Online dating is very popular, but your success at online dating hinges on your ability to create a good profile. Most dating sites allow a member to search for other singles based on any number of criteria, such as location, age, race or hobbies. These search results are then displayed in a list, showing a small picture and a tagline. Having a good tag, or headline, could mean the difference between having your profile read or being completely passed over. Your headline is your first impression.
A witty headline can be very powerful, or a complete disaster, depending on a several factors. Be sure that a general audience can understand the headline at a glance. Don't use big words, which are likely to make you look like a smarty-pants. Use sport or hobby references only if they are part of what you are looking for in a mate. Keep it simple, such as "More Addictive Than Potato Chips" or "Pick Me, Pick Me."
A sense of humor is very attractive. If you like to laugh or make others laugh, a funny headline is the perfect advertisement. A short one-liner will work, or create a funny anecdote about dating, like "Romantic men seem to be extinct. If you're extinct, contact me now." If you can't think of anything, try quoting a bumper sticker or button. The self disparaging headline can also be funny. Try something like, "I may not be a 9, but I play one on the Internet."
If you have a favorite book or movie, try using a quote from it. Keep it simple, but recognizable. For instance, "Who Ya Gonna Call?" This is a short quote, but most people will recognize it as a line from Ghostbusters. Song lyrics are also good choices. If you are an Elvis fan, you might try "Won't You Be My Teddy Bear?" These types of headlines might attract someone with similar tastes in movies or music.
Don't count out the tried-and-true method of the descriptive headline. Something like "PhD Seeks Brainy Cook" might lack some of the flash of the other headlines, but it gets to the point. Someone who hates cooking is unlikely to bother reading the profile of a member seeking a "brainy cook," but someone with an advanced degree in nutritional science might find it perfect.