Welcome to our crazy little world!
Best advice: Get out while you still can! This can become addicting and take over your life if you lose control.
But since you've come this far, you're probably wanting to see it through. Real Advice:
--Stay away from BackPage. Not everyone there is a trouble, but there are quite a few bad ones. And until you gain experience you wont be able to find the good ones (And even experienced hobbyists have trouble there. 18 years I've been doing this and no good luck on BP!).
--Reviews matter. Read them. Post them when you session.
Research is your friend. It helps you to find a lady that will see a newbie, and it helps you find the ladies who you will have a good session with. Read her entire ad. Twice. Read her reviews.
--Be confident and polite in your communications.
--When you meet, be a gentleman. Treat her with respect. Follow her rules.
--Leave reviews, but if she asks you not to give too many details or to leave certain things out, do what she says. Ask her to verify your review.
--Participate in your local forums. Introduce yourself there. Get to know people online.
hope this helps.
"Always a gentleman"