How to make the most of your online dating profile

Creating an online dating profile can be scary. After all, it’s not always easy to talk about, and big yourself up, without sounding conceited or, even worse, desperate. But it’s important to note that one in three couples now find love online, so if you’re looking, it really is the way to go.

These days we rely on the Internet for everything. From keeping in touch with school friends and networking to ordering takeaways and scrolling stores. So I guess it only seems logical you would use the Internet for finding that special person too.

That said though, the online dating scene can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before. Learning how to write an online dating profile that attracts anyone isn’t all that hard. But that’s the thing, you aren’t trying to attract just anyone, you want to attract that person who is right for you. And this can be a bit trickier.

So here are my top tips for making the most of your dating profile...

Ask your friends for help
Get a friend, or friends, to help you write your profile as this can really help to see what others think of your, and what they think are your best qualities. Sometimes they know you better than you know yourself, and it can be hard to big yourself up, so get them to do it. 

Avoid clich├ęs
I personally think this is quite a big one. Don’t be boring and write stuff that you know everyone else will. Even if you do like a walk on the beach or having a glass of wine on an evening, just leave it out. It’s what everyone says and people will probably pass you by if they can see that you haven’t made the effort.

Stay positive
Avoid any negative tones about yourself, just try to always be positive. Your profile is essentially like your CV, so try to make it stand out and shout about how great you are.

Be honest
Lying gets you nowhere in life, and it gets you nowhere in love too. Honesty is always the best policy, and to be honest, if you do lie, you’ll only get found out in the end, so what if the point. 

Check your grammar and writing
Many people find poor grammar and spelling a turn off. I absolutely hate it, and it would make me turn away immediately, especially poor spelling. I get that even the best of us can make mistakes, so be careful on this point when writing your profile. It’s a good idea to put your profile into Word and use spell check for peace of mind, and for any glaring errors.

Be the real you
There is no point creating a dating profile that is not true to you, as that will not help you get any dates, or meet the right person either. When you’re writing your profile, talk about what you like truthfully. Show yourself in photos truthfully, don’t hide yourself behind sunnies, or a filter. Show the real you.

Choose recent photos
And on the above point, use recent photos. If they are more than a year old, don’t use them, as even though that picture is of you, people want to see who you are now. Looking better in the flesh is better than the reverse.

As an added bonus, try not to just use headshots, but instead opt for some action shots. People like looking into others’ lives and if you can show what you love, it’ll stand out. Play the guitar, working out at the gym, doing a bit of yoga, it looks a lot more inviting than a headshot. 

Be specific
Talk in specifics to give a full flavour of who you are, and what you want. This is important as it gets straight to the point doesn’t waste yours or anyone else's time, and means you can find the right person easier. There are many options when it comes to dating sites UK, so make sure you sign up for the one that suits you. Straight, gay, bi, or something else, research the site that would be best, and get the best results for you. 

Look at other profiles
If you are really struggling for inspiration then just have a look at other profiles online to see what other people are saying. It’s a really great way to see just how other people handle dating online, and will also give you an idea of what, and whatnot, to include. Reading other peoples’ profiles might give you ideas for things to include in your own one, and what to miss off. 

But most importantly, have fun
Most people want to find someone who can make them laugh, so show people you have a sense of humour. If you can use a little humour in your profile, it’s a great icebreaker and could get your conversations off to a great start.


  1. Very interesting post, and you never know when you may suddenly need it!