With numerous online dating sites out there, you probably think you know everything there is to know about online dating. If people don’t reply back to you, you might even assume it’s because they’re shallow or stuck up. While this can be the case sometimes, the real reason why you might be struggling with online dating is because you’re doing it the wrong way. Online dating involves much more than sending messages to someone and hoping that they reply back to you. Just like with much of everything else, online dating is both an art and a science. If you really want to get somewhere with it, you’re going to have to do everything you can to make people want to get to know you. In order to do this, you need to follow three (or four depending on how you look at it) simple rules.
Be Direct (And Fill Out Your Profile)
If you want to get anywhere with online dating you need to be direct. Some of the people you may be sending messages to might be getting messages from several other people. If you’re beating around the bush, or taking too long to say what you want, they may pass you over without a second thought. Tell people that you’re interested in what you’re looking for. Be honest about it. Lying is the worst thing you can do on an online dating site because if you meet up, that person will eventually realize you were lying.
You should also fill out your profile. Don’t half ass it. Fill out your profile in its entirety. No blank spaces or unanswered questions. The people view viewing your profile need to know that you’re serious about trying to find someone. If they don’ think you’re serious, they won’t be interested in you.
Send an Introduction Email that Will Make Them Want to Know More
Stop sending “Hi, how are you?” messages. No one likes to receive those. They’re boring, and people will think that you’re just bulk sending them to the people that you’re interested in. Send a message that shows that you’ve at least skimmed their profile. Mention something that you would only know from reading their profile. This way they’ll at least know that you thought they were interested enough in getting to know them. You will get more replies from people when they think that you find them interesting.
Don’t Be In a Rush to Meet Up
Don’t ruin a good back and forth chat or text conversation by asking to meet up. Give it time. Get to know the other person for a bit longer. If you ask to meet up too quickly, you will end up startling them, and they may stop talking to you altogether. Play it smoothly, and wait until you’re certain that they are ready to meet up with you. When you do this, you have a better chance of the two of you getting along and actually having things to talk about when you finally meet up.
Online dating is a great way to meet a lot of people without having to go broke on dates, or spend time at bars and nightclubs that you don’t want to be at. It takes work to meet people, so don’t assume just because you have a profile that people will flood your inbox with messages. You’ll have to work just as hard online as you would if you were in person. In fact, some people might argue that you have to work even harder. Don’t mess things up before you even give them a chance to get started.