You've tried the bar scene, blind dates and even dated a coworker or two - but nothing resulted from all your efforts. So you've decided to give online dating a try.
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And you're not alone - in 2003, "magazine reported that online-dating-service revenues topped $214 million in only the first half of 2003. By now, you can imagine that with the myriad of online dating sites out there, the dollars are pouring in like never before.
Online daters are not desperate, lonely people (at least not all of them). Most men and women who end up on online dating sites are looking for someone because they're tired of the dating scene, don't have time to hunt for a mate, or both.
And chances are, you're in the same boat. The problem is that you're not sure how to go about it or what to do once you do get to an online dating site.
Don't worry, I'm here to help. All you need is a positive attitude and the willingness to find the woman you want.
Here, now, are some tips to ensure that you don't spend hours on end looking for a woman online without any results.
ONLINE DATING TIPS #1
FIND WOMEN IN YOUR AREA
Unless you are willing to relocate for a woman, you're best bet is to find an online dating site that offers you the option of finding women in your area.
Not only will this simplify your ability to meet with one at your leisure, it may even save you potential travel complications down the line (imagine you're in Illinois and fall in love with a woman from California).
If you're willing to take your chances, however, that's fine. Just be aware that you do have that option in online dating.
ONLINE DATING TIPS #2
WORK YOUR PROFILE
When you describe yourself in your online dating profile, be honest. What good is this whole thing if you're going to start off a potential relationship with lies? Dedicate about 200 words to describing yourself and use another 100 to describe what you're looking for.
How can you describe yourself? Write about what you look like, your education, your job, and things that make you original (you speak Italian fluently, you have a ferret, etc).
Be witty in your profile by making a humorous comment or two. However, ensure that you get straight to the point about what you want in a woman and what you can bring to a relationship.
Be specific about what you're not interested in (divorced, children), but don't limit yourself so much that you end up with a specific type of woman. For example, you can mention that you absolutely do not want to date a smoker, but don't mention that you prefer blonds.
Also, make sure to double-check your spelling and grammar. Think of your profile as your opportunity to make a lasting first impression.
Finally, do not post any personal information that may give women clues about where you live specifically or who you are. Although online dating is relatively safe, you want to avoid any problems.
ONLINE DATING TIPS #3
POST YOUR PHOTOGRAPH
To start, if a woman doesn't have her picture posted next to her profile, you can probably bet that not many men will be contacting her. Putting a face to a profile is very important when it comes to online dating and you should definitely post yours.
But... do not post a picture that was taken 10 years ago when you weighed 20 pounds less and had more hair. It's not only deceptive; the person who sees it will expect to see that person should you decide to meet up.
Post a recent photograph of yourself that you like and try not to have all your friends in it. You don't have to post a host of shots; one or two is more than enough. This will ensure that more eyes take a look at your profile.
ONLINE DATING TIPS #4
FLIRT WITH WOMEN
If you're online and someone wants to chat with you, go for it. And if the two of you have a good rapport, then feel free to flirt. But if you're looking for a serious relationship with someone, being overtly sexual may get you a cheap thrill, but that's about all you'll get out of it.
Of course, if you're in the mood for a little fun, go for it by all means, but don't expect a couple of masturbation sessions to turn into a marriage proposal. Just like in the real world of face-to-face meetings, you shouldn't confuse sex with love.
By flirting, you could wink at a woman or blow her a kiss, but overtly writing about your genitalia or going over a sexual fantasy won't likely land you a great woman.
C Kellogg - Dating Tips For Men Special Report
Brian Caniglia - Online Dating Secrets
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