If you are registering with online dating websites for the first time, you are probably wondering how to write a good online dating profile.

Online dating profiles can give you the feeling of whether you like or dislike a person before you take any actions.  For example, you can see what they look like, how old they are, what their profession is and what their hobbies or likes and dislikes are.  It’s up to you whether you wait for people to contact you or be proactive and contact people yourself, but either way, having a good online dating profile will increase your chances of getting a date!

Here are a few tips to help you write the best online dating profile:

  • Be Positive - First of all, you should be positive in your profile.  Don’t complain about your work, your ex or your live. If you are positive in your profile you have a better chance of attracting potential dates.
  • Be Unique - Too many people say they want “long walks on the beach at sunset.”  Try to stand out.  One way to do this is to use the word “because.”  For instance, instead of saying you like cycling in your online dating profiles, tell people you why you like it. Go through your profile sentence by sentence and see how you can make yourself unique.
  • Don’t be Shy – Often people show their timidness by writing online dating profiles services in a negative fashion.  They say “I wasn’t sure about this, but…”  It is much better to leave a feeling of positivity for potential partners.
  • Choose Your Photo Carefully – If you put a photo on your profile you’ll have a better chance of attracting people. However make sure it is a good recent photo. I’ve heard too many stories about people turning up to their date only to find that the person in the photo is now bald, or has put on 20 pounds since their photo was taken. It is much better for your date to have realistic expectations of what you look like rather than be disappointed.
  • Don’t be overly sexual- unless of course you are looking for a lot of one night stands.  People who are looking for long term relationships are generally turned off by these comments.
  • Be specific about what you do and don’t want - Don’t be afraid to specify the age group, professional status, looks, and temperament of your potential date.  Also, be descriptive.  This can help you avoid wasting time dating the wrong type of people. At the same time, don’t be too specific or you may never get any dates!
  • Update your online dating profiles regularly –   Add photos and details of your life.  This will push people who were on the edge of asking you out over the edge to actually do so.  It will also bring people to your profile who might otherwise have missed you.

Hopefully these tips will help you to write a good online dating profile. It helps to think about the introduction you would make if you were meeting someone at a singles bar.  In this situation you would try to impress the person.  With online services, you also want to impress the person, but you have more time to think about it.

If you need some help with finding the right words for your profile here are some online dating profile ideas