- Online dating
- Speed dating
- Dating over 50
- Dating Direct
- Local dating
- Dating agencies
- Disabled dating
- Dating for parents
- Alternative dating
There are tonnes of dating websites out there so make sure you join the type of site that suits your needs. Are you after a long-term relationship, or maybe just a bit of fun, are you gay or lesbian, do you want to find someone of the same religion or are you looking for someone super-rich who'll sweep you off your feet? There are websites catering for all of those tastes (no really, even the golddigging one). So hunt around, or alternatively join up with several and cast your net wide.
Dating websites often have different levels of membership: the more you pay the more priority your profile is given in searches, the more features you get to use such as emailing, chatting etc. and basically the more chance you have of finding a date than if you pay the minimal fee.
Make sure you check your account regularly, if you're often online, other users will know that they have a good chance of catching you and that you'll be checking your messages promptly. Plus, your account will be given more priority in search listings the more you use it.
Finally, don't be shy! Online dating allows even the most retiring wallflower to be a confident, outgoing person. When you find a profile you like, make contact with them. That's why they're on the website, after all, and the worst thing that could happen is they might ignore you, which won't matter when you have all those other potential dates to talk to.
Have you had success with online dating? What tips can you offer to first-time users? Leave a comment and let us know.