Diving Into The Online Dating Pool

Written by C Raymond Merrick

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I would suggest you only buy into a one month membership with any new dating service you join. If you decide you like it, then extend your membership. If you don't likerepparttar service, you've cut your loses, and avoidedrepparttar 148972 hassles of requesting a refund, or canceling billing.

Tight Budget Dating Tip: Most free dating sites have low activity, and member activity is what makes personals and dating sites tick.

Solution: Join 3, 4 or more free dating sites. If you find that their combined activity serves your needs... you're good to go. If not, you'll have gained a good familiarity with online dating, and a better understanding of what you want, when and if you decide to plunk down some bucks for a paid membership.

Telling Your Pool-Side Story

Now write your story (aka: member profile). No great detail, just write like you're writing torepparttar 148973 man or woman you seek.

Write a little about you. State one or more of your unique qualities. Write a little aboutrepparttar 148974 person you're seeking.

You'll save some time if you write and save all your profile data to a text editor or word processor file. Then, you can COPY and PASTE it torepparttar 148975 proper area of your online dating profile.

As things change, and as you grow, you will want to update and modify your profile statements.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

You will generally get 3 to 10 times better response with a posted photo than without. People don't generally dwell too long on profiles with no photos... so takerepparttar 148976 hint.

If you don't have a digital camera, web cam or scanner, take a few photos and a diskette to your local OfficeDepot, Staple or office supply store. They should be able to scan you photos to diskette. Then you can easily add one or more to your dating site profile. You could also ask friends and relatives who own a digital camera or scanner.

Digital cameras, web cams, and scanners are very inexpensive these days. Check eBay for some ofrepparttar 148977 best deals.

Stay Focused and On-Track

You may want to start a journal, (on paper, or in a text file) to log your "love search" progress. Make notes of URL links of sites you liked, new member specials, monthly fees, member benefits and services, restrictions, etc.

When I first started, I also wrote out a statement describing what I wanted to accomplish by joining a dating site. You may want to dorepparttar 148978 same. These statements, and a journal will help keep you focused and organized. Organized endeavors always yield greater results than haphazard approaches.

Date-Safe Policies

This is actually part ofrepparttar 148979 title of an upcoming article, but I mention it here to stress use of common sense, safety and caution when dealing with ANY dating situation - on or offline.

Now... jump in your skivvies and takerepparttar 148980 dive!

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Ebay, How I nearly got tricked out of 170

Written by Stephen Hill

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Next morning have a guess what arrived, yes nothing at all, norrepparttar next day, norrepparttar 148849 next.

I tried e-mailing him, texting and ringing his mobile phone, guess what, there was no reply.

I realised what a fool I had been, however decided to go torepparttar 148850 police. They were very helpful and half an hour later I had a crime number however was warned that it was very unlikely I would ever see a phone or recieve a refund of my money which was 170.

Outsiderepparttar 148851 police station I sent Tony a text withrepparttar 148852 police crime number. To my shock he phoned me straight away swearing at me but eventually agreed to refund merepparttar 148853 money, if I stoppedrepparttar 148854 police action against him.

I was very lucky, I am sure many other people asrepparttar 148855 police stated, never get their money back.

Stephen Hill


Stephen Hill has a couple of websites at http://www.gain-confidence.co.uk and http://www.lasik-laser-surgery.co.uk.

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