Where to start your search for your Valentine date

With one eye on Valentine’s day, little over a week away, many people who’ve cast off their partner who sufficed over Christmas will very shortly be turning to their dating sites to find that special someone with whom they can spend the most romantic day of they year.

Heck, the run-up to February the 14th is one of the busiest times of the year for the online dating industry come what may. More people, desperate to find love online to be their Valentine take the bull by the horns and give this ‘dating online malarkey’ that everyone else is raving about a try for the very first time. This year is expected to be no different. With the economy showing no signs of improvement, the value of the cards and gifts is not going to be the deal breaker; it will be the sentiment of just having someone there who you can call your Valentine that will count for the most.

In anticipation of hundreds, nay thousands, of online dating newbies, we thought it prim and proper here at dating.org.uk to lend a hand to those who perhaps have never walked through the thousands of galleries of prospective partners awaiting them on dating sites the world over and help those new to Internet dating to find that special someone just in time for the big day.

So, without further ado, we’ll dedicate today’s dating site news in its entirety to those new to the concept of finding the perfect partner online with a top ten list of tips, guides and advice to ensure that you don’t leave disappointed after your first visit here.

Firstly, you have to be totally honest with yourself about what you’re looking for before you can boldly go where (millions of) newbies have gone before. Dating sites are different, catering for the plethora of possibilities that people want in a partner. Whether you’re a rock-chick looking for a metal-head so that you bike off into the sunset together or if you’re looking for a same-sex partner either out of curiosity or for a long term relationship or even if you just want someone for a quick fling and a bit of adult dating fun over the Valentine’s weekend there will be a dating site that caters for you. And there will be others that cater for love you didn’t even think could exist in any human form and will have you saying ‘No….’ if you’re unfortunate enough to stumble upon such a site/sight (take your pick), before you even start contemplating whether it’s legal, or not.

More up next about what dating sites there are out there and what to do when you ge there in: Okay – found a dating site. What next?

Dating – not like it used to be

Online dating – to some a mystery but to the millions of dating site members across the globe, a lifeline to the outside world.

It has proved a perfect platform for those who would be otherwise unsure when it comes to approaching new friends, as well as purely for the purpose of dating.

For those not used to using such a facility, there are many out there to choose from and they all provide something a little different.

Whether you’re a teenager taking the first tentative steps in the world of dating, a seasoned dater looking for your next conquest or one of the baby-boomers looking for the chance to go around again, there will be a whole host of dating sites for you.

Gone is the mystique surrounding these types of platforms. Whether you’re just using online dating for a bit of flirting or practising relationship building on the free dating sites or are willing to commit to 3- or 6-month sign-ups if you’re serious about finding your one true love ‘until death do us part’, you won’t be disappointed with the choices we’ve put together for you here at dating.org.uk.

It’s no wonder dating sites are gathering such huge client bases – there are the mainstream dating sites which match you based on an algorithmic function using personality traits that you enter into your dating site profile about yourself and the type of single you’re looking to start dating – or rather, think you are; many of us don’t know what our true match is until we start building relationships online.

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, there are sites for that, too. Many college girls, rather than get a job to see them through the last years in education become Sugar Babies and hook up with older, wealthy gentlemen who furnish them with gifts to see them through, often in return just for going out with them to lunch and functions as a trophy girlfriend, or other times a little bit more is expected in return – I’ll leave that to your imagination!

You can even get dating sites as an app, via which you can utilise your phone’s GPS system to get a date in your local vicinity once you’re out and about.

And for those who have a lot of money to spend and want to ensure they have the right level of service or work long hours and just don’t have the time to date, there are the high-end dating sites which, after a one-to-one assessment, can take all the hassle out of dating for you and organise an initial introduction – after coaching you – before you get to take that special someone out for the first time.

Yes, the way we’re dating is changing, of that make no mistake; check out our dating sites, to see which type is right for you. Happy hunting!

We all have to start somewhere

Online dating – wow! Where do you start with so much choice? Thousands of dating sites, millions of potential partners…
…if this is your first time checking out the myriad singles looking for love online, you may just need a few pointers to help you get started.

Here on dating.org.uk, we aim to bring you the best dating sites, the freshest news and the handiest of advice, for newbies and seasoned online daters, alike.

As we’ve just launched our site proper, here are a few pointers for those who are new to us and, more importantly, new to online dating.

Get the balance right in your profile

As you peruse the ocean of dating sites, a few will glisten on the surface and tempt you to sign up. There is no telling at this stage which ones they’ll be – different singles want different results from their online dating experience.

Believe me, there are dating sites for just about every love-story, every type of relationship and even any fetish you can think of without losing your sanity – there is a home on the Internet for it all.

Whichever sites attract you, whether they’re forum-based sites, comparison sites (yep – they’re not just for insurance) or matchmaking sites, i.e. taking your details and using scientific algorithms to match your personality with a similar match, they’ll have one thing in common: they’ll all promise you ‘Love at first site’.

Before you sign up to any one dating site, take a look at a few of the different types available, if for no other reason than to see what members are writing about themselves.

Yes, you will want to weigh up the calibre of other singles looking for love online, whom you may pencil in as potential partners (or bookmark) but more importantly to check out the way they are filling out their dating site profiles.

What you will soon learn about dating sites the world over, especially the free dating sites, is that they will position their ‘most viewed’ member profiles on their landing page – the first page that you see when you click through a link for the first time. All dating sites need success stories – those at the top of the industry have based entire marketing campaigns around their matchmaking prowess – therefore see the quickest way to get people together is highlight its members that are attracting the most interest.

A well written profile is as important as the photograph you choose (more on that, later). By ‘well written’, I don’t mean contrived. If it is too polished, it will not read right to other, more seasoned dating site members and may get passed over.

The single best advice is to answer all questions posed when filling in your dating profile – if you don’t answer them all, others may think you have something to hide – as honestly as possible without over-thinking your answer, always with the goal of finding your perfect partner online at the forefront of your mind.

Next up, Patience is a virtue – and a prerequisite (11/01/03).