Online Dating Newsletter to Relaunch December 16, 2008

(Online Dating News Blog)  The Online Dating Newsletter, on hiatus for nearly a year, will relaunch on Tuesday, December 16.  Each issue of the free weekly newsletter will contain dating tips, dating advice, date ideas, and online dating news.

The Online Dating Newsletter is produced by Online Dating Magazine, the industry watchdog publication for online daters.

You can sign up for the newsletter by entering your email address below, clicking Submit, then clicking on the confirmation link sent to your email address. You’ll then start receiving the newsletter every week.

Online Dating Stand Up Comedy

(Online Dating News Blog) Here’s a short, but funny, online dating stand up comedy routine. And the suggestion about people should be required to hold a paper with today’s date in their photos actually isn’t a bad one… 🙂

Why Don’t Girls Respond on Chemistry.com?

(Online Dating News Blog – The Answer Box)

Question: Why don’t girls respond on Chemistry.com when I email them?
There are two fundamental flaws of most online dating services that contribute to this problem. Those flaws are:

1. If you are a member and you send an email to someone, they need to be a member too in order to read the email and respond.

2. Many online dating services don’t clean their databases often, so someone who may not have used the service in years is still listed as available.

Because you don’t know, in most cases, who is a member ro not and whether a person is still active, you could be sending some emails to never-never land and that could account for a good portion of unanswered emails.

Online Dating Magazine research shows that, in general it takes a man 20 emails to various ladies in order to get one response. This 20 to 1 ratio is an average of all dating services, not just Chemistry.com which you mentioned in your question.

Online Dating Magazine also states, however, that it is possible to improve your ratio by following several tips:

1) Personalize your first communication. Carefully read the other person’s profile and when you send your email ask some questions based on their areas of interest.

2) Don’t talk about yourself in your first communication. Keep it about the other person.

3) If services allow you to see when a person last logged on then check that before sending an email. If it has been months or years since the person last logged on then your email isn’t going to change that.  Sending emails to people no longer on services is like putting your email straight into a shredder.

Other studies show that posting a good picture improves your response rate. This doesn’t mean that you scan a photo of a model from a magazine and post it as your own. That type of deceipt will come back to bite you. It means that you post a recent and decent photo of yourself.  Always be honest with your photo and in your profile because when a person meets you, they’ll know immediately if you were lying (or fibbing) and that will affect the quality of your date.

The Answer Box
If you have an online dating question you’d like to see answered here, send it to The Answer Box –  answerbox@onlinedatingnewsblog.com.

Santa Claus and Online Dating – Searching for Love

(Online Dating News Blog)  What would happen if Santa Claus — ok… maybe not the real one — was set up to use online dating as a way of getting his mojo… er… hoho back? This is the first video in a five part series, titled “Searching for Love”, that explores the challenges in finding love for the jolly depressed master of Christmas…

Class Action Lawsuit Certified Against eHarmony

(Online Dating News Blog) Online Dating Magazine has just broken the news that a class action lawsuit against eHarmony has been certified in the State of California.  The lawsuit alleges discrimination against gays and lesbians for not providing same-sex matching.

This is big news coming a day after eHarmony’s settlement agreement with the State of New Jersey and announcement it was going to offer gay and lesbian matching.

You can read the Online Dating Magazine story, titled “Class Action Lawsuit Against eHarmony Certified” by clicking here.

New Site – Online Dating Bookmarks – Launches

(Online Dating News Blog) Online Dating Magazine has launched a new Website called Online Dating Bookmarks, which is a resource for online daters and singles looking for the most in-depth dating information online.

Online Dating Bookmarks describes and links to the best content online in a variety of categories. Categories include:

> Online Dating Services
> Online Dating Articles
> Online Dating Tips
> Online Dating Research
> Online Dating Humor
> Online Dating Cartoons
> Online Dating Experiences
> Online Dating Satire
> Online Dating Safety
> Online Dating Videos
> Online Dating Industry

In addition, Online Dating Bookmarks will be publishing its own in-depth information for online daters. The first in this series is an article titled 12 Online Dating Safety Tips.

Online Dating Bookmarks is also embedding some of the best funny dating videos online, like the wildly popular Wii Dating.

For more information, visit Online Dating Bookmarks.