With Valentines Day just round the corner, we've rounded up the best sites for finding love online...

As the statistics continue to rise (and we hear about more and more success stories), online dating has become common practice - even for us normal folk! Gay, straight, young and old alike are flocking to the net for a bit of flirtatious fun or a committed, loving relationship. Romance is most certainly alive and well on this broad range of sites.


Match

www.match.com




You may have melted at the television advert where a young couple duet across a train platform but far from the fantasy, Match is helping hundreds of thousands of real people find true love. The online dating service boasts more relationships and more marriages than any other site. For those looking to be put through their dating paces, Match Affinity has award winning psychologist Dr Cecilia d’Felice and her experts at the ready with relationship advice available via coaching videos and articles.  Where no two love birds are the same, you can also grab personalised tips and advice that will have you flying off into the sunset in no time. 



My Single Friend

www.mysinglefriend.com




She helped you find your home but now property developer and TV presenter Sarah Beeny will help you in your quest for a significant other. A notorious matchmaker in her personal life, Beeny decided to start My Single Friend in the hope that there would be a field of similarly eager friends set on sourcing that special someone for their muckers. The site allows members to place an ad that describes their mate making the dating process a whole lot less solitary. Afraid of bigging yourself up or putting yourself down? You can nominate a friend to paint a more objective picture taking away the stigma that surrounds self-advertising on the online dating scene. Join now for free but nobody mentioned branching out for that wedding hat…


Gay

www.gay.com




In this dating site come online magazine, members can surf millions of profiles whilst being able to watch videos from partner news site The Advocate or catch the latest style and travel tips from Gay.net.  Membership is free but you can also join as a premium which allows you to see who thinks you’re hot and who’s checked your profile. After a spot of flirtation in the chat room? Or fancy something a little more intense with a one on one? Gay.com provides a multitude of ways to connect. Join now for instant access to The Hot List where you’ll find profiles that members have deemed the sauciest on the site.


Dating for Parents

www.datingforparents.com




This site gives a whole new meaning to child friendly. A forum for single parents who don’t want to worry about broaching the subject of having a little one, Dating for Parents is exclusively for mum and dad. If you’re afraid of starting over, the service will ease you back in to the dating scene with a range of communication options such as chat rooms or a private live chat if you take a shine to someone. Ready to take things one step further? Their webcam is a great option to establish whether you want to meet.


Parship

www.parship.co.uk




Just because he’s sitting next to you on the train, it doesn’t mean he’s more likely to be the one. At Parship, psychology trumps proximity with a more scientific approach to a match made in heaven. Since 1960, site co-founder Professor Hugo Schmale has been conducting research into couples and their relationships which has resulted in his division of Parship’s compatibility test. The test takes into consideration relationship-relevant character traits such as character traits, habits and interests before looking at what qualities you’re after. Strictly for British professionals, this discreet service only matches you with people whose personality profile is compatible with yours. With the new iPhone App, dating can take place on the move and around your busy schedule!


Asians4Asians

www.asians4asians.com




This online dating service is a portal for Asian singles looking for love. Members stem from all backgrounds and faiths such as Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian. There’s even a free matrimonial service for those looking for the ultimate happily ever after.


50 Dating

www.50-dating.co.uk




With the fastest growing membership in the industry, 50 Dating is the place to be for a more mature approach to dating. You can refine your search with anything from zodiac matching to sexual compatibility. If it’s a bit of guidance that you’re after, articles such as “How to write a great online dating profile” will have you profile confident in no time. Their dating tips and dating book reviews mean that you’ll be ahead of the game: well, if life begins at 40…