Want to get more matches on the dating apps? Sure you do, that’s why you’re on them in the first place. It’s not always easy to nail the perfect online dating profile, so here are some tips to help get you more eyes on yours, based on information from OkCupid.
- Make sure you’re making eye contact in your main profile photo - Your first photo should always show your eyes looking at potential dates. Melissa Hobley, chief marketing officer at OkCupid says, “We found that pictures on your profile of you looking at the camera ultimately perform better.”
- No sunglasses - Not in your profile pic, anyway. OkCupid’s stats show that profiles with sunglasses in the first image get around 20% fewer likes than those with no sunnies.
- Use photos that show off your personality - A profile full of selfies doesn’t say a lot about you. “Be sure to show a well-rounded version of yourself and try to show off your family, friends, and hobbies,” Hobley says.
- Throw in more recent photos of yourself - According to OkCupid’s team, regularly adding new photos doubles profile likes.
- Actually write something in your profile - We get it, it’s intimidating to come up with something to say about yourself, but it helps. Hobley points out that fuller profiles show up more to other users, so they increase your odds of getting a match. And OkCupid found that captioning your photos raises your chances for a like by 30%, so start writing.
- Mention your favorite band - Music tops that list of interests people frequently write about on their list. Hobley says OkCupid recommends letting people know who your favorite artist is, and song lyrics and memorable concerts are great convo-starters, too.
- Keep your profile up-to-date with cultural references - Your favorite show may change and dated references like “Breaking Bad” or “Lemonade” could make it look like you haven’t seen or heard anything new or been on the app in forever.
- Proofread, then proofread again - Bad grammar will get you everytime. According to OkCupid, 75% of people say they’re less likely to respond to someone with grammar or spelling mistakes in their profile. So read it over and have a friend proof it too, just to be sure.