Free Dating Sites - The Good, Bad & *Ugly*

Online dating is becoming more and more popular and one in four people now meet their respective partners online. With so many free dating sites out there it is hard to sort the good from the bad. We are hoping this post full of tips will help you to decide if online dating is for you.

Setting up Your Profile

Call MeWhen setting up your profile you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd as this is the first thing any potential suitors will see. Be clear on what it is you are looking for whether that is friendship or a serious relationship. Upload several recent photos and try to avoid group shots where it isn’t clear which person you are. Be honest when writing in the ‘about’ section and try and say something interesting. Write about your hobbies or favourite TV shows which could be good conversation starters. Before setting your profile live have a trusted friend read over it and check for any spelling mistakes.

Securing a Date

When sending that first message to a potential date try to make it personal to show that you have read through their profile. Stay clear of cheesy clichés and one liners which may not get you the response you want if any at all! Keep your messages short, fun and to the point. When you’ve managed to secure that date online it’s crucial to ensure that face-to-face meeting goes just as well. An ideal way to see if someone is a match is to meet for a coffee on your lunch break. Meeting for just an hour gives you a chance to see what your first impressions are like and you don’t have to waste a whole evening if you’re not compatible. You also have an excuse to leave to go back to work if it all goes horribly wrong.  

Stay SafeText and Wine

Most people have no problems when it comes to dating sites but it is important to think of your safety when dealing with strangers. Don’t give out any personal information and trust your instincts when speaking to people. Before you head out on your first date make sure you tell your friends where you will be and always meet in a public place. If its casual flings you’re looking for then be sure to use protection - you don’t want to come home with more than you bargained for!

Beware of Dating Site Terms and Conditions

Whilst most dating sites are completely free there are others that will offer free one month trials. Make sure if you don’t want to continue your membership that you cancel before the month is up to avoid any charges. Other free sites will offer upgrades for one-off payments so make sure you read all the terms and conditions before signing up for any extras.

6 of the Best Free Dating Sites

Plenty of Fish - One of the biggest names in the free online dating world, Plenty of Fish is perfect for those looking for a casual fling. With the opportunity to find hundreds of dates you can sign up, create a profile and send and receive messages completely free. There are over 90 million registered users worldwide and you can even download an app for your smartphone. It’s easily to block troublesome users and also allows same sex searches so a great site for all users.

Tinder - Tinder is becoming very well known in the dating industry and is simple to sign up. The app is very easy to use and a great free way to meet others on your smartphone. Tinder does require access to your Facebook account but allows for a quick and easy sign up. Tinder allows you to ‘swipe’ left or right depending on if you like what you see. People you’ve swiped away will not be able to message you, and if you’ve ‘swiped right’ on someone that has done the same to you, you’ll get a match! Tinder has made over 850 million matches worldwide to date and also allows same sex searches.

Freedating.co.uk - This free dating site is great for online daters looking for long and short term relationships. You can also search by region if you don’t mind looking a bit further to find your true match. Freedating.co.uk currently has around 40000 members in the UK and age categories span from 18-50+. The website is straight forward and easy to use. You can filter messages and block any users that cause you any hassle. 

Grindr Dating AppGrindr - This extremely popular smartphone app is great for gay, bi or bi-curious men. It uses your phones location to find available men nearby. Grindr is well known for finding hook-ups but it has such over 2 million daily users so it’s also worth downloading to find something more long-term too. You can block and report any abusive members and it’s really easy to set up a profile.

Happn - Happn is great for those of you who are looking to find local dates as it works from your smartphones GPS functionality. This free app allows other users to connect with each other in their day to day life with a range of 250m. It can even show you when and where you crossed paths. Your current location remains invisible to others and only the location where you passed each other is visible.  This app is great for those living in the city, but not so great if you live out in the middle of the countryside. This app also uses your Facebook data to make your profile and will show your name, age, occupation and some photos. The app currently has over 1 million active daily users and 5 million people have signed up. 

OKCupid - This free dating site is very user-friendly but does contain a lot of ads. If you can see past the ads then it’s worth considering if you’re under 45. OKCupid allows same sex searches and also has an app for smartphones. There are currently 30 million users worldwide.

What is the Verdict?

MoneySavingPigWhat do you think of dating sites? Do you have any further suggestions to add?  We love feedback so please use the comment section below. 

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