Thursday, February 24, 2011

Internet Online Dating Services

If one thing is true of internet online dating services today, it’s that you’ve got to pay up if you really want to play. Gone are the days of the free personals accounts with premium-level features. Fair or not, you almost always have to pay for a subscription now just to contact other members through an Internet dating site.

The fees at most internet dating service sites are reasonable. Joining won’t break your budget if you sign up with just one or two sites and it’s usually worth it to do so. You’ll have full access to the dating service’s matching capabilities, and you’ll be able to contact any member you choose.

However, you’re still forking out hard-earned cash, so it’s important that you know how to get the most out of your membership. There’s a strategy to working the system if you want to succeed. So, make sure you’ve got the following steps covered before you sign up and pay.

A majority of people who browse through the personals will look at your photo before anything else. While you aren’t going to be everyone’s type, it is important that your photo shows off your best features to anyone who definitely is attracted to your ‘type’.

Make sure your photo is clear and crisp, and that you are facing the camera. This doesn’t have to be a full-body image, but a good head shot is a must. Also, don’t forget to smile! People are generally more attracted to others who look happy and upbeat.

Put effort into your internet online dating profile

Your photo and headline will be the elements that draw people into reading the rest of your profile. Think of them as the ‘attention grabbers’. Once you’ve got someone’s attention, though, you must also keep and further their interest. This is the primary job of your profile.

You’ve got to make the effort to create an exciting and interesting profile. There’s nothing worse than a profile that is half-filled out, or filled all the way up with boring generalities. This is your chance to show off your unique self, so do it!  Share your talents and dreams and everything else that makes you special.

Spice up your language a bit to make the humdrum things sounds more exciting. For example, instead of saying “I like long walks in the park”, say something like “I’d love to stroll with someone special on a balmy spring day while we plan out our next great adventure!”

One of the mistakes made by Internet dating newbies is going for the in-person meeting too soon.  Remember, even if it’s just coffee, you’re investing time and money into meeting up with someone for small talk, and this is not the most efficient approach.

Instead of meeting up so soon, take a week or more to do the ‘small talk’ via email. This way, you’ll be able to determine if your match is worth pursuing further, and you’ll save yourself time and money on what would’ve otherwise been a ‘wasted’ date.

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