Your online dating profile is your first impression. Making it a good one is very important, otherwise people will click right by you and you will be ignored. You would not want that! To make your dating profile clickable, you will want a great picture, a catchy headline, a unique username, and a well written profile that tells a story about who you are and the person you would like to meet.
Your default picture will determine the number of clicks your profile gets. Profiles without pictures get significantly fewer clicks, so unless you have a high profile job or some other circumstances that prevent you from posting a picture, you should definitely post one. Pick a recent picture that shows your face in detail. Smile!
Your headline should be something catchy that makes people want to click on your profile and read more. So many people write, hi or hello or Wondering if this works. Try to avoid cliches like Single dad seeking sweet lady. If you are out of ideas, you can always use your favorite Bible verse!
Do not be John15235 when you can be ArchitectJohn. Do not be Lookin4Love when you can be SweetPastryChef. Find little snippets of things that make you unique and combine them into your name.
Now that you have gotten them to click on your profile, you need to keep them there and reading! Avoid starting your profile by whining about how you never thought you would do this, or that all your friends found love online so you figure you would try it, or that you do not have any idea what to write. Start strong and you will grab the interest of your audience. Remember any one of these people could be your future spouse!
Your first paragraph should describe who you are. Use specific examples. As your English teacher used to say, Show, don not tell. Instead of saying, I am active in my Church say I have played guitar in the music ministry at St. Kathryn for five years now and love being able to serve God through my talents.
The second paragraph should describe your ideal partner. Who are they? Skip the statistics age, height, etc that you listed in that section of your profile. This section should give a picture of who the person is rather than what they are. Instead of saying, I want someone who is athletic write something like My ideal mate is the type of person who loves to watch the sun rise as they go on their daily run.
End your profile with a question, something that will prompt your future spouse to contact you. Ask their opinion on something favorite TV show, what they thought of the latest blockbuster movie, how many books they have read in the past month. Anything that will give that person a reason to write you now that they have read your profile down to the last word.
One last important thing to be sure your dating profile hits as many eyes as possible update it frequently! Even if it is a change to your headline or a little blurb about the latest holiday, it is enough to make people see that you are still single and serious about finding that special someone.