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Tips for Online Dating Beginners


Looking to add some adventure to your life or maybe you'ld like a little fun and romance... or perhaps find that special someone?

Great! Take the plunge... the online dating is more popular than ever. When you do make the decision to dive in and give it a go you will find there are literally millions of others already there splashing around . Each of the major Australian dating websites have in excess of a million members.

If you've not tried online dating, or are a relative newcomer to the scene, hopefully this article will get you started in the right direction. Follow these tips and recommendations and you will find you'll have more fun, and your experience will be more rewarding.

Which Dating Site Should I Join?

If you do a quick search for online dating you'll find 102 million web pages choose from. Okay, so let's narrow the search to those from Australia - you'll still find over 3 million pages! This can certainly be a bit overwhelming. But don't let these massive numbers put you off. With a little resaerch you will soon find the dating site that is right for you.

Your first task is to find one or more online dating services that suit your needs. The points below are the things you should consider to narrow down the choices.

Types of Dating Sites

Dating Sites vary considerably in the types of members they aim to attract. The larger sites tend to cater for a general audience, while there are many, many smaller specialists sites that cater to particular cultural, religious or ethnic themes - Christian, seniors, Jewish, Asian, gay, etc...
Some sites are aimed purely at singles while others are more risque, with contacts for couples, swingers and so on.

One way to track down a good dating site is by talking to friends and your co-workers. You probably will be surprised to discover how many of your single friends are active online daters, or have at least tried it.

Another way is Dating Service reviews as you will find on this site. Reviews are a quick way of narrowing down which services are of interest to you and worthy of further investigation. You will find all the major sites represented, along with a good number of the lesser known ones. Browse through the listings and visit the sites that sound interesting. You will find that most sites are initially free to join, so don't hesitate to sign up so that you can check them out fully.

If your unsure where to start, the safest bet is to chose one or two of the top Australian dating sites to begin with.

Fees and Costs of Internet Dating

Most of online dating sites are free to join. This allows you to have a good look around to ensure that the service is right for you, and that members are the type of people you are looking for.

Typically, there is no fee involved until you actually want to contact someone. Sites vary, but there are generally two basic methods of charging - some charge a monthly fee, while others charge per contact.

Monthly fees vary quite a bit, but are generally in the range of $25 to $35 for Australian sites. For a full breakdown of current fees and charges for each site, check out our Internet Dating Site Reviews section.

Tip: purchase a one month membership as a start with any new service you sign up with. If you like the service then simply extend your membership. However, it it is not what you had in mind, you avoid the problem of a refund request, or canceling billing.

Free Dating Services

Unfortunately, you'll need to look a good deal harder to find good quality free dating sites. TRUELY FREE dating sites that have lots of members and activity are very few and far between. You are likely to spend a good deal of time with poor results with these sites - often a very disappointing experience. You would do far better giving one of the popular services a trial for a month or so.

Your Member Profile

On joining an Internet dating site you will be asked to provide a profile i.e. your story. Don't go into great detail; simply write in a natural style to the person you are looking for. Put in little about yourself, your unique qualities and goals. Mention a little about the person you're seeking.

You'll save a lot of time if you write your profile with a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) and keep a copy on your computer. You can then copy and paste the information into online dating profile.

Don't forget, as things change, and as you gain more experience, you may well want to update your profile from time to time.

A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words

Usually, you will get a far better response (3 to 10 times better!) with a posted picture than without. People don't usually spend much time on a profile with no image... Nearly everyone has access to a digital camera or a mobile phone with a camera. If you don't have one, a friend is sure to. So, don't forget the photo!

Time to Make a Start

Ok! Now your up to speed on the ins and outs of online dating. There is no time like now to take the plunge. Browse through our Online dating Reviews and visit the sites to see what is on offer.