I spend lots of time in this column and over at A(n)nals of Online Dating documenting the worst of the worst internet daters. But there are also some really good ones — and some mediocre ones that could be so much better if not for rookie mistakes.So, welcome to Internet Dating Bootcamp, where I'll teach you how to trick unsuspecting users into thinking you’re actually cool and normal. You need to be you in your online dating profile, but the process of creating one is a good time to think about what kindergarten teachers call “being your best self at school.” If you’re attracted to Type-A go-getter types who get up at 6am to exercise, emphasize your similar love of hard work. Want someone who shares your taste for obscure French films? No, not everyone wants to date a carbon copy of themselves, but most of us want to be with someone with some overlapping interests.Your main photo is the first thing men will notice about you, so it’s worth taking the time to make sure it’s perfect.The worst thing you could do is use old photos of yourself.
The 3 most important components are your photos, headline, and text.Also, be sure to read all the way through for a free checklist on how to make sure you have an awesome profile that will get you an amazing date.A poorly written profile looks like this: Why is this bad? While they are perfectly fine to have as interests, keep in mind women are going through dozens of matches to find someone who is right for them.Almost every dating site lets you create a dating profile for free, (even lets you browse profiles for free), so make use of it.Maybe you’ll see that one woman used a quote in her headline that you thought was clever and would attract a guy, or maybe you’ll notice another woman posted a video of herself instead of just photos.