This advice is only for those who are genuinely seeking assistance with developing winning online dating profiles.
I consider myself a bit of an expert in the area of creating online dating profiles. I’ve created many for myself, each with a different purpose and on various types of online dating sites. I have even created some for friends and provided advice for other women who are not as experienced in this (I have probably mentioned this previously). Currently I am deeply involved in email-chat with a man who wants feedback on his approach to women so that he can get more sex (I may be paraphrasing a lot but you get the idea).
For women a profile seems much easier to create. We are naturally more adept at communication in any form. And lets face it – men are an easy catch (that doesn’t mean we’re not going to throw them back). However, men need help. For me many mens profiles create a sense of ‘fumbling in the dark to get my bra off while putting on a condom’. It’s over before it begins.
The overarching tip is – create a profile like a woman would. What do women have in their profiles? Re-create yours based on general characteristics that women use to attract the specific type of relationship you are looking for. For example, if you want a long-term committed relationship look at the characteristics of profiles where women are looking for something similar and mirror these. These characteristics are the types of photos, the style of writing, the length of about-me’s, the aspects that are important (communication, looks, chemistry, romance, money, career etc). To be clear – I don’t mean you should lie. You still need to be you. Think of this as another style of writing. The theory is that women will then recognise in your profile the qualities they appreciate, the same ones they have taken care to include in their own.
I created a profile for a friend one evening to prove to her that if you create profiles based on the sort of relationship you want then you are likely to have more success. So I took some simple characteristics of profiles of men who basically wanted sex only and created her profile to mirror these.
- First she had to have a username with ’69’ in it. Making some sort of sexual reference was obviously dominant in mens profiles and if this profile was going to catch a man for casual sex it had to have some clear sexual innuendo.
- Her profile had two photos – one further away, with a friend (with a caption pointing her out), with her skin showing, and the other was a closer image from her waist up – again showing the boobs – but not looking straight at the camera.
- Her stats were pretty straight forward with minimal detail other than physical appearance and general reference to employment/education etc. We made no mention of her children.
- Then the about me section was kept to a maximum of 4 very short sentences of up to 7 words each. This met the minimum criteria of the dating site … and men looking for casual sex don’t want to read a lot – as was evidence when looking at their profiles.
Within 5 minutes of this profile going live we had 10 men messaging!
So men – you can do the same. However, regardless I still have some simple tips for creating a genuine profile to represent who you are and attract women.
Tip 1. Photos
We all like to see who we’re talking to. I know some people are shy for various reasons but at least have some there even if they’re set to private. At least then a woman knows that you are willing to be trusting and therefore trustworthy.
DO NOT have photos of:
- you with sunglasses,
- you drunk with a smoke hanging out of the corner of your mouth and a beer in one hand while flipping the bird with the other,
- a photo so far away from you where you might as well be an ant,
- heaps of photos of you with a group of mates at a footy grand final with no indication of which one you are,
- you more than five years ago.
Women want to see a nice face, nice smile, and yes a general idea of your whole body.
Tip 2. About you or interests sections
Say something that shows how you are different from every other man. DO NOT write “I like footy – go mighty pies!, hanging with mates and family, and keeping fit”. BORING! If these are genuine and important interests then yes include them but say them in a way that explains what it is about these activities you appreciate or value. For example, “I like footy” can be turned into “Since I was five I have been playing, watching or umpiring in my local football club. This has been a great outlet for dealing with work stress and have a great group of guys that I know I can rely on. I am passionate about the mighty pies but don’t mind if you are not”. Ok ok, it’s not likely you would say that but you get the idea. But don’t use these sorts of typical male aussie interests to fall back on because you are too lazy to think about who you are beyond these.
Having said that it’s best to try to remain true to who you are than to create a persona that may not be there when you meet. You don’t need to be someone you’re not – I find it hard to believe everyone is as extroverted and as hyperactive as many profiles lead me to believe.
Tip 3. Care about your writing
It’s a well known fact that many people online do not write well. Please at least try to use sentences finished with a full stop, rules of capitalisation, and full words rather than abbreviations that are hard to read. I got a message today, as follows:
hi how are you you are beautifull i love communication and to give a lot of affection ive been single for eighteen months and am missing lots of kissing and affection hope your having a good day and hope to talk soon xo
In no way does this inspire me to think this is someone I want to begin a relationship of any sort with. I checked his profile – he has no photo, no real profession (see below), his interests are ‘life’, and his about me was ‘NNN’. No wonder he is lonely.
Tip 4. Employment, profession, education, and the ‘prefer not to say’ option
Don’t be illusive. If you have a job then at a minimum put in which field it is in (eg. healthcare, marketing, retail). If you don’t have a job put in the field you are seeking work in. Please stop putting in stupid responses like ‘relaxing’, ‘living life’ and ‘keeping it real’.
This is the same with education. Don’t select an education type if you don’t know what it is. I come across so many who have selected ‘university’ or ‘Bachelor Degree’ but actually studied at TAFE or did an apprenticeship.
The prefer not to say option is often used when answering questions on kids, cars, religion, drinker, smoker, etc. Be honest and open. You can always explain these answer in your about you section.
Tip 5. Holding on to past issues
Many many many mens profiles I read show some sort of serious resentment/anger/frustration towards cheaters, trustworthiness, time-wasters, and women in general. If you have this then please step away from dating until you work through this. Until you are in a good place you will bring this with you into any new interaction and ultimately prove yourself right instead of being open to see and experience something different and wonderful.
Tip 6. Making contact
When you have found someone you are interested in message them with something more than a “Hi, how are you?” Include something, a question or comment, on an element of their profile that caught your attention. Also put a small bit in about why you think you might get along well. No need to write paragraphs and paragraphs in an attempt to impress. Also, please don’t cut and paste the same introductory message to every woman you contact. I have had many repeat first messages from men who clearly have forgotten who they have attempted talking with.
Please DO NOT immediately try to take the contact outside of the site. Lately I am being asked to do this all the time. It’s rude and defeats the purpose of the safety and anonymity of dating sites. To me it resembles kidnappers who move their victims to the second location – Danger! Danger!
Also, if a woman says ‘No‘ she means it. This ‘no’ may be direct or indirect. There is no need to attack her for not being interested. Again, if you feel the need to do this then step away from dating and re-evaluate your perception and feelings towards women. I understand the frustration of not getting a reply at all but it is likely she is avoiding having to enter into a conversation where you try and convince her you should have a chance. While you might not do that, many before you will have and she is probably just as frustrated.