We’ve covered some basic tips for your dating profile to help you out, but it’s about time we focused a little more on how to score that first date. Good pictures, selective messaging, and asking effective questions are great things to incorporate into your online dating formula.

 

Good Pictures

We all know the saying a picture is worth a thousand words and in the world of online dating this has never been truer. Your photos should be recent and clearly show what you look like, because people are not going to want to meet up with someone who doesn’t even want to show their face. You should always choose quality over quantity. Having a lot of poor quality photos can do more damage than you know. It is better to have a few good pictures.

 

Selective Messaging

Online dating is not the same as online shopping. When you’re browsing for a new couch, you can pick out whatever you like and it can be yours. Online dating is more complicated because you’re both the shopper. Both parties have to be interested. Before you send a message to your potential date, make sure that you fit the bill for them too. Even though you could be the greatest person alive, this doesn’t automatically mean you’re the best match for them. Check to see if you’re in their desired age range, gender, and have common interests. Otherwise, you will waste time sending them a message when you could never have scored a date to begin with.

 

Ask Questions Effectively

Dating sites have thousands of people to choose from, which is great in theory. However, it also means that you will be competing for space in the inbox and need to grab your potential date’s attention quickly. An interesting subject line and message is an absolute must. This means you need to read their profile and see what they like. Don’t ask them what they like to do for fun or if they would interested in dating someone like you. Chances are they already filled out that information on their profile, and you have proven that you didn’t take the time to read it. What you can do is ask more specific questions about their interests. If they say they like action movies, you can ask them if they like another specific action movie.