First impressions are everything. Perhaps even more when they’re decided within a few seconds from behind a phone or computer screen. One of the most challenging parts about getting started with online dating is creating the perfect dating profile bio. It’s difficult enough to talk about yourself, but to write something that feels genuine yet enticing is on a whole other level.
Do you struggle to create that perfect pitch that summarizes who you are and what you’re looking for? We’re here to help.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to write a dating profile that’s both authentic and attractive.
Writing your online dating profile can feel like a big task. Every platform differs in terms of length and formatting. Whether it’s a designated headline or the first sentence of your bio, it’s important to captivate a potential suitor’s attention right away. Think about something that’s unique to you. We suggest making a list of your values, passions, and hobbies. Try not to take yourself too seriously, and pick a few of these to lead with. Remember, it’s not just about enticing someone to contact you, it’s about captivating the attention of a good match.
We know it can be scary to dive into the online dating world, and it’s even scarier to put yourself out there when you’re unsure of what to say about yourself. Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. Let this shine through when writing your dating profile. Still feeling lost? Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before hitting submit on your freshly written bio:
A shorter dating profile is better, as it is more likely to be read thoroughly. However, keeping it short does not mean simply listing out some of your best qualities and the ideal qualities you’re seeking in a partner. Write your bio as if you were having a conversation. A long list is overwhelming to the reader and doesn’t help showcase your personality. So, how can you make an impact with only a few minutes of attention? Think about what you would say if you were introducing yourself to someone you’re interested in dating during an elevator ride. Use this perspective to write your short story.
Yes, it’s natural to have certain physical “requirements” for an ideal partner. However, your dating profile is not the place to shout them from the rooftops. Though you may have the best of intentions, listing out what your dream person looks like physically can be a serious turn-off. Instead, try connecting traits to it. Rather than saying you want to meet someone with an athletic build, you can mention that you’re looking for an active partner who can join you for weekend runs, tennis matches, or other active adventures.
Keep the tone of your bio conversational and relatable. Write it how you would speak it. Does this trip you up? A great tip is to either record yourself or use the voice-to-text feature on your smartphone. It’s usually much easier to speak about yourself engagingly than to stare at a blank screen, willing the right words to appear before you. With this method, you’re almost sure to have a final description crafted that is much more natural and authentic. Feel free to use wit or humor as long as it’s tasteful! Of course, we want to highlight our most attractive traits and showcase the best versions of ourselves. However, at the end of the day, we can’t (and shouldn’t) try to please everyone. Don’t write what you think sounds good, write what’s real. Yes, it may mean less direct messages, but it also means less time wasted going on first dates with people who you really won’t click with in the long run.
Don’t let the end of your profile be the end of the story; make it the beginning. Wrap up your dating profile bio with a question or conversation starter that entices someone to continue the conversation in the messages or via phone/email. A few ideas for this include:
There’s really no wrong way to write a dating profile, just better ways. These dating profile tips will help set up your profile for success. Does this still seem overwhelming to you? Don’t worry; we’re here to fix that!
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