Finding “the one” has never been more difficult. Online dating has become a popular avenue for those who are having trouble navigating the IRL dating world. Creating and maintaining an online dating profile could mean the difference between finding your true love and ending up alone.

That said, there is a right and wrong way to go about setting up your online dating profile.

Let’s cover how to make an awesome online dating profile that attracts the right match for you.

How to Make an Awesome Online Dating Profile

In a strange way, creating an online dating profile is a form of self-marketing. Your goal is to make yourself sound appealing enough to attract a second glance from a potential partner.

You must consider your tactics from every angle. Evaluate your profile, what you put on it, and how you use your dating website of choice.

Illustrate Your Personality

Personality is a key part of dating. Some personalities work well together while others clash.

Be sure to include information that indicates the sort of personality that you have. For example, are you an introvert or an extrovert? Do you like animals or children?

You don’t have to list everything there is to know about you. In fact, listing too much information can turn off a good match. No one wants to read a long list of personality traits.

Plus, talking so much about yourself makes you look self-absorbed. It also suggests that you have too much time on your hands.

Talk About What You Like To Do

Next, mention your hobbies. Potential matches like to know what you do in your spare time. They want to know if you’re someone with whom they can enjoy engaging activities.

Specifically, mention unique hobbies. Everyone likes to listen to music or watch TV. Not everyone likes football, cosplay, or Magic: The Gathering.

Mentioning unique hobbies increases your chances of finding a good match.

Mention Your Career And Ambitions

Another must-mention is your career and ambitions.

Tread carefully here. Most potential matches are turned off by people who brag about their income, even if they make a lot. Instead, focus on how your career affects you on an emotional level.

Don’t fret if you aren’t where you want to be in your career. Ambitions and personal goals are just as attractive! If you’re writing a novel or learning French, be sure to mention it!

State What You’re Looking For

Next, state what you’re looking for. Are you in it to put a wedding ring on it, or are you only interested in sex at this time? Whatever your aim, be honest about it.

There’s nothing worse than getting attached to someone only to find out that they’ve lied to you.

Proofread Prior To Publishing

Before publishing your online dating profile, proofread it for spelling and grammatical errors.

Many potential matches are turned off by poor spelling and grammar.

Pick the Right Pics

Your online dating profile picture is usually what determines whether or not potential matches check out your profile.

Your profile pic should portray you as friendly and approachable. You should smile and look happy in it. It should also showcase just you and no one else.

You should also consider your clothing and the background of a potential profile pic. Hats and sunglasses obscure your face. Backgrounds full of stuffed animals or weapons could portray you in the wrong light.

Besides your profile pic, you should consider your profile’s other pics. Pick a variety of photos to upload. Showcase yourself with friends, partaking in an activity, and just enjoying life.

Additionally, include a body shot of yourself. We like to pretend physical attributes play no part in attraction, but that simply isn’t true in most cases. And you don’t want to connect with someone in real life only to be rejected by them in real life over physical attributes.

Keep Your Profile Updated

It is important to keep your profile up-to-date. A profile that hasn’t been updated in a month or so looks abandoned.

Potential matches won’t bother reaching out to someone with an abandoned profile. In their minds, it will likely be a waste of time.

Be Honest But Stay Positive

Regardless of the type of relationship you’re looking for, the fact is you’re looking for a relationship. You want to connect with someone who can bring you joy and whom you can bring joy.

As such, you should try to stay positive when talking with a potential match.

Don’t give unsolicited criticism. Complaining makes you look whiny, hard to please, and in some cases, mean.

Of course, you should always be honest with potential matches. After all, no one wants a relationship built on lies.

That said, remain tactful when expressing a less-than-positive opinion.

For example, never tell a potential match, “That dress makes you look fat.” Instead, say, “Something’s not quite right with that dress. I bet you could find one that looks better.”

On the subject of tact: honesty goes both ways. But be mindful of the fact that being too honest about yourself can make you look needy or clingy.

Everyone has a problem of some kind. For some, it’s low self-esteem. For others, it’s the fact that they have to undergo ED treatments.

Regardless, wait for the right moment to inform a potential match about your problem. Your gut instinct will let you know when.

Learn How To Use Your Platform Of Choice

The draw of all online dating platforms is to help people find a partner. But that isn’t to say that all online dating platforms work alike.

Some dating platforms are designed for a certain demographic. For example, there are sites just for single Christians, Jews, and members of other religions. Some sites cater to geeks, outdoors enthusiasts, and other hobbyists.

Nearly every platform includes a way to help you find potential matches. Sometimes that way is a filter that shows only users of a certain gender, age, and location. Other times, it is a survey that gauges your personality and preferences.

Whatever your platform of choice offers, take advantage of it. Leave no stone unturned.

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