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Choosing an Online Dating Service

Choosing the right service or services for your self can be very tricky. You need to be sure you know exactly what you want.

The high profile services provide a lot of bells and whistles like instant video messaging and then there are specialized services for Christians (or gays) or specific ethnic groups.

The service you choose will depend upon what is important to you. There are hundreds of Online Dating sites. It can leave your head spinning just thinking about it.

The bottom line of choosing a service is what is important to YOU. The larger and higher profile sites have more features but are mainly geared to dating personals in general. They have international memberships so if you are looking for someone in your immediate area, you could have a problem.

On the other hand, if you live on top of a hill a half block from the middle of nowhere like I do, you might find that some driving or even flying can't be ruled out in your quest for friends or lovers.

The whole point of the Internet is to erase borders and expand our horizons, isn't it?

The truth is that if the opposite sex in your area/state/ country won't give you the time of day, in another area/state/country you might be described as a babe or a hunk. It all depends on the point of view and we don't all see things or people the same way.

Perhaps you are looking for friends or more than friends that fit into a specific niche.

This is big business. You can find dating services that cater to every fetish you can think of, all ethnicities and even religion. There's no reason you can't find an Online Dating service that can help you to find the one person on earth that is the one for you.

They are looking for you, too. Right here on the Internet!

The Right Online Dating Service for You

The options for Online Dating sites can be confusing, to say the very least. There are so many to choose from and there is more every day. So choosing wisely is the all-important first step to a successful Online Dating experience.


The price varies widely between sites determined mostly by the extras they offer. So first determine how much money you want to commit. Most of the charges will range from $10 to $20 on monthly basis. You can take advantage of the free trial. Do you want a free trial before you buy? How long should that free trial be? Do you want a money back guarantee? Only you can decide these things.

Profile Criteria

How much information do you want to provide and how much information do you think you need to determine whether another person is someone you would like to know? Some sites want detailed profiles. Others do not. It's your call.

Matching Systems

This is offered on some sites now. They use physiological profiles to match people with others that seem compatible. Would that be a useful tool for you ?

Safety Features

While this feature varies for different sites, Some sites do background checks and determine such things as marital status and criminal history. Is that something that you feel is important? Background check was highly debated in Idate2006 Conference this year. A lot of companies putting this as their priorities.

Chat Rooms/Instant Messaging

This feature is common on several sites related to the dating niche. Would you pay extra for this or would you rather stick to email ?

Outside Events

Outside events such as speed dating is offered on some sites. Would you be at all interested in attending such events?

Search Capacity

Search Capacity varies widely between Online Dating sites. Some are limited to age; sex and geographical location while others have a virtual laundry list of requirements you can search for.

So you see, what a site offers is of the utmost importance for you to decide which one is right for you. Do your homework, choose which site's the best for you, and then get busy - looking for your love partner, of course!

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