Before you even start writing your dating profile, it makes sense to know what you are looking for.
This could be as simple as writing down a list of the characteristics that you are looking for in a partner.
It's similar to how a good resume gets you noticed so you get an interview.
In this fast-paced, social media-dependent world, we rely on the Internet for everything – from keeping in touch with old school friends and career networking to ordering takeaways and finding a cat-sitter for that weekend away.
So it only seems logical you would use the good old Internet for finding that special someone, too. Sometimes they know you better than you know yourself.
Even if you do like “walking on the beach” or “drinking wine in front of a roaring fire” leave it out – everyone says that.
Think of something interesting that could be a conversation starter.
‘People have to imagine how they’ll fit into your life, so describing yourself as a “bookworm and internet addict” makes them feel they’d never see you,’ explains match.com’s relationship expert Kate Taylor.
‘Play up your love of anything sporty, outdoorsy or public – like concerts and exhibitions.’ Wouldn’t you know, profile photos that demonstrate you playing your guitar or downhill skiing – even if your face isn’t showing – get more messages.
Don’t take that the wrong way; she just really annoys me.
I guess the woman that I am looking for is somewhere between a thrill-seeker and a couch potato.
Learn how to avoid the mistakes made by 90 percent of searchers and create a profile that captures your strong points and stands out from the crowd.
Every word counts in your opener, including your user name. Your dating "handle" should be anonymous yet descriptive. You might want to zero in on an activity or interest, like I did with my online ID, Golf Nut.
One study of perceptions in cyberspace demonstrated that selective nicknames or handles influence the impressions others develop of the person using them. Or consider Happy Hiker, Nautical Gal, Outdoor Lover, Walking Woman, Line Dancer, History Buff, Birder Chick, Bridge Belle, or Hookedon Books.