Writing online dating profiles is apparently a rare art. Here are some tips to help you make a successful online dating profile.
Pictures Are Worth A 1000 Words
If you don't have a picture in your dating profile, chances are you are going to be ignored. Spend some time trying to find a nice picture of yourself. If you ever want to meet someone from your online dating experience, it should actually be a real picture of you. The photo should look realistic. There are so many fake profiles out there, that people may skip over yours if they don't believe the photo is actually you.
You might want to start with a longer draft mode just to get some ideas down. Then you can come back and edit it down to a streamlined version when you figure out the profile you are aiming for.
Write Something Resembling English
Looking at the online profiles of many dating sites is enough to make you wonder what went wrong with the world's schooling. Unless you want to look like a 10 year old, try to using the rules of the language. If you can't spell, use a spell checker. WrItInG LiKe ThIs Is NoT CoOl, BuT MaYbe ThAT iS jUsT Me. LOL. Neither iz riting lik this.LolZ.
Your Title Needs To Grab Attention
Along with your photo, the title is normally the other thing people see before deciding to click on your profile. Something humorous and unique is a good idea here. It is worth spending some extra time thinking of something good for your title.
Write Something Catchy And Interesting
Boring need not apply. Writing that you like to have fun, hang out with friends and many other lame totally obvious things shows your lack of creativity and puts your profile with 90% of the other profiles. Most sane people like to have fun... be more specific and let people know what things you enjoy doing and perhaps the kind of places you enjoy going to. A dating profile is like a CV, if you don't catch them from the start, your profile is likely to be discarded to the recycle bin very quickly.
Be Positive And Don't Bring Yourself Down
A dating profile should show your best side. Don't write about things that are negative and put yourself down. Show yourself as being confident as this is desirable, but try not to come across as arrogant.
Your dating profile should somewhat resemble reality. There is no point sucking someone into falling in love with some figment of your imagination if you are looking for someone to love the real you. Try think of your best traits and accomplishments.
Don't Be Too Specific
You might have a perfect image in your head of what your partner should look like, but if you are too specific, you might drive people away. There are plenty of examples of people finding love with people they never would have chosen.
You are also unlikely to find that 100% perfect person. You are likely to have to make some compromises.
Showing a good sense of humour is a great way to entice the opposite sex. The type of humour you use can also provide a way to connect with the reader if they also find that style.
Style Your Profile to the Audience
A profile that works on a dating app like Tinder may not work as well on a dating site like eHarmony. Tune, or tone down, your profile depending on the audience.
Review Your Profile
After your first draft, perhaps wait a while and come back and read it again. Subconscious thought can often come up with great ideas. When you come back and read your dating profile again in a different light, you may find some improvements... or that what you wrote sounds horrible on second inspection.
It can also be a good idea to get a friend, or someone you trust, to review your profile. They might come up with some great ideas because they know you well. Pick someone you trust to give you honest advice.