8 Simple Dating Profile Tips

By: Lester Thompson

A profile is somewhat personal, and there are really no absolutes on what you should or shouldn't say. However, there are certain things that will increase the odds that other people will notice you and be interested. Here are some quick tips on writing a profile that will get responses.

  1. Post a photo
    A picture is worth a thousand words. That is why profiles with pictures get far more responses, often 8 - 10 times more than a profile without a photo. You don't have to be the best looking person in the world - most of us aren't. But people will feel more comfortable approaching you if they have some idea of what you look like.
  2. Have more than one photo
    Generally, more photos are better than one. Show yourself in different environments, doing the things you enjoy. If you like hiking, include a photo of yourself at your favorite hiking trail. Try to avoid photos that show other people, especially people from your past relationships .

    The photos should be about you.
  3. Smile
    If you are at a party, you would probably be more inclined to talk to someone who smiles at you. The same is true for online dating . So smile!
  4. Be positive
    Negativity is a turnoff to most people. A profile is like an ad, so say positive things about yourself while remaining truthful. There are a lot of profiles out there that start with something like "I don't really believe in online dating but I figured I'll try it anyway..." Try to avoid this kind of approach. It makes you sound like you aren't interested in what you are doing.
  5. Don't tell your life story
    Nobody wants to read a whole novel about your life - at least not when they first meet you online . So keep the profile informative, but try not to get too carried away.
  6. Be honest about what you are seeking
    Being honest will help you attract a person who wants the same thing. So if you are looking for true love, then say so. On the other hand, if you are just looking for a friend, go ahead and state that as well.
  7. Show who you are instead of just describing it
    Instead of saying "I have a great sense of humor," why not make a joke in your profile and show it? Saying "I love to travel" is fine, but a better way to say that is to mention that you went to France last year and you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon next summer.
  8. Reread your profile , and check your spelling
    Spelling and grammatical errors annoy some people, so why take the chance? It only takes a minute to reread what you wrote and run a spell check.

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