How do I create a unique online dating profile?

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Answered by: Niki, An Expert in the Internet Dating Category
A good online dating profile is one that grabs attention, captures the essence that is you, and segues into a roundhouse kick of an icebreaker that makes it relatively easy for qualified suitors to make the first move. Your online dating profile is your first line of defense in the dating game as it is essentially a personal ad designed to stimulate enough interest for someone to contact you. If you're online dating profile puts people to sleep, then no one is going to contact you. As you can see, failure to bring your A game can make all the difference between a positive online dating experience and a negative one.

Although every dating website is different, online dating profiles are more or less the same and consist of a few key elements that are pretty common across the board. The most important components of virtually every online dating profile consist of a photo, a headline and a brief summary describing yourself in your own words.

1. The online dating photo

Most online daters are visually-oriented which means the first thing they are looking at before reading someone's profile is the pictures. In fact, some dating websites allow you to filter your search results to exclude online dating profiles without photos. If you do not have a photo on your profile, then you are reducing the chances of your profile being seen by potential dates who might have actually contacted you if you only had a photo.

Choosing the right photo is also important. You want clear, sharp images that bring out the best in you and actually shows your face. (Keep the blurry or distant photos on your hard drive where they belong). Ideally, you should have at least three to five photos on your dating profile: a head shot, a body shot, a mid-close up shot, an action shot, and a dressed up shot. The more photos you add to your profile, the more likely someone is to contact you. Great photos improve your chances of scoring a date by tenfold.

2. The online dating headline

Since studies have shown that you only have three seconds to make an impression, a catchy headline that grabs attention is equally as important as having photos on your online dating profile. A boring headline doesn't generate interest; it makes you shrug shoulders and click on "next" button.

An example of a boring online dating headline: Sweet girl looking for genuine guy.

An intriguing headline, on the other hand, stimulates enough interest for someone to click on your profile and read more about you. There are many approaches you can take when crafting the perfect headline for your online dating profile. The one you choose is ultimately up to you and should be an accurage reflection of your personality, hobbies or interests. You can use a funny headline, a clever headline, a flirty headline, a realistic headline, or even a quote headline depending on what kind of people you want to attract.

An example of an intriguing, or interesting, online dating headline: All the woman you'll ever need, and then some...

3. The online dating summary

This is the part of your profile where you get to describe yourself in your own words. Rather than tell people who you are, use descriptive language to show them who you are instead by describing some of your daily and/or weekend activities. Also, every online dating profile should have a built in icebreaker that makes it easy for someone with similar interests, or perhaps a curious heart, to make the first move and attempt to start a conversation with you. You can sprinkle in icebreakers throughout your online dating summary in one of two ways. The first way is to briefly go off-topic for a moment and say, I'll have to tell you about that some time. The easiest way is to just conclude your online dating summary with a call-to-action in the form of an icebreaker question.

An example of an online dating icebreaker: If you like what you see, send me a message and tell me where your happiest place on earth can be found.

This icebreaker is a personal favorite because it generates the the widest variety of responses than any other online dating summary ever written by this LA Singles Examiner. You see, most online daters automatically think Disneyland when they see "happiest place on Earth". So, in an effort to avoid a cliche answer and stand out from all the rest, most online daters respond to this icebreaker with either a clever response, a charming response or a genuine response. Depending on your dating or relationship goals, this ice breaker also makes it easy to filter out potential dates by unsatisfactory (read: boring) responses.

There you have it folks - your three point guide to writing a unique online dating profile that grabs attention, captures your personality and stimulates a response (even if it's only a wink). Always include at a photo on your online dating profile. Grab attention with a catchy headline that sparks interest. And conclude your online dating summary with an icebreaker question to make it easy for someone to initiate contact with you. By following these online dating profile tips, you will increase your chances of scoring a dating with someone worthy of your time.

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