7 ways to improve your dating skills

Dating can be tough, especially when you're surrounded by thousands of other people all searching for the perfect match.

With so many profiles and dating sites across the web, you've got to stand out to be successful.

That's why we've compiled our seven top tips for making the most of your profile page and finding the right partner.

From which clichés to avoid, to picking the right selfie – we've got it covered.

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1. Short and sweet

It's not an autobiography - so don't turn it into one.

Women especially have a tendency to overwrite when it comes to profiles – but for many people, endless blocks of text can be a big turn off.

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Sum yourself up briefly, and if your potential match wants to know more, they can ask you personally.

After all, leaving some questions unanswered is a great way to open up a conversation.

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2. Avoid clichés

It's all very well telling everyone you're looking for a man that can make you laugh, a girl with a nice smile or that your ideal date is a walk along the beach.

But if you want to stand out and bag a date, you're going to have to be a little more creative.

Turn words into pictures and replace those clichés with something that makes you, you - what are your ambitions, what countries do you most want to visit, and why?

3. Update your profile regularly

Thousands of people are joining online dating sites every week, so keep your profile fresh and renew your page every so often.

Likewise, a new picture every few weeks can make all the difference.

4. Say cheese

Your profile picture speaks a thousand words, so avoid grumpy pouts, or group holiday snaps.

It's a good idea to match your photo to your interests - are you a traveller? Do you enjoy yoga? What's your favourite sport?

Another handy tip is to look at the camera - don't hide behind sunglasses, eye contact is engaging and attractive, as is a big smile to draw people in.

5. Turn negatives into positives

Stay upbeat, even when discussing the not-so-positive aspects of life. A negative tone is an instant turn off.

Think of your profile as a dating CV - you wouldn't want your employer to read anything negative right? Well, the same goes for a potential partner.

Focus on the things you're passionate about.

If you've got children, for example, make a point of the fact that you're a family person and looking for someone with the same values.

6. Mention your hobbies

Bringing up your hobbies can help you connect with suitable matches in an instant.

It can also help you find things in common and spark conversation.

Focus on what makes you social - outdoor sports, teaching and group activities are a good start.

7. Check your spelling

You'd be surprised how many people find poor grammar and spelling a turn off, and the best of us can make mistakes, so be careful and make sure you proofread your page before pressing 'submit'.

One quick way to do this is to write your profile in a Word doc and use spell check to make sure no silly errors slip through. When you're done, you can just copy and paste your perfectly proofed profile.

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