It’s not usually an easy step to make to decide to start online dating but it can be if you stick to these tips to steer clear of falling into habits that make people avoid your profile. There is a lot to think about when you are setting up your profile. Think of it almost as applying for a job. This is your CV and you really want to put your best foot forward.
How to Create A Standout Dating Profile
1. Be honest. If you are a smoker and you say you are a non-smoker then that’s what they are looking for when they select you. When you suddenly start sneaking off for cigarettes, they will begin to wonder what else you lied about. If there are things you prefer not to disclose you can say so but don’t outright lie and say the opposite. If you say you have no kids and then suddenly have 3 children in the house every weekend this may raise some red flags for your new special someone.
2. Photos. - This part is very important as it is their first impression. There are many different opinions on this but the top recommended are to have at least 3 photos. Your first should be a close-up of your face, a selfie is OK for this, but they really want to be able to have a good look at who you are. A full length one should also be included. Your third photo should show who you are. If you have said in your profile that your hobbies are sailing, and golf then put some pictures in to back that up. You can include more if you wish but make sure there are at least a few with you on your own there is nothing worse then thinking you are meeting someone from a group shot and it turns out to be a different person all together. The big things to avoid are pictures where you have clearly cropped out an old partner, pictures that you are not even in (unless photography is your hobby then maybe one), blurry pictures or having your face obscured in all of them.
3. Bio. This is almost as important as your photos. Once they have clicked to see what you are like this is where you sell yourself. Don’t write a 300-page epic novel there are many other people online and they want to be able to find out quickly if they think you will be a match. Make it sound like you. If you joke around a lot be funny if not, then be serious. Keep it short keep it interesting and give them something they can start a conversation with you about.
4. Get a proof-reader. It may sound awkward but have someone you trust read it over. It so much more common these days with far less stigma to be dating online. So, getting someone to read it over can help. Find someone who is honest and will let you know if you are not being your true self or if your jokes are not funny. They can also spell and grammar check for you.
5.Keep it brief. - If you are into music say that and perhaps mention the genre they will lose interest quickly if you list every artist you like, all the concerts you went to and what the first CD you ever got was (or cassette if you were around then).
6. Include what you are looking for. If you are looking for someone to go hiking with say so because there is no point leaving it out and then being disappointed 3 dates in when they are not into it. But don’t be too specific they are likely to continue looking if they don’t tick all the boxes.
7. Be positive. People are likely to avoid your profile if it’s negative about life or previous relationships. Keep it upbeat.