Dating 101 basics
Look your best and submit a great photo of yourself for your profile photo.
A good picture really is worth a thousand words, and research shows that you are nearly 10 times more likely to be noticed if you post a photo to your profile.
And, more importantly, just realize that they don't help your cause when meeting others online. Tell us some things about yourself that wouldn't necessarily come out in an elevator conversation with your tax accountant. What would you do if no longer had to work for a living? Do you secretly wish everyday was sampling day at the grocery store? Look at some messages you've sent, and then consider saying the exact same words in a face-to-face or a telephone conversation. Don't feel too bad, it happens to the best of us, just try to keep this in mind the next time you're typing out an email or instant message. A quick "thanks, but no thanks" note is so much better than no reply at all.
In fact, next time you're replying to a message on the site, check out the new "Thanks but No Thanks" template. Create Activity Groups, go on group dates, try Express Dating, enjoy travel events, and just enjoy the net together.
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS If your first internet efforts haven't turned up "the perfect one," don't despair.
But hey, seeing that we've been perfecting the art of matching people up online all eight of those years, we'd like to share a little of what we've learned about how to make the best of your online experience.
You may also want to consider expanding your searches--don't be too intent on sticking to your itemized checklist for eternal mates.
You might also want to try some different searches from time to time.
Feeling like there's something that's just not quite there yet in how you're going about this whole online dating thing?
Don't feel bad, chances are you're one of the many people who're still pretty new to this gig.