Your online dating profile is somewhat like a TV commercial and a Wikipedia entry rolled into one. It should be interesting enough to appeal to your target market and informative enough to give people an idea whether they should date you or not. That being the case, it is essential that your profile be well-written.
Who are you and why are you worth dating? Of course, this doesn’t mean you should provide your real personal information. Do not divulge personal information on an online dating website. It is a public domain and is therefore accessible to both decent and unsavoury characters alike. You need to think of the interesting things that set you apart from other people. Give your reader a reason to contact you.
Stay honest and humble
Arrogant people are a total turn off. You can highlight your positive characteristics without sounding incredibly vain and arrogant. Bragging might seem to you like you’re selling yourself, but you’re probably just ticking off people. And when you highlight those traits, make sure that they really are your traits and not someone else’s. You might get away with lying on your profile but your future relationship will suffer when the other person finds out that you’re anything but the athletic, fun-loving accountant you said you were.
Be clear about what you want
Reach out to the people who interest you by describing the things you are looking for in a relationship. Describe the things that are important to you and the things you would like in a potential date. Don’t nitpick and make sure that your demands are reasonable. Remember, keeping an open mind is essential to finding a date online.
Remember, you are selling yourself. Negativity on your profile can turn away some interested readers. Try not to dwell on failed relationships or your failure to attract members of the opposite sex. That is anything but attractive. Your profile is also not the best place to rant. Keep your hatred of Star Wars Episodes 1-3 off your profile and reserve that for possible future discussions.
Upload the right photo
The right photo can mean the difference between people checking out your profile and people actually messaging you. Try to find a (hopefully flattering) picture of yourself that gives your viewers a good idea of what you currently look like. No baby pictures and no pictures of your privates please. You might want to post one good close-up picture and one picture that show off your body. If you don’t feel too good about showing off your body, you could post a picture of yourself doing something particularly interesting (like horse-riding). This way, your body is evident but it isn’t the focus of the picture.
Having a profile with several grammar and spelling errors is just being sloppy. When you sit down to write your profile, write a draft and review it first before posting it. Almost all word-processing programs have spell-check. Use it. If you’re going to say that you like people with good “grammer” on your profile, you might as well spell the word correctly.