"I'm a lawyer, and it's a job that takes up a lot of time," she says.

"I didn't know how I was going to meet someone, especially when with what little free time I had I wanted to spend it with my friends." Heeding advice from friends living in New York City, Allison turned to the Internet.

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In 2000, Brenda Allison graduated from law school and moved to Chicago.

There, she found a supportive group of friends, an apartment within walking distance of the city's hottest spots..absolutely no time to date.

e Harmony says it has 20 million registered users on its roster and according to a recent study it commissioned, the dating site is responsible for 2 percent of all marriages in the United States.

How are all of these people finding success in love online?

"But when you think about it, when you go out, you get only one chance to make a great first impression.

With a profile, you get as many as you want." Casey suggests new users break down their profile in to four parts—the picture, the headline, the username and the paragraph.

"Putting up pictures that represent what you look like means you don't have to worry later, if he or she doesn't call you to go out again, that it's because of how you look," Allison says.

"Be honest about who you are."Avoid pictures of yourself with either too many props or too many other people.

' I didn't know what to say to that, so I told him my friends were at the back of the bar, which they were.

I never went out with him again." For Allison, that night was the beginning of series of dating travails.

According to experts, honesty, patience and a well-thought-out profile are all anyone needs to find true love.