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I have been online dating for well over a year now, and I have learned a lot of do’s and don’t's, and especially what makes me hit delete without hesitation.

This is one of my main pet peeves: Pictures!  If you don’t have a picture on your profile you are either married or ugly! If you want me to talk to you, you better have a picture of you on your profile, otherwise…DELETE BUTTON! Here are few guidelines I use when checking out a profile: 

  • At least three pictures are required: One head shot, one full-body, and another fun one. Please show your smile in at least one of them, and I want to see your face close up.
  • Put in-focus pictures up. Pictures from cell phones are often small or pixilated. So, unless you have a smart phone with a great camera, use other pics or ask a friend to take a few.
  • Don’t put up pics with you and other friends, family, kids, etc. I want to see you. I don’t want to be confused if that is your cousin or brother or friend. At worse, they could be better looking than you.
  • The shirtless pics are ridiculous! They make you look “into yourself,” or that you are only on this site for sex. Leave a little to the imagination and put a shirt on, please!
  • Putting random pics up like a pic of your house, dog, motorcycle or car is a waste of time. If anything, put you on a motorcycle next to your dog, or by your house or next to your car.
  • Put up pics that are up to date. I once had a guy put up a pic of him that was literally seven years old so he would appear younger. They should be taken in the last 3-6 months at the latest.
  • Make sure the person in the pic is you in the pic. I sometimes feel that people have lost all common sense. I had a guy message me who was cute, but it turns out he used a picture of his friend instead of him. We talked for awhile and then starting texting. I found out later when he texted me a picture of him he wasn’t cute and told me some lame story why he used his friend's picture. DELETE!

Good luck, daters! 

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