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Relationship Advice

5 tips for finding love with online dating sites

Putting yourself out there again can be nerve-racking, but we've got you covered!

By Laura Masia
We all deserve to find someone special, but finding that person isn't always easy. Since internet dating emerged in the early 1990's, it has slowly been growing in popularity.
With over 4.5 million Australians giving online dating a go, there are more fish in the online dating sea than ever before.
Take 5's online dating service takes the stress out of finding romance. But before you dive right in, here are our top five tricks to help you get going…
1. Be specific
When you create your profile, don't forget to include your hobbies, passions and interests that someone might find attractive.
Make sure you are as specific as possible.
Don't just say you love to travel, mentioned where you've been and why you love it.
That may help spark a conversation with a suitor!
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2. Upload photos
Photos are so important.
Use a recent photo that highlights your smile and best features.
Including at least two or more photos is also a good idea so people can really see you.
If you get someone to take a photo, do it outside, but not in direct sunlight.
People who include a full length shot of themselves receive three times as many messages than those who don't!
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3. Be honest (especially about your age!)
It's always important to tell the truth in your profile.
Remember, age is just a number that does not define who you are.
Let your personality do the talking for you and watch those matches come rolling in.
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4. Don't mention past relationships
Your potential matches really don't want to hear about your ex.
Focus on saying what you're looking for in a person, and don't hark back to the past.
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5. Be safe
It's always good to be cautious when dating.
Never give out your address online and meet your date for the first time in a public place.
Always tell a friend where you'll be.
If you're feeling extra anxious, do a Google search on their name.
A little bit of online sleuthing never hurt anyone.
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