3 ways to nail your online dating profile

Not getting many likes? We've all been there. Perhaps you've even shown your mates your profile and said "what do you think?" Whilst you can take two minutes setting up your profile, you're far more likely to see better results if you spend 20. Take a look at our simple tips to help you get the most out of your online dating profile.

A picture speaks a thousand words

It is said that we weigh up a character in 0.1 seconds! Like it or not, judgments based on facial appearance play a powerful role in how we treat others, and how we get treated. So, lets face it, making a good first impression in the world of online dating is rather important.

In a fraction of a second you can make an opinion on a person’s attractiveness, likeability, competence and trustworthiness, so today we’re talking about your profile pictures and how to nail them…

Ask yourself what qualities you are looking for in someone and do your pictures accurately reflect those in you. Perhaps you're looking for someone who looks kind and friendly? A picture with you smiling in a nice setting is the ideal way to portray this. Pictures no-no’s (in our opinion) include; holding your phone up to the mirror in an elevator, trout pouts, catfishing, laying under the covers with "come to bed eyes", selfies in cars. There we’ve said it!

Do you have a passion for hiking? Do you play an instrument? Do you play sport? Show off your adventurous side to give other Swans an idea of the activities you like to do.

A love of travel is said to be considered one of the most attractive traits - if you have a picture of yourself in Bali or Bondi Beach use that. Having interesting pictures that other members can ask you about is a great conversation starter.

Building up a narrative of who you are through your snaps helps to tell a story of who you as a person, not just as a number. Remember that feeling of love at first sight- you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make your pictures count!

Sell yourself

Your bio, or the ‘About me’ section is your time to shine! Other than your photos, this is the first opportunity you have to give that Swantastic impression on yourself. Anyone can write a list of things they like, but let’s’ be honest telling others you like coffee and wine doesn’t exactly provide a lasting impression of who you really are.

Instead, how about writing what you are passionate about, what you are looking for in your next relationship, maybe why you find yourself on the app, the funniest thing you did last year. Something that makes you stand out from the pack. You don't have to reveal too much about yourself if you don’t want to, but be real.

Have a full profile

It’s easy to be lazy and post one picture of yourself and think there you go, Bob’s your uncle, I’m on a dating app. But this sort of behavior isn’t particularly conducive to finding l.o.v.e. The more you tell others about yourself the more likely you are to have things in common and to help build those all-important first impressions and connections.

Why not reveal your Naked Truths (Not actual naked truths to be clear!) On Swanned, within your profile, there is a section on Naked Truths and Cultural Quirks. Have you got a hilarious truth or dare story? What was your favourite kids TV show growing up? (Duh Super Ted of course) Answer a few of these to fill up your profile with some funnies – these are always great conversation starters, and a fab way to show off your true personality.

So there you have it, it's not rocket science is it! Putting a little time and effort into your profile will help you get the best out of your online dating experience. Ready to dive in? Head over to itunes or Google Play store today to download Swanned today!