dont invest too much into online dating, it is hard especially if you find someone who does not live close by, if you do find someone through one of these sites meet the person sooner than later, having a long drawn out relationship online is not healthy by any means, and you wont truely know the person until you meet face to face, and even then you are still taking a shot in the dark because one still needs to build trust in real life.
I would change the title of online dating to more like online socializing or ice breaking,
I have not had any success with these dating sites either, match,eharmony,catholic mingle, and also free one, either my town is too small, or the ones i was interested in lived states away.
plus you can meet single people on internet chat sites “chat rooms” for free or through your internet provider, it is the same concept really, you build a profile, post some photos, then just surf the internet hoping to find someone of interest who is close by and then start corresponding. I have actually talked to more women through other regular chat rooms than i have with online dating sites, but again they are states away or living in Canada, so “shrugs”.
If people have honestly had success with them, congrats, to the rest of those considering, be very cautious, and if you can not meet the person with in a week to a month after corresponding I would suggest moving on.