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A Guide to Creating Your Online Dating Profile

Mar 21, 2008
Dating internet services are becoming increasingly popular. They appeal to people who are too busy with work and other obligations to get out and meet potential partners. They also appeal to those who are tired of the so-called "dating game" and just want to find somebody with whom they are compatible. Most dating sites work in a similar fashion; you fill out a profile, and perhaps browse others' profiles until you find a potential match.

First, make sure that it portrays you in a positive way. Strive to be simultaneously honest and alluring. You don't need to "spill your guts" in your profile - there will be time for that later, once you've gotten to know the person. You should aim to find a balance between providing enough information to catch one's attention, yet hold back just enough to leave them wanting more.

What you include in your profile is up to you. Generally, it's a good idea to state your interests up front; are you looking for a fling or a long-term relationship? You might also want to write about your hobbies, interests, and passions if you want to find somebody like-minded. Basically, just use common sense and your own judgment.

Make sure that your profile is visually appealing. Proper formatting, sentence structure, and grammar can go a long way. It will make you appear well-educated, attentive to detail, and serious about finding love, while a sloppy profile might have the opposite effect.

Don't worry if you struggle with knowing what to write about yourself. It can be difficult to know what to say. That's why it might be helpful to ask a trusted loved one for assistance. Someone who knows you well can give you suggestions about what to say, what to omit, and so on.

Most importantly, don't rush through the creation of your profile. If you're really serious about finding a partner through a dating site, then give the process the time and effort it deserves. Take the time to upload a photo (or several photos) of yourself, and always, always be sure to use a spell checker before submitting the written portion of your profile.

On the other hand, a well-written and clear profile is likely to result in serious inquiries. Do not underestimate the persuasive powers of presentation!

In conclusion, making a profile for an online dating site requires time, creativity, honesty, and extensive self-reflection. However, don't let this put you off of making one. Instead, focus on the end result - if you're able to find what you're looking for, your efforts will be worthwhile!
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