Most singles have an idea of the perfect person they’d love to meet and date and have a relationship with. While it’s great to have this ideal person as a standard to measure potential candidates against, beware of judging your dates too harshly and too quickly.

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If you’re new in London or the UK, meeting someone you can share experiences with can make you feel much more welcome so the chances are you’re keen to meet someone fast. The old fashioned ways of meeting people – through friends and family, in the workplace or at evening classes – can be slow or not available to you if you’re in a new country. Speed dating might be just what you need to speed up the process.

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Photos are what entice online dating site members to take the time to read your profile and find out more about you, so they should be chosen with care. It’s a great idea to take some fresh photos for the purpose, but what sort of photos should you take? Here are some tips to help...

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One of the advantages of online dating is that it gives you a chance to attract a number of potential partners. The downside of this is that they won’t all have that certain something that sparks your interest, so you’ll have to let some candidates down. The way you let someone down without hurting their feelings depends on how much contact you’ve had before you come to the decision that they are unsuitable.

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If you’ve met someone online on Antipodate, you might be wondering when and how you should be starting to introduce your new friend to your friends and family. There’s no straightforward answer to that question, but here are a few points worth considering...

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For most of us, writing a personal profile for online dating can be quite a daunting task. If you’re wondering where to start, take some time to read a few dozen profiles and take note of the impressions you get from them as a neutral observer.

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If you’ve decided that traditional ways of meeting people aren’t working as well or as fast as you’d like and you’re considering joining Antipodate, it’s only natural to feel a little strange and cautious about putting the affairs of your heart into cyberspace. The fact is that there are some fabulous advantages to online dating:

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Your Antipodate profile is your very own shop window in the cyber high street. Make sure that the glass is sparkling, the display is enticing, and the advertising signs are cleverly worded so that your shop window stands out from all the other competitors, and invites people to stop to admire the display rather than hurrying past.

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Your first date went well, and you enjoyed each other’s company enough to arrange a second date. While that first date might have been a little tense and awkward at times, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you can rest on your laurels for the second date. Here are a few tips on making the second date a very special occasion.

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If you’ve been on a job interview recently your interviewers will have asked you to back up the claims in your CV with instances when your sterling qualities have come to the fore in your job. An online dating profile is a little like a CV, so here are some examples of ways you can make your profile more appealing and useful to a reader:

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When you join Antipodate you’ll probably take some time to create an effective profile and choose some suitable photos so that you stand out from the crowd of site members. There are two other important elements that you will be creating when you join an internet dating site: your member name and your headline. Here’s why it’s important to give some serious thought to these features...

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Once you’ve joined Antipodate and displayed your profile, what happens next? Well, perhaps nothing much will happen if you simply wait for other members to contact you. If you’ve browsed the site, and you’ve seen some profiles that attract you, but you’re hesitant to make the first move, here are a few reasons why you should consider contacting a fellow member...

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A personal profile on Antipodate has taken your eye, and you want to show that you’re interested. Here’s how to create a first email that has the desired effect: to invite the person to view your profile, and encourage them to reply.

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London is a truly vibrant city, with many options for entertainment, culture or just plain old-fashioned fun. If you’re new to London, and looking for new friends, you could consider online dating or speed dating as a way of finding some kindred spirits to help you share some of the treasures of this historic city.

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Taking an online relationship from cyberspace into the real world of dating is an exciting step. The transition from online contacts to offline meetings is a great opportunity to find out if there’s a spark and chemistry between you, but even the most confident person will admit to twinges of self-consciousness and unease on a first date. To help you both relax and enjoy your first meeting, it’s useful to have in mind a few topics to start off a conversation.

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If you’ve recently joined Antipodate and you’re struggling to create your profile, here are some great tips to help you out...

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Some people are a little cautious of the Internet. It’s healthy and sensible to be a little sceptical about Internet security and careful about your personal safety. If you’re wary of joining an internet dating site, read on for some reassurance about safe online dating in the UK.

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You’ve met someone you like online, you’ve exchanged emails and now you’re about to meet face to face. You’ve agreed on a venue for your first date and you’ve decided on a suitable comfortable outfit for the occasion. With all those little details settled, now is the time to think about how you’re going to conduct yourself on your date. If you’re feeling uncertain how to act or what to say, here are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward and avoid any embarrassing dating faux pas.

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So, you’ve agreed on the time and place for that first date and now the big question: what to wear? Even the most confident of people will admit to finding a first date a little unnerving, and the last thing you need to be worrying about is whether your new jacket is too tight, or how far you’ll be able to walk in those heels. Here are 4 things to consider when deciding what to wear:

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You’ve met someone online and now, after a few emails and chats, you’re about to go on your first date. This is a big step: taking your relationship out of the cyber world into the real world. It’s a chance to check whether the rapport you’ve built up online translates into an attraction when you meet face to face.

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