Ask your friend to keep an eye out for overused phrases.” Honey adds: “It's a good idea to emphasise your activities as people tend to be attractive to those who convey health and vitality.” It’s true – two of the most commonly used words in profiles on Ok Cupid are yoga and (slightly more intimidatingly) surfing.
But running, skiing, tennis, dancing and cycling were also rated highly.
Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at Match.com, also suggests: “Keep your photos fresh, and swap out your primary photo frequently.
“Be careful what you say about yourself,” says Honey.“Could someone use those details to find you on Linked In, for example?But make sure you use the ones with a nose :-) , rather than those without :) Here, Kate Taylor, a relationship expert with - the world's biggest dating site - gives the ultimate guide finding that special someone online: DO Use a photo Profiles with pictures receive 16 times more responses than those without. Women who look directly into the camera for their profile picture receive far more responses than women who look away. We don't know why - could it be women prefer a more brooding, distracted man?The most successful photos are taken in daylight, using an SLR camera (not a smartphone), and show just one person, not a group. Include a photo of you engaged in an interesting activity Like playing an instrument, a sport, or in an unusual location.“We live in a soundbite society so the first 30 words of your profile really count,” says Peter.
“Try to avoid clichés in your profile because, let’s face it, everyone wants someone who's loyal and we all like walking on the beach at sunset.
“Set yourself a limit, but keep at it, it’ll be worth the effort,” says Peter.
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This is the big one, because depressing though it may be, your smiling face is the first thing on which people will judge you.
Relationship psychologist Honey Langcaster-James says: “Look straight into the camera and smile showing your teeth – this says open, friendly, healthy and confidence.” A recent study of the most popular profiles on dating sites showed 88 per cent are making eye contact with the camera in their profile picture.
A lot of the outdated dating rules don’t apply, and sending the first message online is actively encouraged if you want to get your profile looked at. “Set aside an amount of time every day and write a handful of tailored introductory messages to new people,” he says.