While the pictures you post should be clear—giving the viewer an accurate glimpse of what you really look like—don't completely discount self-taken shots (the ones where you hold out your camera to take your own portrait).

Ok Trends, the data-analysis blog for the dating website Ok Cupid.com, says that self-shot photos can actually be very effective in attracting partners, most likely because they are approachable, casual and make the viewer feel close to the subject—all good things! Your Profile Your goal should be to create an engaging profile that piques people's interest and makes them want to know more about you.

If you shoot a message to Jake Doe, for example, Zoosk says it'll use that action to determine which types of profiles to show you going forward. "It does cater to a younger crowd – more of a millennial crowd." Before there were apps on which one could swipe right and left on a dizzying number of potential connections, there was Match. Launched back in 1995, its decades in the business help it bring a ton of insight to the table for singles looking for all kinds of connections. Match users can shoot little videos of their day or add voiceovers to photos and post them to their profiles for other users to check out. "It's the one where someone could see their grandmother on, and someone could see their grandson on.

It has the largest critical mass, and they have done a fabulous job of keeping up with the technology." Founded in 2000 by Dr.

Examples include: "Would you date someone who keeps a gun in the house?

" or "Should the government require children be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

In the years since their initial launches, the forefathers of dating sites have forged ahead on mobile while holding on to their desktop roots.

Here are our top 5 dating site picks: Rather than asking its user for dating questions, Zoosk picks dates for its users based on a user's on-site activity.

If you've dated in the past 20 years, you've likely encountered one – or all – of the myriad dating sites in some form.

And as we've increasingly moved our lives online, digital dating's finally shed the stigma it once carried, leaving people free to meet others however they choose.

Neil Clark Warren, e Harmony is the site for serious daters. Users answer a lengthy questionnaire that helps e Harmony determine what it calls a "a select group of compatible matches with whom you can build a quality relationship." Spira says she's always seen e Harmony as a "matrimonial dating site." "That doesn’t mean you’re going to walk down the aisle, but it certainly means that you’re looking for a very serious relationship that may or may not lead to marriage.

A spokesperson for the site says it's been used by 54 million people, and is apparently responsible for 4 percent of U. It may lead to living together or at least being in an exclusive, committed relationship." On Ok Cupid, users can offer a ton of information about themselves through the site's Match Questions.

" Plenty of Fish, sometime styled as POF, boasts 4 million daily active users, with 65,000 new users each day apparently, and claims users send 1 billion messages per month.