If you are reading this post, we presume you are single and likely nervous about entering the world of online dating. Think of it this way: If you were looking for a job, you’d conduct at least part of your search online, no?When shopping for a creative gift, checking out tomorrow’s weather forecast or looking for a used car you’d search online. Of all the people who got married in the United States in 2012, 1 out of every 5 met online. More than twice as many marriages occurred between people who met on an online dating site than between those who met in bars, clubs and social events combined!So why not when looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend? And such online dating success spans across demographic groups—targeted niche sites like e Harmony senior online dating have hugely helped singles get back into the dating game later in life. And start by choosing the online dating site that will work best for you.
They break down into roughly two groups: general dating websites, those joined by a relatively large and diverse cross section of people, and niche dating websites, geared towards a specific audience. The two most important parts of each profile: the photos and the free form About me and whom I am looking for section.
You can see our picks for the best niche dating websites clicking to this review. We suggest spending a little extra time on each of those.
After your profile is up you can either wait to be found by potential suitors or, better, be proactive and start browsing for that special someone yourself. A vegetarian executive who has horses, likes body piercings and holds liberal politics leanings? Once you find a good prospect, you can write that person through Match.com’s email system.
Match lets you search by all the obvious criteria (ie. It’s all anonymous—your email will look like it came from [email protected] Some users will make contact through the site in the morning and meet for a date that same evening.
However, we strongly suggest signing up for their six month plan for $17/month.
You’ll probably want more than a month’s worth of time on Match and the six month plan comes with a guarantee: if you haven’t found some one by the end of that time you’ll get another six months for free.
Not incidentally, Spot Cool Stuff has arranged for our North American users to get a 20% discount.
People new to online dating and who have heard of and e Harmony assume those two sites are pretty much the same. is very open ended — you decide what you write about in your profile, you decide what singles on the site to contact and what you’ll discuss when you do.
Others choose to go through a days-, weeks- or months-long progression of exchanging emails through Match, then progress to writing through their “normal” email addresses and then start talking on the phone before getting to an in-person meeting. accommodates whatever speed you feel most comfortable with.