Free Online Dating – Why Pay For Online Personals When You Can Get Them For Free?

There are loads of opportunities to place Online Dating Ads on the Internet – for free! I’m amazed myself at how many millions of single people are running ads all over the Internet – without paying a dime. And you can too!

Here’s some Online Dating Advice to get your Internet Romance going in style!

Let’s start with an Internet search using the popular search engine from Google. Search on Google under the term “free online personals” (without the quotes) and take a look at the variety you’re presented with. Over a million websites show up on my search!

The trick is not to be so consumed with all the possibilities that you lose track of your objective – which is to meet Real-Live-People!

After your Google Search – and I’ve searched under the keywords Free Online Personals – you might want to continue your advertising strategy by choosing, from among the thousands of Free Online Dating Services, those who have members which are closest to home.

Step one: Decide where you’d like to meet someone. Are you open to meeting singles from all across the country? Or would you prefer to meet someone closer to home? If you’ll consider starting a long-distance romance (and there may be good reasons why it’s even better if it’s long distance!) then write that down on your Online Dating planning sheet.

Step two: Once you’ve decided where your future dating partners can live, then look at your “Free Online Personals” Search Engine Results (Google, Yahoo, or MSN would be good places to start) and bookmark all of the free Online Dating Sites which include members in your target areas.

Step three: By now you should have at least 10 to 20 free online dating sites on your list. Prepare yourself to start advertising by getting some photos of yourself – and preferably flattering ones – which you can post on each dating site you choose. I advise you not to use very old photos – and any pictures more than five years old count as “old” ones in my book. Use flattering photos, yes – but misleading photos – no! Subscribe to the notion of “Truth in Advertising.” There’s nothing worse than meeting someone after months of correspondence only to realize that your pen pal has aged by more than 10 years – and has grown a huge donut around their waistline too!

Step four: Decide upon your criteria for match selection. How old can your dating partners be – i.e., what age range will you accept? This is entirely a personal decision, but keep in mind that some people deduct five to ten years from their true age when writing their online dating profiles! I don’t recommend that you do this too, but let your conscience be your guide. When you make contact with people for online dating, be sure to confirm their true age as one of your very first questions!

Other criteria you may consider are your future partner’s location, level of education, if they’re a smoker or drinker, if they have kids and if so how many, their occupations (and are they even employed?) and perhaps even their hobbies and other interests too. As a side note, be on the lookout for emails from foreign countries – you might not want to sponsor someone to come here and get a Green Card at your expense. (Or you may – just think about it – that’s all!).

There are some who will advise you to construct a very long list of your match criteria, with the reasoning that the more specific you are in visualizing who you want, the better your chances will be of actually meeting someone who fits the bill. For whatever it’s worth, my opinion is to do just the opposite! People with long lists of requirements often stay single for a very, very long time. Better to use just a short list of prerequisites, and let your heart be your guide from there!

Step five: Start writing your online dating ads. I’ve been writing Online Personals for more than 15 years and I’ve written (and read) thousands of them! My advice – based on experience – is to be creative, have fun, and don’t come across as demanding. Longer ads work better in my experience than shorter ones. And by “longer” I’m talking about a 300 to 500 word ad – as opposed to a 15 to 30 word ad. If you don’t think it’s possible to write such a long ad – and especially if you believe that no one will even read an ad that long – believe me, I can tell you from experience that it just isn’t so. Anyone who is single and interested in you will read almost anything you write (short of a novel the size of War and Peace!).

Step six: Write a handful of “Reply Letters” which you’ll send to anyone who writes to you. I don’t advocate using Form Letters only, but having some standard paragraphs at your disposal will provide a nice starting point for many of your replies. Naturally, you should personalize them quite a bit too. If you get a fair number of replies to your ads (and I’ve received more than two thousand letters from some of mine) then you’ll be glad you took the time to produce a few carefully written templates.

Step seven: Put a chart together of (1) the websites you submitted your ads to (2) when your ads ran (3) which ad or ads you published and (4) keep a folder on your computer of all of your replies – including the photos you received from your respondents too!

The Internet Dating Strategy I’ve just outlined for you is a practical and effective way to get started. If you take your Online Dating campaign seriously, you’ll find that you’ll have plenty of men or women to choose from!

Online Shopping: The Good, The Bad

Hello out there in internet world, are you busy? Not right now, but in general. You probably are – everybody else is – and this is leading to unfortunate malfunctions in the wardrobe department: namely that we do not have enough time to keep up with fashion and actually go shopping.

Fortunately, the internet has helped in this respect, we no longer need to find the time to get to the town centres, walk around the shops, picking things up and trying them on, then standing in queue, paying for our goods, and then driving back home again (- what a palaver, it was hard enough just writing it, let alone actually do it!). Yes, luckily we no longer have to do that, because the internet is a 24/7 365 shopping centre, where it takes a fraction of the time to find what we are searching for.

Aside from the convenience factor, there are loads of reasons for shopping online, for example:

• Time saving: it takes a fraction of the time to shop online than it does to shop in the real world. There are no queues, no annoying cashiers having an ultra-slow day, and no shoppers getting in the way (- oh, and stealing the last item that you had your heart set on buying).

• You can narrow down your search and look for exactly what you want. For instance, if you need high heeled shoes in a size 6 made by a specific brand, you simply enter these search terms and press enter. This returns a list of exactly the shoes that you want. You cannot do this in the real world shoe shops; that is for sure!

• Price: as we said already, online prices are much cheaper, but this is not the only area in which you will save money. If you drive to your shopping centre, then you can save on petrol and parking; if you take the bus, then you can save on bus fare.

• No more painful feet: you can sit on your sofa and browse a whole collection of clothing and shoes. If you go to the shopping centre, you can walk up to three miles in one shopping trip, round and round and round and round! Of course, that is a long shopping trip, but it does happen (speaking from experience).

There are a few problems though, but these are easy to overcome:

• Sizing: you cannot, yet, try on your clothes or shoes online (although if they invent a special printer that can print clothes from protons, neutrons and electrons, we may be able to one day!). For this reason, you can face problems when the clothes arrive. When you find a shop you like, you can check review sites to find out if their sizing is accurate or if they are larger or smaller than standard, then buy accordingly. If the clothes arrive and they do not fit, it is no problem; you simply return them and buy the next size up or down. This is a little annoying, but is relatively rare.

• You cannot know whether a style suits you before the clothes arrive, because you cannot try them on. In shoe shops in the real world, you can wear the shoes and actually see how they fit, whether they suit you and if they look good. Again, this is easy to resolve by returning the goods and getting a refund.

The vast majority of online shops offer returns policies for such eventualities, so this should be no problem.

3 Ways To Find Cheap Wedding Dresses

If you’re a to-be bride but also considering a budget while planning, then cheap wedding dresses are ideal to start off your hunt for wedding related shopping.

Many brides would think that if they buy an inexpensive dress for their wedding, then they are opting for a low quality and non-branded piece of clothing for the most important day of their lives. This isn’t however true. Just because a dress comes cheap doesn’t necessarily imply that it has to look second grade. Today in fact there are many brides, who are opting for discount dresses.

Every woman dreams of an ideal wedding and would love to splurge and buy a luxurious and pricey wedding dress for the special day; however, most women don’t have a huge wedding budget. All the more, spending thousands of dollars on just one dress, that too for one day, does not seem logical for a lot of us, so buying dresses is an intelligent and the safest option in such cases. Buying inexpensive gowns is a perfect option for all those brides that wish to keep the wedding cost down to an achievable amount.

Now let’s see a few stores where we can buy some lovely yet cheap wedding dresses:

Rentals – There are dresses rental stores out there that will allow you to rent these dresses for inexpensive prices. Although most of the gowns here are used wedding gowns, but that does not mean that it’s below your dignity to buy and wear them. Most of the dresses here are in a perfect condition. Nonetheless, this is a cheap and right way of buying a wedding gown only if you don’t wish to treasure and keep your dress forever, after your wedding.

Outlet Shops – You’ll find many outlet shops selling wedding gowns and dresses from the previous year’s collection that has been exhibited for selling at reduced prices. As and when the new wedding dresses arrive at a shop, the dresses which are leftover are then moved on to these outlet stores.

An outlet store is where you can fetch a wedding dress priced at as high as $1,000 for almost half the original price. Only because these dresses are from last year’s fashion trend, doesn’t necessarily make them less fashionable. It only means that the shop needs more room for the latest wedding dresses and so are offering affordable dresses to people.

Thrift Shops – If you don’t have a deluxe budget for a grand wedding, then don’t let disappointment take the toll on you, as thrift shops are excellent to buy beautiful wedding gowns. Many people in today’s times don’t wish to preserve their special wedding gowns for future memories so they donate these to the thrift shops for other people to buy.

These are nearly as lovely to look at as the other wedding dresses that you would otherwise buy from a regular branded store. Moreover, wedding dresses are meant to be worn only once, so they don’t get dirty or ruined in any way, hence are almost new when you shop for these from a thrift shop.

It shouldn’t matter how small or big your wedding day budget is; what needs to matter is the way you prioritize money and other things, in a way that you can buy things in an amount which your pocket can afford, including cheap dresses. Whether you’re looking out for a brand new wedding dress or a used one, clearance wedding dresses are just as pretty and to top that, they won’t cost you a fortune.

How Do Online Product Reviews Help Consumer Decision Making?

With the growth of online shopping on the internet, online product reviews sites are of great help in the decision making process for consumers. After all, they cannot gain physical access to a particular object one is considering to buy, such that they merely utilize the information provided for them by these sites to come up with a decision.

Online product reviews are known to be the latest emerging marketing strategy on the internet. Aside from the sites intended mainly for posting reviews about certain products, old or new, in the online market, there are also forums wherein people who have recently used the product can provide useful information for decision support on other consumers. In some cases, the feedbacks listed on the site can forecast the actual performance of the product or model upon launching on the market. After all, the pre-release marketing has been considered as one of the strongest factors that could indicate actual performance, especially with the high level of accuracy that reviewers have provided.

At its core, online product reviews sites are intended to provide product information and is geared more towards personal usage experience at the core of the review and evaluation of the product. Each aspect of the product or model is analyzed to suit each individual user’s needs and preferences. Whether users value affordability, utmost functionality, ease of use, or innovation of technology, each of these aspects are evaluated during product reviews for an idiosyncratic match. It is also a great way to promote the word-of-mouth marketing and create more buzz about a certain product.

For the reviewers, they use varying metrics to come up with a benchmark for a particular product or model. It is therefore a valid way to provide useful information for different population segments and come up with realistic feedback.

Aside from consumers, sellers also make good use of online product reviews. It allows sellers to come up with the counteractive marketing strategy to respond to the consumer reviews published on various sites online, which particularly tackle on two basic questions: when and how. The information provided on the consumer review utilizes two aspects of information regarding the product: the information attributed to the product and the information formulated by the buyer or tester of the product. The latter type of information has more weight since it expounds on the actual product performance aside from what the product claims to do or deliver.

The timing of release for consumer reviews for certain products therefore set as a strategic variable that both parties (consumers and sellers) can use to their advantage. Of course, how one person utilizes the information provided in the review is dependent on the individual preference and criteria that a consumer has created for them. Hence, one can notice the increasing amount of online product reviews currently available on the internet since they serve as a good source of information for those who want to make intelligent buying decisions. Just make sure that if you are going to utilize this information is to look at the site’s credibility to ensure that the consumer review information you got is valid.

All About The Great Online Shopping Festival 2014

Brief History

On December 12, 2012, Google India organized a day long shopping festival during which people could shop from hundreds of different online retailers at earth-shatteringly low rates. Following its success, Google organized the same event next year in December 2013. However, due to the massive success of GOSF in the previous year, this time around, it was organized for 3 days from 11th-13th December. Surpassing everyone’s expectations, the response to GOSF in 2013 was so “great,” that the organizers had no choice but to extend it one more day, in order to satiate the ever increasing number of online shoppers in the country. Now, come December, GOSF 2014 is expected to woo and please millions of online shopping enthusiasts in India, during its 3 days long run between 10-12 December. Being one of the first of its kind in country, GOSF has played a big role in introducing people to the many benefits of online shopping, even if it’s just for a period of 3 days. Moreover, it has proven to be extremely fruitful for the many already-existing as well as upcoming online and offline retailers, in getting their brand recognized and also make good sales in the process.

What’s So Special About GOSF?

There are some very good reasons why this initiative by Google is called “The Great” Online Shopping Festival. In order to attract as many shoppers as possible, the event offers massive sales in all categories across hundreds of brands and online shopping stores like Flipkart, Amazon, SnapDeal, Myntra and Jabong, to name a handful. Although the money-saving deals are applicable for a variety of products and brands, there are still some really popular categories that make the maximum number of sales during GOSF, something by which both the customers and the retailers profit. Some of the most sought-after categories are those of;

Electronics

One of the most popular categories, understandably because everyone wants to get their hands on the latest smart phones from the leading cell phone brands, especially if they are available at cheaper rates than the market prices. From Apple, Sony, Samsung and Nokia to HTC, Micromax, Gionee and more, almost every smart phone brand offers amazing discounts on their handsets. Apart from phones, the electronics category also sees good sales through LED/LCD television sets, home theaters, refrigerators, gaming consoles, among many others.

Fashion & Apparels

Another hot category is that of clothing and fashion. With most of all major cosmetic and apparel brands like L’Oreal, Davidoff, Olay, Wrangler, Burberry, United Colors of Benetton, Adidas and countless others, offering their latest range of products at wonderfully reduced prices, it comes as little surprise that this category is always in demand.

Travel & Booking

Nobody wants to miss a chance to travel to exotic locations, both within India and abroad. And if such travel and hotel bookings are available for lesser prices than usual, who would not be tempted to plan a vacation immediately? That is precisely why big travel companies like MakeMyTrip, Yatra, GoIbibo, Travel Guru, etc. introduce exciting deals on bookings during GOSF, luring in travelers who rush to book their reservations at cheaper rates.

Apart from these three, there are several other categories like books, jewellery, home decor, health and beauty, dining and restaurants, etc. that come with attractive discount offers that help shoppers save a good sum of money during the three days of GOSF.

What to Expect From GOSF 2014?

In an unprecedented move, this year, Google has already started creating buzz about GOSF through a Pre-Party, a 14 days long contest from November 25th to December 10th, the day of commencement of GOSF 2014. During this unique contest, 14 shortlisted brands will offer deals and discounts and hold contests on their products, for one full day each. The lucky winners of these contests will stand a chance to shop for free from the respective brands for a limited period of time. Add to that, this year, GOSF will also have a special segment called the “299 corner,” which will include costly, branded products for just Rs.299.

Apart from these new and special features, GOSF 2014 will give amazing discount offers and deals to customers for more number of online and offline retailers than ever before. So if you have been stashing up money to splurge on your favourite products and brands in one go, GOSF 2014 is just the right event for you. You can indulge in three days of non-stop, money-saving shopping experience between 10th-12th December and get all your desired goods at shockingly low rates!

Why Black Friday Is The Best Time To Shop

Looking for bargains?

Planning to do your Christmas shopping already? Well, this is probably the best time for you to do this. This shopping holiday, which falls the day after Thanksgiving, is the day when every store come out with different Black Friday deals and sales offerings. You will save a ton of money on Christmas shopping if you heed the following advice.

It usually marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This day is considered by bargain hunters to be the biggest shopping festival of the year. It’s also a win situation for retailers since their profits skyrocket due to the throng of consumers on the lookout for great sales.

Historical Beginnings of Black Friday

The name is called as such since most retailers record high profit during this day. The word black is added to the day to indicate the gains in their records in contrast to the color red which indicates loss in sales.

Black Friday Advertisements

Both big and small stores usually post their advertisements a day before. This is to inform the buying public of what they could offer. However, big companies, such as ACE Hardware, Best, Buy, and Walmart, already posted their Black Friday Ads 2010. This is actually a great way to spread the news of their bargain sale.

Stores To Watch Out For

One of the companies to watch out for during this festival is ACE Hardware. ACE Hardware is a store which offers hardware, tools, building materials, even electrical components. If you’re looking for power tools, plumbing, cleaning and paint supplies for your home, this is the place to go. It would offer you almost half the price sales and special discounts for special items. Another one in the list is Home Depot. If you’re planning to buy something for your home like furnishings and appliances, then this is the best time to do it at Home Depot. During this day, the store usually offers up to 40% discount on items such as lighting, plumbing equipment, gardening equipment, flooring materials, or any home improvement items.

Helpful Tips for Black Friday

Since this occasion happens very rarely, you should make the most out of it. It is important to keep a list before going to a certain store to buy things. You wouldn’t want you to waste your hard-earned money on things that aren’t useful to you. Another thing to keep in mind when doing your shopping is to give preference to big-ticket items since these items will allow you to save more than other regular items. Also, if possible, go in groups. Not only is it safer, but it would also allow you to look or scout for your desired items in different stores. It is also a great idea to check on the Price Matching policy of some stores. Though it is a tricky situation since some employees and managers are not that open in offering price match, it is still worth a try to avoid the long queues. Lastly, buy only the things you need. Spending on things that you don’t really need is not a very logical thing to do.