How to make an awesome OkCupid profile
We know you're a total catch, but we also know it's really hard to show other people the real you on dating sites. That's why OkCupid has lots of ways for you to make an interesting and unique profile, just like you! 🎉
Are you a visual person?
No problem! You can add a photo to any or all of your essays instead of text. You can also link your Instagram account, so your photos are always current without you ever needing to change your OkCupid profile. Finally, you can quickly answer Match Questions without ever needing to type a word, allowing you to see if you're compatible with someone else at a glance.
Are you more of a writer?
Cool! Express yourself in your essays and add explanations to Match Questions for maximum wordage. 📝
Also, when you introduce yourself to someone else, your message will show up on your profile/ DoubleTake card along with the rest of your info. That way, when they're deciding whether to Like you or not, they're taking your awesome message into account at the exact same time as everything else- no more judging solely on whether they think your photo is hot or not.
Be authentic. Don't be afraid to share things about yourself that are quirky, slightly embarrassing, or totally unique to you: they'll make great conversation starters!
Follow these steps to make your OkCupid profile awesome:
Fill out profile prompts and add Interests
The more you add to your OkCupid profile that’s specific to you, the more likely you are to connect with interesting, likeminded people. Your responses to profile prompts show potential matches who you are and why they should date you.
Don't be afraid to be weird
The best conversation starters are things that are unique to you and make you stand out from the crowd. Think about things that are a little quirky about yourself that you'd enjoy talking about with others. Maybe you have an interesting hobby, or an unusual pet, or are a superfan of an obscure band.
If you're looking for a genuine relationship, then you have to put the real you out there. After all, if you end up dating someone long-term, they're going to get to know the real you eventually! Being open and honest is often charming: it's far better to say you love quiet nights in if that's the truth, rather than pretending you love hiking or nightclubbing.
Today more than ever, people want to date people who care about the same things they do. Share your support of causes and it's likely you'll find someone else who agrees.
A picture is worth 1,000 words
You can add a photo to any essay prompt instead of writing something. Often a photo can say more about you! Also, pictures on your profile don't have to be of you, so feel free to share artwork you've made, photos of your pets, that awesome vegetable garden you spent all summer working on, or that trip you took last year.
Over 75% of people say they’re less likely to respond to someone who has spelling mistakes in their profile. No harm in a quick proofread.
A photo tells more about yourself than almost anything else! We also require photos if you want to introduce yourself to others.
Note: please follow our photo rules! We'd be sad if we had to delete your pictures.
The More, the Better
Our stats show that adding more photos means you’ll get more profile activity.
The More (Interesting), the Better
A classic portrait is great. But 6 classic portraits is too much. Vary it up and show off your lifestyle. Maybe that means a photo of you in the kitchen because you love to cook, or on a solo camping trip because it was on your bucket list--you get the picture, get it?!
Only Include You...And Potentially a Pet
Using photos with friends can take the spotlight off you, no matter how fun that group houseboat trip was. Pets, however, tend to up the number of likes and messages you receive. Remember: profile photos must have you in the photo. If you have a cute photo of just your pet alone, you can upload it to your Essays instead.
Connect Your Instagram
It’s easy, and a great way to show off more of your personal flare. Scroll to the bottom of your profile on the app or desktop to link your account. Folks who connect Instagram to their profile get more messages than those who don’t.
Upload pics taken in the late afternoon
This one’s a bit of a mystery, but data shows that it works. Users with photos taken in the late afternoon get more likes.
Caption your photos
Adding a caption to your photo gives potential matches a little more context—not to mention a possible conversation starter: “You like to ferment kimchi, too? So cool!” Plus, captioning your photos ensures you’ll show up in OkCupid Discovery, so you can connect with people who are interested in the same things you are. Discovery helps you get noticed for the things you really care about.
Answer Match Questions
OkCupid's unique matching algorithm takes into account your basic profile details (like age, location, etc) as well as your answers to our Match Questions. The more questions you answer, the better!
More info on Match Search here.
Link your Instagram
This way your profile will stay current and updated without you needing to do any extra work! Here's info on how to link your Instagram.
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