I spent too much time blindly follow good-intentioned advice and not thinking for myself early on when dating online.So better to listen to your gut and break any “rules” (such as keeping the email short) when you think it would work to your favor.

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For example, in the Profile 3, creating an invitation to have a drink that looked like a travel itinerary might work well if she had mentioned enjoying creativity or if her profile was very creative.

Sometimes we can get so caught up in following “rules” that our online dating first messages don’t end up reflecting us very well and…

As I discuss in my free online dating guide, successful online dating relies in part on making great first impressions.

Whether the first impression is in the photos you select for your profile, how you describe yourself, or the first email you write, taking time to make the best first impression is important.

Based on my experience, I think the above are good guidelines to improve your odds of getting the conversation going.

So what do you include in this short, introductory email?

You can learn more details on my thoughts on this service in my article on How e Harmony Works.

No matter what service you choose, I hope my advice here will help you with your first messages.

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