Sophie Watson, 28.07.2014

Online dating tips for men: Five ideas that work

It shouldn’t be a big surprise that online dating is becoming an increasingly popular way for Canadian men to find love. After all, it provides a means to discover someone really like-minded: a person with whom you can experience true compatibility.

In fact, the most recent statistics show that a quarter of Canadian singles are turning to the web to find a partner1 – that’s a lot of opportunity!

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The five best tips for succesful online dating

Of course, the increased popularity of internet romance means that simply logging in to a dating site is not going to be enough to make you stand out to promising matches. Really succeeding in this area requires the right attitude and the right approach. With that in mind, EliteSingles created a list of online dating tips for men, carefully selected to help smooth the road to love.

1.    Put your best foot forward

EliteSingles interactions begin with someone being introduced to your profile so it makes sense to present yourself in the best possible light. Luckily, the best way to create a good impression is pretty easy. Forget wealth and good looks – one of the most alluring qualities a person can have is a positive attitude.2 Perhaps this is because happiness is catching. If your profile seems positive then you are already well on your way to having it be viewed with positivity in turn.

Read more: Want to know what it is that women really want in a man? A study of 200,000 people revealed the truth...

2.    Honesty can get you further

Of course, it is one thing to just get profile views and replies to your messages. It’s another thing all together to get views and replies from the kind of people you have genuine compatibility with. To really get the most out of the EliteSingles matchmaking process make sure that you take the time to fill in the personality test carefully and – crucially – make sure to fill in your profile honestly. It can be tempting to fib about height or hair thickness, but here’s the thing: you’re bound to get found out eventually. This isn't to stay you shouldn't put your best self on display. It's more that your best self should still be recognisably you. After all, if you start a relationship based on a pretence, you don’t give the other person a chance to fall for the real you.

Read more: 81% of Canadians would disapprove of someone if they arrived for a date looking different to the impression given in a profile!3This means that, if you want to impress, honesty really is your best policy.

3.    Be original

The truly great thing about focusing on presenting yourself honestly is that it forces you to put out personalised, unique content. And you definitely want to be unique! The reason why this is such a vital online dating tip for men is, unfortunately, a little gender biased. Even today, men still seem to initiate most first contacts. Women online therefore receive more messages than men – a lot more.4 In order to make an impression then, a man needs to be original. The best way to do this? Be your unique, wonderful self. 

Read more: Stuck for inspiration? Try our guided communication tools and get the ball rolling!

4.    Ask for advice!

To be perfectly honest, this could just as easily be an online dating tip for women. Indeed, no matter who you are, it can often be a good idea to ask for second opinion when starting internet dating. A trusted friend is the ideal ally to help you take current photos and to reassure you when it comes time to list your attributes (a task that can often be a little difficult to do for oneself). It can even be a good idea to get them to cast an editorial eye over what you’ve written – after all, profiles with correct spelling have been shown to be the most popular! 5

Read more: Relationship Coach Sam Owen offers some expert insight on how to perfect your profile

5.    Resilience is key

Online dating can be a lot of fun. However, even the most charismatic singles will occasionally experience a dry spell. No matter how many dating tips you master there is a chance you will encounter someone who doesn’t write back or who doesn’t wish to take things further. In such a situation it is vital to be resilient, to remember that, in all probability, it is not about you. Perhaps they have very recently met someone and are yet to remove their profile. Perhaps it is just a matter of not being on the same wavelength. You could get bogged down in the perhaps of it all but, if you are serious about finding someone really compatible, being patient and resilient is the key to success. 6

Read more: Looking for long-term love? Here's why a targeted, patient approach might be your best bet to find a match.

Finding love can be a mixture of perseverance and luck. However, with the right online dating tips, men can give that luck a boost in the right direction. By crafting an engaging, honest and unique profile and by reaching out with a positive attitude, the chances of meeting someone compatible greatly increase. If you want to find an interesting Canadian woman then the path is simple. Begin by demonstrating that you are an interesting Canadian man. Like attracts like after all!

Ready to join the online dating adventure? Join EliteSingles today.

EliteSingles editorial, August 2014. 

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