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September 14, 2008

How Online Dating Works

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Written by: Anna Karimo
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Online dating. You’ve heard people talking about it. You’ve probably even seen advertisements for it on television. But for some reason, you haven’t yet given online dating a try.

The reasons could be many – perhaps you’re a bit nervous. Perhaps you don’t know a lot about computers and the Internet. Or perhaps you’ll think less of yourself if you try and find companionship using technology rather than the old-fashioned way.

These concerns are understandable, but when you consider that millions of men and women are meeting online every day, you’ve got to think that maybe online dating doesn’t deserve the bad rap you’ve given it.

The way online dating works is really simple. To meet someone, you first need a way to connect to the Internet. You’re better off using a home computer than a work computer, which could be monitored. If you don’t own a computer, most public libraries offer free use of computers to access the Internet.

Once you’re online, you need to find a suitable online dating website. Don’t let the word suitable scare you off. As you’ll see once you get into online dating, there are lots of different dating sites that cater to different groups or lifestyles. You’ll find sites for seniors, Christians, gays and lesbians, plain old heterosexual, and plenty more.

Most of the online dating sites are subscription-based, meaning that you’ll have to join before you’ll be able to participate. Typically, it will cost money to join, but on some online dating websites, membership is free. And you can occasionally get a free trial period to try out a dating website.

The process of joining usually doesn’t involve much more than agreeing to the online dating site’s terms and conditions and paying the fee, if applicable. Once you’re a member, the next thing you’ll need to do is create a profile and a headline. Your profile is what other members are going to read to decide whether they want to contact you for additional info.

An effective profile not only describes you, it also talks about the qualities you’re looking for in someone else. Make it unique and be sure to proofread it before posting so you’re certain that it really says what you want it to. If the site allows members to attach photos to profiles, you’ll have to decide if this is something you’ll want to do. Ads with photos do get more responses than without. If you decide to post a photo, just follow the instructions to attach it to your profile.

And then, once your profile is posted, you can sit back and wait for others to start corresponding or you can start checking out profiles of other members. If you find someone who sounds interesting, you can initiate the conversation. Besides corresponding via email and the ability to sort, save or delete your messages, online dating sites usually offer other activities you can participate in.

Some sites offer “live” conversations via an online message board, where you chat with someone in real time via a typed conversation. And some sites host special events. Check both out and see whether those are activities you want to participate in. Online dating websites offer two really nice features. First, they’re all open ‘round the clock so you can look for a date when it’s convenient for you. And second, new members join all the time so there will always be someone new to check out!

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About the Author

Anna Karimo
Anna Karimo is the founder and CEO of Nouveau Dating. She is an international leading Dating Expert who has invented dozens of amazing products in the dating and relationship field.

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