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Online Dating First Impression!  If you are one of the many people who have joined online dating sites, or if you are thinking of joining an online dating site, then you will need to make a good first impression with a perfect profile!  Whether you already have a profile for an online dating site, or are thinking of making a profile for an online dating site, read our Perfect Profile article for helpful tips!  What makes a great online dating profile?  Please read our article on How to Write the Perfect Profile for an Online Dating Site and learn how to attract the perfect person for you!
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by Marinthia Nyc   1/25/12

Writing an online profile is nothing like getting ready for a first date, like most people assume it is. Yes, you might want to put a 'wow' factor out there, but you have about 4 seconds to present that factor. The problem is figuring out what facet of you is going to be the wow factor for them. You're also not walking into a room of people whose choices are limited to the people in that room. In just a few minutes, online daters can access millions of other online daters via a wealth of different dating sites, emails, texts and instant messages.

Embrace who you are. If you're wild and crazy, don't try to hide it. If you like to sit home all day, then say so. Why end up with someone who hates your habits before they ever meet you? If you don't want people to try and change you, then attract the people who appreciate you. To do this, you have to be able to appreciate yourself and show it.

Know how people use the Internet. You have about 4 seconds to grab an Internet reader's attention. That means you need to fine tune the details of your profile in order to be attractive to Internet readers. You need to grab their attention fast and keep it. Break your profile up into brief paragraphs or lists. This keeps the reader interested as you feed them nuggets of information rather than lengthy run-on sentences and paragraphs. Enhance your profile with emoticons and fonts to draw attention to specific areas.

Use compatibility features from the site. Most online dating sites offer you the ability to create a headline. Be creative with yours and remember you have about 4 seconds to catch someone's attention. Fill out the tests so that other online daters who seem compatible with you are directed your way. Don't volunteer any personal contact information as a rule.

Present a fitting picture. If you don't have a digital camera, find someone with a cell phone to take your picture and email it to you. The picture you put on your online dating profile is one of the first things people see. This is in there with the four second rule. It's been said that you should smile and present a happy face so you present a happy person. However, you might also consider putting up a picture of you that shows you as you normally are. You might even want the picture based on your personality; like a humorous expression if humor is your best asset.

Keep your family out of the picture. Don't post pictures of yourself with your family. When you do, you're thinking that it's a god picture of you or that it shows love for your family. Online predators and unsavory people are seeing it as a prime opportunity to browse. Children are the biggest victims, but in general you should never post a picture online of anyone of any age without their consent.

Mention vital things. If you're serious about using a dating site, then you need to represent yourself honestly. If you're an alcoholic and you're trying to find someone to have a relationship with, don't check the "never drinks alcohol" box. If you're someone who is just looking to browse and you never intend to meet anyone, or go any further than talking on the site, then you need to let them know that and represent yourself however you wish. At that point, you're each just getting to know an online persona anyhow, with no interest in the actual person. Be sure to mention things like children, age and other demographic information.

Write to your audience. Aside from basic grammar skills, being able to write to your audience is the key to writing the perfect profile for an online dating site. In other words, you decide what kind of people you want to attract. In fact, create the person you're looking for in your mind and write your profile like you're writing to them. If you want a man who enjoys eating Cheetos naked on a bean bag, then write your profile to attract him. If you want a dangerous and sexy one night stand, write to her.

Use correct punctuation, capitalization and spelling. You don't have to type in the style of proper English, but punctuation, capitalization, and spelling provide inflection into your statements. It's the difference between helping your uncle jack off a horse and helping your Uncle Jack off a horse. At the very least, use the spell check on your browser to go over the profile.

Don't forget to add a call to action. The perfect online dating profile is the one that sells the idea of a personality to another person. At the end of every sale ad is a call to action and your profile is no different. In the last part of your profile, encourage people to contact you if they're interested in learning more about you.

In short, provide an attractive, easy to read profile that expresses who you are and what you're looking for. You want something that can immediately grab attention, and then hold it long enough for someone to want to read the entire thing. Don't be afraid to talk about your flaws. You're not there to judge or be judged. You're there because you're interested in meeting people who have their own interests and share yours as well.

Marinthia Nyc is a single mother of one who has experienced the free online dating sites in a state of shock, awe and sometimes, amusement. She makes a living by offering the humorous and sometimes enlightening details of her life experiences.

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