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In the Profile Supermarket - You Need to be Top Shelf!

Jun 15, 2008
If you want to perfect your dating techniques, you need to get some practice. Online dating services are a great way to meet women online for this purpose. With online dating, you can weed out the women you aren't interested in, and rejection is a lot less awkward than it is in real life. Just remember, there are a lot of guys out there in the same boat as you. What will set you apart from them is your online profile.

There are a lot of do's and don't's when it comes to profile writing. If you take too many wrong turns you may end up wondering why you are not having any luck. The truth is, luck has nothing to do with it. Writing a successful online dating profile is an art, and it is not as hard as you think.

First off, there are a few deal-breakers you need to avoid at all costs when writing a profile. Whatever you do, do not announce what a nice guy you are. This is one of the most common mistakes newcomers to online dating sites make. Avoid writing a resume-style description of your life, your job, or yourself. And please, please, whatever you do, resist the urge to post that picture of you doing a keg-stand with the guys, no matter how funny you think it is.

So, now that you know how to do it wrong, you must be wondering how to do it right. It's simple. The first rule of thumb is to make yourself look confident, not desperate. You should appear masculine, funny, and date-worthy.

In his book, "Double Your Dating," David Deangelo refers to a type of humor he calls "cocky-funny". This technique works online and in real life. Try it and see. You need to make a girl feel like you are something special by keeping her on her toes a bit. Maybe you say, "Hot stud seeking supermodel to feed me peeled grapes." Knock them off balance by saying something unexpected and humorous.

Next, keep it brief. You want to leave as much as possible to the imagination. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT tell them your life story. This is a huge turn off. Be vague, and leave them guessing. For instance, instead of listing your profession, simply write "why don't you ask me?" This is guaranteed to generate more interest than "accountant".

And finally, get her attention with a knockout photo. Your photo might reflect your interests, highlight your best features, or just demonstrate a talent, but it needs to fulfill a few criteria. It should be fairly accurate and well-lit. You want her to see the real you, in your best form.

So, as a quick review for your profile: be "cocky and funny", be mysterious, and use an image that generates interest. By sticking to these very simple guidelines, you will have more success with online dating than you ever thought possible.
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