Once you’ve made the decision to register with an online dating agency, you might be forgiven for thinking that you’ve done the hard bit. In some respects, you have, though for many, writing their profile piece is a far bigger challenge.
Your profile is the information that is available to other members. It’s your sales pitch. Why should someone contact you over anyone else? With so many people now registered on dating sites, you need to work even harder to make your profile stand out.
What’s In A Name
When you register on a dating site, you will have the chance to create a username. This gives you a bit of security. Choose something unique to you but avoid putting personal information like dates of birth in it, e.g. Sarah0953.
A Photo Is A Must
As your mother taught you, do not judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to online dating, a photograph can offer reassurance. Indeed, many users will not continue to read a profile if there is no photo attached.
It goes without saying that the photo should be of you, and it should be fairly recent! If you’re not honest about the way you look, people will start to question how honest you are in other ways, which is not the best way to start any relationship. If you don’t have any photos you think are suitable, ‘selfies’ are all the rage at the moment, and you can take it as many times as you like!
In general, use a portrait – head and shoulders – that shows you smiling. Think about the sort of photo that will attract you when you’re scrolling through the profiles later on.
Again, your mother probably told you that telling the truth is usually the best option, though just because you’ve been honest, don’t expect everyone else to be. The Telegraph outlines some reasons why people are tempted to bend the truth a little.
Who Are You?
The bit people find most difficult is the description. Be positive! If it helps, start with something about who you are and where you’re from, and then your main hobbies. It might help to think about the sort of information you would want to know from a potential match.
Some people ask friends to write a profile on their behalf, but it is more genuine if it’s your own description. By all means, get someone to check it over before you publish it. Be positive, and don’t be too hard on yourself.
The next step is to start reading other people’s profiles, so follow link to find your perfect match. You might find inspiration for updating your own profile when you start reading others. Be specific; rather than saying, “likes to have fun,” (who doesn’t?) outline what you consider to be fun. Your idea of art galleries at the weekend might not be in the least bit fun for the person who thinks heavy metal concerts are the only way to spend your spare time.
Ultimately, your aim is to provide an honest, interesting introduction to yourself that sets you apart from the rest. Be confident, and engage potential readers immediately. The rest will follow.
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