Sophie Watson, 25.07.2014

Online dating tips for women: 5 steps to success!

Online dating has created a brave new world for single women in search of love. Indeed, the functionality of the web gives singles the ability to look for a partner using specific criteria (and to screen those who don’t fit the bill) – which means that there is a very good chance of finding someone truly compatible online.

Little wonder then, that more and more Canadians are turning to the internet to find someone. In fact, nearly a quarter of Canadian singles were dating online at last count,1 a number that only looks set to increase.2 In other words, it makes sense to look for love on the web. To help our female members do just that, we created some online dating tips for women; guidelines to help make the most of the EliteSingles adventure (and, who knows, maybe the men can pick up a tip or two as well!)

5 of the best online dating tips for women

1.    Make that profile count.

You are fabulous. Funny, smart, educated, successful – but how can any potential dates know all that unless you are prepared to put yourself out there? A perfected profile might not be the easiest thing in the world to write but it is worth doing. It shows the world who you are and what you can offer. It may seem crude to think of dating in marketing terms, but there’s a simile here: your profile should be a bit like a window display. You are showcasing the best of yourself in order to pique the interest of someone equally wonderful.

Give it a go: Only half of Canadian singles would open a profile with no pictures - so be sure to complete your display with some great photos!3

2.    Authenticity goes a long way

One of the ways you can get the most success from your ‘window display’ is to be authentic in your online interactions. While some statistics seem to suggest that following a formula is the best to way to ramp up interest,3 this doesn’t really tell the whole story. Yes, taking photos a certain way or writing a certain type of profile may result in more messages, but if this projected persona doesn’t match the authentic you then the messages you receive won’t match either. Being honest in your interactions – answering the personality test carefully and using current photos – means that those who do get in touch will be interested in the real you. When it comes to messages from matches, quantity might be one thing, but quality is so much more rewarding.

Give it a go: The EliteSingles personality test is the foundation of our success. Learn more about taking it here.

3.    Know what you want

Being honest is important when relating with others online, but it is also important that you be honest with yourself. This is an opportunity to let ELITESINGLES help you to meet someone truly compatible, who really fulfils your desires – so it is important to clarify what those desires are. Indeed, some dating experts even suggest starting out your online journey by making a really precise wishlist,4 including everything from specific location to future plans. That way, when it comes time to fill in your profile details, or to look through potential matches, you will already have an idea in mind of what you think will work.

Give it a go: Still not sure what you are looking for? Learn about how we bring love to singles in Canada and get inspired!

4.    Confidence is attractive

It is a truism that confidence can be very attractive.5 One of the key online dating tips for women is to learn to embrace this, using that confidence to make a first move. If someone interesting sounding pops up as one of your suggestions then why not be the first to get in touch? After all, there’s a good chance they simply may not have seen your profile yet, so waiting on them could result in a missed opportunity. If you find someone intriguing, then there is no harm in reaching out and saying hello. If that sounds too daunting, then make sure to the most of our guided communication service – it is ideal if you don’t know where to start!

Give it a go: Need practice when it comes to asking men out? Read about out guided communication service - the ideal way to break the ice!

5.    Be kind to yourself

Even the most confident women know that looking for love is not always a social whirl. You can be armed with every online dating trick in the book and still experience a quiet patch or send a message that gets no reply. The thing is, these quiet patches happen to everyone. They are not a reflection of anyone’s worth. This is why it is so vital to be kind to yourself when online. Taking the time to remind yourself that you are in fact wonderful and that you are worthy of love is the best way to get your head back in the game – and you may just find that the appeal of a positive attitude6 is the quickest route to a succesful match.

Give it a go: In an EliteSingles members survey, Canadians voted negativity as the second biggest profile mistake someone can make. In other words, it pays to be positive!8

Internet romance may be a brave new world but it is one that is easy to navigate when armed with the right online dating tips. When you mix an eye-catching profile with an authentic, confident approach and a dash of kindness, you have a recipe that is bound to cook up success for many Canadian women. Exciting prospect, isn’t it?

The EliteSingles adventure starts here. Are you ready? Register today.

EliteSingles editorial, August 2014.

If you have any questions or comments about online dating please feel free to write them below or email us at editorial@elitesingles.ca 

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