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How To Write A Convincing Profile - 8 Easiest Ways To Catch The Attention Of Potential Matches

Aug 27, 2008
On a dating website, your profile is everything. It's the first thing a potential match sees and will ultimately decide if they want to contact you. Here are some tips on how to create a winning profile.

1. Put up as much information as you're comfortable with

The more people know about you, the better they understand what you're like and what you want in a relationship. It's a chance to see if your personalities are compatible or if you have similar interests. A more in-depth profile could be the difference between a member contacting you or moving on to the next match.

2. Put up a good, and recent, photo

You want to look your best, but putting up a photo that's ten years old is going to most likely disappoint your match should you meet in person and make it difficult for them to trust you. It's also tempting to post a picture that has been airbrushed or photo manipulated, but that will also be misleading.

You'll want to use a photo that accentuates your good features. Also, make sure that it's just you in the photo. Posting a photo of you posing with 10 friends will make it difficult to pick you out from the crowd.

Updating your picture is important as well. If you're a natural blonde and you show up for a first date that you've never met before, with your hair bright red, it can be surprising and also confusing. If someone is looking for a blonde then they'll probably skip over a red head and continue looking for their date.

3. List not only your interests, but things that you also want to try

If you love to swing dance then put that up on your profile. If you list other types of dance that you'd like to try, then a member that loves to salsa might contact you to see if you want to try some salsa dancing on Friday night.

However, you have to be honest about what you'd be interested in trying. If you notice that someone you're interested in likes to do things outdoors, don't edit your profile and say that you do too if you really don't. It would be disappointing for your date and frustrating for you if you ended up taking part in an activity that you dislike.

4. Be honest about what you want in a relationship

One of the worst things that can happen is when you meet someone you like and you only find out later that you're not on the same page. If you state what you're looking for and what you're not looking for the other members know right up front. It's also okay to write that you're unsure.

5. Location, location, location

Make sure you know how far you're willing to go for a date and limit your matches to that. Meeting someone you like is wonderful, but you'll go broke if you have to drive an hour just to go see a movie. If you're interested in an long distance relationship then be sure to include that in your profile. But make sure that it's clear to your potential matches that the relationship will be long distance.

6. Voice intro or video

Only do this if you're comfortable with it, don't feel as if you have to. If you make the video or voice recording, speak slowly and clearly. Say something inviting that isn't on your profile. You don't want to repeat what you've already stated. This is a chance for a potential match to see more than just a photo.

7. Use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation in your information

You can type your responses in a word file before adding them to your profile. Not bothering to spell correctly or punctuate a sentence might make you look lazy and not interested enough in the site to take the time to write properly.

8. Update your profile information accordingly

It's easy to forget about your own profile while you're looking at everyone else's. Make sure that you check your profile periodically and change anything you feel that you need to. Sometimes it's as simple as rewriting a paragraph because you've thought of a better way to phrase what you want to say.

Other times you need to update the content. For example, if your profile says that you work at an insurance company, but you then change jobs, you need to delete that section and add where you're currently working.

Good luck on building your profile!
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