5 Things All the Best Online Dating Profiles Have
Signed up to online dating but can’t get past the profile creation step? We get it, creating the perfect online dating profile can be intimidating. That’s why we’re sharing the five things that all the best online dating profiles have in common so you can avoid the biggest mistakes and learn from others who are already out there doing it right. Read on, online dater, read on!
When writing an online dating profile it’s incredibly important to be conscious of what (and how) you’re communicating to the other online daters. Even though you want to be truthful and reflect who you really are, you don’t want to put it all on the table the second someone clicks on your profile. You want to leave something to the imagination and focus on others.
The Top 5 Things All the Best Online Dating Profiles Have Are…
1. Action Shot Photographs
Did you know that photos of you in action, whether it’s playing your favourite instrument or killing it out on the soccer field, will yield much more results than a selfie taken alone in your home? It’s true! Featuring an action shot in your profile picture is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get your profile more attention and to land more messages, more replies and more engagement.
While your face should be shown in the photo, we realize that it’s not always possible with an action shot. Do your best to choose a photo that shows you doing what you love, but also shows your face. If you can’t, then go with the photo that shows what you’re passionate about the most – you can always add extra photographs to your gallery collection.
2. No Clichés
Know what the best online dating profiles don’t have? They don’t have clichés. Even if you do really enjoy long walks on the beach, remember that’s nearly the #1 thing people think of when they go to write their online dating profile. Communicate who you are, but make sure you communicate it in a way that’s original and true to your personality. Playing up the things you love without dropping overused sayings all over the place will help your chances tenfold when it comes to finding love online.
3. Big Pearly Whites
While you might be tempted to opt for your sexiest, “oh, me?” pout you’d actually be better off going with a big, genuine smile in your profile photo – or any photo for that matter. People respond much more to a happy, smiling face than they do a sexy pout. Why? Because your pout can be read as “high maintenance”, “only looking for one thing” or even “hard to get”. Show off your happy, joyous side with a flash of your pearly whites. You’ll notice the difference it makes in your profile’s activity!
When writing your “About Me” and filling in the rest of your profile, keep it upbeat and positive. Even if you’ve had bad luck with dating in the past or don’t think your chances are all that fabulous, ditch the negativity at the proverbial door and focus on the good things in life. Like attracts like, so if you exude negativity and pessimism you’ll only attract the same. And while misery may love company, it doesn’t make for much of a relationship.
You might find it helps to ask a friend or family member to help write your profile. Generally, you’re the hardest critic when it comes to talking about yourself. So, if you let yourself get a little assistance from someone who recognizes the positives you have to offer, you might find creating an awesome online dating profile all that much easier. PS… You are amazing, so shout it from the rooftops.
5. The Right Amount of (Recent) Photos
One of the first things an online dater does to inspect a potential match is click through to see more of their photos. If you only have one photo, especially if that single photo is more than a year old, you might be burning your chances of meeting someone great. With that being said, there is such a thing as having too many gallery photos – especially if they’re all selfies, all of the same party or all of you making the exact same face.
The ideal amount of profile pictures rests somewhere around 4-6. You should have a good mix of full body shots, action shots, a head shot (no corporate head shots, please!) and be able to clearly communicate who you are and what you love within that number.
What draws you into an online dating profile? Let us know in a comment below!