Emailing an Online Match
Once the profile is written, an Internet dater should create a standard email that can be sent as an opener. Something like:
"Hi. I saw your profile and it looks as if we might have some things in common. Take a look at my profile and give me an email back so we can start the conversation."
If the dater happens to notice a few things that the potential match might have in common, it's okay to personalize the initial email a bit further. Daters should continue sending out emails to people who interest them in order to keep a steady stream of responses coming in.
An online dating profile should showcase the dater's personality and interests. It should be well written, but also show off the unique voice and style of the dater. It should never sound cookie cutter, or as if someone else has written it. Even if a dater goes to a professional writer to have his profile crafted, it should still sound as if the dater could have written it.
Discuss what “being serious” really means for both of you.
Internet dating is a tricky thing once you've met someone special. Perhaps you joined an online dating service because you wanted to meet someone special. On the other hand, your partner may have joined because they just wanted to get back in the dating game and meet new people. One individual may think it’s perfectly fine to continue browsing through profiles while they date someone seriously because they are “just looking.” Another person may think it’s fine to email other people as long as you don’t meet them out. There are definite rules for online dating etiquette, but unless you both are aware of them you may be headed in different directions and not even realize it. Communication is a key aspect for any relationship, but even more so when it comes to Internet dating. Open the dialog with your partner about where your relationship is really going so you are both on the same page.
Make sure you are both clear on what you should do to move forward with your relationship. Failure to do this could mean trouble down the road. Even if you both agree to get serious, never assume your mate is pulling his or her profile until you both discuss it and agree to do so.