Online dating services are big business, pulling in over 3 million members on over 1000 online dating websites through out the internet. Over 17 million hits were recorded in 2002, with 15,000 new users logging on each day. But after spending your evenings surfing these sites and in chat rooms, how do you know if the site you’ve chosen is a reputable site where you can find a real mate?
There are over 100 free online dating services, which can attract people who aren’t committed to being a site member and following through with the rules that the site set up. A good rule of thumb is that reputable online dating sites will charge you monthly for becoming a member. This isn’t necessarily true of all dating services online, but it’s a good idea to keep in mind. Online dating personals that consist mostly of chat rooms and instant messages can be a wary place to be as well. (Pay attention to the screen names these people chose!)
Take a good look at pictures sent from online dating services. Look for things in the background which could mean the sender is being deceptive, (like a picture of him leaning on a Rolls Royce with a dealership flyer in the background…) and choose a site that asks for your zip code which verifies that there are actually people in your area registered with their site. Also, choose a site with a detailed profile; it will be well worth your time because it will be used to narrow down the response list.
Another online dating tip for choosing the best sites, go with a popular one, even if it means higher membership rates. Popular online dating websites are already proven websites, and for the money, why not go with a site that is already successful?