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WebPersonalsOnline.com can not stress enough the importance of adding a photo to your online personals each and every time you place a personal ad with an online dating site. It has been proven time and time again that photo personals receive at least ten times as many responses as personals that do NOT include a photo. Perhaps you were just being lazy or perhaps YOU don't think you are attractive enough to include a picture with your online dating ad. If you are lazy, it's time to get off your butt and just do it! If you feel that you are not attractive enough, nothing could be further from the truth. Below are some tips on how you can create effective photo personals that will get you noticed.
Tip #10: Make sure the photo is a recent one of yourself. Do not try to deceive any potential dates by posting a misleading or old picture. Yeah, we all thought we were better looking when we were young, but your first date will be a lot more successful if you and your companion have a realistic expectation of what each other looks like going in.
Tip #9: Do not use a photo that includes someone other than yourself. What's even worse is a picture that includes an appendage like an arm or hand that is obviously from an old boyfriend or girlfriend that was cut out of the photo. The photo personal ad is your opportunity to present yourself and it should just include YOU.
Tip #8: Do not include personal information like your home address or phone number. This happens more often than you think where a single man or woman uses a photo that includes some item with their phone number or address right on it.
Tip#7: Use a direct camera shot and have the picture taken in good lighting. Try to avoid profile shots or shadowy images that obscure the focal point of the photo: YOU!
Tip #6: Make sure your face is visible and not hidden behind your hair, or hands or sunglasses or pet etc. Believe it or not, someone viewing your dating profile wants to see you (and most of the time this means your face!)
Tip #5: Use a digital camera. This SHOULD go
without saying, BUT there are still people who attempt to scan still photos
of themselves and upload these. PLEASE get a decent digital camera or use a
friends. All online dating sites make it extremely easy to upload
Place Your Own Free Photo Personals!
Tip #4: Try to present yourself in the photo as you look on MOST days. Try to avoid a 'Glamour Shot' type of photo where you may have overdone it a little and also try to avoid a photo from the end of a soccer game you played in where you were just sweating for the last three hours and may appear to be not at your best.
Tip #3: Include more than one photo. Just remember the main photo in your online personal ad should be the straight ahead well-lit shot of your face. Additional photos may include you in a different outfit, from farther away or with your favorite pet or involved in your favorite activity. Sometimes these additional photos can give someone reading your dating profile more insight into your personality.
Tip #2: Keep it clean! Unless the online personals site on which you are posting your photo is an adult dating site, like AdultFriendFinder.com, people want to see a wholesome picture of their potential future date and NOT some sex personal. Also, inappropriate photos may get you banned from most mainstream dating sites so try to keep it clean.
Tip #1: SMILE! Everyone looks more attractive when they smile. Even YOU :)!!!!!
Examples of Good and Bad Photo Personals
Below are some sample photos from actual FriendFinder.com personal ads. Along with the photo is our opinion on whether we think the picture follows our ten tips for creating effective photo personals listed above.
Nicely taken photo. Would have preferred more of a straight-ahead shot and one without the shadow caused by this young woman's head tilt, but otherwise this dater is presenting herself nicely in her picture. Note that she is smiling and, thus, adhering to our #1 Tip - SMILE!
Another nicely-taken shot. This woman is looking directly at the camera, there are no shadows obscuring her face and she is also smiling. The fact that she is looking directly at the camera and the fact that this photo is a relative close-up enables her to show off her eyes and smile.
This photo may make a nice second or third picture, but should not be used as the primary photo personal. The reason is because the shot is taken from too far away and there is no close-up of this attractive your woman's face. Note, however, that she is also smiling, which is a positive.
Obscured view of face, chopped picture, blurry. This is an example of what NOT to do in a picture personal ad. And although this picture violates almost all of our tips, above, take note this person is still smiling and that alone is important.
Adding a photo to your personal ads is a smart way to get more responses from other singles who want to meet you. To make the most of your pictures and of yourself try to follow each of our Ten Tips for Creating Effective Online Personals Through the Use of Photos listed above. You just may be surprised at the increase in the number of other singles who start contacting you about your ad! So put some of our tips into practice and Place Your Own Free Online Photo Personal Ad Now!
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