I never really felt comfortable telling my closet friends that I was interested in giving online dating a shot. I was under the impression that they would frown upon my idea that true-love could be found on the web or through teasing a guy with text messages. However, things have changed dramatically over the years.

The most popular online dating sites have thousands of members. It’s reasonable to say that online dating sites are helping women meet the man of their dreams.

In my honest opinion, I believe online dating offers many significant advantages that women cannot afford to ignore. In my case, I met a wonderful man online three years ago. We’re still together, and we have a solid relationship.

What’s the secret to online dating? I found out that your attitude and approach determine your success.

I want to share eight essential online dating tips for women. They’re based on my personal experience. If you use them wisely, you will have success with meeting eligible bachelors online.

1. Believe in Yourself

Having confidence is the key to meeting new people. Please keep in mind that you’re not the only one auditioning for a new friendship or relationship. So, don’t be too nervous. I’m pretty sure you’ll do find on the first date.

2. Take Your Time

There’s an old saying, “Rome was not built in a day.” How does this apply to online dating? It’s important for you to take your time. This approach will help you access new people, and determine if you would like to take things further.

3. Don’t Drag Things Out

I was accustomed to letting guys send me dozens of text messages before committing to a date. This seemed like a good idea at the time. However, I later learned that I it’s better to keep things simple.

I started sending shorter messages to my prospects, and I persuaded them to do the same. Dragging things out didn’t help matters. I felt it was better for us to get to the point.

Expressing your thoughts and feelings in short messages will keep everything in perspective. If I wanted to set-up a date, I would express my intention within two to three sentences. There was no need for me to send a text with several paragraphs.

It’s also imperative to mention that you should never feel sorry for your prospects. Don’t waste your time on someone who doesn’t meet your standards. He may be a nice guy, but this doesn’t mean he’s right for you.

4. Avoid Using a Deceptive Profile

So many single women make the big mistake of using deceptive profiles on online dating sites. This can lead to disaster.

For example, you should not state you don’t have children if you’re a mother. Being honest is the best way of getting off to a great start with someone new.

In life, honest is the best policy. This also applies to online dating. Men are not interested in dating dishonest women.

5. Have a Great Sense of Humor

Having a great sense of humor will help you sustain the ups-and-downs that come with online dating. From my experiences, men enjoy being in the presence of women who can make them laugh.

Let’s say you run across a profile where guy states, “no crazies please” in his profile. In my humble opinion, you should not contact him. There’s a strong possibility that he will not appreciate your sense of humor. You should focus on meeting guys who enjoy laughing.

6. Understand that Online Dating is Difficult for Everyone

It’s important for you to remember that online dating is challenging for men and women. It will take a few dates for you to meet the right one. Exercising your patience will help you stay balanced.

7. Try Different Dating Websites

There are tons of dating websites around today. Some sites are better than others. So, you should experiment with different sites.

8. Stay Safe

I don’t have to remind you that there are plenty of psychos out there. This is the main reason why I took safety precautions while meeting guys online. For instance, I didn’t allow guys to pick me up for the first date. I met them at a public place. I advise you to do the same.

Final Word

Online dating is a great option for single women. You get a chance to browse thousands of profiles from the comfort of your home. I think online dating is better than venturing out to nightclubs and bars at night. Taking heed to the 8 tips above can help you have success with online dating.

Good luck!