First, visit sites that focus on serious dating for singles, and don’t just cater to people looking for casual flings. When you start your search, it’s easy to get attracted to great looking people. Looks matter, yes, but more importantly, your interests should match. When you upload your profile, be as honest as possible. It’s nice to say you read award winning books, but if you don’t, then you won’t enjoy getting stuck with someone who wants to discuss your “interests”. Be honest with your photos also. Don’t choose really old or digitally altered photos. The person you meet might be so disappointed that it’ll put a damper on the whole date. And, think about it – you wouldn’t like it if someone did the same with you. Don’t rush into meeting the person, and don’t force someone to meet you. You’ll only seem aggressive and pushy. Spend a bit of time getting to know him or her on email and phone calls. When you do decide that there’s someone you want to meet, set up the first date in a public place. Dress attractively, of course, but do be careful about the signals you want to give. Also, it will be better if you both make your own way there; so that you have the freedom to leave in between if you have to.
Finally, don’t be in a hurry to end your single status. Enjoy the freedom that you have to be yourself, and date as much as possible before deciding on who’s the right person for you.