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Dating Sites – How to Make an Online Dating Profile


In life, first impressions are vital. Most people cannot help but make a snap judgement in the first few seconds of meeting someone. In online dating, the effect is amplified because it is so easy to dismiss a dating profile which doesn’t grab your attention (or one which grabs it in the wrong way!)

While it is easy to fall into the trap of making mistakes when you’re new to online dating, like using hackneyed clichés on your profile or posting dodgy photos, if you read these top tips on online dating profiles, you’re far more likely to get a head start.

Photo

Photos which are clear and well lit and show you smiling in front of a pleasant background are most likely to garner interest from people on online dating sites. A green and leafy park or an interesting place which could present an initial talking point are good choices for backgrounds. Grey concrete walls, offices or your bedroom are not so ideal. Also, it is best not to take your own profile picture – it can look as though you have no friends to do it for you!

What to write?

There are so many thousands of dating profile pages that it seems a fairly tall order to come across as genuinely original and witty. However, if you steer away from some of the most over-used catchphrases and clichés, your profile is far more likely to generate interest.

Examples of online dating profile page cliches:

‘I am happy spending a night on the sofa with a bottle of wine and a good movie’. Who isn’t? This doesn’t really say anything about you because it is too generic. Try to be more specific about your interests.

‘I’ve never done this before’ – the subtext behind this statement is that you see online dating as a little weird, or that you’re insecure. Remember – the people reading your profile are also dating online, it is best not to come across as sceptical or cautious about online dating.

‘My friend persuaded me join this site’ – why – because you would never have done such a thing on your own? Once again – the people reading this are also online dating, so it’s important not to alienate them by making it sound like you were reluctant to try online dating by yourself.

‘Hi, my name is Amy and I’m 32’. If this is your opening paragraph then it’s not exactly going to stand out amongst the other profiles. Try to start with something that gives a real insight into you as a person, as opposed to straight facts.

Check it through carefully

If your profile page has mistakes, this can have some fairly long-lasting consequences. One example of this is a dating site user who wanted to make the point on his online dating profile that he was Egyptian. After weeks of few responses, he took another look at his dating profile, only to discover he had accidentally implied he was only interested in dating Egyptians. Once the mistake was corrected, he had a lot more success!

match.com is the uk’s biggest online dating site. with thousands of new members joining everyday you won’t have a better chance of finding love online anywhere else.

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