Your photos communicate who you are, and on dating sites they're almost always the first thing a woman sees, so make sure you look your best in your main profile picture.
Wear clothes that best communicate who you are, make sure your hair is nice, you should be centered in the frame and use a shallow focus if possible. Studies have shown that women are more likely to click on a man's profile if he's not looking at the camera in his photo.
Unless, of course, he/she is -- and then you should specify that.
Using your profile to list all of the traits you DON'T want in a partner You don't want drama. It's okay to make your list of "must haves" known, but coming at it from a negative standpoint makes you seem aggressive. Answering a message in a way that doesn't promote further conversation If we write to you and your reply doesn't include a question, it's a hint that you're not interested.
Asking why we're on this app/site Online dating should be like Fight Club.
We just don't talk about the fact that we're doing it.
Your first message can make or break you, so put some thought into it.
Short sms-style messages are not the way to go here, and neither are long, drawn out diatribes about how much you have in common with each other.
Give them something to comment on so if they're interested in you, messaging you will be that much easier.
Pro-tip: Make sure your spelling and punctuation are correct.
Terrible grammar can be a big turn off for some women.
There's also no need to discuss the amount of "luck" we're having on the app or how long we've been using said app. Dropping in lines like "Hey gorgeous" or "Hey beautiful" This just feels ick, even if you mean well. Using profile pictures that feature you with a child The strategy behind the idea makes sense.
Listing your height and nothing else in your profile Cool that you're 6'4", but when that's all you've told us about you it makes it hard to start a conversation. Using old photos or relying only on group shots Where's Waldo is an adorable series of children's books. Ditch that picture of you playing lacrosse in high school or the shot of you and your 20 closest friends in favor of a recent solo snap. We see you with a kid and it sends a message to our brains that you'd be a great father, cue ovary explosion.