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Online Dating Tips for the Newly Single

So you’re newly single and back on the market. For some that is an exciting prospect, but for others it can be a little daunting. Getting back into the dating scene is challenging, especially if the last time you went on a hot date was pre-Facebook, when you weren’t expected to leave a status update on whether your date ordered a latte or a cappuccino.

If online dating is new to you, check out these 3 tips to rid any fear of the unknown you might have and embrace dating as an adventure instead.

Find the Right Site for You

With all the available options for dating sites out there, it pays to take a bit of time to find the best one for you. From astrologically inclined vegan hipsters to the slightly more conservative, or even religious, there’s simply something for everyone, so do your research and you’ll soon find your sweet spot….or two.

There are plenty of free sites out there if you’re just looking to get your feet wet. They’re great if you like to swipe right or want to practice your profile writing skills. Remember, you can always switch it up if you aren’t getting the right matches for you.

Craft a Compelling Profile

You won’t get very far without a profile of yourself, but don’t worry, you don’t have to write out your whole life story. In fact, keeping it brief is to your advantage. Too much information can kill the mystery that is attractive. Like the old showbiz saying goes, always leave them wanting more!

So include some of your interests, your values and what you’re looking for in a relationship. And needless to say, never lie….especially about your age.

Essentially, you want to give people a reason to reach out and contact you. If your profile is too generic and vague, you make it harder to find a great icebreaker, and your inbox is either going to be empty or full of a lot of bland “hi” messages. If you do aerial yoga or recently went ziplining in the jungle, this is a great place to mention it.

Choosing Your Photos

As I said, you won’t get much attention without a profile, but you’ll get even less without a photo. Like almost zero. But that makes sense right? You have to at least pass the physical attraction test for any romance to start, so consider investing in some pro photos.

You want at least four shots. One of you in some finery and other casual shots of you engaged in the activities you like, or with your best friend Fido.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so make sure yours is saying you’re fun and not crazy. Well, not too crazy. ūüôā

Now Get Out There!

Those are the basics you’ll need to kick-start your new online dating life. The right site, a compelling profile, and a pretty picture.

And here’s a bonus tip: Send messages! You’re not going to find your match by swiping, liking and winking. You have to make actual contact. And remember, dating is meant to be fun, so relax and enjoy the ride!