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Top 10 Tips to Make Your Dating Profile Stand Out (for Women)

Morgan Mandriota
A beautiful young woman takes a selfie on her phone for her dating profile
Ladies, it’s time for you to spice up your dating profile to make you stand out from the rest.

Wondering what to say in your bio or which pictures to post that capture you at your best? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Here are our top 10 tips to help you accomplish this goal and meet higher-quality matches that better align with your wants and needs. 

1. Skip the filtered pictures

Yes, filters can enhance your pictures. But remember you’re not on Instagram or Snapchat. You’re trying to present an accurate image of what you look like to potential matches on a dating app.

Avoid using filtered photos. Showcase your natural beauty with raw images instead. You don’t want to catfish someone in real life because they couldn’t tell what you actually looked like from your profile. 

2. Avoid the astrology references

Hear me out. I’m also an astrology lover who knows her big three and uses Co-Star like the rest of us. But putting your sun, moon, and rising sign in your bio isn’t exactly the best idea. It’s the woman’s version of a man’s fishing photo.

Some people, especially guys, are genuinely confused by astrology and think it’s witchy stuff. Granted, it is a bit witchy, and they’re missing out on all the fun. But save the astro talk for another day. 

3. Mention what you’re looking for

It’s okay to have no expectations if that’s your vibe. But if you really don’t want a casual fling or you specifically want a serious relationship, make it known! You can either state your intentions in a brief line in your bio or set it as a filter if the app offers that feature.

You can also cut to the chase and say what you want to do on your first date. “Let’s do brunch with bottomless mimosas, my treat” or “I’ve been dying to try that new ramen spot in town. I just need someone to go with. ;)” 

4. Highlight your hobbies

What do you love to do? What are you usually doing after work? If you love to travel, consider saying your last vacation and which destinations are on your bucket list after the pandemic. If you enjoy hitting a local nature trail every Sunday morning, share a photo your friend snapped of you from a recent trip.

This can help you attract partners who share the same hobbies as you. It’s also a great way to showcase your personality and lifestyle. 

5. Link your social media platforms

You know how excited you get when you see someone linked their Instagram to their Tinder profile? (Helloooo, extra photos.) Or is that just me?

Connecting your dating app profile with a social media platform when possible lets you hack the limited number of photos you can share on the app to add more. This can also serve as a way for potential matches to get a better look into your life and the things you usually post to your friends, family, and followers. 

6. State your deal breakers

If you have non-negotiables, share them. There’s no shame in knowing what you want.

As long as your bio isn’t an entire list of red flags and deal breakers, it could be a great way to outline what you do and don’t want in a potential partner. If you do this, just be extra careful to come across as positive and self-aware rather than judgmental or harsh.

Something as simple as “no fish pics please” or “no, I don’t want to Netflix and chill. Let’s actually go on a date” could do the trick. 

7. Talk about your job and/or accomplishments

Are you proud of what you do for work? Have you ever won an award? Do you have a side hustle that gained popularity in the pandemic? (Humbly) brag about it!

Success is sexy. If you love your job or have any successful milestones to mention, feature relevant photos or a fun one-liner about it in your bio. 

8. Include conversation starters

Few first messages are more annoying than the effortless “hey” or “what’s up, beautiful?” And what’s even worse than that is matching and no one reaching out at all. So take the lead by putting a conversation starter on your profile.

Ask a question, mention some quirky fun facts, or feature an interesting photo that piques curiosity. You can also write something like “tell me your dog’s name” or “ask me about the fifth picture.”

This can improve your chances of getting better messages and having more engaging chats that actually lead to a date or genuine connection. 

9. Limit the number of selfies you share

Some of your most beautiful pictures might be selfies but try to mix up the types of photos you share. Maybe only post one or two selfies then set the rest to pictures other people took of you.

Post photos from your favorite spots, doing your favorite things, and with your favorite friends (on a similar note, limit group shots, too). Also, consider sharing full-body pictures if you feel confident enough. 

10. Keep your bio short and sweet

Most people don’t want to read lengthy paragraphs about your past, present, and future. People’s attention spans are short on the apps (and, let’s be real, in general), so the shorter your bio, the better.

Share the essential information in bullet point form, use emojis (without going overboard), break up chunks of text with line spaces, or write a short paragraph. Whatever you do, if you can sell yourself in a few seconds while capturing necessary insights and your personality, your chances of getting matches who actually read your bio go way up. 

Bottom line

We hope these tips help you improve your dating profile! Play around and see what feels best to you. As long as you keep it real, short, and sweet, you’re likely to create an awesome dating app profile that helps you score what you’re looking for.

Morgan Mandriota
Morgan Mandriota writes for top10.com and is also a freelance sex and wellness writer with bylines at Betches, Health.com, and BuzzFeed. Her insight has been quoted in Cosmopolitan, Tinder, The New York Times, and more. When Morgan isn't writing about orgasms, dating struggles, or CBD, she loves traveling, eating tacos, and training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.