Tips in Choosing the Perfect Online Dating Site

Nathalie Fiset

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The internet has become a breathing ground for both professional and amateur matchmakers. Although some matchmaking are conducted through chats, friendster messages, yms and emails, the use of cupid’s arrows are basically done through online dating sites that seem to have mushroomed in the World Wide Web.

In fact, there are about a hundred different dating sites in the Internet, offering different kinds of services for the lovelorn. Some charge a fee while others offer their online services for free. Others just charge for the membership and the space that a member’s profile and pictures will be occupying. Some use the classic matchmaking techniques of pairing off people according to their basic information like age and educational attainment. Others offer more refined searches, including information like favorite activities and other hobbies.

With so many online dating sites in the virtual world, it will at first be hard to choose where to sign up. Although there are actually no restrictions when it comes to the number of dating sites where you can register, it is of course better if you just sign up on a few sites that can give you quality results.

But what do you look for when choosing an online dating site. Below are some tips in selecting one that will help you find your one true love.

1. Reputation

One of the most important things to consider in looking for an online dating site is the reputation of the site. Remember that you will be putting in vital information for people to see. It is vital that the site that you will entrust these information with is legitimate.

Also if this is a site that charges a fee, you will also be revealing your credit card information; so take utmost caution.

Another advantage in choosing sites that have already established themselves in the industry of online dating is the fact that there will be more members who will sign up. More members mean that there will be more to choose from. The chances of finding someone that will jive with your personality are much bigger.

One downside though is the fact that these sites can also be haven of con artists and swindlers who use online dating sites for their nefarious activities. Whether you have signed up in a dating site with a large or small network of members, it is important to still be careful.

2. Matching points

It is good to choose sites that match their members on a wide range of qualities and points. That way, you will get matches that are more diverse, where you are not limited by age or any other basic stats. Different sites offer different techniques in finding potential dates. Find a system that works for you or that fits your own set of requirements when looking for dates.

3. Photographs

Although most sites will probably carry options for the uploading of photographs, it is important that you also ensure that the site do carry photos. The more the better as this is a great way to advertise oneself to potential dates and of course, also one way to help people choose from different matches.

4. Fee

For people who do not have the money to spare, fee can be a big issue. There are good sites that offer their services for free. These sites frequently earn from the advertisements that they get per web page.

There are also sites that are generally free but may charge minimal fees for additional services such as additional spaces for photos or additional pages and links in profiles. You can also take a look at these sites as their fees may be within your budget compared to other dating sites.

Dr Nathalie Fiset is a family doctor and a certified hypnotherapist. For more information go to: or


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