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3 golden rules to remember when finding love on dating sites

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3 golden rules to remember when finding love on dating sites

Joining a dating site has become the norm for millions trying to find love. We’re not surprised as it’s a simple way to find your ideal date. But, as with all aspects of dating, there are certain guidelines to follow that’ll improve your chances of getting a date. We’ve got the 3 most important rules for you to remember when dating online.

1. Don’t babble on a dating site

Your dating site profile description is basically a ‘hello’ to the online world. We definitely advise to have a description of some sort but there’s no need for your entire life story. It is best to keep it short and write about a few key things, for example your interests, hobbies and what you’re looking for in a date. There’s no need to include your CV and tell the world which primary school you went to. Short and snappy facts will make you stand out from the other 1,000s of singles. If you need some help, read how to sell yourself on a dating site.

Discussing your profile description leads on to another critical point when it comes to using dating websites – tell the truth. We would go as far as saying this is the most important rule to follow. You don’t want to get caught in a web of lies, particularly when you’re trying to impress someone. It’s one of the worst traits when it comes to online dating and in everyday life, stick to the plain truth and you’ll be on the right track.

2. Use current photos

It’s tempting to scroll through Facebook to find a profile photo, but this method can sometimes lead to a journey back in time where you finally find that perfect shot from 2010. Stop! Your profile photo should be a true representation of your current self. If you’re struggling to find a photo then, dare we say it, why not take a selfie? Give your biggest smile and voila, you’ll be done in 5 seconds. After all, you want to keep up your potential dates expectations when you arrive for a date. Don’t just think about your profile picture, you’re able to upload more images which gives a greater chance of being contacted. See our guide on how to choose the perfect profile picture.

3. Actually use the dating site!

Ever said “dating sites aren’t working for me” before? But have you actually put in the effort to make it work? You may have your profile set up, but that doesn’t mean that dates are going to start lining up automatically. Both online and traditional dating require some form of work – as unfortunately Prince Charming isn’t going to fall on your doorstep. Take a look at other singles, send them a wink or write them a message to get the conversation started. But, be sure not to treat spending time on dating sites as a ‘job’, dating should be fun and something you look forward to. If you need a hand in getting the most out of your dating website, read how to get the most of a dating site. Now, go back and reply to that message…

For more dating advice, head to our dating guide, it’s packed full of helpful dating tips.