Chapter 1: All About How A Dating Service Works
You can usually create a much longer profile using free dating agencys than in say a newspaper ad. That isn't a licence to ramble on but it does mean that you don't need to learn a foreign language of abbreviations. Most of us know of the obvious ones such as GSOH (good sense of humour) or WLTM (would like to meet) but there usually isn't any need to resort to these online.
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Some internet dating agencys allow you to add a headline to your profile. For instance you may want to start with a headline such as 'Millionnaire 007 type looking for Miss Moneypenny' - possibly a bit corny these days, but you get the idea. In any event this is the first opportunity you have to get someone to notice your profile. So it's important to try to write something that grabs their attention. Please, please don't be tempted to use anything smutty as your profile will, at best, most likely be ignored. At worst, many dating agencys, even the totally free ones, will simply delete it before it ever sees the light of day. However there's nothing wrong with using something just a little bit cheeky - it can work very well!
You must remember that when you create a profile online you are actually trying to present yourself in the most favourable light. Free dating agencys the world over are full of people with varying qualities but you need to make someone else out there want to get to know you. You know you're great, but no-one else will - unless you tell them... On the other hand don't be tempted to 'over-sell' yourself!
We've said before that you must be honest. The temptation is enormous to make yourself a few years younger, a little bit slimmer than you really are in the hope that you'll receive more responses. Well please don't do it - the first time you meet up you'll probably end up having to come clean (depending on which little white lie you told) and what may have been a great date could turn into a later nightmare wondering whether your date will get in touch with you again. Of course, the more dates you go on without telling your date the truth the harder it becomes to come clean. Almost all free dating agencys recommend that you avoid the awkward situation and be honest to start with. Sure, you might receive fewer responses than if you'd lied but at least you know they are interested in you and not in a false image that you have created. Always make an effort to show your personality in your profile - don't just say you've got a good sense of humour - show people that you have by demonstrating it! If you say you're a bit of a bookworm then why not write a bit about the last couple of books you read and why they appealed to you!