Many people will not even look at a profile unless it has a picture with it and many sites, including Completely Free Dating, allow you to filter your search results to only show profiles with pictures.
Think of someone searching the site as a window shopper and you are the shopkeeper trying to attract them in to your shop, you wouldn't leave the shop window empty would you!
But when I started writing people’s online dating profiles for e-Cyrano.com, all that changed. By the end of our phone call, I’d pare down what they’d said into an enticing short story while marketing their date-ability in the process.
I’d make sure that every sentence focused on what the reader—your future boyfriend or girlfriend—could expect when dating you.
‘Play up your love of anything sporty, outdoorsy or public – like concerts and exhibitions.’ Wouldn’t you know, profile photos that demonstrate you playing your guitar or downhill skiing – even if your face isn’t showing – get more messages.
Avoid negative tones and always be positive about yourself. You wouldn’t want a future employer to read anything negative, so why would you want a potential partner to read anything that isn’t positive?
Think of something interesting that could be a conversation starter.
‘People have to imagine how they’ll fit into your life, so describing yourself as a “bookworm and internet addict” makes them feel they’d never see you,’ explains match.com’s relationship expert Kate Taylor.
After a while, all the profiles sound the same, full of similar clichés and adjectives.
Your online dating profile is the key to success with online dating.
The first thing that anyone visiting an online dating website sees about you is your profile and if it is not up to scratch they will simply move on to the next one.
Make sure you upload a photo of yourself that is good quality and high resolution. Try to use an image that is a true representation of yourself at the current time, not an image from 20 years ago or one from the makeover and photo shoot you had on your birthday last year where you got a photo of yourself that is stunning but even your mum would not recognise you.
Also, never include anyone else in the photo as people might not know which one you are.