There are several stages to creating a great senior dating profile and each stage needs careful attention if you’re going to attract the best prospects. Acquiring this knowledge is a little like going back to school, so if you’re ready, class is about to begin!
Creating a good profile is all about marketing yourself in the right way and as we all know, first impressions count, which brings us to the first of my 5 golden rules for writing a great senior dating profile.
Rule 1 Grab Their Attention with the First Sentence
If you’ve read a few profiles, you’ve probably noticed that after a while they all start to sound alike. That’s why it’s important to use interesting and original ideas to reel them in on the first sentence. Like any good advertising, the strategy of your opening sentence is to get the reader to want to learn more about the product (you!)
Rule 2 Don’t Write Your Life Story
Remember that people looking to mingle online don’t want to read someone’s whole autobiography, so censor your life story. Try to craft the structure of your profile to give a concise and compelling reason for someone to want to learn more about you. After all, you can always fill in all the other details later once you start to get to know each other better and it’s much more fun to leave a little mystery anyway!
You don’t need to be too specific about all the details of your life. It’s much more important at this stage to give a flavor of the real you and all the minor details can come later.
Rule 3 Spend a Little Time
Some senior dating sites ask you to write an essay about yourself and this is the part most people dread and put off for as long as possible. You usually don’t have to complete the bio in order to post your profile but it’s worth spending some time to write a good one. After all, you can always re-use it if you join another site later. The more thought and time you take now, the better the outcome will be.
Don’t just write the first thing that comes into your head and post it. Do several drafts first and before you start writing, it’s a good idea to read the bios of a few people that could be your potential dates. It’s also worthwhile to take a quick look at the profiles of your competitors. You need to be a bit like a detective, picking up important clues about what works best in a profile and also making sure that you avoid repeating what’s already been said by others.
Rule 4 Keep Things Light
Try being humorous and light-hearted. People love to be entertained a little, and showing that you have a good sense of humor and don’t take yourself too seriously will really count in your favor.
Always describe what you’re looking for and try to focus on what’s REALLY important to you. Express what interests you have in life and how you pursue them.
For example, you could include a vivid description of the time you went sightseeing in Greece and visual descriptions are a lot more captivating to read. Include what you’re willing to try and any achievements that you’re particularly proud of. Do you have any goals in life that you’d still like to achieve? If so, share them.
Try to avoid talking about your children or your grandchildren and all of their accomplishments – that can wait. This is about YOU! And always remember to steer clear of health and financial issues and the biggies – politics and religion.
So when writing, keep an idea of your ideal match in your head and keep your profile positive, always remembering that you don’t have to tell your whole life story. If you end up meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right, you will have lots of time to share your story.
Rule 5 Always Promote the Positive
Remember, the idea behind the profile is to attract dating prospects to want to make contact with you. If you take the time and energy to promote the positive truth in a compelling and humorous way, you’ll get far more responses from people who are genuinely interested in knowing the real you, and after all, that’s what senior dating is all about!