How to Upload Photos that will Create Interest
So, you've got a great profile but, so far, no one seems
interested. You've tried everything: enticing headlines, fun
information about yourself, everything...except a photo. Did you
know that members with profile pictures are 7 times more likely
to receive a message? A picture really is worth a thousand words.
Let's begin: there are two ways to upload the picture.
If you know the name of your photo, you can simply type it in
the box. If you don't know the name, however, don't despair.
Click "Browse" and search through your files until you find what
you want. Click "Open" and that should send the photo to your
management site. Now, click "Upload". Your picture should,
successfully, be on your profile.
There is much more to this, however, than simply loading the
picture. Here are some universally helpful hints that'll help
you decide which photo you should use:
If it's a profile picture, make sure it clearly shows your face.
A blurry photo or one that only shows you in the background is
not effective--showcase yourself! If you want to send a specific
message about yourself, then chose a picture that matches that
message. For example, if you say you are a funny individual but
then select a photo of you frowning, it sends mixed
messages--this can turn potential suitors away. Don't get lost
in the crowd; never use photos with a large number of people in
them. This can confuse anyone looking at your profile. Try to
find pictures that only display you or, at most, a very small
group of people that you can easily be seen in. Rotate your
photos every few weeks; this will not only keep your profile
interesting but you can also garner attention from people who
had overlooked you before. Use recent photos. A picture of you
from college is fine....but only if you're still that age. Most
Now, once you've selected that perfect picture, you might need
to scan it. Here are a few tips that can help this process run
When scanning your image, make sure you do a preview scan first.
This will help the scanner locate the image and ensure you only
copy the picture - not the entire scanner bed. Photocopies often
do not scan very well. If you have a scanner, it is best to scan
the original image to achieve best quality. You might want to
consider, once the image is on your computer, using the Cropping
Tool. Cropping is an excellent way to remove unnecessary and
distracting elements from your picture.
After you have selected and scanned a photo, you can upload it
onto your profile; however, there are certain guidelines to be
remembered before you post a picture. They are as follows:
The picture must be of you; do not try to pass a friend, family
member, celebrity, etc off as yourself. The picture cannot
contain any contact information; this can be potentially
dangerous. Do not include phone numbers, addresses, etc. Do not
include sexually graphic pictures; this rule covers touching
yourself or others in a sexual way (this includes masturbation),
sexual intercourse or the use of bodily fluids. Your picture can
be rejected if it is copyrighted, unless you have permission
from the original artist. Your picture can also be rejected if
it is deemed to be offensive, obscene, or violent.
The photo can, ultimately, be the most important part of your
profile; chose it wisely and see the reactions it gets!