If you still think online dating carries a stigma, get your head out of the 1990s!
Online dating is now the easiest way to meet people. But to make dating websites work for you, it’s best to put some thought into your profile. Here are my top tips that will help you create the best online dating profile. I’ll also give you loads of great tips on how to choose the best photos to get the highest responses!
Choose an attractive photo of yourself for your profile
photos are a separate category from most other photos. It might seem easiest to use a photo you already have, but stop and think about the message this photo will send within the context of a dating website. The headshot you use for business purposes is probably a bit too posed and/or stuffy-looking for purposes of attracting dates. The photo you post on your Facebook wall of you and your friends grinning and wasted on your last vacation might mislead someone who doesn’t know into thinking you’re an alcoholic. If you plan to take your own picture, use your phone, not the camera on your computer—those kind of shots tend to be disastrous.
Ideally, a dating website photo should indicate that you are friendly—so choose a picture where you wear your normal smile. It’s also a good idea to have at least two photos, one of which is a full body shot. Don’t overdo it on the sexy factor here—when I say full body shot, I’m not talking about a centerfold image. Studies show that for men, it’s often best to choose a pic which shows you doing something semi-active like playing with your dog or hiking with your friends. For some reason, indoor shots of women seem to be more popular with men on dating sites.
On the other hand men who post pictures of themselves doing only sporty stuff often get a lower response rate, so guys don’t overdo it here!
Tip: More is better!
Studies have shown that people who upload more than 4 profile pics get a lot higher response rate so put lots of pics in
Tip: Don’t include photos with the opposite sex (or same sex if you are gay!)
People universally don’t like to see this so avoid any snaps with you and your friends of the opposite sex.
Tip: Just have yourself in your main picture
Sometimes people put shots of them and their friends and its not obvious which person is the dater in question, so make sure its just you in your cover photo. BUT research shows that women don’t like selfies done by men, so guys get your friend to take your photo! Don’t think you can crop your friend or ex out of a photo, people guess that you have done this when you post a thin picture and they don’t like it!