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02/07/2018 12:49 EST | Updated 02/07/2018 12:50 EST

All The Online Dating Tips You'll Need To Survive Out There

Because Pat Benatar was right when she said "love is a battlefield."

Online dating can be tough. Here are some tips on how to make it work for you.
Martin Dimitrov
Online dating can be tough. Here are some tips on how to make it work for you.

You've downloaded your online dating apps. You've created a profile. You're single and you're ready to "online" mingle. But where do you go from here?

We've pulled together some of HuffPost's best advice on how to make the most of your online dating experience and even some tips on when to take a break from your dating apps.

Start With Your Profile

First impressions matter, especially on dating apps. If you want to make your profile stand out in a sea of suitors, these suggestions can help.

The Profile Pictures That Will Spark The Most Interest Online
You should definitely include more than one photo of yourself on your profile.

Successful Dating Profiles Use These Key Words To Attract Partners
Words like "friends" and "fun" shows that you, uh... have friends and know how to have fun.

9 Tips For Writing An Engaging Online Dating Profile
One of them? Spellcheck. People will judge you on spelling and grammar mistakes, so think of it like a resumé for your love life.

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Make sure that your online dating profile is the best that it can be.

Getting Comfortable Online

Online Dating Resolutions For The New Year
If you're an online dating veteran, freshening up your profile with some new photos every six months can change up who's getting in touch.

Much Ado About Online Dating: Top 5 Tips for Success
Blogger Megan Fielding has some great no-nonsense tips, including keeping your online communications to a minimum. Keep some topics saved for your first date.

What Not To Do On Tinder
Swipe. Swipe. Swipe. Tinder is fun but there are some rules (stop with all the group photos!) that all friendly singles should follow.

7 Kickass Online Dating Tips For Women Over 35
We like tip no. 3: "Make the first move."

7 Common Online Dating Mistakes Women Over 50 Commonly Make
Dating coach Lisa Copeland warns women to avoid clichés and grammar and spelling mistakes. Our editors couldn't agree more.

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Don't dwell online too long. Once you have a match it's best to take it offline and plan a date.

Planning That First Date

It's a match! You've started chatting and you're planning your first real-life date. Coffee or a drink are tried-and-true classics but what if you want to be more adventurous?

10 First Date Ideas That Don't Suck
These ideas are also great for that second, third or fourth date (hint, hint).

30 Outdoor Date Ideas For New And Seasoned Couples
Take it outside! An outdoors date doesn't have to involve bungee jumping or extreme sports. Even sedate activities like going for an outdoor movie or a bike ride can get the heart racing.

Is It Time To Bail?

The chemistry isn't there. Your date lied on their profile. Or maybe you're just not comfortable being around them. Some tips on knowing when to move on.

8 Subtle Signs That This Date Should Be the Last
If your date points fingers and likes to blame others, it might be a sign to head for the door.

15 Guys To Avoid Dating At All Costs
Featuring the "pick-up-after-me guy" and the dreaded "I-get-increasingly-less-romantic-with-each-date" guy.

7 Signs You Need To Say Goodbye
If your partner is calling you less and not thinking about your future together, it might be a good time to call it quits.

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Not feeling it? It's OK to call it quits and take a break from dating (online or otherwise).

It's OK Not To Be Online Dating

Just a reminder that it's also OK not to be on Tinder, OKCupid, Bumble or whatever apps the cool single kids are using these days.

11 Practical Ways To Date This Year
Remember that your relationship status doesn't define you as a person.

Stay awesome and good luck out there.

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