How to Make the Most of Your Online Dating Profile
Now is a really great time to give your online dating profile a spring clean. And what I mean by that, is that if you haven’t had much interest in your profile for a while. This is the time of year where lots of single people start their online search for a significant other, so your odds of finding a match certainly increase. Profile photos are attached to our social media and dating accounts. I believe that most of the decision to contact or respond to someone online is based on their photo. The fast growth of new applications are forcing us even more to focus on the photo. What amazes me is how even slight tweaks can take a photo from “terrible” to “compelling.” Thus increasing your success rate.
Get Ready for Rejection
First things first, don’t take a rejection to heart. Just because you didn’t connect with one date, it doesn’t mean it’s your fault. It works both ways. You may like someone as a person, but feel no romantic connection to them – so feel free to say no to dates that you know won’t work.
Yes, it’s a powerful photo editor that’s super useful if you’ve had a late night or you have giant pimple you want to blur out. But too many people get carried away and end up looking nothing like themselves that unless you have some pretty good self control. I’d advise against it.
No group shot
While a shot or two of you having fun with friends shows you’re likable, no one wants to spend ages trying to figure out which person is you, then being disappointed when you’re not the fit one.
Look Out For Exaggeration
Expect a degree of exaggeration from potential partners. They are trying to sell themselves to you so may embellish their attributes and achievements. Beware phrases like carrying a few extra pounds, cuddly, bubbly, manly and unconventional.
Search on a Sunday
Sunday is the best time to get online. Research shows that peak time for users on Tinder, OkCupid and Match are all on a Sunday afternoon, especially after 5pm. Most experts recommend dedicating at least 30 minutes every evening to the process.
Good spelling implies you’re intelligent but more importantly it shows you’ve taken care and effort writing your profile. A hastily-written page full of abbreviations suggests you’re not taking it seriously, and suggests you won’t take dating seriously either. Good spelling shows that you are thoughtful and considered.
Look Straight Into The Camera
Your face is the first thing on which people will judge you. Look straight into the camera and smile showing your teeth – this says open, friendly, healthy and confidence. A recent study of the most popular profiles on dating sites showed 88 per cent are making eye contact with the camera in their profile picture. Keep your photos fresh, and swap out your primary photo frequently. You look like a new user and people who might have missed you before are more likely to give you a second look.
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