This is the big one, because depressing though it may be, your smiling face is the first thing on which people will judge you.
Relationship psychologist Honey Langcaster-James says: “Look straight into the camera and smile showing your teeth – this says open, friendly, healthy and confidence.” A recent study of the most popular profiles on dating sites showed 88 per cent are making eye contact with the camera in their profile picture.
It is also possible to search using your image online, so use a photo that doesn't appear anywhere else on the internet if you value your privacy.” Denise Knowles from says a good guide is remembering that the same rules apply both on and offline.
“Let a friend know where you’ll be and when, and arrange a time to text to let them know you’re OK,” she says.
Just like meeting a stranger in real life, you have to stay safe when you’re online.
Before giving away information such as job titles or personal details, think first about how those could be used to track you online.
Tell them you’d rather find out if you have real life chemistry than waste time talking online and ask them out for a coffee, or drink.
Research shows that peak time for users on Tinder, Ok Cupid and Match are all on a Sunday afternoon, especially after 5pm.
Most experts recommend dedicating at least 30 minutes every evening to the process.
A great profile describes you accurately and let’s your personality shine through, without you for that matter writing a long essay. Profile pictures are also important - people should find out a great deal about your life when looking at the pictures.
They should see some of the things you love - from what you’re passionate about to your fabulous social life.