This article is from the Internet Personals: Advice for Gay Men FAQ, by Fred Young email@example.com and Dean Esmay firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
There are several things to look at. First off, your ad may not
be very good. Consider re-writing it. Ask friends, or others in
alt.personals, if they have any criticisms or can help you improve
On the other hand, if you live somewhere that isn't in or near a
large population center, you may have real trouble. On the
gripping hand, you're no worse off in alt.personals than anywhere;
if you live somewhere without a lot of people, then you're going
to have trouble meeting people no matter what method you use.
Just think of this as just one more way of meeting people (among
many others), be patient and do your best.