Make your dating profile stand out from the crowd
The annual new year rush of singletons seeking love is well under way and online dating sites are enjoying a flurry of prospective daters.
However, many seem to be far from clued up about the best ways to market themselves online, so here are a couple of useful tips for creating a better-than-average profile.
Firstly, it's important to make your profile look different to everyone else's.
Jesse Keller, president of advice site Personals Trainer, advises: "Read your profile and pretend it was written by your neighbour. If it looks like it could just as easily be his, then it's not a good profile."
Lying on your profile is also a pointless exercise. It may make you seem like an attractive dating prospect, but some lies will be obvious the moment you first meet.
"They're going to quickly see if you weren't being truthful and they're going to wonder what else you're not being truthful about," Jesse tells the Associated Press.
Of course, your photo is likely to do most of the initial talking. As Jesse explains, online dating is much like going to a video store.
"People walk through the aisle and when they see a cover that looks interesting, they flip it over and read the back. On dating sites, the photos are the cover and the profiles are the back."
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