Searching for prospective dates is a good way to know more people. Entering certain keywords and other criteria in search forms (which are provided by online dating websites) is a good way to search for other people. Here are some tips to make your searches successful:
Every online website allows you to have some specific criteria which the other person must possess; it makes your searches easier. If you have criteria which are definite and factual, the Search Engines will do the picking for you based on their algorithm. Who knows? You might have some good candidates.
If you are fine with someone who lives across your country, you will need to search for that person. It is unlikely that someone from afar will look for you, although there are certain exceptions.
Be patient. I do know of people who probably scanned thousands of profiles with their use of online dating services and they have yet to succeed. However, there are some people who managed to find love just by browsing through a few profiles.
You may want a guy who is athletic and muscular. But, what if he is a perfect match in other aspects except that he is a couch potato?
Some online dating websites offer the subscribers the option of viewing how many days they have left remaining on their subscriptions. If you do see someone who has a few days left, add them to your address book for possibility of further contact.
Some websites limit your searches by placing defaults. Make sure that you alternate the choices of your default to make more results to be available.