The Dos and Don’ts of Online Dating

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If you are new to the world of online dating, first of all – where have you been? Finding love online is forever increasing in popularity because it’s a great way to get out there and potentially meet your soul mate. Despite it’s benefits, there are definitely things that you need to be careful of. By following the Dos and Dante’s of online dating, you can ensure that you get the most out of this new venture in your life.


Join a legitimate site – The better the website you join, the more likely you are to have success with online dating. Look for reviews online and just generally do your research. This should help you in sorting the great online dating websites from the not so great. If it means paying a small fee to join up to a site with an amazing reputation, it’s definitely worth it!

Have an up-to date photo – Whether you want to admit it or not, we are all quite shallow when looking for love online. You click on the profiles that grab your attention purely based on the photo of that person. When adding your photo to your profile, make sure that it is flattering but up-to date. A little touch up here and there is fine but not to the point where you look like a completely different person!


Be open minded – There are so many different types of people out there so don’t be too restricted in the kind that you want to date. Variety is the spice of date and if a relationship hasn’t held strong in the past, perhaps it’s time to change your “type”. You should be able to separate the creeps from the genuine people pretty easily but apart from that, the world is your oyster.

Be short but precise – In the description of yourself on your profile, make sure that you describe your personality but don’t write an essay! Mention the things that you like doing and a BRIEF explanation of what you are looking for (and maybe not looking for!) The messages should soon come rolling in and then it’s time to take it from there based on who takes your fancy.


Get trapped into the “online” relationship – Let’s say you have been talking to somebody for a while and you really like them, don’t think of this as a pure online relationship. After a few weeks it’s definitely time to meet up and see if the connection is still there in the flesh. Make sure that your first meeting is in a public place and always let somebody know who you are meeting, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Date too far a field – When searching on the website, look for people who are within your zip code. Online dating is hard but long distance relationships are even harder. You should have lots of choice of people who live near you, especially if you have joined quite a busy website.


Online dating can be awesome but it can also be disastrous if it’s not done correctly. Following these simple yet effective dos and dont’s put together by the online dating experts from Erodate should help you get started in the game of finding love via a computer screen. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and make it happen!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Online Dating, Seekyt
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.