Cupid's Pulse Article: Dating Advice: 5 Online Dating Tips to Start the New Year RightCupid's Pulse Article: Dating Advice: 5 Online Dating Tips to Start the New Year Right

By Joshua Pompey

New Years’ Eve may have come and gone, but it’s not too late to make those resolutions still, especially in regards to improving your dating life.  Let’s take a look at 5 online dating tips that you could implement immediately to get your love life on the right path this year.

New Year, New Profile!

Update the photo gallery

This is one area of your online dating life that there is always room for improvement with.  Unless you are a Kardashian garnering tens of thousands of likes with every picture you take, break out the camera and get to work.

Focus on taking pictures that highlight your best attributes, while also capturing you in scenarios that reveal your best personality traits.  You will also want to thumb through some of your best pictures of the past year, with the focus being on combining your best experiences, with pictures that you look most flattering in.  For some great advice on how to do this, you can read this guide to creating a perfect photo gallery

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Rewrite the profile

There is always room for improvement here, not to mention, the written portion of your profile is arguably the most important determinant of your success.

When you revisit your profile, don’t think of it as a homework assignment or essay.  Keep it fun, playful, and lighthearted.  The idea is to reveal your best personality trait and interests in a way that jumps off the page and shows who you are at your core.  And don’t forget to proofread!

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Improve your emailing game

With all the competition that exists online, you can’t afford to be boring.  You need to make sure your email stands out from everyone else by making it fun, engaging, and interesting.  The best approach is to scan the profile for something interesting about the other person, think of something playful to say, and then follow that up with a question.  Once you do this a few times, you’ll get the hang of it and be able to do this on autopilot in a relatively easy manner.

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Start initiating messages

Here’s a little secret.  Often times the highest quality men and woman are not initiating conversations online, nor are they performing searches.  Why?  Because the more successful and well-rounded people are in their personal life, the less time they often have to spend on dating sites.

So while you might be waiting around for someone special to send you and email and sweep you off your feet, the irony is that they might not ever even know you exist.  The best way to ensure that you get dates with the highest quality people is to actively perform searches and show up in their inbox with an incredible message and profile to match.

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