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Online Dating Experience 27
Benefiting From Free Online Dating Services

38 year old female from Ontario, Canada

There is no perfect formula for online dating.

Yes, you've seen and heard it all. And no matter what new techniques dating services try to throw at you, the bottom line is that there is no absolute or guaranteed sure way to successfully find that perfect match. The only sure way in knowing if that person is the one for you is by meeting him or her in person, and after spending at least an hour with each other even if it is just for a coffee, you will know definitely if you scored.

So save your money, because there is no paying dating service that can absolutely guarantee you such results. If they can, then how come they don't state; "Money back guarantee if we can't find that perfect mate." Now if you think trying out a free dating service will save you money and time, think again. Sure everyone wants to use a free dating service, but if you decide to take that route there are some things you should be aware of:

a) Make sure that it is 100% Free!

There are those dating services that use the term 'Free membership', 'Free dating service', 'free sign up'. Read the fine print. Be absolutely certain if what they offer is 100% free.

b) Before signing on with any free service, test their service by first sending them an e-mail and inquiry about their service. Ask questions. See how long it will take before you get a reply. And if you don't get a response at least within the hour, that basically tells you their customer support service reflects what they have to offer. Not worth it.

c) Look for a service that at least has the following links; 1) About Us, 2) Terms, 3) Privacy, and there should be an address and telephone number where they can be reached. If they possess these elements then you know they are a true online business and not a type of service being run by one person as a hobby.

Remember when you sign-on with a free dating service you are supply them with personal information as well as your photo. Stick with a legitimate free online dating service. There are quite a few and well established on the Internet.

d) Keep in mind that many of these so-called free dating services are only a temporary thing. Normally they start off by offering their service for free until they can build their membership and when they reach their quota, surprise! They will now start charging for their service.

e) Finally make sure that such services indicate that their selection process in accepting applicant's is professionally screened by personnel and before approving a user.

Why is this so important? Because a lot of these services were designed to automatically approve any application provided the basic fields of information has been completed. Not a good thing, especially since this basically opens a portal to suspicious activities. Another reason why is because it is not uncommon to find a lot of spammers hanging around such free dating services. Call it a breeding ground for these type of people.

One of the disadvantages in using a free dating service is that the majority of people that hang around such places are not truly serious, and such services are a great spot just to hang out and use the forums or chat online. Let's face it, if you were truly serious wouldn't you be using a professional dating service?

Are there any free dating services that conduct themselves as a professional business?

Yes, there are, but you must remember that when using any search engine to find a free dating service, it is the information or choice of keywords that play a major factor when trying to zero in on what you are looking for. For example, using 'Free Dating' or 'dating' is what you will get. But if you specifically indicate what you are looking for such as; "Free professional dating service', '100% Free professional dating', or ' Professional Dating service', etc. you will get those services that are not only free but are recognized and established as 'professional'. That is what you are looking for.

It is the same if you are looking for, let's say, an Asian mate; probably you would type in 'Asian dating' or 'free Asian dating', etc. Not! Think again. Write, 'Professional Asian dating service', or 'free professional Asian dating service'. Also when using search engines and entering your information try using a '+' sign, a nifty trick that helps speed up the process thus; 'Free+professional+dating+service'.

After so much time spent on using and experiencing such so-called free dating services, it took me a year to finally figure out what I was doing wrong. But I hope by sharing this knowledge with others, I can save you the time and disappointment.

Good Luck.

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