1. Choose a good Dating Website.
There are a lot of sites out there, so choosing the best sites can require some research, but also some trial an error. Some sites match you with potential partners while with others you have free rein to browse and pick your own. Some sites have millions of members, there's plenty of choice but you may have to go through hundreds of profiles to find your ideal date. While in other sites they suggest dates for you based on compatibility. If you prefer having control over your choices you might prefer sites that let you choose who to contact. Most sites are free to open an account, but in others you have to upgrade to enable full features.
2. Narrow your search.
Online dating can be a real time-saver if you know exactly what you are looking for. For example, if you definitely don't want a partner with children, remove that option straight off. Likewise, if it's important that a date lives in your area you can weed the rest out.
3. Be Honest.
It's tempting to stretch the truth when writing your profile or use a photo from ten years ago. But the advice is not to do it, as your date may be disappointed when you meet in person. Don't pretend to be someone that you're not in an effort to impress a potential partner. Be genuine, and let your character and charm speak for themselves.
4. Don't give too much away too soon.
Gradually reveal details about yourself and don't send photos that are overly sexy. Online dating services are full of people who want to get to the flirty email stage before they even say hello.
5. Expect exaggeration in some cases.
Even if you are honest about yourself, expect a degree of exaggeration from potential partners. There are no bad intentions at all, they are just trying to sell themselves to you so may over describe their attributes and achievements. This is something completely normal to expect. They are bound to look better in their profile photo. Obviously nobody is going to post a picture of them at their worst. Some Dating Sites offer the chance to chat live on webcam with the other person, so that could be a great idea, if you want to see your match in live video chat.