Standing Out on Dating Sites

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I have a friend named Kate Houston who I have talked about from time to time on this website. She runs a really unique service: she helps people write great online dating profiles in really unique ways. I like her work because she helps people “market” themselves instead of just “talk” about themselves…and I think there’s a big difference! You can see some examples of how she’s helped people at her website TrySweetTalk.com.

Recently, Kate was interviewed by the ...

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Writing a Better Online Dating Profile

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I’ve already shared my thoughts on how I recommend creating a dating profile in my article Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Dating Profile..

The truth is, I run this site and give dating advice in my spare time…which means I don’t have nearly enough time to help rewrite all of my readers profiles. So my goal all along with my step-by-step profile creation article was to enable people to improve their profiles without needing me.

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Tips on Refreshing Your Dating Profile

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As you date online, refreshing your dating profile from time to time is often a very good idea. This can be a good rule in general but there are some cases where doing so can be very helpful.

Benefits of Updating Your Dating Profile

There are several benefits to refreshing your dating profile. The first reason, which is often over-looked, is that as you date online you should begin to better recognize exactly what you’re looking for in a partner. For ...

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How Do I Improve the Number of Men Contacting Me?

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The traditional approach to dating, where men initiate much of the communication, can be a blessing and a curse. When the number of contacts being received is high, a woman has little need to search out the guys she wants to contact. However, when the contacts are low many women are presented with a significant problem (especially the women who prefer for men to initiate the communication).

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Ladies: Increase Dating Contacts with Painful Honesty

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There’s a really interesting article over at Gizmodo that analyzes some OKCupid data to reveal the mathematics of beauty. This is another great article and another example of why I’m such a fan of OKCupid (both as an online dating service and perhaps the best resource for online dating statistics).

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Watch Your Inbox Go from Empty to Full of Promise

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This is a guest post by Kate Houston of trysweettalk.com

If you’re dating online then you have a lot of competition. There are millions of people out there and each one is competing for attention. So how do you make sure your soulmate shows up in your inbox? Take tips from people who know how to get noticed – advertisers. Treat your dating profile like an ad and you can stand out from the competition.

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What Should I Include in My Dating Profile?

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Through this blog, from time to time I find myself reviewing profiles. One of the most common problems I see is the tendency for people to share a little too much, a little too fast. Often the extra details are confusing but other times they are damaging. In either case, the profile isn’t strengthened by it. I wanted to briefly discuss the idea of intentionally being aware of what you are revealing about yourself in your dating profile.

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The Right Way to Encourage Contact in Your Dating Profile

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I’ve looked at my fair share of online dating profiles and I wanted to talk about one of the bad habits I see in many profiles: the plea for contact. There are many examples of this; some good examples but honestly most of the time when I see someone trying to encourage communication it isn’t done in a good way. Here are some of the more common ways people will attempt this:

  • If you decide to contact me, I’m very flattered.
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What is a Good User Name for Online Dating Services?

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There are some online dating sites that will automatically assign you a user name but most of the popular dating service (including Match and eHarmony) will require that you create your own user name. I recently had some traffic coming to my site where the people were obviously looking for the answer to that question so I wanted to briefly speak to this.

First, you need to keep in mind that your user name is not going ...

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Online Dating: The Business of People Marketing

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I found myself reading an article recently about professional profile writing and it discussed how Kate Houston, the owner of TrySweetTalk.com, is helping singles find success with well written dating profiles. I’ve worked with Kate some in the past and I think the examples on her site show exactly how good she is at what she does. Plus, at $80 (last I heard anyway – her prices may change) it’s a pretty good deal.

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My Dating Profile Gets Lots of Views But I Get No Emails

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Does your profile get a lot of attention but you’re not getting any contacts from other online daters?

I wanted to discuss a few possibilities on why this can happen. One major assumption I’ll be making is that you have a good profile photo. As I’ll discuss later in this article, a good photo is often the most important part of your profile, especially for women. However, since the problem being discussed includes the fact that the profile is receiving ...

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