Updated: February 3, 2023
Bottom line, it’s hard to write a dating profile. Some sites like Plenty of Fish (also known as POF) give you the opportunity to write a short headline, which can be a great way to catch someone’s eye, but it’s hard to boil yourself down to one sentence. That’s why I’m here to help.
1. Don’t say something just because it sounds good.
This should go without saying but I’m going to say it anyway, any profile headline you write should be a reflection of who you are. If you’re not very flirty but have a great idea for a flirty headline, you might want to think about something that’s a bit more true to who you are.
2. Share something random about yourself.
The point of a headline is to stand out and get attention so if you do the same old “Single mom looking for someone special” you may get lost in the crowd. Instead of using the old personals format of “Single female looking for…” in your POF headline, try pulling out a random fact about yourself. Even if it’s a little silly or weird, the right guy will find it delightful.
3. Don’t be afraid to get a little philosophical.
Sometimes people are afraid to get real in a dating profile, but it’s those moments that can really attract someone to you. Make an effort to give more than a surface-level introduction. Be honest about who you are and your philosophy in life. If you have something to say about your beliefs, then say it.
4. List your favorite things.
One of the easiest ways to make a great headline is by listing off a few of your favorite things. They can be big or small, important or trivial, but it’s the small details about the things you enjoy that can help tell someone more about who you are and what you’re looking for.
5. Reference something you love.
Do you have a favorite book, movie, or TV show you can quote at the drop of a hat? Use one of your favorite song lyrics or a joke from a good movie. You can quote it word-for-word or put your own spin on it.
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