• Neha Agarwal

Tips to build your online dating profile

To take your online dating game to the next level, try putting yourself in your prospective partner's shoes. Try and imagine the impression your profile leaves on them. Keep that in mind and follow our top tips to build your online dating profile and put your best foot forward.

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Be honest

Lying doesn’t get you anywhere in the dating world. Think about how you would feel if someone you were dating lied to you. Be as real as you possibly can.

Be specific

Use specific examples when you’re talking to make sure you give a full flavour of who you are. If you love travelling, say where your favourite place is and why. If you are fond of dogs, and it is important that your prospective partner must love dogs, a picture with your dog will get the point across.

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Show your interests through photos, instead of blandly stating them

Update your profile regularly

Keep your profile up to date. Make the effort to renew your profile on a regular basis with relevant information about yourself.

Check your grammar

Many people find poor grammar and spelling a turn-off, and the best of us can make mistakes. If you’re not a naturally good speller, let AutoCorrect do the hard work for you. You can also install the Grammarly Chrome Extension.

Say cheese

A recent poll found that 96 per cent of people prefer seeing a big, happy smile in a profile photo than a sexy pout. So put up your happy photos there.

Choose recent photos

If they are more than a year old, don’t use them. One of the most frequent complaints about online dating profiles is "they may have looked like that once but they certainly don’t look like that now". Looking better in the flesh is better than the reverse.

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Example of a clear headshot for your display picture

Show them the real you

The more photos you have on your profile, the more attention it will get. Include at least a couple of clear headshots, where you’re not wearing sunglasses and where one can clearly see your face. Include at least one full-length photo too, so there are no surprises when someone meets you in real life.

Have fun

Most people want to find someone who can make them laugh, so show people you have a sense of humour. If you can make someone laugh, it’s a great icebreaker and could get your conversation off to a great start.

Be the focus

Don’t choose a picture where you are not the main focal point. If all your pictures on your profile are with someone else, it exudes a lack of confidence.


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