Many sites have an auto renewal function so make sure you untick it if you don't want to continue to be charged.Remember too that even free apps and websites are making money out of you somehow.
On the other end of the spectrum is Plenty of Fish.
Lester says her friend branded POF the 'TK Maxx of dating' because while you can find great stuff, it takes a bit of rummaging.
Free sites will have more members (so more choice) but that means more admin on your side.
Wading through thousands of options might sound like fun in the beginning but leads to online dating burnout.
Some more common pitfalls are using too many group shots, including pics with your ex, or shots taken at your wedding (yes, really), too many selfies (what does that say about you? That any adult would choose to include pictures of children on a dating website has always struck me as inappropriate and bizarre. With Tinder's success (50 million users worldwide) it was inevitable that other fast, fun apps would follow, and Karl Gregory of says the emergence of wearable technology is set to have a huge impact on how we access online dating sites in the future.
In the last 12 months we've seen the launch of Happn (which uses GPS tracking and then lists people you have crossed paths with), Daatch (a new app for lesbian daters which just launched in Ireland) and Bumble, the brainchild of former-Tinder exec Whitney Wolfe.
Long lists of what you are looking for in a partner can be off-putting too.
I've read things like, "if you are vain, conceited or selfish don't bother getting in touch", which not only makes you sound bitter and twisted but will also ensure no one ever messages you.
I still remember the worst thing I ever read on a dating profile: "As well as a pretty face you should have an intoxicating soul, I want to drown in your aura" which brings me to the next point made by e Harmony.
"Don't indulge the inner narcissist", meaning "don't demand that your future partner love, worship, and adore you.
My personal advice when writing your profile is not to be too generic.