(This is a guest post by our friends at be2 Online Dating)
Why have we created a list of Online Dating Tips for Dummies? Obviously we don’t think readers are dummies, but we do think that trying out online dating for the first time can make you feel like a bit of a dummy, so we decided to put together this foolproof list of tips and ideas to make getting started a bit easier.
Online Dating Tip 1: You don’t have to follow every online dating tip on this list religiously, but if you are initially feeling a bit daunted by online dating, read this list of dating tips for inspiration and remind yourself that you are not the first person to be overwhelmed by the online dating experience.
Online Dating Tip 2: Is the registration a bit too much for you? Are you unsure what to write in your profile? Are you worried that you might choose the wrong profile picture? First of all, simply ask yourself how you want to be seen by a person you love – not by someone you want to impress, not by a colleague or a superficial acquaintance, but by someone who loves you for yourself. That is how you should present yourself in an online dating profile. Be as honest and spontaneous as possible and when in doubt, ask a close friend to give you a hand. If possible, you should try to get an opinion from a male and a female friend.
Online Dating Tip 3: Are there too many partner suggestions to choose from when you log on to your online dating profile? You can narrow down the number of profiles that are presented to you by defining your search criteria more narrowly. Just make sure you only get picky where it really matters! It can be tempting to only search in a narrow age bracket or for people with an educational and professional background very similar to yours, but are those the things that really matter to you? You might be missing out on a great match, simply because he or she is one or two years to old, a few centimeters too short or a couple of kilos too heavy.
Online Dating Tip 4: Not getting any messages? If your profile is up to scratch and your search criteria are not too narrow, then you simple need to get active. Start by sending a friendly message to members whose profile has caught your eye. At the beginning, it’s quite enough to send a short note telling them why you like their profile and why you think you might make a good match.
Online Dating Tip 5: Reach out to other online daters. You might be surprised by how many of your friends and colleagues have already tried online dating. It just isn’t something people are keen on talking about, but when you ask, many acquaintances are likely to have their own online dating story to tell. You can ask them for online dating tips, relate to their online dating experiences and maybe even be inspired by their online dating success stories!
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