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How to Choose an Online Dating Site

May 14, 2008

When it comes to choosing an online dating site there are literally hundreds of sites to choose from. How in the world is anyone supposed to narrow down the choices and find the right one? If you’re torn between choosing an online dating site, here are some ways to help simplify the process:

1. Sign up for free trials: Almost every site is “free to try”. Our online dating resources page has both free dating sites and free to to try offers to choose from. By signing up for several you will be able to see which sites have the best matches for you and which ones you feel the most comfortable with. After about a week it will be easy for you to see which ones you like spending the most time at.

2. Consider the Interface: Some sites are much easier to use than others. The interface includes the general layout, design, and functionality of the site. If the page load times take forever or you find yourself having problems sending messages or updating your profile and uploading pictures, you may want to consider other sites.

3. Look for features you use: Many sites offer video chat, instant messenger, email, forums, and other methods of contacting users. If these are features you use, then you may want to look for them in choosing a site. If you don’t care about these types of things, then you don’t need to make it a requirement for sites you consider.

4. Consider the active users: Some sites may only have a handful of active users while others will have hundreds. When you are participating in your free trial, be sure to check how many members are online. You will do much better on active sites than ones with less members.

5. Consider what type of relationship you are looking for: Some sites such as eHarmony.comare intended for long-term relationships while on others anything goes. Other sites are designed specifically for certain cultures or groups. Finding one that specializes in certain types of dating or people may be another way to find your next date online.

If you’re still stuck on finding the right dating site, you can visit our Online Dating Resources Page to see some of the most popular sites reviewed. If you try a few and aren’t happy with them, don’t give up! There are many other sites to choose from!

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