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The Ten Best Online Dating Sites You Should Try At Least Once

The Ten Best Online Dating Sites You Should Try At Least Once

1. Match.com

URL: http://www.match.com

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    Match.com claims that it’s an online dating site that has lead to more dates, marriages and relationships that any other online dating site. Ideal age 25-45. Available on smartphones. Boasts 3,100,000 singles.

    Features:

    MatchWords: Users can define a list of words that others can use to search them out with. You’ll even get a list of some of the most recently added and most popular MatchWords to get you started.

    Match.com Platinum: A personalized, professional matchmaker is available for users who don’t have the time to weed through the various profiles.

    MindFindBind With Dr. Phil: For those in need of assistance getting started with online dating, Dr. Phil’s Match.com exclusive monthly program will walk you through how to get your mind ready to date, how to find someone perfect, and then how to bond/bind with them over time.

    The monthly rate for Match.com was $30 a month USD, with extra costs for some of their unique features (Dr. Phil is an extra $8/month USD).

    2. eHarmony

    URL: http://www.eHarmony.com

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      eHarmony is an online dating site that has tried a more scientific approach to love and offer compatibility and personality questionnaires to help match you up with your ideal partner.

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      The ideal age is between 30-60 and eHarmony has approximately 2,000,000 singles. The difference with this site is that eHarmony does all of the matching for you, using a compatibility system they’ve created, which is based on numerous scientific studies about love, relationships and compatibility. One month costs $59.95 USD, with the prices lowering depending on the length of time you sign up for. One thing most members seem to have in common is that they’re looking for long-term love and not quick hook-ups.

      3. Plenty of Fish

      URLhttp://www.pof.com/

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        Free to join. Plenty of Fish is one of the biggest online dating sites in the world with over 40 millions users. It works by asking users to take a special POF Relationship Chemistry Predictor test, which measures self-confidence, family-orientation, self-control, social dependency and “easygoingness.” You’re then matched to those most compatible to you.
        Plentyoffish is modified frequently, new features appear regularly, and members are matched not only on what they say they’re looking for, but how they browse on Plentyoffish.

        4. OKCupid

        URL: http://www.OKCupid.com

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          OkCupid.com creates a unique online dating site environment by putting heavy emphasis on member participation. Matches are identified by your profile and your responses to a series of questions generated by other users. Each match question is made up of four parts: the question, the answers you’re willing to accept from your matches, a rating of how important the answer is to you, and an optional explanation of your response. The more questions you answer, the smarter OkCupid gets at recommending matches for you. It is free to use; paid options are available that include additional site features. While OkCupid is a free online dating site, users can pay (starting at $4.95 a month) to filter out people who are unattractive or overweight. An unusual, possibly controversial feature.

          5. Lovestruck

          URL: http://www.lovestruck.com

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            Fee to join: £35/$57 for one month. Lovestruck’s service finds people who live, work or are near you using location technology that pinpoints tube stations and areas. There’s also a verification policy, meaning you’re slightly less likely to encounter weirdos than you might be on other sites. You can meet other members for dates that fit around your lifestyle (coffee mornings, lunch breaks and after work beverages). A city focus with professionals in mind is evident on this online dating site. A diary feature is available to keep a record of your online/offline activities.

            6. Zoosk

            URL: http://www.zoosk.com

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              Zoosk is an online dating site that originated from Facebook and is now available in more than 80 countries. Free registration. Ideal age 20-35. 6,000,000 singles.

              Choose from a range of relationship statuses, genders and more – Zoosk.com isn’t just for singles. Register quickly and easily through a Facebook account and send virtual gifts through a credit system to show others you’re thinking of them. Send winks to other members to show interest, you can also earn or pay for credit to send gifts and winks.

              Premium members can receive SMS messages so they can keep up with what’s happening even when they’re on the move.

              Premium members can also see who has been looking at their date card and approach members who might be too shy to make the first move.

              7. FriendFinder

              URL: http://www.friendfinder.com

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                Free to join.

                Upload a video greeting on this online dating site if you want and create a private hotlist of members you fancy.

                Standard members can have a maximum of 200 members on their hotlist ; Silver members can have a maximum of 500 members on their hotlist ; Gold members can have a maximum of 1,000 members on their hotlist

                Discover your personality type by completing a personality test.

                Take advantage of “Cupid”, a matching system which finds likely matches, based on profiles & preferences.

                FriendFinder.com isn’t just for finding buddies. Its primary function is to help you find someone special. The site has a lot of features worth exploring, including chat rooms, message boards, blog posts and an exclusive magazine. There’s plenty to do and a real sense of community. The more you get involved, the more you’ll get from your experiences on the site and the more people you’ll be likely to meet.

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                8. Lavalife

                URL: http://www.lavalife.com

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                  One month membership costs approximately $20.00. LavaLife.com is a Canada-based online dating site but has since become popular in a variety of countries to such a degree that its membership has rocketed to over 15 million. Users from all over the globe are using its services, making it good resource for meeting locals or people from another country completely.

                  A key selling point for some members might be the ability to create several profiles. This essentially allows you to have one profile which is looking for dates, one for intimate encounters and – if you so decide – one which only communicates with people who are looking for serious relationships.

                  • Choose from 3 different kinds of dating: casual, relationships or intimate encounters
                  • Set up a variety of profiles so that you can take advantage of all 3 kinds of dating status
                  • “Smile” at members, show them you’re interested
                  • Send and receive email messages (free members can respond to emails but not send an initial contact email)
                  • See when someone was last online – save time not having to wait for responses from someone who doesn’t log on often
                  • Search for members within one mile of your location
                  • Take part in video chats using a webcam

                  9. Chemistry

                  URL: http://www.chemistry.com

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                    A feature that sets Chemistry apart as an online dating site is the personality types. Each member is assigned one of four personality types – Explorer, Director, Negotiator, Builder – based on their responses to the matching questionnaire. Chemistry describes the four types like this:

                    • Explorers: spontaneous, creative, open-minded
                    • Directors: decisive, focused, independent
                    • Negotiators: imaginative, empathetic, nurturing
                    • Builders: social, loyal, dependable

                    As a member you receive a detailed breakdown of your personality type, how you relate to others, and what type is most compatible with you. Matches on your homepage are labeled based on their personality types, and a more detailed explanation of how your primary and secondary personality types match-up is available when you click on a profile.

                    One of the most interesting and detailed profiles out there, combining normal multiple-choice answers with questions that use images. There is also input from Dr. Helen Fisher. Noted anthropologist, human behavior researcher, and relationship expert. This online dating site uses many graphics when asking questions and displaying answers. This makes it easier and faster to understand the question or answer. Approximate cost for one month: $50.00.

                    10. Tinder – dating app

                    URL: http://www.gotinder.com

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                      What is it?

                      Free to download, Tinder is a modern day ‘Hot or Not’. It finds you matches based on your location, then lets you scroll through pictures (no lengthy profiles here), picking the profiles that catch your eye – and vetoing that ones that don’t. If you find one who’s into you too, you can start messaging and go from there.

                      How it works

                      The beauty of Tinder is its simplicity. It finds your location by GPS then links to your Facebook profile to access your info, so – your first name, age, photos (of your choice) and some of your Facebook preferences. There’s space for a short tag line, too.

                      It will then find you potential matches near you, (you can narrow it down by searching by age and distance). It’ll tell you if you’ve got any Facebook friends or ‘interests’ in common.

                      If they take your fancy, you swipe right to ‘like’ them. If not, go left to ‘pass’. If they’ve also ‘liked’ you –  It’s a match and you can start messaging.

                       

                      Online dating sites are a great way to meet new people. Spend time creating an interesting and unique profile. Stay away from cliches such as “fun loving”; “live life to the full” and “happy at home with a DVD and a bottle of wine.” Just about every profile has those words in them these days. Stand out, show your unique characteristics but don’t be dishonest. Keep an open mind and manage your expectations in order to get the most out of the experience. Don’t be put off by a bad experience and always be aware of safety. Meet in public places initially.

                      Be proactive on online dating sites and see it as a way, at the very least, to meet interesting people whom you wouldn’t normally come into contact with. Most of all – enjoy it and have fun!

                       

                       

                       

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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