With the warm weather and beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom, it’s time to Spring clean the one thing you’ve been sweeping under the rug – your outdated dating profile. For so long you’ve been saying “oh I’ll fill that out later,” but in reality you have’t spruced it up since you made it a year ago. Things have changed, you’ve changed, and it’s best to reflect your most current self.
Photos in online dating profiles offer a glimpse into who people are, what they are passionate about, how they spend their time and how they like to present themselves to the world.
Unfortunately, many people use less than flattering photos in their online dating profile and they may not even know they’re doing it! Much like a resume, an online dating profile should be polished, well thought-out, succinct and tell a story about oneself. These are some of the most common mistakes I’ve seen people make with their online dating photos:
If you are using a dating app, you obviously want to get noticed by the right people. The first thing anyone is going to notice about you is your profile photo, so you want to make sure that yours is one that is going to actually get noticed, and by the people who you really want to notice it. Creating a great dating profile photo involves a lot more than simply snapping a quick photo on your phone and posting it, or recycling an older photo. You need something that is new and that gives the best first impression. With that in mind, here are seven tips for creating an awesome online dating profile photo.
Your online dating profile is an effective way for you to market yourself to other great singles such as yourself! Think of it this way, you are the product and you need to sell that product to your target audience. Who is your target audience? Potential partners you are trying to attract! You do this by being a quality product of course, but you also do it by promoting that product the right way. This is why you need to have a great profile picture, a catchy tag line and a stellar profile!
One thing that makes a profile more interesting is leaving something to the imagination. Many times people write all the wrong information in their profile and it does not paint them in the best light. A big mistake I see all too often is people putting too much information which ends up scaring potential dates away. In order to market yourself better when online dating, here are my 5 TMI’s to avoid in your dating profile.
5 TMI’s To Avoid In Your Dating Profile
1. Personal Identifiers
Someone shouldn’t be able to identify where you live, work or any personal contact information from your profile. This includes taking pictures in front of your house or workplace. Remember safety first because stranger danger is real! Don’t be paranoid but don’t put yourself at risk either.
2. Previous Relationships
We’ve all had failed relationships, some of them ended in not so pleasant ways. There is no need to go into excruciating details about your previous relationships and why they ended and how much your ex did you wrong. When you do that you show that you’re still not over them or the situation which will scare people off.
3. Health Issues
While any major life threatening or debilitating illnesses should be discussed, you don’t need to talk about minor health issues or bodily functions (no one needs to know what happens when you eat chili). If you do need to discuss a health issue, you don’t need to be very specific about it, leave details to when you get to know each other more.
4. Sexual History
You don’t need to discuss your “number” or how many notches you have on your belt. You should avoid discussing your fetishes or your sexual activity preferences as well. If you associate yourself with a particular lifestyle that is important to you, then make sure to state it but don’t get into too much detail.
Everyone has baggage, but if you have unresolved issues you have to be careful about how it affects the way you date. Your online dating profile is not the place for it. You don’t need to discuss how you don’t speak to your family or how you were severely mistreated as a child or how nobody loves you. It won’t serve you well.
When creating your online dating profile, make sure it reflects who you are while still showing your best self to prospective partners. Avoiding TMI in your dating profile will help you show that you are a quality partner who is worthy of a second glance. By marketing yourself better online you will not only attract more people, you will be able to take it to the next level and, ultimately, find your happily ever after!