If you mention even one thing they listed in their profile, that should help.
I consider all vague messages to be spam and are completely ignored.
He reads my profile and then naturally asks me about myself based on what he's read, preferably not in a three word sentence, or a two page letter.
The game is 90 percent your pics and profile not the first message. Say hello, mention a couple things you liked about her profile and ask her a question she can reply to.
I do reply to almost all emails even if it's to say that I'm not interested and I've found most men say that they appreciate receiving some type of reply. I have a 200 charactor minimum for the first message. Originality, brevity, sincerity and humour work well. And don't forget to actually ask them out on a date at some point if you do get replies.
In my experience not actually being asked out by guys they are talking to is something women on dating sites say happens a lot and it annoys or disappoints them.
I am not saying ALL or EVERY woman is like this there are some who genuinly will still respond politely even if not interested, but for the most part, physical attraction comes first, it's not something we chose either, so you cannot place the blame.
Call me stupid, or whatever you like, but awhile back on an old name, I used to send the most ridiculous, stupid, irrelevent messeges, just to prove a point, and women would still show interest, yet many will still pose the argument, I dont care what he looks like yada yada yada, if he doesn't write this or that, I wont respond.Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate.I was just wondering what a good introduction looks like to a women.Point out what you have in common based on what you read in her profile.She will be more likely to respond if she sees there are common interests.Here's a tip: Write out a brief introduction of yourself, maybe 3 to 4 sentences of who you are.