Writing love letters, giving boxes of chocolates and the traditional dating process may not be dead, but they sure seem to be struggling when compared to dating websites online. Such sites have been around for a while, but they are becoming more and more popular all the time. They give you the opportunity to learn about people with a few mouse clicks. This is the face of modern dating.
However, being a member of dating sites is no guarantee that people will respond to your profile. And if that doesn’t happen, your odds of making connections is virtually non-existent. The good news is that there are some things you can do to increase your chances of success, and therefore, happiness.
Your Profile Picture
Let’s face it, most people will look at your photo before anything else. Don’t worry, you don’t have to have the features of a god or goddess to attract attention. Try to convey who you really are in your picture and smile. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and having the right picture will make all the difference. Be sure you are using a photo of you, and one that matches your personality. In effect, your profile picture is what will give visitors their first impression of you. If you can add more than one photo, stick to the same general tips, but include pics of you in different situations; having fun, working, at home, and so on. Once they like what they see, they will then move on to reading your profile.
This is where you will get a chance to go into more detail about who you are. There is a fine line to getting it right. You don’t want it to be too short otherwise people won’t know enough about you. It shouldn’t be too long, either, otherwise people will get bored and move on. The main rule here is to tell the truth. You can put your best foot forward, but don’t go so far that it gives people the wrong idea. The goal is to meet people you are compatible with. You want to try to arouse people’s curiosity so they take the next step of contacting you. Again, don’t lie about who you are as it’s a bad idea to enter a relationship with false pretenses.
Know What They’re After
Dating websites online give you a chance to market yourself. Not in the sense of being for sale, but in the sense of knowing your target audience. You know what you’re looking for, and you have to have some idea of what other people are looking for. There are far too many generalities to say what men or women want, but if you choose the right photos and write a compelling profile, that problem will take care if itself.
Online dating is here to stay for many years to come, so it’s a good idea to understand how to make the most of it. Follow the above tips and you will be far ahead of those who don’t know or use them.