10 Tips for Writing a Killer Online Dating Profile
Know what you want
This may seem straightforward, but ask most people why they are in online dating and they will only tell you "to find a date".
Be specific, it will help make your AngelicMatch.com dating profile come alive. Write down a quick list of what you want from a relationship (short term, long term or marriage), age, gender, sexual orientation. Include also, things like whether you want (or have) children.
Create a list of must-haves, good-to-haves and no-nos
Like it sounds, the “must-haves” are things that you can't do without in a relationship. These could be shared passions or hobbies as well as other interests.
Do you remember the movie "Must Love Dogs"? The title is based on a must have that was posted on a popular dating site.
Your “good-to-haves” means just that; things your potential mate might have that you like, but could do without. Your “no-nos”, on the other hand, are things you can't stand or will not tolerate.
For your profile, you could consider including specific interests and hobbies you’d like to enjoy with someone special, the goals and dreams you’re hoping to have in common with your potential match and so on.
On AngelicMatch.com, we provide a simple slider interface that allows you to quickly indicate what you like and don’t like in a number of different areas: dating activities, food, music etc.
What makes you unique?
Don't be afraid to be yourself — when you’re just another profile in the search results of a potential partner, you need to make your’s stand out. So don’t forget to mention an interest that may, on the surface, seem insignificant, unpopular or even boring.
The fact that you're an avid fan of the classic Hammer Horror films or enjoy visiting transport museums at the weekend might not appeal to everyone, but it just might be the interest that makes someone special take notice of your profile.
Think of a catchy screen name
On our sister site, DevilishMatch.com, you have the opportunity to set up a screen name that helps hide your true identity. But this is also a chance to set a “handle” that reflects the kind of character you are.
Your screen name should be concise and easy to remember, and you should try to avoid numbers if you can, “SexyGirl26” just sounds like there are 25 other “SexyGirls” ahead of you. Make it meaningful to you and try to make it unique.
Try including things you like to do, what you’re looking for, or some activity you enjoy taking part in.
Choose a good profile photograph
The first thing anyone ever looks at on your dating profile is your main photograph. Profiles with photographs are guaranteed to get more responses than those without.
Your photo should show the best side of you without being pretentious. It should be a recent photograph, showing people what you look like today. And remember, you’re allowed to smile!
Check out our other article, 8 Tips for Effective Online Dating Profile Pictures for more tips on how to choose a great picture for your profile.
Start your profile with a good, attention-grabbing headline
On AngelicMatch.com, we provide a box that allows you to enter up to 100 characters to tell people about yourself. This is perhaps the second most important aspect of your online dating profile, after your picture.
It is what makes potential partners decide whether or not to read the rest of your profile. Your headline should be meaningful and give a hint of who you are or what you want (of course, without revealing too much personal information).
Have a look at the headlines that attract your attention in other profiles, and try to emulate these without directly copying them.
Keep it positive!
Try to imagine you’re on a night out, you’re meeting new people for the first time, and you want to make a good impression, right? The same applies to online dating — you have only one chance to make a first impression.
The old adage “misery loves company” really doesn’t apply to dating, and your online profile should be upbeat and demonstrate a positive outlook on life.
And try to avoid negative language: statements like “no losers please” on your profile send out negative vibes.
When it comes to online dating, it’s a well-known fact that men lie about their height and weight, while women lie about their age. More than 25% of profile pictures, for both sexes, are over 10 years old.
The problem with this, obviously, is that if you do make a positive connection with another person on AngelicMatch.com and make arrangements to meet up, if you’ve lied on your profile, one or both of you is bound to be disappointed when you meet in person.
If you’re honest in your profile, the potential matches you meet are more likely to convert into a meaningful relationship — you both know what you’re getting into right from the beginning. Remember, you want someone who will accept you for who you are, not who you wish you could be.
Finish your profile with a hook
Your profile should always end with a hook — at the end of your “About Me” text, you should include an invitation to prospective partners to get in touch. For example, “If romance and passion appeal to you like they do to me, let me know.”.
Basically, this is providing people a reason to get in touch with you and get a conversation started.
Final Polish and Second Opinions
You should always come back and check your profile a couple of days after you’ve set it up. With fresh eyes you might spot spelling or grammar mistakes. You might have thought of a better way to convey a core piece of information about yourself.
On AngelicMatch.com you can tweak your profile details as often as you wish, and you should always try to keep it up-to-date as things in your day-to-day life change.
It’s always a good idea to have someone you trust take a look at your profile. They may have insights about your character that you’re completely unaware of.
They may also have suggestions on the tone of what you’re saying about yourself, and can help ensure your profile is neither to aggressive or passive.
- Be confident — nothing is more attractive to others than confidence.
- Try to avoid making your profile list too many qualities you’re looking for in a potential partner — a laundry list of requirements is very off-putting, and there’s unlikely to be any one person that meets all your desires and wants.
- Have fun — chatting to members should not be a chore.
- Use capital letters and exclamation marks sparingly.
- Try to provide enough clues about yourself and what you like/dislike to allow other members to start conversations with you.
- Try to avoid using well-worn clichés — they will lead to your profile merging into the crowd.
- Avoid bragging about your talents.
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