Whether you’re gay, bi, straight, or crooked, it makes no difference; online dating services abound on the internet. Selecting the right one for you is where the difference lies.
There are many “free” online dating services advertised, and some actually are free. But many will have some sort of charges involved depending on a wide variety of things.
Face it people, any service that’s worthwhile is going to have to charge you something. They are going to have operating costs, from their web host that their site resides upon, to programmers, bandwidth fee’s, people to moderate the site and keep it up and running, etc., the list goes on and on. And it’s hard to cover all those cost with just advertising revenue generated from some banner ads on the site.
Many sites will offer a “free” trial, where you can log in, set up an account, look around a bit, and decide if it’s right for you. Then if you decide that you like what you see and want to continue with their service, you may have to pay some sort of “set-up” fee, or a nominal monthly charge, or both.
The next step then is, do you want to utilize one of the regular online sites like Match.com or plentyoffish.com, or should you use a site specifically geared to gays and lesbians? In my opinion you’re best off looking at the sites that cater specifically to your sexual preference.
I believe you are going to be happier as you are more likely to find that the site itself is more “user friendly” i.e. they understand more about your particular lifestyle choice, and the site will reflect that in the way it’s set up, the questions asked in the profile set up, and just everything in general.
The big, mainstream dating sites may offer more bells & whistles, as they have been around longer and are more developed. But I fear your selection of potential matches will not be very large. This may change as time goes on, but for now you are more likely to have a much larger selection base if you go with a site geared specifically towards gay and lesbian members.
So you’ve chosen a site, set up an account, and you’re ready to go….so what’s next. Well you will need to answer some questions and set up a profile of some sort so they can start to try and match you up with someone. The best thing you can do here people is, BE HONEST!
If you really want to meet someone, and truly want it to work out, you’re going to have to be honest about who you are, what you like and don’t like, and what you are looking for in a partner. If you can’t start out being honest, you’re not going to get anywhere by doing this. If you’re not willing to do this you may as well head back to the bar scene, put the “beer goggles” on, and find your special someone that way. If the bar and club scene was the way to go, then you wouldn’t be looking into online dating services now would you? So do yourself a favor and start out by filling out your profile accurately, be funny, be honest, and for goodness sake, use the spell check!
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