy? Do you want to go with you, based on this profile? If not, write above. And avoid cliches!
Even if you do not feel so hopeful about the online dating thing, try to sound upbeat and optimistic. Mention things about your life that others can relate to, such as hobbies, pets and jobs. Do not sound desperate for friendship!
While serious discussion about religion, politics and personal habits should be saved for a little later, you might want to mention if you are an environmentalist, birther, Scientology, cigar aficionado or a Jehovah's Witness to get rid of those that you will spend your first (and last) date to argue with. Also, saying only that you are a non-drinker enough for your profile. You can add that you are an alcoholic then.
Ok. We have covered some of the basics of choosing the site and began to set the profile that will get you noticed. Keep reading to see some tips on how to make your profile 'pop' so you have a better chance of getting noticed.