How To Write the Perfect Headline For Your Dating Profile

The perfect dating profile headline can make or break your chances with potential matches. It either grabs their attention and compels them to click through to read more, or it doesn’t – resulting in a missed opportunity. But what makes a great headline?

In the modern swipe culture, it’s all about standing out from the crowd and making a lasting impression with a few succinct words.

With people having less and less attention span, dating profile headlines have to cut through the noise and make an impact. They’re not only competing against other headlines on your page but also phrases that pop up in someone’s feed – images, stories, articles; they all fight for their attention.

To ensure yours stands out, here are some tips to consider when crafting your perfect headline.

Finding Your Dating Profile’s Hook

Before you even begin to craft your headline, start by doing a bit of brainstorming. Think about who you are and what kind of people would be interested in someone like you.

Brainstorm specific phrases that could reflect values or qualities that make you unique and desirable.

Remember, this is not about shouting out your own awesomeness – it’s about triggering something inside her mind that makes her think “Hey, this guy sounds pretty cool, I want to know more!”

Think about a cool hobby you have or something you’re passionate about that could be a conversation starter. Do you like to travel? If so, then look for ways to talk about your experiences and why it interests you.

If being active outdoors is your thing, mention what kind of activities you enjoy such as hiking or kayaking. Or if music is important to you, play off of the name of a favorite artist or lyric.

Be creative and have fun with it! Also remember that the hook should not be too cheesy or generic since this will likely turn people away rather than attract them.

Cheesy phrases like “Looking for my other half” are overused and don’t say much about who you really are. Instead, use something witty and unique such as “Romance novelist seeks inspiration” or “Bad pun master looking for someone with a sense of humor” that sets you apart from the rest.

Use Actionable Words

Find words that describe physical activities or energetic responses. These types of words imply action and give off an air of enthusiasm while also allowing readers to connect with the feeling they experience when they’re around other people who have similar interests.

Examples may include things like laughing, dancing, skiing etc.

Avoid generic words and phrases, and instead use intriguing words such as ‘adventurous’, ‘curious’ etc., which communicate an exciting vibe without revealing too much personal information.

Keep It Clear and Concise

While it’s important to be creative, focus on simple language that quickly conveys your message. Long sentence structures or complex words can lose the reader and make it difficult for them to fully understand you.

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Be sure to keep it short and sweet, but still informative!

Try not to write more than 50 characters – any longer than this can be overwhelming for potential matches who are skimming through dating profiles quickly.

Also make sure each sentence is meaningful; avoid filler phrases such as “I am” or “I’m looking for.”

Be Creative & Playful

Don’t be afraid to be creative with your headline! Add some lighthearted humor if it suits your personality (just make sure it’s appropriate). Or perhaps use a pun or clever play-on-words?

You can even add witty metaphors if you feel daring enough! As long as it stays true to who you are, expressing yourself creatively can go a long way in grabbing attention from other daters…and maybe landing yourself some dates!

Use Alliteration if Possible

Alliteration makes great headlines because they sound catchy and stick in people’s minds easily! For example ‘Purple Passionate Profiles’ is an alliteration. Get it?

Proper Grammar

Make your headlines stand out from the crowd by using perfect grammar and spelling. It will signal to your partner that you take things seriously and know the importance of details.

A Little Mystery Is Always Good

You want to let her mind wander and explore as she looks at your dating profile. Believe me, women can go wild over mystery – they love it! And there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation.

When they set eyes on a dating profile they’re attracted to, their imagination goes into full effect. She’s about to start testing the waters with her wild and excessive expectations of who you could be, making it easier for her to project what she wishes upon you.

So…give her less and let her fabricate in her head – that way, if there is an initial attraction, it won’t be easy for her to disqualify you based on a criteria.

Providing too much info? That’s really just arming a woman with more stuff to compare against those crazy ideals of hers! You want to date someone who has the curiosity and interest to learn more about you. If there’s nothing left for them to explore, why bother taking it any further?

What Not To Do

Creating the perfect headline can seem impossible, but with some creativity and a bit of trial and error it’s totally possible! I’ve always found that learning from other’s mistakes works great.

So here are five bad headlines to avoid and I’ve highlighted why they are so bad.

Overused Headlines

“Looking for My Soulmate”

Too cliche and lacklustre, this phrase has been used countless times before. Plus it doesn’t say anything meaningful or memorable about you.

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“I Swiped Right For You”

This one relies on humour and might make someone laugh, but there is nothing engaging or interesting about it that will help pique their interest in reading your profile.

“Let’s Just See Where Things Go”

Being too vague won’t capture anyone’s attention or make them really want to read your profile for more information.

“Wanna Hang Out?”

Too casual doesn’t inspire curiosity nor does it reflect any sort of personality trait that could be attractive to potential matches.

“Single & Searching”

Stop trying so hard! It’s better to have something unique that says something interesting about yourself than simply rehashing tired phrases like this one all over the web.

Headlines That Are Too Long

If you give them too much information, like:

“Hi my name is Jake. I’m 28, have my own pad and drive a lifted truck. Plus, I love hiking, concerts, working out and sushi; I’m a mechanical engineer plus a volunteer at the local boys’ and girls’ club once per week. Oh yeah…and in addition to all of this, I build model airplanes in my spare time and collect vintage matchbox cars as well as action figures”

…then what do you say on your first date?

Examples of Good Headlines

A catchy headline isn’t just about standing out from the crowd; it’s also about being yourself and letting your unique personality shine through in words!

So don’t be afraid to embrace your quirks and showcase them proudly — no matter how silly or outrageous they might seem!

Being true to who you are will be more attractive than hiding behind attempts at witty one-liners like many do nowadays when creating their dating profile headlines.

Here’s a few of my favorites that I’ve chosen while writing my reviews for so many dating and hookup sites.

“Don’t Worry – Be AppY”

This plays off the popular phrase and adds a clever twist, while also alluding to the fact that you are open to finding love through an app.

“You Had Me At Pizza”

A play on ‘you had me at hello’ this is sure to make anyone with a soft spot for pizza smile!

“Cat Lover in Search of Fur-ever Love”

Clever wordplay that highlights your love of cats without becoming too cheesy or coming off as try-hard.

“No BS Allowed Here”

Modern daters are very familiar with ghosting, catfishing and other forms of dishonesty in the dating world, so taking a stand against it before things get serious could help set you apart from the rest.

“Laugh It Up Funster”

Tapping into someone’s sense of humor is always a plus so why not combine it with some suggestion that you’re good fun!?

Matt Manes

Matt Manes

I am the original creator of the Mixxxer hookup app which became one of the most popular hookup services on the web.

Over the years, I've observed and learned a great deal about what works and what doesn't when it comes to dating and hooking up online.

While most guys learn through trial and error, I learned through analyzing the data from the millions of Mixxxer members we catered too.