Online dating can be the most successful way to meet a new partner but with so many dating sites out there, how do you decide which one is right for you? Getting this decision right will hopefully make your online dating experience a positive one and not a waste of valuable time and money.
First, let’s see what types of sites are out there and what people they are suited to.
Online dating sites vary in quality and popularity greatly. Membership numbers also vary massively from site to site. There is little use being on a site with only a handful of other members. The chances of finding love on a site like this are slim.
Costs also vary considerably from free sites to quite expensive paid sites. Should you pay or are free sites just as good?
Free sites can be good, they can also be horribly bad. Many operators of free sites need to cover the costs of running a site either by showing a lot of ads or by selling on members profile details and photos. Poor site performance and excessive downtime can also be a problem with free sites. There is nothing more frustrating than receiving an email saying you have a new message and being unable to log in and read it or respond. The demographic of free site users is usually younger singles, often students who use them as a hook up site rather than a way to meet a long term partner.
Paid dating sites like justsaygday.com often have members who are more serious about finding someone special
To make a decision on the type of dating site that’s right for you, you need to look at your expectations. If you are simply looking to meet as many people as possible (cast you net wide) then a large, well known site like Match.com is an obvious choice. With a database of millions of members and a reputation for good customer support, you can’t go far wrong. If you are on a limited budget, there are some good free sites out there but be prepared to ignore a lot of time wasters. If you are more particular about the type of personal you want to meet, why not consider a more niche dating site?
These days there are sites for just about anyone. Dating sites for overweight people, redheads or disabled people are common. If you know exactly the type of person you want to meet, maybe this is the route to take. A good example of a popular niche dating site would be a site catering for singles of a particular religion. Religion is quite an important part of many people’s lives and finding someone who shares the same beliefs and values as you is important to many. Christian dating websites are the third most visited websites in The US after general dating and mature dating sites which shows just how popular some sites have become.
The decision is really down to you. Take a step back before you decide on the site you want to enrol with and consider your goals. If you still can’t decide. Make a shortlist and check out some online review sites to see what other people think of them. Most dating sites these days offer a free trial period so you can ‘try before you buy’. Take advantage of these offers where possible and see which sites fell right for you.
The most important part of deciding what dating site to go with is a site which you feel comfortable using and enjoy using. Dating should be fun not a chore. Whatever your decision, we wish you all the luck finding your sole mate online.