Tips for Successful Online Dating – Part 1

The Profile

The key to successful dating online is a well-written user profile. A profile is the customised area on an online dating site that contains biographical information about yourself, as well as photographs and details about what you’re looking for in a potential date and partner.

“People find this the hard part of trying online dating and can find it difficult to summarise their personality in a limited amount of words,” says Ger McFadden, dating expert for “But when you go out, you get only one chance to make a great first impression. With a profile, you get as many as you want.”

Ger suggests new users break down their profile into four parts—the picture, the headline, the username and the paragraph. Gather a group of friends to help you out, and go step-by-step. “Your friends are going to make sure you be realistic and honest about yourself,” she says. “Plus, they’ll make sure you use the best picture of yourself.”

The Picture

  • Stay up to date and real, Ger says. All pictures should be taken within the last six months and feature a headshot. “Putting up pictures that represent what you look like means you don’t have to worry later, if he or she doesn’t call you to go out again, that it’s because of how you look,” Ger says. “Be honest about who you are.”
  • Avoid pictures of yourself with either too many things going on in the background or too many other people. Don’t be too much of a poser! Ger says. “Your main picture should be just you, and not you wearing sunglasses or you holding your dog or a child. Use those photos for the supplemental pictures if you wish.”
  • Update photos as much as possible. Ger suggests including photos from recent holidays or days out as well as those that feature you taking part in a hobby you enjoy. “They are a good way of breaking the ice and getting the conversation started” she says.
  • Don’t include too many pictures of you with other people. “There are lots of men online who will include pictures of themselves with other women,” Ger says, “It doesn’t matter if it is your sister or your niece, other women don’t know that plus and it sends the wrong impression.”

Look out for our next blog coming soon, which offers lots more helpful advice and tips on successful online dating!

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