When you find someone you would like to meet, start by sending him or her a short email saying you enjoyed their profile and the two of you share some common interests. This email will be their first impression of you, so keep it upbeat and fun so they will want to respond. The social rules of online dating are different than traditional courting, so if you are a woman, don't be afraid to make the first move and send an email to someone that peaks your interest. Taking the time to personalize your emails by mentioning something specific about their profile shows your genuine interest in them. If you don't get a response, don't take it personally. He or she probably wasn't the right person for you. The person who has the potential to be your perfect match will reply.
Chat on the phone a few times before you meet and always meet in a public place. It is a good idea to let a friend know where you are going and about how long you think you will be and check in with your friend when you are leaving. Meeting for coffee or a drink is a great first date because you are not locked into a time frame and you can stay as little or as long as you like. By following these tips and trusting your gut instincts, your online dating experience could lead you to your perfect match.