We started by compiling every kind of dating website and mobile dating app we could find.

Well, not every kind: We excluded sites that catered specifically to how someone looked or to “unscrupulous” relationships (think Ashley Madison).

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That said, the world of online dating can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before, so here are our top tips for making the most of your dating profile and spotting a great potential partner. Sometimes they know you better than you know yourself.

Even if you do like “walking on the beach” or “drinking wine in front of a roaring fire” leave it out – everyone says that.

Dating does not include listings for all dating sites.

With every generation comes a new way to date — and a new way for the previous generation to judge. What if they were secretly axe murderers just pretending to be normal people?

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Along with key review factors, this compensation may impact how and where sites appear on the page (including, for example, the order in which they appear).

Think of something interesting that could be a conversation starter.

‘People have to imagine how they’ll fit into your life, so describing yourself as a “bookworm and internet addict” makes them feel they’d never see you,’ explains match.com’s relationship expert Kate Taylor.

Put your profile into Word and use your computer spell check for peace of mind.