Anyone who is online dating is well aware of the daunting task of weeding through online dating profiles. We’ve all been there, done that and many have written blogs about it! It’s not so much fun, to say the least. Some people even hire other people to do it for them. Well since most of us can’t afford to hire matchmakers, I’m going to try and show you how to weed through online dating profiles yourselves.

First and foremost, what are weeds anyway? The dictionary defines a weed as “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially, one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants“. Relevant to online dating profiles? Um, ya! The online dating weeds are usually the loudest and most charming, they tell you what you want to hear, how you want to hear it and they definitely “choke out” quality profiles. But they’re oh so irresistible aren’t they? How many times do we end up with time wasters when dating? A LOT! A lot more than we’d even like to admit. That being said, each dating experience teaches us a lesson and we move on from it much smarter (we hope!).

Have a great profile. There is no substitute for a good profile that clearly and concisely indicates who you are and what you are looking for. This way, someone who is actually serious about looking for someone just like you will be able to see you among their weeds. If you need some easy tips here are my Top Do’s and Don’ts of Online Dating Profiles (with Video explanation).

2. Don’t take the suggested top matches very seriously. They rarely are accurate, regardless of their “exclusive algorithms” promising to match you with your ideal partner. They usually are people who are online the most and are guaranteed to respond so that you will go on more and use their site / app more. You should determine your OWN top matches by researching everyone.

3. Effectively Search. Make sure that when you use the search function you fill it out completely, especially if you are looking for a specific type of person. The more specific you are the smaller the number of matches, but remember quality NOT quantity is what you’re looking for.

4. Look at the picture. They say a “pictures says a thousand words”, well that is even more true in online dating profiles. Look that they have what looks to be a recent picture that matches their profile description (do they look their age? their weight?). If all their pictures are mirror selfies (get a friend!), group pictures (I will ALWAYS assume you’re the ugly one), unclear photos (what are you trying to hide?) or glamour shots (just who do you think you are?) just move on to another profile. They aren’t being authentic. A good profile will have around 3-4 pictures maximum and they will tell you a story about who they are.

5. Read the tag line. I always say someone’s tag line is their slogan, it should draw people in and make them want to learn more. What does their tag line tell you? Is it positive or negative? Is it funny? Is it weird? Tag lines like “here I go again” or “boring people need not apply” tell me this person has major baggage and it’s not your job to help them carry it.

6. Read the profile. This is VERY important. In order to determine whether or not this person is right for you, you need to read through and see where they’re at in their life. You can tell a lot by what people say (or don’t say). For example, if they write “I’ll fill this in later” or “ask and I’ll tell you” then this person isn’t serious about meeting someone, they’re there for fun so unless that’s what you want, move on. Make sure they haven’t written too much either, that could indicate desperation. Any negativity and do’s and don’ts in the profile that indicate baggage are red flags. This person has been burnt and they aren’t over it and will probably judge you by those standards. Move on.

7. Assess interactions. When you actually meet someone you want to talk to then see what it’s like back and forth. Do you get one word answers? Then chances are they aren’t really that interested. Ask questions that will help you know them and their intentions better. For example, if they said they are ambitious ask them about it, if they are a parent ask them about their kids, things relevant to their lives and that will allow you to weed out the ones you don’t want (like someone who is still living with their “ex” for example).

8. Listen to your gut. Your gut will be your best guide if someone is worth meeting up with or not. Listen to your instincts. If something feels off during your conversations it usually is. Remember that.

9. Take it offline. When you connect with someone in a positive way online then you need to take it offline as soon as possible. I say a week, two weeks maximum if you are busy or have other stuff going on. If they keep making excuses and cancelling then that’s a definitely red flag. You’re not looking for a pen pal, you’re looking for a potential partner. Don’t let someone waste your time. Sometimes you may have mad chemistry online but when you meet in person it’s terrible, so taking it offline will ensure you don’t spend too much time getting to know the wrong person for you.

So there you go! My list of how to weed through online dating profiles. There certainly isn’t any surefire way of weeding through all the crap, some weeds do creep through somehow, but now you have the tools to stomp them out for good!

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