The Best and Worst of Dating Profile Headlines (Dare to be Different!)
What is the Purpose of a Dating Profile Headline?
We frequently get requests for help from Plenty of Fish (see our review on POF) and Match (our review on Match) members for advice on making their online dating profiles more appealing. Typically, the alarm bells start clanging as soon as we see their profile taglines: 90% of these taglines are either typical (overused and boring) or slightly needy. The Dating Gurus are at your service to explain just why a dating profile headline (also known as a tagline) is more important than you would first suspect.
Dare to be Different
There are zillions of daters out there in dating-land vying for your attention, hoping that you will recognize that they, uniquely,can fill that magical place in your heart. Too bad most of them are blowing a great opportunity to grab your attention, and make you want to dig deeper.
Let’s be realistic—most of us enter zip code and age parameters, and then narrow the criteria with a custom search for a word of interest, such as 'brewpub', 'warriordash', or 'camping' Then, as soon as humanely possible we get to the photos.
If the photos don’t cut it, we generally don’t click on the person. Game over.
But if we make it past the photo, skimming profiles, the first thing you'll notice is the profile tagline. This little ditty can compel us to read further, or it can cause us to roll our eyes and move on. The dating profile headline is a one-time lightning-quick opportunity to show a little flair, and highlight something about your personality or a special interest. The tagline can showcase your wit, a love of poetry, sense of humor, a romantic or philosophical nature, etc. It also can work to attract someone who has similar interests with one quick zap.
27 Examples of Good and Unique(ish) Dating Profile Headlines
Some we created ourselves, and others we borrowed from dating headlines on the web.
- I will kill the spider for you!
- And Now.. For Something Completely Different!
- The Whole Enchilada
- A Gentleman and a Scholar
- Not Perfect, But My Dog Thinks I’m Awesome
- Travels Well
- Traveling Boots and Dancing Shoes
- Runs with Scissors
- In My Mind, I Sing Just Like Sinatra
- Willing to Lie About How We Met
- Start By Dreaming
- If Edison Had Been Afraid of the Consequences, We’d Still be Sitting In the Dark
- Likes Dancing in the Rain
- Eats Desert First!
- Ollie, Ollie, In Come Free!
- He Who Hesitates is a Damn Fool (Mae West)
- Life is about stepping out of your comfort zone
- Passion and Ambition Seek the Same
- Creating a New Ending
- Iowa farm girl masquerading as East Coast intellectual
- You Can’t Stay In Your Corner of the Forest Waiting For Others to Come to You. (You Have to Go to Them Sometimes.)(Winnie-the-Pooh)
- Be Kind Whenever Possible. It is Always Possible. (Dalai Lama)
- I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be. (Douglas Adams)
- Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. (Douglas Adams)
- I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose (Woody Allen)
- Once in his life, a man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead (Lucille Ball)
- Wears socks that match!
Pitfalls of Bad Dating Headlines and Things to Avoid
We perused hundreds of dating site profiles and headlines for red flags or dullsville, so you don’t have to. And believe us, you are grateful. There are more cringe-worthy headlines than we thought possible. Biggest offenders include those where the author’s lack of imagination or energy just scream out “I can’t be bothered”, or “I’m lame” which of course, all reveal clues about character, intelligence, or confidence. If a person be bothered to think of a few interesting words strung together to represent themselves, imagine how stimulating they would be on a date! Just as bad are those which scream of desperation, or have a rescue complex. But this is great news for OUR readers, because you are now going to stand out as a creative and clever person amongst the yawners, oddballs, and desperadoes. You’re welcome.
20 Examples of Bad Dating Profile Headlines and Taglines
You just can’t make this stuff up, and we didn’t! All we did was look at some random pages of dating profiles and just pulled these typical taglines. We had to stop ourselves, because they just went on and on.
- “Active gluten free, organic food, traveler, hiker, nature admirer, searching for partner to enjoy everything life has to offer”
- I have a few trust issues
- Live, Laugh, Love
- Likes Pina Coladas and taking walks the Rain
- Looking for Ms. Right
- Looking for my night in shinning armor (yes, we left the spelling mistakes intact)
- I am seeking for true love. Could that be you?
- Ready to move to the next level with that special woman who is after my heart
- Looking for somebody wonderful
- Not sure what to say
- Does anyone actually read these things?
- Yes I'ts me....LOL! (grammar left as was written)
- I can’t believe I’m on a dating site
- This is rather trite, don’t you think?
- Can you make me love again?*
- Will fill this in later…
- Insert funny headline here
- Looking for Drama Free.. No Games!
- Back Again..
The 8 Elements of a Bad Dating Headline
- *Don’t sound desperate. “Can you make me love again?” is desperate.
- So many people 'Can’t believe I'm on a dating site'. Get over it, because we’re all on one too.
- If you 'Don’t know what to say here', then get off yer lazy butt and insert a cool song lyric, line from a poem, or a quote by your favorite author, celebrity, or comic book character.
- News Flash: No one wants 'drama'. Saying you don’t want drama makes you sound like you attract drama. Or drama and crisis.
- “Looking for someone wonderful” or “Ms. Right” doesn’t say a word about yourself, which is what people are searching for in profiles and dating taglines. All it says is you might be looking for someone--anyone--everyone.
- “Does anyone ever read these things?” warns us that you aren’t getting any play!
- Live, Laugh, Love is used by at least one female per search page. Make it stop!
- Spelling or grammar errors. Spell check is your friend.
Starting to get it? Use a dating profile headline to showcase your unique personality, or to grab someone’s attention. And no, we can't “make you love again”.