It doesn’t take a rocket science to know that first impressions count! And online first impressions are always visual.
The first thing we see when checking out someone is a profile photo. And in a world of fast clicks, if your photo isn’t eye-catching, unless you have the best profile pictures possible you’ll most likely miss your chance at making an impression.
So what makes an effective profile pic? What do the best profile pictures have in common?
Quality is key!
Now This may seem blatantly obvious, yet we’ve all come across endless profiles with blurry, or dark images. When your initial photo is inadequate, there’s no amount of “digital retouching magic” that can make it good
If there is one element that lets so many profile images down, it’s a lack of sharpness, and as most people don’t know how to keep a camera still this is a common problem that stops people taking the best profile pictures
Other things to Avoid!
Extreme close up profile pictures!
No one likes people who get in your face, do you really want the digital equivalent?
Best Profile pictures posing with a pet? Mixed feelings on this one, some people definitely don’t want a picture of you and your dog, yet many dog lovers feel this is great, my advice, unless you’re a hardcore cat or dog lover then stay away from these as they are NOT the best profile pictures.
Best Profile pictures wearing less clothing (Boob shots and showing your six pack)
Now lately a large dating website published a report saying that photos showing guys with abs were more effective, they stated that “the guys showing off their abs are the ones with abs worth showing, and naturally the best bodies get lots of messages” funnily enough they didn’t recommend this tactic to most men, they went on to say that contrary to everything you read about choosing the best profile pictures, that if you’ve a good body then it’s better to remove your shirt than to leave it on! (As I write this post my girlfriend tells me that guys who do this are stuck on themselves~just saying) Now I’m all for theses studies, yet the issue for many people isn’t the number of hits it’s the kind of hits you attract with online dating (quality counts)…do I really want a woman who picks me just for my body? (I can hear you saying~did you really just say that!) every man and woman at some point in their lives has dated someone who was “smoking-hot” but do you remember all the times you just didn’t want them to talk?
The same goes for women with boob shots, is this the sort of attention you really want? If you do then fine, I believe that dating, both online and off for both men and women is about playing to your strengths, and it should be no different for people with great bodies, but please don’t take pictures with your boobs as your main attractive feature and then complain that I’m staring at your them!
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