17. Don't dabble. To be truly successful, you cannot dabble in online dating. You must take the time and make online dating a priority. Be aware that your success relies on the commitment you make to the process. You should log on daily, check your email and matches. Respond appropriately and within a reasonable time frame. Waiting too long between logging on and answering emails sends the message that you are not interested or not serious. —Julianne Cantarella
18. Message, don't wink. The best way to get a response from someone you are interested in connecting with is by sending a simple email. Winks can be easily ignored. When writing your email be sure to indicate that you have read their profile by reflecting commonalities or identifying things you find interesting. It shows you are taking time and are making a serious effort. —Julianne Cantarella
19. Shake it off. The goal of online dating is to present you with opportunity. At some point someone who you are not attracted to or you view as not a match will contact you. The same thing could happen when meeting someone organically in your every day life. Don't take it personally; embrace it as part of the overall experience and keep moving forward. —Julianne Cantarella
20. Protect yourself. Although online dating is a wonderful opportunity, there could be potential pitfalls. Awareness is key. If it doesn't feel right or sound right then it probably isn't right. Make sure you keep your private information private and reveal as little are possible especially in the early stages of the getting-to-know-you phase. —Julianne Cantarella
Come back tomorrow for Online Dating Bootcamp: Day 13, "How I Became An Online Dating Coach" featuring a personal essay by YourTango Expert Erika Ettin.