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Wondrous Words About You

Aug 17, 2007
So you finally did it! You signed up for an online service to start dating. Now you are sitting in front of your computer trying to figure out what to write in your profile that will attract others. Here are five tips for writing a killer online dating profile.

The first tip on profile writing for online dating has to do with length. You generally want to write no more than 250 words, most of which will be about you and some of which (no more than 100 words) will be about the person you are seeking. On some online dating sites your profile will only be about you, as there is also a separate location to include information about your ideal mate. If this is the case, then you would still write 200-250 words about yourself in your profile.

The second tip about writing a killer online dating profile is to pretend that you are meeting someone in person for the first time. The meeting is casual. You might be at a party given by a friend, at a coffee shop, or a bar. Think about what you would say to that person who stands next to you and asks, "Tell me about yourself." That's the same thing, then, that belongs in your online dating profile.

The third tip is about the style of your online dating profile. To make it a killer profile you want to mix fact with personality. Tell other singles the factual things about yourself such as your age and body type, your race, marital status and perhaps the type of job you do but don't just put that out there as a string of facts. Intersperse this information with some humor and personality.

It should be fun to read, it should make the others who see your killer online dating profile to want to know more about you, and it should be well written. Unless you are especially embarrassed about anyone knowing you are dating online, have a close friend whose communication skills you trust read your profile before you put it live on the Web. Make sure it is grammatically correct, and has no spelling errors. There are those who, no matter how interesting your online profile, will discount it as a killer profile because you are not writing well or because your words are misspelled. Many people incorrectly assume that bad spelling correlates with low intellect.

The next of the five tips for writing a killer online dating profile has to do with the content. Your profile should include information about your career and your education. You not only want to say what you do for a living now (carefully, so as not to give away your actual employer) but how you came to move into this position. Talk about your progression in your career, and the training you had to rise in your profession or trade. If your highest education is high school indicating such is not generally seen as positive, however. That is an assumed and best left out. Talk about your children, if you have any, and the places you have been and lived.

The last of the five tips for writing a killer online dating profile has to do with clarifying the type of person you are seeking. Be wary of absolutes and superlatives. I am looking for a non-smoker is a good thing to note, but only if, for instance, you would never consider dating someone who is trying to quit. If you describe your ideal mate make sure it's clear that it is someone you can strive for, not expecting to turn aside someone who fits most of the bill.

These, then, are the five most important tips for writing a killer online dating profile.
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