How do you make contact successfully on a dating site?
Whoever writes emails to other singles, is often frustrated because there are so few replies. On the one hand, this is due to the system, but, on the other, to oneself. We explain to you how to drastically increase your reply rate.
You have registered, completed your profile and are already on the hunt for interesting singles. However, so far, you have not received any replies to your messages...
We have a remedy for that! We are delighted to give you some assistance so that your next messages will not end up being a flop.
The personal approach creates trust
If you have found an interesting profile you should then try to build trust with the other user. That certainly will not be achieved with a crude chat-up line; instead try the following options:
Pay close attention to the style of the profile. If it is short and concise, then you should keep your replies short. If you have the same hobbies, values and attitudes, it makes sense to mention them. In that way, you’ll have the opportunity to create a sense of familiarity.
Compliments give the message a certain kick!
But watch out! If a compliment is too corny, it can be very uncomfortable. We have learned that singles affected like this immediately delete such messages. The reason being: You feel disgusted, because it appears the person is very needy. We, therefore,advise against the following kind of wording and phrasing:
Sounds awful, but it happened recently to one of our testers. A line like this sounds much better:
Criticism and fibs are unwanted. Be positive!
Yes, you read that correctly. You would not believe how often such messages are sent. It’s no wonder that the amount of griping is so high. We wonder why singles do that to themselves. In order to encourage reflection on such behaviour, we like to compare it with everday situations. Imagine the following. You are out and about in the city and want to buy some cakes at the bakers for a later visit. If manners are important to you, then you will not say the following:
Unfortunately, manners in online-dating are often on a coffee break and singles, who have anything and everything to complain about, feel they are in the right. Just ask yourself, how you would like to be treated yourself. Did the remarks to the bakery assistant seem fair to you? If not, then behave differently!
Try to steer the conversation in a positive direction. If the single person does still not appeal to you, you can politely say goodbye.
Negativity does not get you anywhere in life. Those who want to cope with everyday life successfully, need positive attitudes. That also applies to online-dating. Focus on what you really would like to find and it will automatically come to you. Apart from that, have a little respect and a few friendly words never harmed anyone!
Petra has been monitoring the Australian world of online dating sites since 2003. In the media it is considered the leading expert on the topic of "online dating".