5 Ways To Improve Your Online Dating Profile


Last September I clicked on my current boyfriend’s profile for the first time. He had sent me a short emotigram about our shared alma mater, and before I responded, I scrolled through his profile. His picture was a little odd, as his goofy facial expression made me wonder if he was a little too confident in himself. The rest of his profile was brief yet honest, as he simply stated he was looking for “a girl with a strong faith, likes the outdoors, and is outgoing and fun.” Scrolling further down, I learned that he worked as an accountant in the Twin Cities and for a Klondike bar, he would travel anywhere.

Decent enough, I thought to myself, as I chose to ignore a few typos and his lack of additional photos. When I met him in person, I thought that his pictures didn’t do him justice, and now six months later, I think his profile didn’t speak nearly highly enough of him.

Our profiles are the gateway for potential first dates, so it’s crucial that your profile accurately portray who you are and what you’re all about. Here are a few reminders to ensure that your profile shows off just how great you are:

  1. Proofread, proofread, proofread. See your profile as your relationship resume. Ask a trusted friend to read through your profile to make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors.
  2. In the online dating world, pictures let other members learn more about you. Choose photos that display your interests and what’s important to you.
  3. Speaking of photos, your profile picture is the first thing fellow CatholicMatchers see. Make sure your photo is flattering and an accurate depiction of your current image! No sunglasses, dark shadows or senior photos.
  4. Answer all of the question fields fully and thoughtfully. You don’t have to write an essay, but make sure that your profile gives other members a glimpse into your lifestyle and personality.
  5. First and foremost, be yourself. If you’re a huge baseball fan, mention that. If you’re hesitant about online dating, mention that in your profile. The more authentic you can be in your profile, the more likely you are to converse with other genuine members.

Your profile is the most important piece of your online dating experience, so if you take the time to craft thoughtful and honest answers, you can guarantee that a thoughtful and honest person will send you an emotigram soon!

CatholicMatchers, what tips do you have for other members when they are creating their profiles?



  1. Bryan-324283 November 29, 2015 Reply

    A couple additional notes on the “photos” section:

    You should have at least one good “mug shot” and at least one flattering “full body.” This is for both guys and girls. It may seem shallow, but physical attractiveness is and always will be part of the romantic equation. Personally, when I come across a profile that only has close-ups or far away body shots, I wonder what you’re hiding. What is it you’re embarrassed to show me? Confidence is always attractive. And remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I may not find you attractive, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t attractive. It just means that I, one out of billions of men on this planet, do not find you attractive. Someone will.

  2. Eldon-1155569 November 30, 2014 Reply

    Honesty, Honesty,Honesty !!! Be yourself and have fun with it. Personally, I don’t waste too much time trying to get punctuation and other marks right . (We are not all professional writers and it is not an English exam.) I think if you are clear, direct and honest you will get your point across. But most of all Honesty,Honesty, Honesty and have fun.

  3. Mass K. November 20, 2012 Reply

    Hello all,

    That was so helpful. It’s so nice to have specific information about improve online dating profile. You simplified it for me, and now it seems easy and maybe, possibly, fun! Thanks again for your help.


  4. Rosario-867658 June 24, 2012 Reply

    Honesty is the best policy when you are telling people who you are. It all comes around and faces you eventually when one is not truthful in something as important as trying to meet someone who you wish to spend the rest of your life with. I have just registered with CatholicMatch.com/goTX and I am happy for the opportunity given me thru this ministry as I call it. Thank You

  5. Peter-852230 June 7, 2012 Reply

    You talk about proofreading an awful lot – and you misspelled alma mater.

  6. Anne-702606 June 6, 2012 Reply

    I like the above story, however some of us profile does not matter, I only approve profile after i have on several occasions been chatting with the person concern. As much as we can write the best profile still you need to chat often whether long or short distance friend with time you will confirm whether whatever he has indicate on his/her profile really is the truth and the whole truth.

    Photos; many of us tend to put old photos which shows 10 years younger, my own opinion is if the Catholic Match would provide with direct face to face chat i.e. web cam then each person can be in position to confirm the age and also whether it is the same person on the photos.

    Be blessed

    From Kenya

  7. Christina Ries
    Christina Ries June 4, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the feedback, Stephen.

    I really love Jessica’s perspective, especially since she’s now in a happy relationship with a CatholicMatch guy whose profile didn’t quite do him justice.

    I agree that the “seeking” section is important. Here are three tips I suggest for an effective one: http://www.catholicmatch.com/blog/2012/03/3-rules-of-an-effective-seeking-section/

    You can find all our online dating advice here: http://www.catholicmatch.com/blog/category/online-dating-tips/

    And please add your own input in the comments!

  8. Stephen-725391 June 4, 2012 Reply

    I have to agree that profile presentation is critical. The article reviews very generally issues that should be more than obvious. However, it lacks practical things like ‘what items and in what order should those items be written’ in the ‘Who I am’ and in the ‘Who I’m looking for’ portion of the profile. This is IMHO a focusing type exercise that keeps the written portion from rambling.

    I can’t say enough about the photos portion, save for the fact that some of us who are in the ‘divorced’ category either have ‘lost’ photos of activities due to the divorce action and circumstances and some of us don’t have access to digital cameras that are of high enough quality to do us and our activities justice.

    Going on with the photo issue – this site’s photo navigation, that is, viewing the additional photos submitted, is TERRIBLE and needs to be re-done!

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