Find a way to communicate daily, whether it be by email, Instant Messenger or telephone. Communication is key to any successful relationship and this is the advantage an online relationship has over a regular relationship; you get more communication since you can’t see each other face to face very often. You’ll find out if you’re compatible with this person a lot faster than simply judging someone based on their appearance.
Plan activities you can do together even though you’re far apart. For example, lots of couples play online role playing games where they can fight together, or even against each other. It may sound cheesy, but it’s a lot of fun. You can also take turns picking a book or movie and after you’ve both read or watched it, then you can compare what you thought.
Send little gifts and presents to let the other know you’re thinking about them. This is a great way to show you care by sending something special to them. If they love football, buy them a ticket to the next game as a birthday present. Or send them a book you picked out with them in mind. Even a simple card can mean a lot.
Take time to plan when you’ll get a chance to meet, whether it’s for the first time or you’ve met before and just don’t see each other often. You could plan to have them come in for a holiday or birthday, or plan a weekend vacation together. Either way, no relationship will ever truly get off the ground if you don’t meet. While it’s possible to have a relationship online, you need some face to face time too.