As an aficionado of online dating, and founder of Marry Me Already.com, a dating site targeted strictly at people looking for serious relationships and marriage, I am often asked how online daters can distinguish between people looking for that special someone and those who are just in it for a night of fun. Online dating can really work, with as many as one in six marriages today between people who met online.
The trick is in sifting out the diamonds from the ruffians!
Here's something you should also know when reading this piece.
I hear complaints from people all the time regarding the quality of users they're hearing from, or the fact that they're rarely hearing from anyone at all, and without fail, each time I have checked out that person's profile, it's a train wreck!
Even for those who do experience some success online, their profiles often could use a lot of improvement.
Spelling errors and grammatical blunders abound in online profiles; do you really want to present yourself as either uneducated or lazy?
Self-taken photos reflected off the bathroom mirror with poor lighting and dirty towels in the background rarely make a good first impression.
A frightening number of profile photos can be found that are taken from bad angles, have frowns on faces, or are primarily of the user's pet dog, frog, or a pogo stick.
Put simply, a quickly thrown-together profile with unflattering photos and misspellings of words like "Hi" (I have literally seen this spelled "Hie") is NOT going to cut it!
Putting your best foot forward can and will yield positive results when consistently applied.
Just add a dash of common sense with a pinch of your own instinct, and you'll be well on your way to finding that special someone who may just make you say, "I do."1) Create a great online dating profile that showcases you.
They say that "like attracts like," so if you want to meet someone who is well-groomed, articulate, and interesting you first need to make sure your profile is of the same caliber.
Post realistic but flattering photos, and write something about yourself that is intriguing and tells your suitors what you are passionate about and what makes you tick.
Then watch how quickly other quality people who also put in the same type of effort are drawn to you!