The cost: If you decide to upgrade to a premium account, you can choose from one-, three-, six-, or 12-month plans. One month of SeniorMatch Premium will cost you $29.95. You'll save per month if you choose one of the longer-term packages. Three months cost $59.95 ($19.95/month), six months cost $95.95 ($15.95/month), and a year costs $143.95 ($11.95/month).
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I know it’s tempting to just choose the five photos you look best in, but if those five photos are all selfies, or are all pictures of you hiking, or are all pictures that look pretty much the same then you aren’t doing yourself justice. Your photos shouldn’t only show how you look, they should show who you are. It’s always good to have one main head-shot, but also use a full body photo followed up by photos of you doing things you enjoy and photos of you in different settings.
Why it works: Unlike eharmony, which chooses your matches for you based on questionnaire results, Match has you create a profile that will pop up in other users' feeds. While Match does suggest five daily matches for you, you're also free to browse the entire pool of profiles by age range, location, or online status, which makes Match a significantly more social option than eharmony and slightly better for those looking for something casual. This freedom is great for the picky people out there whose idea of hell is a blind date. Match also has a cool feature called "Missed Opportunity" that uses your location to help you find matches that you've crossed paths with in real life. We'd also like to point out that Match sees a 42% spike in registrations between the December 26 and February 14, which makes sense — those cold months leading up to Valentine's Day can be torturously lonely. But if you were wondering when the best time to sign up is, it's right now.
When you look at the stats from Zoosk, you can actually see that people get more incoming messages the more they fill out. For example, adding a username can get you up to 20% more incoming messages, writing a description about yourself gets you up to 28% more incoming messages, and verifying your photos can get you up to 100% more incoming messages. All of that can really add up.

Why it works: If you were previously scared away from online dating because it seemed too overwhelming, OurTime has the laid back atmosphere you're looking for. Since it's targeted toward an older crowd, OurTime is one of the most user-friendly options out there with numerous helpful features. It's no secret that not everyone is as tech-savvy as 20 and 30-somethings. Sign-up has step-by-step instructions, and users can easily fill out sections on personality traits and interests, upload a photo, and write a "short essay" to help others get to know them. (If you've been on Match before, OurTime may look familiar — they're owned by the same people.) Matches will be recommended to you based on your answers, and you can search profiles as well by specifying your preferences. It's not as complex as some other sites, but sometimes, you just need things to be straightforward. The site was just launched in 2011, as the makers of Match wanted to make sure they perfected the dynamics of mature companionship before launching a 50+ site. Basically, you can be sure you're in good hands. Chatting can be done via "flirts", on-site messaging, virtual gifts, or even a live chat when both people are online at the same time. OurTime does a fantastic job at giving users ways to communicate effectively — in ways other than texting all day like the younger crowd may prefer. If you're in need of some advice, OurTime offers tons of over 50 dating tips.
The cost: eharmony is one of the priciest of the bunch: A one-month membership goes for $54.95, but prices go as low as $18.95/month when you sign up for a year. (As a rule, membership prices get lower the longer your commitment to the site is. Which is fine, because a strong connection probably won't magically appear in just one month.) There is a free version, but it doesn't let you communicate with your matches.)

Older adults may worry about running into scammers and unsavory characters online, but there are plenty of safety features in place to help make things safe and basically eliminate online harassment. If a person bothers you or acts suspiciously, you can simply block and report the dating profile to remove it from your browsing and chatting experience.

When you look at the stats from Zoosk, you can actually see that people get more incoming messages the more they fill out. For example, adding a username can get you up to 20% more incoming messages, writing a description about yourself gets you up to 28% more incoming messages, and verifying your photos can get you up to 100% more incoming messages. All of that can really add up.

Our EliteSingles member survey about online dating profiles revealed that the biggest turnoff, according to members from countries all over the world, is sexual innuendo. 23 per cent of members concluded that it is the number one dating profile no-no, followed by negativity (22 per cent) and insufficient description (21 per cent). So when you’re sitting down to write your profile, bear this in mind. Even if you think something is funny and meant lightly, it will not be well received.
Why it works: If you read the EliteSingles overview and were psyched about the level of specificity and safety but were looking for a dating site tailored specifically to older individuals, SilverSingles is the sweet spot that combines both. A sister site to EliteSingles, SilverSingles uses the same intense compatibility system that EliteSingles does, bringing in the popular big five personality traits to assess five levels of your being: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. If you've heard of Senior Singles Meet in the past, SilverSingles is that same site with a rebrand — so they've actually been working on mastering the five factor model in tandem with senior dating for about two decades. Because SilverSingles wants to ensure that your next relationship lasts, the sign-up process and questionnaires will take some time. AskMen suggests to grab a glass of scotch and sit down for this one. But hey, if having every tiny part of your personality assessed is what it takes to find the happily ever after you've been waiting for, an hour of your time is totally worth it. SilverSingles will only send you five matches a day, and you can't search through a pool of people — but this will force you to seriously consider if you can see yourself with these people. If you were worried about online dating because of the possible creeps out there, don't worry: You can hide or block any member you want from seeing your profile, and can report any user who's acting suspicious or inappropriate. Like EliteSingles, SilverSingles wants their users to know that safety is the number one concern.
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