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Online Dating: How To Write A Perfect Profile
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Online Dating: How to Write A Perfect Profile

More and more people are turning to online dating sites to find a partner. And that only makes sense since we are all spending more and more time online. But meeting people on the internet can be very different from meeting people in person. With an online profile, you only have a few seconds to grab that person’s attention and keep him or her interested. “Now, how do you do that?” We’ve put together five simple tips to making a killer online profile, so you never miss a chance to meet the perfect person.

1. Post great pictures

This should seem obvious, we know. But judging by the profiles out there right now, way too many people didn’t get the memo. Nobody wants to see a picture of your dog, or your car, or your new tattoo. You’ll have plenty of time to brag about all those things on your date—if you ever get one. “Well, how do I get a date, then?” you ask. Post pictures of yourself! And make them great pictures, too (not those lazy, last-minute snapshots you took with your webcam wearing old polka dot pajamas). Make sure you’re smiling in all the pictures, wearing something nice, on a sunny day, doing something fun! Be enticing. Post as many pictures as you can—some just of your face, others full-body. (And avoid nudity… unless you’re on one of those “special” sites.)

2. Be true, not mundane

If someone asks you about yourself and your first reaction is to list your hobbies, interests, aspirations, educational background, and favorite band, you have a lot of work to do. All that stuff is boring! And it hardly says anything about you. Write a story about yourself. Be funny, quirky, at ease. Be honest and open. Pretend like your keyboard is your best friend, it’s 3 in the morning, and your talking with your guard completely down. That vulnerability and openness is what genuinely attracts people. Throw in some perfect first date ideas that you've come up with, and you're golden.

3. Spread your profile around

After you’ve written your killer profile, copy and paste it onto other online dating sites. Since you’ve already put so much work into making your profile awesome, you may as well increase the chances of the right person finding it. So sign up for more sites (especially the free ones) and post it there, too. It can’t hurt.

4. End with a call to action

“Hrm? What’s a call to action?” You know when you’re listening to ads or browsing a website, there’s often a phrase somewhere that goes, “Buy now!” or “Subscribe here!” or “Don’t wait!” (Okay, you get it.) These phrases are called calls to action. They’re about human psychology. And the idea is that people are a lot more willing to do what you want them to if you simply ask them to do it. So at the end of your profile, write something like “Send me a message!” And people will be more likely to contact you.

5. Believe in something

Whether it’s fate, destiny, serendipity, or just patience, know that there is someone out there, waiting for you. It might take a long time to find this person; it might take weeks, months, or years. But don’t stop looking, because finding that amazing person—you know, that person who makes you smile until your cheeks are sore—nothing is more worth it than that.

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