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How to Make Your Online Dating Profile Stand Out

by | Dating Tips

Aug 25, 2021

Are you looking for potential dates online? a marriage mate? Your success may depend on how your online dating profile looks. Let’s look at six areas of your profile in which you may need to brush up in order to make it stand out from the rest for potential dates.

1. Double-check your grammar

Ensure your profile about, likes, and dislike sections are free of grammatical and spelling errors because these may turn many people off. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes every now and then. Also, your potential mate may be left guessing the message you’re trying to convey if there are wrong spellings and grammatical errors.

For your online profile to look more attractive and accomplish your specific purpose, choose your words carefully. Spelling errors can sometimes change the meaning of what you’re trying to say, which might result in misinformation. So it is best to double-check all your wordings before pressing the enter or save button to help avoid casual errors.

2. An appealing username

Username is one of the number one things people see when they scan through hundreds of profiles. It is going to tell them what to expect of someone, and it is going to let them know within a few seconds that your profile is worth looking into. Many will not bother to even stop and take a look at your profile if your username doesn’t appeal to them. 

Research has shown that usernames complexity determines trustworthiness especially those with easy-to-pronounce or short usernames. So ensure you use a welcoming username. 

If you can’t think of a unique appealing username to use, use your first name along with a few numbers attached to it in case your first name isn’t available. Your name is the greatest connection to your own identity and individuality. You can also opt on using a username that matches what your preferred partner is looking for.

3. An appropriate profile picture

Apart from your username, your profile picture can also make a good impression. In fact, that is the number one thing people want to see when they visit your profile because it’s the first indicator of your personality. Your success in finding a potential mate may depend on the first impression you make.

People look forward to seeing the profile picture of their would-to-be partner. Not having a profile picture at all on a dating profile makes it look like you have something to hide.

According to research, when it comes to choosing a mate and decisions about platonic relationships, face preferences affect a diverse range of critical social outcomes.

Remember, the aim of choosing an appropriate profile picture isn’t about putting on a deceptive outward appearance, which essentially amounts to lying but to determine the qualities you want others to know you for. To ensure you create a good first impression, choose a nice and don’t forget to smile so that your potential mate will see you as a friendly and approachable person.

Also, be sure that your profile picture is aligned with your relationship goals. If you’re looking for someone to settle down with, I’ll recommend that you don’t post a picture of yourself in a club dancing or a photo of you dressed unclad. Instead, use a presentable or decent picture that reveals how you want a potential mate to perceive you. Looking so loose might be a turn-off for some people who are looking to marry.

4. Mention your hobbies

Many people prefer to date people that share similar or same interests as them. When two partners are interested in the same stuff, it is easier for them to bond together. Although shared interests may not be the most important aspect of a relationship, it enhances the experience.

Imagine you and your potential partner love football and going to the cinemas. When you discover that you both have the same passion, there will be a lot of things to discuss and there will be no dull moments.

A potential mate may likely contact you if they see that you like the same things as them and that could be the conversation starter. “Hey there, I see that you love football, what football club fan are you?” From there, both of you can pick up the conversation.

5. Get to the point

Avoid writing long detailed essays about yourself on your online dating profile. Making your profile short and precise will make it look more attractive. Others will long to know more about you because they only see a few details of you.

You can tell it all after you get to meet a person you like. People are in a hurry and they don’t have plenty of time to waste on one profile because there are hundreds of profiles available to search for. So they tend to swipe through profiles quickly looking for some specific information that can give them an overview of what a person looks like.

6. Share Your Romantic Goals

Are you in search of a long-term relationship or just a hookup? While some people join online dating websites to find someone they can share the rest of their lives with, others are there for the sake of just catching fun. So I’ll strongly recommend that you let it be known and shown on your profile what your goals are. This way, you won’t attract the wrong people.

When someone that is simply looking to hook up comes across your online dating profile and sees specific messages like: “I want someone who is seriously looking for a long-term relationship” or “I’m in search of someone to settle down with”, they will quickly move along to the next profile. This will help you filter the wrong people out and attract the serious-minded ones.

The right person who is ready for a serious relationship is going to respond well to your profile. Do not think you’re scaring people off. It will help save you time and energy while looking for a potential partner. 


Making your online dating profile stand out and look more desirable may seem a real challenge. To find the partner of your dreams, you’ve got to stand out from the rest. That is why a well-arranged profile is necessary to attract someone. Believe in yourself, follow the tips in this article and you will find your matches.

On your online dating profile, you don’t have to use generic statements that you think people want to hear. As long as you’re yourself and you covered all the pointers in this article you’ll definitely attract the type of person you’ll be looking to attract.

Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

By Sara Leandro

Sara Leandro is a certified health coach who helps others feel their best through individualized lifestyle changes that meet their unique needs and health goals. She covers topics ranging from health and productivity to relationships.

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