10 Online Dating Tips For Singles

Today online dating is one of the most popular ways to meet other singles who share your interests. Yet, if you’re new to the world of internet dating, it can feel difficult knowing where to start. With this in mind, here are 10 easy tips to keep in mind for any singles who are considering online dating.

1. Make sure you’re ready

It’s important to always think about whether you’re really ready to meet someone new and accept them into your life.

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2. Find the right site for you

There’s a whole range of dating sites available, which cater to people’s different needs and interests. This could include people looking for purely physical interaction, or people in search of companionship. The most popular type is for people searching for compatible singles who share their interests, such as www.eharmony.com.au.

3. Take it at your own pace

Online dating allows you to take the dating process at a speed you feel comfortable with. So take it slow and enjoy the ride.

4. Focus on the positives

 When writing your profile, be sure to avoid negative anecdotes, such as bad relationship experiences or heartbreak. Instead, focus on the things that make you happy. This will help ensure you find the best person to share them with.

5. Choose a current picture

Everyone wants to find a picture that shows off their best angle. However, if the photo is outdated then the only person you’re fooling in the long run is yourself.

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6. Don’t accessorise

Think about what you choose to include in your display picture, as it’s your only chance to make a good first impression. Avoid wearing sunglasses, and be careful not to include any embarrassing items in the background.

7. Embrace social media
Thanks to social media, today there are plenty of easy ways to interact with people online. Online dating sites also have social media pages, such as eHarmony AU Facebook, which offers you another excellent place to get to know compatible singles better.

8. Use the communication techniques available to you

Different social media sites offer different methods of breaking the ice. Make the most of these as they are designed to keep the online dating experience as user friendly as possible.

9. Be safe online

Online dating is a safe process, but there are some small adjustments you can make to ensure it’s as risk free as possible. Never give out sensitive information to someone online, such as your bank details, home address or mobile phone number. Always trust your gut instinct and, if a site doesn’t feel reputable, opt for a more reliable choice.

Be sure to also find a site that respects and caters for the sort of person you’re trying to find. eHarmony specialises in finding love for all sorts of personalities and lifestyles, whether you’re looking for Christian singles, Asian singles or sporty singles.

10. Be safe in person

If you’ve decided it’s time to take the dating process out of the virtual world and into reality, there are a few simple safety precautions you should take. Always meet for the first time in a familiar location, avoid drinking too much and be sure to tell a friend or family member where you’re going and when you get home safely.

About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. Great tips – especially the one about the current picture. Too many people use old ones and misrepresent themselves, which never ends well.

  2. Nice Pepper – I ‘ve done the internet dating thing – it’s possibly the easiest way to meet other single fellas – I hope you are having some fun!! x

  3. Excellent post. I’d also add that you want to be very detailed in your profile. And,only headshots in pictures, and no pictures with another person of the opposite gender in the picture that you upload.

  4. Nice tips sis pepper! Super agree with number 2! Met my hubby through an online catholic dating site =)

  5. I know quite a few people who have been lucky enough to find love over the internet, and thank God that it worked out for them. Great tips for people who want to find love using the internet. :)

    Is there anything you can’t do online these days? :P

  6. I personally don’t like like the idea of online dating. It poses a whole lot of danger. Not to mention all the unreal persona you are bound to come across.

  7. Mich of Mich Eats and Shops says

    I met my boyfriend through skype and and I’m so glad I found him. Admittedly, I didn’t use an online dating service but still, I’m so thankful for the internet :)

  8. This reminds me of my single years,eight years ago .As an OFW, I usually in the internet chatting and dating. It is fun but like you mentioned above there are lots of thing to consider.

  9. Dating is fun as long as everyone knows their limit.

  10. ah dating…. been there, done those… but eventually gave up coz I realized it’s not for me.. though there’s nothing wrong with it. I was just the type who wanted the conventional way of dating :) Thanks sis!

  11. I actually met my hubby online! ; )


  12. Before you go on a date.First of all,you should be true to yourself.No pretensions just be yourself.

  13. I have friends who are now happily married because of online dating. They met their husbands online. :)

  14. I know some people who have met online and ended up married (happily so)! On the flip side, I think a good thing to remember though, is the online persona can be different than the real person, and if you feel those red flags in person, listen to them. Sometimes its hard to do that because you want the person to be the online persona they have presented (and its easy to get caught up in the euphoria of finding someone you actually enjoy, but your gut instinct is usually spot on.

    Your list is a good one, Pepper. :)

    • Right, Rosey. You always have to trust your gut. It’s a tough dating world out there. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

  15. Even finding a date has come a long way with the advent of the internet. :)

  16. Thanks to the worldwide web, I can still see and talk to my husband even if he’s a thousand miles away. I’d go nuts otherwise! :)

  17. I like your 4 and 5. I can’t decide if this is tougher or easier than meeting someone out and about or at a bar, like we used to do??

    • Why can’t dating ever be easy, I wonder… I guess sometimes it’s tougher, sometimes it’s easier. A little stroke of luck is also in play here, maybe :)

  18. i so agree to all of the above. great tips right there. just make sure that you know what you are getting into and be responsible.

  19. Online dating has provided a way for busy singles to interact with the opposite gender before they actually consider actually dating in real life. There are many positive stories but like in all things, there are some negative aspects to it so people just have to be careful in choosing the right site and the right people.

  20. Jessica Cassidy says

    Those are helpful tips :-) I know that you can find love through online. Make sure that you know the person before meeting in person :-) I am lucky I found my husband online and been married for ten years now :-)

  21. Great tips for people who are still out there in the market available and in search for that special someone. :) And always be yourself and relax, which I know it is not easy to relax when you feel nervous about meeting someone for the first time. LOL! :P

  22. Great tips and one thing I can add if you are dating online is to be aware and responsible. Do not be gullible.

  23. very nice tips! I will tell my single friends about this :)

  24. These are all great tips. I so agree with numbers 1 and 5. I’ve tried online dating before it is really disappointing to see a different person on webcam when you are expecting someone you see on the dating site’s profile picture.

  25. can I add, know your angle? I mean you don’t have to go to the salon for your photos, just know what’s your best angle in photos and use it as your profile pic :)

  26. My husband’s former office mate found her partner in life through a dating website. She’s now living a comfortable and happy life in another country. I guess she chose the right website.

  27. My sister is into online dating but she has yet to find her mr. right….I wish she finds him soon.

  28. The husband and I met online and here we are, 13 years after and still madly in love with each other! :)

  29. I think dating online is also exciting. Those are brief helpful tips. My friend tried dating online and she was able to meet a good guy.

  30. great tips .. very helpful for those who love online dating

  31. Kaye Figuracion says

    I have heard so many things about dating online. Some even find their spouses on social networking sites.

  32. Relationships should be carried out by two parties in order to
    be truly successful. Dating is only part of taking care of relationships.
    5 Thumbs up for the nice article.


  33. Some may not be convinced but online dating really happens and ends or goes with happy stories!

  34. lamia alansari says

    have a look at this singles dating site.

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