Catchy unique username: That should be SO obvious we hear you saying! Not so. Have look at how many people use their own names in combination with the next available number! Or worse, with their surname (leaving little in terms of privacy and safety). Now compare Fred831, Mieke123 or Anne2016 with something like ClassofHisOwn, missbuckingham, IrishOak or Frenchsweetheart.
No to selfies: If you have just heard about selfies, then you are about three years behind. Let a friend take digital pictures of you, loads of them and preferably some full length as well. You can then select the best ones for use on your profile. Ignore my opinion about selfies, the dating community despise those taken in the bathroom … for crying out loud.
Out in the wild: We assume you already have a stunning profile picture. Now if that picture was taken outdoors, women are even more likely to respond. The logic? Shows you venture outside your house to see sunlight and of course it creates the impression of adventure. The opposite also holds true, but to a lesser extend. Few guys want to date a soapaholic.
Online dating safety tips: No list of dating tips would be complete without mentioning safety. There is no reason to be paranoid about online dating as it can be as safe and enjoyable as meeting someone anywhere else. Most importantly, use common sense and your instinct. You won't give a stack of money to a stranger, why do it online? Same goes for your home address and contact details. Use your own transport and meet in a public place. Tell a friend what you are up to. Oh, and don't bring him/her home too quickly.
Profile picture: In most cases, your profile picture is your first impression. If you don't have a picture you are reducing your chances to meet dates by quite a margin. We simply don't have enough space to cover this subject in depth but stay away from pictures with cigarettes, booze, no shirt, too much distance, your tongue, a mask or another person (see below). We say yes to recent casual flirting pics.
Individual pics please: If you want to attract more messages then stick with profile pictures that only features yourself. That way women looking for men will flock to your profile and immediately know who it's all about. Supplementary pics can be groups but keep them small and without too many props. After all, the prospect should be interested in you, and only you … not two or three of your friends!
Put in the effort: Earlier we said online dating is huge, it means there are thousands of women seeking men and men seeking women. Therefore you need to stand out from the crowd. If you wish to meet someone as a friend, a soulmate, or perhaps for a relationship, then write a well thought through narrative. Be unique, be brief and spell check!
Final checks: Is your profile a conversation starter? Will it induce any curiosity from the opposite sex? Dating should be friendly, relaxed, safe, enjoyable, flirtatious, mysterious and fun! If someone is abusive, acting suspiciously or breaking rules, report them. We belief the majority of people using our online dating service are sincere. However, people aren't always what they seem to be, both here and in real life. Don't get disheartened. Start anonymous, build it from there and enjoy. This site belongs to the Online Dating Association (ODA).