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Online Dating Basics

It All Starts with your Profile

The heart of any dating site is the user profile. These may be simple and photo-oriented like you’d find on Tinder or Bumble. Or they could be in-depth profiles based on quizzes and personality tests like those at OkCupid or eHarmony. Either way, if your profile isn’t presenting your best self, instantly, you’re not going to get the most out of your online dating experience.

We’ve collected some tips and techniques for you to follow in creating a successful profile. We’ll also be offering guides for you to use when setting yourself up on the site of your choice. There are differences between each site. You may be more comfortable with some approaches than others, and if you’re comfortable you’ll be more successful.

We also cover some of the other key things you should know when getting started with Online Dating, like common site features, must-haves from a dating app, securing your privacy, and so on.

In addition to the suggestions we make here, it’s a good idea for you to check out what other users say about the dating site you’re considering before signing up. Check out their reviews here.

“A good first impression can work wonders.”
J.K. Rowling • Quote of the Day
“First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes.”
Elliott Abrams • Quote of the Day

“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky • Quote of the Day

Online Dating Basics

From Choosing a Site & Account Basics to Your Profile