Online Dating Site Advice & Reviews

by Professional Matchmaker, Elizabeth Cobey-Piper

The Truth About Online Dating is:  Matchmaking is not the same as Online Dating and NOT ALL DATING SITES ARE THE SAME! As Professional Matchmakers and Dating Coaches we work personally with people, one on one to help them find that special someone in their life. Online Dating is overall a self service business, but that’s not to say Online Dating doesn’t have its place and can be a great dating tool if used wisely. We have helped hundreds of clients with all areas of dating and relationships including, being an effective Online Dater.

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Our Advice

Get Noticed. Exposure, Exposure, Exposure. You can dramatically increase your odds of finding someone by having your profile on more than one dating site. The reviews above are great choices for your primary dating service. On the right we have listed some good secondary sites to check out. >>> 

Good Photos. Having a good photo is the most important factor in your online dating success. We highly recommend having your pictures professionally taken, it will set you apart from other profiles. If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area we have a great photographer you can hire. 

Well Written Profile. The second most important factor is a well written profile. Try to concisely express who you are and what you want. Don’t write a novel, try to keep it short and to the point but not too short, that would appear like you don’t care. You can hire our coaches to help you write a good profile.

Get a Coach. Consider getting a dating coach, it can dramatically increase your success with online dating. Coaches can help you in writing your profile, which pictures to use and overall support in a process that can be at times be hard. We have some great coaches that are available by phone no matter where you live. Contact them now and get the support you need.

Guard your identity. Until you know you can trust the person you are e-mailing and then dating, do not make your personal information available to him/her.

Take it slowly. Online correspondence creates a feeling of intimacy very quickly. You may feel like you know someone or can trust them too soon.

People don’t always tell the truth. Just because it is in his/her profile does not mean it is the truth. The same is true for the pictures he/she has posted. Keep alert for inconsistencies. It's a good idea these days to do a background check before you start getting serious in a relationship. Records Access is a site where you can do almost any type of background check at a reasonable price.

Always meet in a public place. Until you know more about your new friend and are sure you can trust him/her only meet in a busy public place.

Tell a friend details. Make sure a friend knows when you are going on a date with someone new.

Listen to your instincts. If at any point when corresponding or dating someone new you feel pressured, decieved, uncomfortable or in danger, get out!

Have Fun. Even though you need to be careful with online dating don't forget to have fun. Try not to be only focused on the end result, if you have fun along the way dating can be alot more enjoyable.

 Online Dating Site Reviews

Match.com

Match.com is beyond doubt an industry leader in Online Dating. They are a leader in marketing, functionality and innovation. They have a cool, in style type of advertising that tends to attract higher quality people. Their site is simple to use yet advanced with lots of great features to explore. Our clients find it easy to navigate and your searches can be customized, which improves quickness and accuracy in finding a match. Their profiles allow for several photos, important stats on members and plenty of ways to express your individualism. Their “My Match” section, keeps your online flirting very organized, which is a real plus. One of the most important benefits of their format is that you can search their database before you pay any fees. They seem to always be inventing new ways to help you find someone. 

eHarmony

eHarmony is another top contender in online dating. I’m sure you’ve seen their commercials, they are big TV advertiser. eHarmony's approach is very different from other online dating sites. They were one of the first to delve deep into the aspect of compatibility. They have an extensive questionnaire, over 400 questions that are used to create their 29 points of compatibility. eHarmony, for our clients has been a love it or hate it process. They like idea of many points of compatibility but not when that filtering process yields too few choices. One of the positives about the eHarmony is that it takes a real commitment by someone to go through their process. Filling out the personality test along with their communication steps tends to weed out people who aren't serious about meeting someone. Many people feel that eHarmony is geared toward Christian singles; however the company does not say that. Some clients have expressed that they would like the option of being able to search the database themselves. Also, they would rather see photos upfront instead of the later, after investing time in correspondence. Try it out for FREE