How to construct a dating profile

How long do you have to wait to find THE ONE, your soulmate? A lot depends on meeting a lot of women (or men if you’re a woman, or women if you’re a lesbian, or … work it out for yourself), because it’s partly a numbers game, and if you’re doing it on-line, it depends on having a dating profile that produces results.

Here is a blog post from someone frustrated by the whole dating business:

There are some harsh realities that come with putting yourself out there into the dating scene (do we call it that? Is it The Game? No, that’s a rapper..).

You have to be patient, I’m told, which is funny because I’ve been patient for quite some time. Long enough that I should win the Most Patient Award… [read more]

She goes on to write about online dating:

So maybe the first couple nights I was a little slutty with the winking (it’s a feature where you basically send people a “wink” whose profile you liked). Aaaaaand nothing has come of it.

Oh, there was that one “No thanks” from someone, so that was cool…

It also tells you how many people have looked at your profile. Now, I’m not good at math, but I can tell you that my ratio thus far of views to responses is a bit on the unfortunate side. …

And all she really wants (after discussing this issue for a while) is:

…maybe just somebody to hold hands with at the movies.

Such a simple thing to want, and yet so full of depth. Yes, that really is important because it implies so much.

There is a lot of advice in my book about how to set up a dating profile that works. Let me tell you a story from the section How to construct a profile in my book Dating – the missing manual :

Learn from my mistakes.

I constructed a beautiful profile on one of the better sites. The profile was very serious and said what I was interested in and so on about myself.

There was nothing particularly wrong with it.

I even had a photographer friend take a number of photos of me and picked the one that made me look good.

The profile wasn’t a total dud. I did get two or three dates out of it, but I didn’t find a keeper that way.

When I did find my true love, as it happens by an entirely different method, I changed my profile to something like this:

“Two space vixens have been fighting over me with phasers set to stun, and the victorious one has now abducted me in her spaceship, so I am no longer available. Sorry to disappoint.”

This was my way of signing off, but to my surprise I then got a little windfall of interested replies within a very short space of time. Not logical, you might think. But there is a lesson in this.

My analysis: the serious profile says ‘boring.’ ‘This person takes himself too seriously.’

Note well: your dating site profile is not about information. It is about attraction. A fun profile makes the woman think, ‘this guy is a hoot; it would be fun to meet him.’

There are other lessons to be learned from this, which I go on to discuss in the book.

Dating is a numbers game. You are going to have to contact a lot of women (or men …etc.) to find THE ONE. The first step in making contact through a dating site is to have a profile that works for you.

You don’t need to tell everything about yourself. You do need to create attraction. Raising a smile is a very good start.


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