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Krissy Dolor, the director of dating at e Flirt says, “When online dating, people skim through profiles, so it’s important to stand out in the crowd.

Avoid being generic with clichés like ‘live, laugh, love’ or ‘I like to laugh and have fun.’” One way for a dating app or site to help users avoid that trap is to offer lots of fill-in-the-blanks and multiple-choice questions — that way, you don’t have to come up with any clever turns of phrase.

At per month it’s the most expensive option out there, but had the highest number of blank profiles.

Meanwhile, Plenty of Fish lives up to its name — we received twice as many messages compared to Ok Cupid.

Matchmaker and online dating expert Carmelia Ray points out that “as a user, you want to have the most selection and options.

When you’re putting in your search criteria, and it’s coming back ‘no matches found,’ that’s a bummer.” To find the most popular options, we turned to Alexa, a web-traffic analytics company.

All of our top dating apps use an algorithm to match you with people you should be compatible with and interested in — and keep those “automatic nos” out of your feed.

This is the real heart of online dating (anyone could sift through profiles on their own) and some sites and apps do it better than others.

(According to a study from Ok Cupid, the majority of women don’t send the first message in online dating conversations — but they get great results when they do.) To keep our judgments as objective as possible, we used a rubric to categorize each message: Unfortunately — but perhaps not all that surprisingly — the majority of the messages we received on traditional dating sites were mediocre or downright bad. To send someone a message, both users have to indicate they’re interested by “swiping right” on their profile.

In early 2017, Barron’s estimated that Tinder has about 30 million active users and Bumble is close to 10 million.

Good online dating profiles are both extremely important and surprisingly hard to find.

We tested any with at least a million active users in the US.

It’s impossible to know exactly how many users are active on a given site or app (especially because mobile users aren’t reflected in Alexa data), but we’re definitely in the ballpark.

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