Yes, you heard me — I craft other people’s online dating pages for Tinder, Ok Cupid, Our Time, you name it.
From choosing and editing their photos to providing individual advice to completely writing (or rewriting) personalized summaries, through Profile Polish I’ve remade thousands of profiles for people around the world.
It expands your dating pool exponentially, opens you up to new experiences and people, and pretty much the entirety of the single (and some of the not-so-single) population is doing it. When I launched my business two and a half years ago, I had no idea what the response would be like, so I charged for a complete makeover. This is your romantic life that we’re talking about.
The stigma is gone — and don’t listen to anyone who disagrees. Today, my clients zip their credit cards to the tune of anywhere around 0 to 0 (though I spill 144 pages of easy, actionable advice in my new book, for those on a budget). To be completely corny and completely honest, these sites and apps can help you find the most important person in your life — and they all require some sort of profile (yes, even a series of photos counts).
You can’t watch as they smile, and that smile spreads up into their eyes and transforms their face into one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen – a thing that warms your heart and makes you realize you want to spend more time with the person. Unfortunately, the reality is nowhere near that fantasy.
On profile-centric sites (Ok Cupid, Match.com, JDate, etc.) Don’t use adjectives to describe yourself — they’re meaningless. Don’t use too many exclamation points or emoticons!!! Don’t treat your profile as a biography, and don’t introduce yourself at the beginning or sign at the end.
J Do feel confident enough to change your profile text and photos often. Do be relatable, open-minded, and give people the benefit of the doubt.
You’ve got your sweatpants on, ordered enough Thai for two but only for one, and there’s a bottle of open booze somewhere in the room — you must be single on Valentine’s Day. And I’m probably doing the exact same thing, with one big difference: instead of crying my way through…er, I mean dry-eyed watching a cheesy romcom, I’ve got my computer open, and I’m working overtime.
Such is the life of an online dating profile ghostwriter.