The world of online dating can be confusing, intimidating, and frustrating – but can end up being an incredibly rewarding experience. Here are 10 tips to help you make the most out of your online dating experience. Follow these and go on some dates!

1. Perfect the profile picture

Make sure you’re looking your best! Your photo is often the first point of contact between you and a potential date, so find a nice outfit that reflects your personality, put on a smile and snap away!

2. Don’t brag

While you may be a world-class weightlifter or the life of the party, it’s important to make sure you don’t brag in your description. It can be an instant turn-off for those looking at your profile, and you’ll have plenty of time to prove yourself once you’ve actually got a date!

3. Have an idea of your goals

Whether you’re looking for something casual or something serious, make your goals clear. It makes for far less awkward situations later down the line, and will attract someone looking for the same thing.

4. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation

There’s no point in waiting for someone to message you. A personalised greeting can stand out from a crowd of suitors, and will massively increase your chances of getting that date!

5. Personalise the opener

As mentioned before, it’s key to open with something beyond the generic ‘hey’! Look at their profile and come up with a question or a comment based on their interests, and they’re far more likely to respond.

6. Be yourself

As in, the way you’d be in real life. There’s no point in having a conversation that doesn’t reflect what you’d be like on a date.

7. Ask a female (or male) friend for help

If you’re looking to attract a woman, get a female friend to take a look at your profile and make suggestions! The same goes for attracting guys – ask someone for a second pair of eyes, and don’t be embarrassed – everyone’s dating online these days.

8. Don’t ask for a date immediately 

Take some time to have a conversation with your potential date and decide if you actually like their personality! Getting to know them and letting them get to know you means you’ll be more certain of a real-life match.

9. Don’t wait too long, though!

You need to have that first conversation, but don’t wait forever to ask for a date. If it seems like it’s going well after a day or two, there’s no harm in asking to meet up.

10. Perfect the ask

Asking someone to meet in person is a big step, and can be intimidating for both parties. Make sure you suggest somewhere welcoming and public or ask them if they have a preference. It’ll set nerves at ease and make for a much more comfortable date.

With these in mind, head out into the world of online dating and show your stuff! It may take some time, but if you’re confident and remember to be yourself, you could find that special someone.