There are several sites that offer additional levels of security including background checks and photo verification.
These sites have the broadest appeal and generally the largest membership bases.
Members set up a profile, upload photos and can then search through profiles to find a good match.
Harvard Business School graduate, Mark Brooks, has been an expert in the Internet dating business since 1998.
With an estimated 1,000 online dating sites in existence, however, it can be hard to sift through all the options and decide which is the best site.
Creating online dating profiles helps consumers carefully consider potential matches.
Check to see what safeguards are put in place by the site, and which ones you can enable to limit those who sees your profile.
Most dating sites have become extremely good about policing their members for negative or unsafe behavior.
Some of these sites include Match.com, OKCupid and
Mingle2 is a membership service of which users pay to be a part.
It was originally a service called Just Say Hi, but the site transitioned to Mingle2 in 2008 and now works with many populations of singles. It uses a compatibility matching system to link up people with complementary personalities and lifestyles and has worked with millions of users over the past 15 years.
He is currently the CEO of Courtland Brooks, a consultancy agency for the Internet dating industry, and runs Online Personals
He prides himself on being a New Media Futurist and can be reached at Linked In.