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3 tips for successful online dating

Having a hard time online?

Last month I opened things up for readers to share stories and experiences with me about online dating. Check out the video above for what we found.

Here are our findings from the most important question asked…


Online Dating How To (no matter your age)

1) Develop a thick skin

Online dating is kind of crazy. It’s like being in the best bar and the worst bar at the same time. You have great guys who are trying to find an amazing relationship, while you have others sending you weird, dirty messages our of nowhere.

2) Be quick about it

If you see someone you like, message them. What’s the worst that could happen? Avoid generic small talk (‘how’re you?’ ‘what’s up?’…). Instead comment on their profile (‘I commend you for being the only guy man enough to admit that Titanic is their favourite film!’).

3) Show don’t tell

“I’m funny, I’m smart, I like movies, I like to travel…”

‘Shopping lists’ like these become UNBELIEVABLY boring. People won’t actually read through them, and so rather than describe yourself with a bunch of words, describe something you’ve been through, or a moment in your life that meant something to you.

Question of the day…

Have you ever found yourself dependent on online dating for meeting men? How can you ensure that that doesn’t happen, and that you’re still working on the skills that will allow you to meet guys in real life?


Do you want to ensure that you’re the most attractive version of yourself that you can be? So that when you do meet with people you’ve engaged with online, you know how to build chemistry, how to connect, and how to move things forward…

I have something that will help you with all of these steps. It’s called The Man Myth, and you can check it out here.

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77 Replies to “3 tips for successful online dating”

  • Thank you Matthew! I’ve been totally NOT interested in online dating AT ALL! but… it’s been 5 years single with some dating and I just haven’t found anyone interesting enough that I’ve wanted to spend time with so…. I thought I would try online finally. It’s been 2 days and I already feel like prey to the sharks! I can’t stand it! Getting emails and winks and likes… it’s kinda freaking me out! I’m a pretty social person, I own my own business and talk to many walks of life all day long but this is SCARY! You’re advice is great and if I can’t transfer all my info over to my friend who is a little more into this I will be cancelling regardless of the 6 months I committed to! I don’t know what I was thinking! I am a full member of all you stuff from the beginning and now I know to stay with that… much safer!Thanks for your thoughts as I also completely agree… just not for me! My photo came down on day 3! x

  • Hi Matthew. I saw you on Marilyn Denis show a few years ago talking about dating and tips for your online dating profile. I took your advice and shortly after met my fiancé Kyle. We’re getting Married this August!!!! Thanks for your help. I’m trying to convince all my single gf’s to take your advice too. Thank you for helping me get my “happy ending”

  • Thank you for a great read and perspective. Meeting people online is not as easy as people think. It actually sucks and there are a lot of people who are not genuine. I just read this article that was interesting, but I still have some reservations. What do you think? I mean is Hinge worth it? Match? I feel like Tinder is just a hookup app.

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