How to write the best dating profile

26 June 2012

When writing an online dating profile you’ll want to make the best impression possible. Read our guide to the pitfalls to avoid.



There are a lot of profiles on Saga Dating and therefore a bit of competition so, when you only have a few hundred words and some pictures to attract your ideal partner, the temptation to embellish your profile a little can be very strong.

Don't embellish the truth beyond recognition

It’s so easy to add a couple of inches to your height or lose a few around your middle. It might be tempting to give yourself a promotion and take up a couple of thrilling or intellectual hobbies, just to give yourself an edge.

These embellishments may well help in getting you some interested emails and an agreement to meet, but you need to consider what will happen when you meet your date in real life.There's no point being dishonest for short-term gains.

Don't use a misleading photo

Another temptation is to use an old photograph of yourself. It’s understandable that you’ll want to look your best, and, again, it may get you some interest, but all will be revealed the moment they lay eyes on you in real life. Trying to trick someone in this way could end up completely backfiring on you as they would lose any trust they had in you.

If you now look obviously different, this won’t be a true representation of yourself, meaning that what was meant to potentially be the start of a new relationship has soured from the very beginning.

Be honest

If you’re serious about looking for somebody it’s always going to be in your best interests to tell them the truth and show them the real you from the start. If you layer your profile with embellishments and untruths you’re likely to attract the wrong type of person, one that isn’t a very good match for you.

Getting internet dating success

The old maxim of being yourself does hold water, especially when it comes to online dating. It’s vital to remember that you’re great just as you are and you don’t need to finesse your profile with untruths to attract people to you.

The best way to get dates is to be really proactive on the site, as the more effort you make, the bigger the rewards will be. If you see someone you like the look of, send them a message; keep it light and upbeat and your personality will shine through.

If you can get someone’s attention with your initial message they’ll only look to your profile for the details, making any extra embroidery of your profile unnecessary.

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