Online dating is a new popular way to meet people for dating and companionship. Some of the online dating websites however can come with expensive costs and sometimes with very little results. Rather than pay up to $40 a month to use one of these services many are turning to free online classified websites such as CraigsList in order to meet potential dating matches. This article will explain how to meet gay men on Craigslist using the CraigsList personals ads section of the site.
First of all before you begin even posting an online personals ad on craigslist or browsing through user profiles, be certain to create a new email address with HotMail, Yahoo or Gmail which does not include your personal information or contact info. With an anonymous email address a person will not be able to find you through your account or stalk you if you wish to end a relationship or chat. As well CraigsList is a popular website for people to fish for email addresses to spam. With a throwaway mail address your regular inbox will not become flooded with advertisements and other things you don’t need.
Making An Account
Creating an account on CraigsList.com is quite easy from there using your login information and new email account. Be filling out the sign up form and confirming your email you will soon be able to post your own advertisement and respond to other personal ads that are up on the website.
The M4M or men seeking men personals section on craigsList is an area that gay men can post to find and seek other gay men. There are many other sections of personals on Craigs List so it is important to know exactly what you seek out of your advertisement/who you want to view your ad and post in the appropriate section.
Writing your first ad can be a bit difficult, explain exactly what you are looking for and what your personality is like. If there is a certain type of person you are looking for it is important to say that directly in your advertisement so that you can get the best possible match and result from your ad. Spend time creating your ad so that it will attract the right people. You may have to repost your ad in order to keep it near the top of the list to ensure many users will see it, always rewrite your ad a bit so that you are not reported for spam and your ad isn’t removed.
When it comes time to contact people that you are interested in it is also important to know exactly what to say. Be certain not to give away too much information in emailing and responses to advertisements as there are many fake profiles on CraigsList that work to prey on people stealing their information and selling it. Try to use humor and just try and speak as naturally as you can. If you have verified another users identity it might be a good time to try and get their phone number or even arrange a meet up. It is always best to meet in a public place and to make sure there are lots of witnesses.
Using Craigs List is a great way to meet gay men. But be careful, there are plenty of scams and fake profiles out there. Always air on the side of caution but also try and enjoy the potential connections you can make using a free service like CraigsList.