After some pressure from your friends urging you to try online mature dating, you may have decided to sign up for a membership to a site like MatureDating.com. But, once you’ve signed up, now what? For those who are new to the online dating game, we’ve got a quick guide to help you navigate through your first experience.

  1. Your Profile Picture

If you are under the impression that your profile picture is the most important thing when it comes to online dating, you’re partially correct. Your picture is going to be the first thing people see when they are looking through their list of matches and invariably, this will probably be the thing that draws them in to read your profile.

When choosing your picture, you are going to want to choose a photograph where you are smiling into the camera, your face is clearly visible, and you look well groomed. You don’t want to choose a picture where you just rolled out of bed and look like a mess!

  1. Your Profile

The written part of your profile is just as important as your profile picture. This is where people can learn more about you, your likes, dislikes, what you do for a living, and so forth. As you go through writing your profile, you will want to use colorful language that describes these things, rather than just listing them. For example, instead of saying you enjoy cooking Italian meals, you can describe the aromas of garlic and basil filling the room as the homemade sauce cooks.

The same goes when you are talking about your ideal partner or date. Instead of listing off things like a honey-do list, describe the person and date in detail. Just keep in mind that you are filling out a profile, not writing a book.

  1. Keep Your Options Open

Let’s say you’ve started talking to someone that you are interested in, you should continue to talk to other people because you don’t want to put all your eggs into one basket, as it were. The point of online dating is to talk to as many people as possible so that you can make the best choice of who you may want to spend some time with. You may want to scale things back if things get serious after you have met up and gone on a few dates.

  1. Don’t be Afraid to Make a Move

When you are looking at your potential matches, chances are you are going to find someone that you really are interested in but you may be afraid to contact them for one reason or another. We say you should bite the bullet and send that first message! Life is short and if you don’t hear back from that person, there are plenty more out there!

  1. Be Direct

As you continue to test out the waters of online mature dating, you will want to be upfront and direct with the people that you talk to. If you want a serious relationship, don’t hesitate to let the other person know. If you want to take things slow and just be friends first, that’s fine as well. They key here is to always make sure the other person is aware of your intentions and then let them decide if they are on board.