Your profile is your greatest asset when it comes to the world of online dating. It’s your first impression, it’s showing off your personality, your interests and your assets and it’s attracting your potential matches. Often for those who feel online dating isn’t working for them it’s actually their profile that’s letting them down and not the platform itself. The good news is that by tweaking a few small sections of your profile you can go a long way to improving your overall online dating experience.
Put Thought Into Your Photos
Ever heard the saying, a photo tells a thousand words? We’re not sure about a thousand but there’s no doubt your photo is telling a lot about you when it comes to your dating profile. Essentially there are three key photo types you profile should include. There are: head shot, full body (clothes on!) and an action shot. The head shot is designed to show what you look like so smile, take off the sunglasses and hat. The full body and action shot is as much about looks as it is showing your lifestyle, what you’re interested in and that you have a life and friends outside of the platform.
After your photos, your description is arguably the next most influential element in your profile, so get creative! Describe yourself in a genuine but interesting way. You need to remember that users are more than likely browsing dozens of profiles. You want yours to stand out for all the right reasons while still remaining true and honest to yourself. A dating profile is supposed to be fun so keep it light-hearted, entertaining and interesting for the reader. It’s a great opportunity to show off your personality early on while you start to allude to what you’re looking for.
Be Clear About Your Wants
If you don’t know what you want how can you expect anyone else to know? Your profile gives you a golden opportunity to list exactly what you’re looking for. The trick is to be clear but not to come across as overly picky. If you say you want a certain type, with certain interests you are far more likely to attract what’s really important to you. Cast your net too wide and you might get more responses, but they will likely not be what you’re looking for in a long-term relationship.
Take a look at other profiles
Don’t be afraid to take some tips from those around you. What makes a profile stand out to you? If there’s something that you find you are constantly attracted to, consider whether it is something that could help improve your profile too. Chances are, if you’re attracted to it than so are other people. On top of taking tips and tricks from others, it’s always a good option to stop regularly and take stock of your own profile. Take the time to look at it objectively and consider if it’s needs updating.
Ask your friend for advice
Sometimes when it’s your profile it’s hard, or even impossible, to look at it objectively. Ask a friend for their honest advice and you never know the improvements they may pick up. A friend, particularly one of the opposite sex, might be able to highlight pieces of information that you have left out. A friend might point out important qualities that have been missed or even improvements to the overall way the profile has been written.
Your profile should be constantly evolving as your experience on the platform grows. Even as what you’re looking for changes. Just by taking a few of these simple tips and tricks you can give your profile it’s best chance to stand out for all the right reasons.