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There are so many dating sites out there, hundreds if not thousands, how can you even begin to decide where to enroll and start your online dating experience?

You can just pick one at random, create a profile, and sit back and wait for the other members to beat a path to your email inbox. Who knows, you might get lucky and it might work out first time. But even a little bit of investigation beforehand could save lots of time and frustration!

The secret is to be ready. You probably would not go off to purchase a new car and start by trawling around dealerships at random, you’d already have an idea about what type of vehicle you want – how big, how fast, how much money you needed to spend, etc. Based on these criteria you’ll have a great idea of which car showrooms to visit to discover the appropriate type of vehicle for your individual needs. So the first question to ask yourself, is what do you want from a dating website? Sounds obvious – a date! But what type of date? Are you looking for a serious relationship possibly leading to marriage? Or are you after a casual partner and you’ll see where it leads? Or maybe you just want some uncomplicated fun. The fantastic news is that among the myriad of services available online, there’s something to cater to every requirement. Some sites will suit all tastes, but there are many that specialise, and the more specific you’re about what you would like, the better your odds of finding it.

Before taking a look at the sites on offer, consider how you will write your own personal profile. Jot down a paragraph or two about yourself, your interests, and your hopes for a partner. Then write a few words about what you’re searching for in a potential dating match. Doing this offline will help you structure in your own mind what type of date you’re seeking, and then once you go and look at some dating sites, you will easily be able to pick out those that offer the best chance of providing what you would like. The added benefit of course is that when it comes to filling in your profile online, you’ll be ready and wont be sat in front of your screen lost for words. Instead your profile will read in a really natural and honest manner.

I would always recommend choosing at least two sites to register with and put your profile on, after all, they are almost all free to start with – you only need decide if you would like to cover when and if someone of interest turns up and you wish to create contact.