How To Create a Great Tinder Bio & Profile
Writing about yourself comes naturally to some and not to others. Encapsulating your personality in just a few words and a few pics is tough for most of us. As Tinder rules the dating world right now, it isn’t as if you have a choice but to get on with it. As someone who had decent success on the app, I’m going to offer some useful tips on how to create a standout Tinder profile.
Whether you’re after The One or just someone to spend a little time with, you need to stand out from the crowd. You need to present yourself in the most attractive, appealing way while not alienating anyone or seeming too fake. You also need to be able to sell yourself, which is harder than it should be for some.
Know your audience
Before you get to writing your killer Tinder profile, you need to spend a little time figuring out how your target market uses Tinder. Guys and girls use it differently and look for different things. Take a few minutes to think about how your target demographic is likely to use Tinder and what kind of thing would appeal to them.
For example, not all men are binary and ask themselves ‘Would I or wouldn’t I? Some are more complex. Knowing what you want out of Tinder will let you write something to appeal to the people you’re after. Girls have a tendency to overcomplicate things. Even if your profile pic would give Brad Pitt a run for his money, if your profile says something dumb you won’t get as much success as you could.
If you have friends in your target demographic, ask their opinion. Ask what would work and what wouldn’t and build up a picture of who you’re trying to reach. The more information you have, the better your Tinder profile will be.
Create your standout Tinder profile
A successful Tinder profile needs to have two elements. A short and catchy profile and some very good images. The two work hand in hand to get you the swipes you’re looking for.
Honesty is definitely the best policy because while you could say whatever you like on your Tinder profile, you WILL get found out if you ever meet anyone. Tinder isn’t about getting right swipes, it’s about getting dates and perhaps more. You have to think a couple of steps ahead when putting your profile together.
Use humor if you can as it always win. Always. However, if you’re not naturally funny come at the profile from a different angle. Be insightful, leftfield, observant or keep it simple.
Three profile types that have always worked for me have been the Three Little Things, First and Last and The Obscure Reference.
Three Little Things – Mention three things about yourself that you think shows your personality. Such as ‘Animal lover who loves to greet the dawn with a cup of hot coffee and who gets as excited by books as he does by chocolate cake’.
First and Last – Another classic profile type where you list the first something and last something. For example, My first kiss was on the swing in my front yard while my last taste of success was winning first place in our local dog obedience class.’
The Obscure Reference – This is a real opportunity to showcase your personality but also the hardest to pull off. ‘I love harissa, the original Star Wars movies, laughing with someone in the corner of a crowded room and that Eureka moment when you have a fantastic idea you just know is going to work.’
If you use Tinder already, you know how easy it is to get profile images so very wrong. You would think it impossible to take anything other than a shaky selfie or pic of you fishing with an eleven pound tuna hanging by its gills. Is that what people really want to see about you? No is the correct answer.
There are a couple of ‘rules’ for dating profile apps. They must look like you do in real life, they should be presentable, have a smile, not include hunting, fishing or other obscure sport unless that sport is your life. If you use a prop like a puppy, you need to be prepared to field lots of questions about said puppy.
Head and shoulders above
A great Tinder profile pic will be a head and shoulder shot of you looking stylish, cool, relaxed, approachable, friendly and attractive. So it doesn’t have much to do right? Your main pic should be of you alone and be a clear, well taken head and shoulder shot. You should also smile. Everyone likes a smile and if you can pull off one of those secret smiles, like you’re thinking of a private joke, all the better.
Ask your friends what they think your most attractive feature is. If you have the kind of friends you can trust to be honest or not make fun of you that is. If you have friends in your target demographic, make sure to ask those too. What you think is your most attractive feature may not be what someone else thinks is attractive. These pics are not all about you, they are about giving the viewer what they want while remaining true to yourself.
Selfies need not apply as everyone uses those. Get a friend you trust to advise and take the pics and use a good quality camera. It is worth investing the same amount of effort in your pics as you would into that first date. If you get it right, you should only need to do this once.
Group shots are fine but leave those until last. Even then, think carefully about your target audience before placing them. People don’t want to see you getting drunk, hunting, fishing, watching football with the guys or hanging out playing PlayStation. If you’re a hunter or professional gamer that’s different but otherwise, avoid them.
Putting together your standout Tinder profile
Nobody is going to pretend that creating a standout Tinder profile is easy because it isn’t. What it is, is one of those tasks that rewards your effort. The more thought and effort you put into it, the more right swipes you will get.
Nothing is every guaranteed of course, but if you consider how many lame, obviously lazy or fake Tinder profiles there are, even a modest effort should have you standing head and shoulders above those at the very least!