Find A Dating Site Just Right For You

by Jason Tudor

Online dating has quickly become one of the most popular ways to find that special someone, but there’s no doubt that many of you just hitting the scene for the first time are a little freaked out by how complicated it seems. It’s not just that there are a lot of dating sites… each site is different from each other with its own particular strengths.

For example, the sites that are biggest in terms of membership often have the most special features that you could use as part of the experience. Lavalife, for one, not only boasts separate categories in which to search such as dating, relationship, and alternative, but has a fancy chat room, member videos, blogs, and a section for well-written articles on both off- and on-line dating.

Smaller sites may not have all these features, but one way in which they compensate is by appealing to particular groups. Christian Mingle is aimed at those of the Christian faith, SeniorFriendFinder at single seniors, AdultFriendFinder at those looking for "naughty" adventures, and Canadian Personals at presumably toque-wearing hockey fans. By going to these online dating sites instead of the bigger ones you make your search that much quicker and easier!

Maybe cost is your biggest concern, especially if you’re new to the game and are worried about making a big initial investment. The first thing to note is that most sites have deals for new members, which is great in that sometimes they’ll offer "trial" memberships but tricky because said deals change all the time. The second thing is that the size of a site seems to have little effect on how expensive it is… sites as huge as Match.com and as smallish (if 2,000,000 members is "small") as Date.com have really good pricing, especially if you take advantage of their yearly rates!

Then there’s those of you that want to express your individuality through your profile. Here you’re looking at finding a site with extensive, creative profile-making capabilities. Look at PerfectMatch for example… not only are its profiles chock-full of great little ways to talk about yourself in fun ways (see categories like "things about me you’ll need to like or tolerate") but there’s an extensive personality test that uses a complex formula to tell you something about yourself and your potential mate.

Another option out there is to use a relationship service such as eHarmony. No need to search through endless profiles to find a compatible match, instead the service uses the information you entered into your own profile to find you matches based on features of compatibility, then emails you the results.  Simple and easy - great for those that don't have time to go online and search for themselves.

Well, hopefully that wasn’t too confusing in itself. The biggest thing to do when choosing an online dating site that’s right for you is to take your time and look around. After all, what’s the rush? Just because your internet is high-speed doesn’t mean your decision-making has to be.

If you want to find out more about any of the dating services we talked about, check out the Dating Service Reviews, here on DateSeeker.

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