How to Get Started with Online Dating
It’s now or never. If you’re considering starting online dating, you better do it now or else you’ll never have the courage to take even the first step. But, where do you start? HOW do you start? You’re not alone in this because a lot of people are interested in online dating but they don’t exactly know what step 1 is. Let us spell it out for you. Here are the basics of how you can start with online dating (and it’s not as difficult as you thought):
Step 1: Choose a site that’s right for you
There are thousands of online dating sites out there, and one of them has got your name on it which means that there’s one (or maybe two or three) site out there that is (are) perfect for you. For example, you want to start online dating, but you’d like to meet Asians or Europeans. There are specific sites for that.
Your job is to:
- Know what you want: know your goals and your preferences.
- Know your budget because you might have to pay for membership. It’s usually international dating sites that charge a fee for becoming a member.
- Search for specific sites that can cater to your preferences.
- Look for reliable reviews on the site.
- Look for their track record.
- Sign up to the site you chose.
Step 2: Build your profile
As soon as you’ve completed the sign-up the process, the next thing to do is to answer all or most of the questions the dating site is asking. That would include your hobbies, interests, dislikes, plans, the kind of partner you’re looking for and so on. All that so the dating site can find good matches for you. Just remember never to reveal any personal information like your specific address.
Additional things to do:
Find online articles about how to build a profile that’s attention catching
Take new pictures of yourself for your profile
Step 3: Start contacting people
Don’t expect your profile to be a hit just yet. If you’ve already put a lot of effort into building your profile, don’t sweat it if you haven’t gotten any views or messages yet. Instead of waiting for this to happen, go ahead and browse through the singles that are currently online and send a message.
You might want to:
Learn how to compose messages that get replies
Learn how to pay attention to others’ profiles (you have to read the profile of the person that caught your eye, so you have something to talk about)
Know when not to send a novel message
Step 4: Pace yourself and be Consistent
When we say pace yourself, this means that you have to contact one or two people at a time and not fifty. You don’t necessarily have to reach just one or two if you think you can handle more but what we’re saying is that you have to make sure that you can handle replying and being consistent with sending messages to the people you’ve contacted.
Step 5: Filter and Meet or Repeat
At this point, you probably have someone you’ve already connected hit it off with. When you’ve met this person, start filtering on the list of people you contact. Disregard the ones that you’re not compatible with and concentrate on the one you have loads in common with. If everything goes well, you can meet (someday). If things don’t go well, you can move on and repeat the process of meeting new people through online dating.
It’s a 5-step process that’s a no brainer for most. Go ahead and sign up! See how easy it is to set everything up and start online dating. You never know when you’ll find that special someone online, so you better get started as soon as you finish reading this post. Good luck!