I received the following email from one of our users:
I happened to notice that you are instrumental in this site being here. I was wondering, what advice do you have for someone who is new to this like me? What ways can someone make their profile stand out? Thank you in advance for taking your time out to read this message!
Rather than just answer Mandi’s question to her, I thought it was good enough to answer it in our blog so everyone could perhaps benefit.
First off, it’s important to note that all of Dating DNA’s users are pretty “new,” since the site is quite new. This is our biggest challenge, as it would be for any “dating” site or service—to get enough users in the database to create critical mass with lots of people using the system. The more people with Dating DNA Numbers, the greater chance of finding people you’re compatible with, so spread the word!
That being said, here are nine “tips” for new users wishing to get more responses:
1. Have a Photo!
This is a MUST if you want other compatible users on the site to find and contact you. Users with at least one photo in their profile are TEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO GET RESPONSES than those who do not have a photo. If you’re only using the site to create Compatibility Scores with others from your social network pages, this will be less important, BUT if you want to be contacted by other compatible Dating DNA users from the site, the more photos you have, the more responses you can expect. Use photos that are clear and show a good representation of yourself.
2. Post Your DNA Number Everywhere.
Visit the “Tell Others” page to see how to add our widgets, buttons and applications to your postings and pages on other sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, Craigslist, etc. Not only is this a great way for you to find more matches, but it helps the site grow (thanks!).
3. Login Regularly.
Browse results are usually sorted by the date people last logged in. We do this in order to push those who rarely log in to the back of the line. Therefore, the more often you visit the site, the higher up you will appear in Browse results.
4. Check Your Browse Often.
Why wait to be contacted? Why not use Browse to find those you’re compatible with and contacted them? Browse will show you everyone for whom you match their Compatibility Threshold. Because new users sign up daily, you should check your Browse results on a regular basis to see who’s new to the site. As pointed out, new and recently logged in users will appear at the top of your Browse results, so it’s easy to spot new users.
5. “Yes, No, Maybe So” — Understand how Browse and your DNA Strand Work.
The best way to think of other users on the Dating DNA site is in terms of 1) Yes–you are interested, 2) No–You’re Not Interested, or 3) You’re not sure yet. The way to do this is by looking at your Browse results and if you are interested in someone (“Yes”), add them to your DNA Strand, or better yet, send them an email as well. If you know you’re NOT interested (“No”), you should remove them from your Browse results, so you don’t need to keep passing over them time and time again. This also removes you from the other person’s Browse results, saving them time since the system now knows you’re not interested. If you’re not sure yet (“Maybe So”), then you can leave them in Browse until you decide if you want to add or remove them.
6. Post on the Chat Walls.
When others are viewing the Chat Walls, they will see not only your photo, name, what you posted, etc., but also their compatibility score with you. This can be a good way to stumble upon someone you’re compatible with, or to have them stumble upon you. The more active you are on the Chat Walls, the higher chance someone will spot you there.
7. Review Your Answers to the Questionnaire.
As you know, it can take a little time to answer all of the questionnaire to get a Dating DNA Number. Sometimes people will rush through that process, anxious to get their number. Now that you’re a little more comfortable with the system, how the questionnaire works, etc., it can be a good idea to go back and review your answers. The more finely tuned your answers are, the more accurate your compatibility score and matches will be.
8. Adjust your Threshold.
Remember, the higher your Compatibility Threshold is, the fewer people you will be shown to in other’s Browse results. If you want to get more responses, we’d suggest setting your Threshold no higher than 6.0.
9. Make Sure Your Preferences Are Set Properly
To make sure you’re appearing in other’s Browse results, login and click on the “Your Account” tab along the top of the page. Then click on the “Preferences” button in the Account Control Panel. Make sure the second question is set to “Yes, but ONLY if the user meets my Compatibility Threshold.”
If you have other ideas, I hope you’ll share them with us and other users on the Chat Walls.