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Dating After 50: 10 Tips for Strong Online-Dating Profiles

Part of the Dating After 50 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Copyright © 2014 AARP. All rights reserved.

If you're 50 or older and back in the dating pool, you'll discover that one key to successful online dating is having a strong profile. Many people just dash off their online profile, but that's a really bad idea. The profile is what people ponder when they're interested enough to spend a little time deciding whether to contact you or return your contact. But the good news for you is that it's easy to outshine the competition.

Before you start typing away, you have to know what to say (and what not to say); let this list of do's and don'ts guide the construction of your online-dating profile:

  • Always keep a warm, friendly tone in your writing.

  • Don't skimp on description; this is the most important part of your online presence, so write at least three paragraphs.

  • Be specific. Instead of just saying you love to travel, for example, talk about a specific trip.

  • Avoid clichés — everybody likes to walk on the beach!

  • Be honest, or it will undermine you later.

  • Talk about something you did that makes you sound humane; you want people to know you're a good person.

  • Don't undersell yourself: Talk about an award you received, a great job, something you shine at. Remember, this is a bit like a job interview, and you have to sound better than other applicants!

  • Don't come across as arrogant; don't make it sound as if no one could be good enough for you.

  • If you have a good sense of humor, use it. If not, don't force it.

  • Sound like you're happy and grateful for your life. Then someone will want to share it.

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