The key to successful dating online is a well-written user profile. A profile is the unique, customizable area on an online dating site that contains biographical information about yourself, as well as photographs and details about what you’re looking for in a potential mate.

  • Stay latest and real, Casey says. All pictures should be taken within the last six months and feature a head shot, as well as a total bod shot. ",Putting up pictures that represent what you look like means you don’t have to worry later, if he or she doesn’t call you to go out again, that it’s because of how you look,", Allison says. ",Be fair about who you are.",
  • Avoid pictures of yourself with either too many props or too many other people. ",Find a glad medium inbetween being Activity Jackson and Mr. or Miss Poser,", Casey says. ",Your main picture should be just you, and not you wearing sunglasses or you holding your dog. Use those photos for the supplemental pictures.",
  • Update photos as much as possible. Casey suggests including photos from latest vacations as well as those that feature you taking part in a hobby you love. ",They make good conversation starters,", she says.
  • Don’t include too many pictures of you with other people.",There are so many guys online who will include pictures of themselves with other women,", Allison says. ",You don’t know who those women are, and it sends the wrong impression.",
    • Don’t be too esoteric. Casey says it’s fine to select a name that’s clever, but don’t pick something that will likely go over people’s goes or come off as inaccessible.
  • If the name you want is taken, don’t attempt to force one. ",Some people have usernames you need a decoder ring to decipher,", Casey says. ",All the numbers and letters jumbled together make it truly hard to figure out what it means.",
  • Stay clear of anything too provocative. ",Using something like ‘legsfordays’ as a username is most likely not the impression you want to give if you’re looking for a serious relationship,", Casey says.
  • The Headline or Status Line

    • Your headline should response a basic question such as ",What am I looking for?", Casey says the response should be joy and playful and prompt people to want to click into your profile to get to know you better. ",Something like ‘This week I’m looking for a good cocktail date near Central Park’ is joy and makes your profile stand out.
  • Like the username, stay away from being too clever. ",When you use too many puns or inwards references, people aren’t getting to know the real you,", Casey says.
    • Create three separate paragraphs. The very first, Casey says, should be about who you are and what you like to do. The 2nd should contain things such as your pet peeves and individual quirks&mdash,anything that is unique and stands out from the crowd. The last paragraph should detail what your life looks likes now, including the most latest movies you’ve seen, books you’ve read or places you’ve visited.
  • Be brief. No one wants to read a novel, Casey says, and users should be careful about sharing too much.
  • Be as unique as possible. ",There was a point where everyone dating online was reading The DaVinci Code and they all made statements like ‘I’m identically at home in a dive bar as I am dressing up,’", Allison says. ",Those people don’t seem real. Specificity is what makes you stand out. Tell people if you took a week off of work to go after Pearl Jam. Let them know about your Lord ofthe Rings collection! It’s the best way to catch someone’s eye.",
  • Dr. Gian Gonzaga, a senior research scientist with eHarmony, says a key component to online dating is patience. “Imagine you’re walking into a bar with 100 people in it. Services like eHarmony demonstrate you Ten people who you could go out with,” he says. “But that doesn’t mean they’re ideal, just that they share significant characteristics that are the basis for a good relationship. People spend years searching for a relationship. You can’t give up because you go on a duo of dates that don’t work out.”

    In June 2007, Allison set a reminder for herself on her computer to cancel her online dating membership at eHarmony. The requests of her job had taken a bite out of her social schedule, and she hadn’t found anyone promising in months. The money, she said, was going to waste.

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