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7 Things Girls Need to Know About Picking An Online Dating Profile Picture

As I mentioned last week, I have (many, many) years experience as an online dater.  And so what I’m telling you I’ve learned from my personal experience.

No man is going to read your profile unless he thinks you’re hot.  Not even if you have a supercool user name and a great headline.  It’s just not going to happen.  Guys don’t work that way.   Yes, if you have a profile up without any pics at all, you might get a tiny bit of traffic.  A tiny bit.  But not much.  And depending on the site, maybe none at all.

So please don’t bother wasting your time writing a sassy little essay about yourself and what you’re looking for in a relationship until after you’ve figured out what pictures you’re going to use.  No, I’m not joking.  The pictures really are more important.  Really.

With that in mind I’ve prepared a list of 7 things that every girl/woman should know before she hits that upload button.

  1. You MUST use more than one picture.  At least one should show your face in close up.  At least one other should be a picture that shows most if not all of your body and not from 50 ft away.
  2. Use recent pictures.   Men want to know what you look like now, not 2 years ago (even if you looked better 2 years ago).
  3. Think twice about using the pictures of you and your kids or your nieces/nephews.  I hate to say it, but a lot of guys will be turned off by these.
  4. Don’t use the bridesmaids pictures.  Think about the potential image they may send (desperate to be a bride?).
  5. It’s not a good idea to include a picture of yourself in a bathing suit (even if you have an amazing body) unless you’re seeking a strictly sexual relationship.  You will get bombarded with messages from every sleazy guy online (heck, from every guy online).  Subtle is better.
  6. Try to make one of your photos an action shot; for example, a picture of you cooking or mixing a drink or playing cards (something relatively close-up).  This gives guys something to comment on when they write to you: “what were you drinking”, “what were you cooking”, “did you have a good hand”…  It may sound incredibly lame, but by doing this you’re actually making it easier for guys to contact you.  You’re giving them an easy opening line.
  7. There’s no need to show deep cleavage.  If that’s the way you always dress, fine.  But otherwise, put’em away.  Give the push up bra a rest.  You want to look like you, not your slutty sister.

Lastly, I just wanted to say a quick thank you to two sites that posted links to last week’s list for guys.  In turn, they each posted their own list:

Dare to Date 2009

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