How to Succeed at Online Dating

Invest in a paid membership

To really get the most out of online dating, you should invest in a paid membership. Free memberships and trial memberships are good when you are trying to find the online dating service that will best match your needs and goals so once you have found a site you are comfortable with, take the plunge. Think of it as an investment in your future.

Take your time

Miracles don't happen in the real world so don't expect that they will happen in the online world either. A one-month membership isn't generally enough time to really experiment with all an online dating service offers. It's going to take you a few days just to get everything set up to the point that you are happy. You are going to need time to develop a relationship just as you would under traditional dating circumstances.

Be Honest

Honesty really is the best policy, and so that you don't waste anyone's time, be especially honest about the type of relationship you seek. In addition, you've got to put a concentrated effort into getting what you want. Your ideal relationship isn't going to happen without your assistance.

Write a powerful profile header

It is the best way you have of getting noticed. In the world of online dating, you are one small fish swimming among a sea of thousands of other fish. It takes creativity to get noticed so don't be afraid to try something new.

Select the Right Photograph

Your photo will be looked at even before any of the words you have written about yourself. If you are serious about online dating, consider hiring a professional photographer to capture a few good images on just you – images that will also be current!

Keep the conversation light

Always put on a happy face when you are communicating with someone you've connected with online. You've got to learn how to flirt without the use of your body language. Learn how to make your words evoke laughter. Build up the parts of your life that are interesting. Use the wink emoticon to break the ice.

Use IM and the Phone

When you're ready to take an online relationship further, chatting in real time and even talking on the phone will really become important. If you remember the rules of safety, you don't have to be afraid to venture out of the safe environment of sending and replying to email.

Don't divulge personal information

Always play it safe because until you meet in person a few times, it's not possible to really know what the person on the other side of your correspondence is really up to. When you correspond, use generalities, not specifics. For example, you might state your occupation, but do not give the name of the company you work for, the branch location or other identifying information and never give out your last name, address, even the town in which you live. It's just not necessary, especially early on.