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Thursday, September 20, 2007

10 Tips for Creating a Lesbian Online Personal Ad

Creating an online personal ad doesn't have to be brain surgery, but it does require a little time and effort, if you want to get a response.

Here are a few tips to help you get through it:


  1. Find a Lesbian Online Dating site: For many of us this step may be the easiest part, but for those not so familiar with the internet, you may need a little help.

    There are actually quite a few lesbian dating sites on the internet, so you may want to take a look at a few of them before you decide where you want to place your personal ad. Some lesbians choose to list themselves on as many sites as possible, while others choose to stick to one or two...it is really your choice.

    Some of the top lesbian dating sites are: Match.com® , Gay.com, Chemistry.com and Lesbianpersonals.com, those should get you started.

  2. Photos: Having at least 1 recent photo (preferably more) on your ad is essential to getting a response, especially since it is usually the first thing people see when browsing through an online personal website.

  3. Headline: Along with a photo, you will need to come up with an interesting or eye-catching headline. Go ahead and be creative, but try to avoid clich├ęs, no matter how much you are lacking in inspiration. Sometimes the best headline can be a question, something that invokes a response or involves the reader just enough to want to read more about you.

  4. Be honest: Although it isn’t necessary to mention every one of your flaws, be honest when writing your personal ad. If you mention you are looking for someone who is honest, and then lie about your weight, education, profession, etc., your first dates aren't going to go very well.

  5. Focus on the positive: Write about the qualities you are looking for in a relationship or the characteristics you value in others. There is no need to mention all of the things you don't want, that can be a turn-off.

  6. Be Yourself: Try to write your ad as if you were having a regular conversation. If you can write the way you normally speak, others will get a better sense of your personality. Even a humorous personal story can give the reader more insight into your life.

  7. Be creative: Many people write about how much they like walks on the beach or cuddling on the couch. Try to get a little more unique, talk about something different. Maybe you speak a foreign language, or perhaps you have recently returned from a trip to Greece. These are things that will make you stand out from everyone else.

  8. Be Clear: Are you looking for a relationship or are you just looking to date? Do you want to meet someone with kids? Try to be specific about what you are looking for, it will help to eliminate potential disasters later.

  9. Check for Errors: Check your ad for spelling and grammatical mistakes. This may mean you will need to type out your ad in a word document first so that you can use the spell check.

  10. Update your ad: Keep your personal ad up-to-date. If you change your hairstyle, post a new photo. If your headline mentions snowboarding and it is June, think about changing that too. And if, by chance, you have met someone special, go ahead and take you ad off the site.

And one last bit of advice: Be Cautious!!! Be sure to keep a certain level of anonymity when you first meet someone on line. Never offer your personal information (phone number, address, or e-mail) to anyone right away. That way you have a layer of protection while getting to know each other, and it gives you time to judge whether you would be comfortable speaking on the phone or meeting in person.

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