How to Stand Out Online

Online dating has made it possible for thousands of people to communicate and mingle online. Whether you are looking for dating, romance, or just your average friendship,  there are more then enough places to find these things online.

Although online dating may seem a bit easier and less nerve-rattling then your average bar scene, it turns out that online dating has its own set of unwritten social rules, which can be just as tricky as real life.

So, are you feeling lost in the sea of thousands of profiles? Feel like you can’t stand out and therefore won’t ever be seen? Try to keep these pointers in mind when venturing out into the online world of dating.

Pictures speak a thousand words. Your profile picture can make a HUGE difference on the way you are viewed, and how many people will actually feel any interest in your profile. Now I’m not talking the way you look here, for most people looks are not what attracts them. You simply need to throw some spice into your picture.

Try to make sure that your face is visible. I’ve seen some pictures where I can’t even see the persons face – terrible!

Also try to smile. It sounds like a simple enough task, but it can be hard for a lot of people to maintain a natural smile on camera. Just keep in mind that it’s only a camera, and if you can keep a charismatic and charming demeanor, more people are bound to approach  you.

Keep the cheese in the fridge. It is almost better to not have a picture at all then to have one of you standing in the bathroom with your shirt off, taking the picture with your cell phone in the mirror. This is completely tasteless. If you don’t have a camera with a timer, get a friend to help you out.

Profiles describe who you are. When it comes to filling out profiles, some people will cut right through them for the simple fact that it takes too long. This is a horrible mistake! Your profile tells everyone who you are, what you like, what you don’t like, and can basically tell people right away if they are at all compatible with you.

When it is time to fill out your profile, make sure you  have put aside at least a half an hour to sit and fill it out in its entirety. Try to think really hard and make sure that you have completely honest statements that would describe you to another person.

Nobody is perfect and everybody has flaws. Don’t lie on your profile to make yourself sound “better”. If you do start to get serious with someone these lies will eventually come out, and this will most always end in disaster.

Your name will call people in. When it comes to choosing your user name, there are endless possibilities. You definitely want to make sure that you have a memorable and unique name, but you need to make sure you are not attracting the wrong type of people.

If you are looking for a serious relationship, try to keep naughtiness out of the name. If you register your user name as “Ready4UTonight” and are hoping to find a serious relationship…good luck!

Your user name is usually the first thing people will see before they view your profile, so try to describe yourself in a small way. You obviously don’t want your life story stuffed into your user name, but a small tidbit of you can easily find its way in there.

The most important thing to remember when looking for love is to be yourself. Lying and faking a personality will always get found out, and you will go nowhere. Keep in mind that most people are attracted to charisma and charm, not perfectness and beauty.

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