Your Online Dating Profile Needs a Makeover
March 23, 2016 | by


Dating is a science. It is a combination of chemistry and partially careful calculation. In the online dating world, there are so many people to choose from that it’s important to have an inviting, attractive and clear profile. Having a fun and positive profile is a key to online success.


According to, 90 percent of your online success is based on your photos. Your featured headshot is the most important photo you have. Its job is to instantly capture someone’s attention and make them want to learn more about you. The best results will come with a clear shot of you smiling and looking at the camera.  If your photos are not amazing, the right people may continue to pass you by.

Not only is it important to include natural, high-quality photos, but it is also essential to think about the message the photos are sending. For example, classy and non-suggestive photos help send the message that you are looking for a long-lasting relationship and not just a hook-up. The response to suggestive or revealing photos is usually equally suggestive. You want your photos to attract genuine and respectful attention, not attention that objectifies you.

Profile Content

Your online dating success also depends on the effectiveness of your profile. Stay away from stating what you do not want or describing that you are not a certain way. Descriptions filled with negative phrases can make you seem unappealing. Positive language helps bring out your personality and makes you more attractive to someone who is viewing your profile. Describe yourself accurately and honestly.

Buzzfeed contributor Ouiser Boudreaux in an article entitled “How to Write a Good Online Dating Profile” said, “Online dating is like advertising: Know your ideal audience and target them by positioning yourself to be as appealing as possible. Keep your product’s major flaws out of the commercial.”

General Tips

Poor spelling and grammar are big turn-offs. Of 1,000 people surveyed by online dating site, over 60 percent said they would not respond to someone with poor grammar. It’s also important to be concise. Your profile should be more than a couple sentences but it’s not the place to tell your entire life story.  

Your online photos and profile are your personal advertisement in the online dating world and they need to be amazing. Simply put, it’s important to have a fun, positive profile and great photos to attract the attention of high-quality people and potential dates.

For more articles about dating and relationship advice, check out these articles:

Signs You’re Dating the Wrong Person

How to Deal With Unwanted Flirting

Should You Text Back?

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About Author

Hannah Washington is a student at Michigan State University. Follow her @HannahNichole.To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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