If you want to find a happy, long-lasting relationship then the best place to start is to create the perfect dating profile.
Take a look at our top tips to help you stand out from the crowd.
1. Know what you’re looking for
Before you sit down to write your dating profile, spend some time figuring out exactly what you’re looking for in a partner. You shouldn’t write down this list of requirements in your profile, but you can tailor it to attract the kind of people you’d like to date. If you’d never contemplate walking further than the bus stop, for instance, probably best not to write that you love exploring the great outdoors!
2. Ask for advice
If you’re naturally hard on yourself, or often worry about how others may perceive you, then reaching out to a friend or family member who knows you well, can help you to better identify your strengths and include them in your profile.
3. Do your research
Try looking at other people’s profiles to get an idea of what you like and don’t like about them. Do you find yourself drawn to people who share a lot of information about themselves or those who leave a little to the imagination? Find out what you’re attracted to and imitate it.
Any good marketer would tell you that you rarely get it right first time, so don’t just write up your profile once and then forget about it. Come back to it after it’s been live for a while, tweak it, add and take away certain sections, and see what happens to your responses. Keep refining it until you find the version that best works for you.
5. Be specific
It’s the smaller details that will help you to stand out from the crowd. For instance, rather than writing in your profile that you like books, write about the book titles that are stacking up on your bedside table right now. This can act to trigger a connection with a potential partner who sees a title or genre that they like too – it’s a great conversation starter.
6. Be yourself
It can be tempting to write a dating profile that attracts attention but doesn’t actually say anything about you. Be honest; if you’re looking for a long-term relationship don’t pretend you’d be happy with something casual, and if you hate playing sports, say so – otherwise you might just find yourself sat on the sidelines with a West Ham season ticket holder all year! You’re looking for someone who wants to be with you for you, so don’t pretend to be someone else.
7. Check your spelling and grammar
It might seem obvious but sloppy attention to detail can be a massive red flag for many people. Your profile is your shop window, the best place you have to show off, so make sure you take time to make it look as good as possible.