Online dating can be frustrating. Which site do you choose? How do you avoid a scam? What do you put in your profile?
That’s where our 10 Best Online Dating Experts come in. These men and women have done all the legwork so users like you can get the best advice there is.
Bragging Rights: Passion
Coaching singles from “college-age to the large population of baby-boomers who are looking for a chance at true love,” Julie Spira is publisher and editor-in-chief at Cyber-Dating Expert. Creating her first online dating profile in 1994, Spira has a self-professed love affair with technology that has led her to be featured more than 500 times in the media, including ABC, CBS, NBC News and Woman’s Day.
Social Clout: 28,170 followers, 3,884 likes
Bragging Rights: Practices what she preaches
With her new e-book recently hitting the World Wide Web, “Expert Online Dating: Advice for Men from a Hot Chick,” Gina Stewart is certainly not a shy dating expert. As founder of “Expert Online Dating,” Stewart is quick, witty and keeps the reader’s attention by using a personal approach. The site includes sections for those who are “frustrated,” “busy” and simply looking for “philosophy.”
Social Clout: New e-book
Bragging Rights: Something for everyone
As founder of eFlirt Expert and author of “Love @ First Click,” Laurie Davis is a fresh-faced online dating consultant who offers one-on-one services on everything from Facebook flirting to decoding your date’s text messages. Founded in 2009, eFlirt Expert hawks services to meet everyone’s budget. If that’s not enough to get you to visit her site, Davis actually met her fiance on Twitter!
Social Clout: 8,621 followers, 726 likes
Bragging Rights: It’s in the details
Joshua Pompey is recognized around the world as an expert in the field of online dating and relationships. GetRealDates.com offers online dating tips, online dating guides for men and custom-made profiles. With his detail-oriented articles, Pompey breaks down each online dating subject so the steps to success are easy to follow and the goals are actually attainable.
Social Clout: 1,189 followers, 11 likes
Bragging Rights: Firsthand experience
Motivated by the loss of her husband in 2007, Melani Robinson is as real as it gets. A writer, mother, dog lover, yoga enthusiast and foodie, Robinson gives dating advice based on firsthand experience in her award-winning blog, “1 Year of Online Dating at 50.” Robinson calls it like she sees it — the good, the bad, the painful and the disappointing. Oh, and she’s not afraid of a few four-letter words.
Social Clout: 262 followers, 324 likes
Bragging Rights: Social media gurus
K. Jason and Kelli Krafsky are “The Social Media Couple.” Active Facebookers since early 2008, Jason and Krafsky are inspired by the trial and error of everyday life. Married since 1994, the couple just unveiled another blog, Techlationships.com, which focuses on how technology affects relationships.
Social Clout: 4,114 followers, 1,143 likes
Bragging Rights: One of us
The Urban Dater, founded by Alex Vasquez, is a “blog that covers the topics of dating, sex, relationship, love and everything that comes with the unmarried life.” The site features reader questions, guest posting and new content on a daily basis. Vasquez is “one of us” and is not afraid to shed light on where he’s been while imparting wisdom based on real-life experiences.
Social Clout: 4,570 followers, 505 likes
Bragging Rights: One-stop shop
The LoveProspector, Jessica Smythe, offers readers everything from a joke page to videos to quick links to dating sites. Check out the “Why Aren’t You Married?” comeback answers such as “I’d have to forfeit my billion dollar trust fund.” Sheer brilliance! Smythe keeps up with the latest dating trends and features short and sweet articles that get right to the point.
Social Clout: 4,104 followers,
Bragging Rights: Variety
As CEO of slinky.com.au, “Australia’s largest free dating site for sexy singles,” Jodie Brittain offers something for everyone with breakup advice for men, women and geeks. Combining research with numbered tips that get to the deep issues, Brittain is all about variety. Her blog posts include “Dating: Warning Signs That You’re Dating a Major Psycho.”
Social Clout: 2,480 followers, 199 likes
Bragging Rights: Relevant
Sharon and Mariann (aka Sha and Mares) are the founders of LifeBytesRealStories.com, an online dating site offering relevant content and articles about how different couples met online. The duo has found success advising “men, women, young, old, bi, gay or straight” in clever rundowns of dates and situations.
Social Clout: 161 likes
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