If you contact someone and haven't heard back in a week, it's OK to send a second e-mail.

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Not to mention effective: Each day, an average of 236 people who met on e get married. So, how do you go from logging on to finding your perfect match?

"I equate online dating to looking for a job," says Julie Spira, cyber-dating expert and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating.

Instead of saying that you like to cook (which plenty of people will do), describe in detail what your favorite meal to make is.

"It gives a richer picture of who you are," he adds.

This is likely because an initial message serves mostly to make your profile available to the other person.

The lesson: Spend time on your profile, and don't stress too much about your first e-mail! Be Direct When it comes to virtual dating, forget playing "hard to get." If someone you're interested in contacts you, it won't pay off to "casually" wait a few days to reply.

So, assume that your interest hasn't had time to open your message.

But if there's silence after two e-mails, cut your losses and move on.6.

"You'd want a rock star résumé for your perfect dream job, and you should feel the same way about your online dating profile." And the profile is just where it starts—we have plenty of expert tips, from sending the perfect first e-mail to picking your first date location.

Here, everything you need to know to find love on the World Wide Web.1.

Your Profile Picture It can seem difficult to stand out in the vast sea of online daters; the best way to do so is by creating a great profile—and be sure to always include a photo.