The Don’ts Of Your Online Dating Profile Pics

I often have people asking me why their dating profiles are getting few responses. The problem is usually their photos, more often than the written profiles themselves. Here are some dating pic don’ts:

1) Don’t post group photos. Since people are looking at your profile only for a few seconds (often at work), they don’t want to have to figure out which one is you. Besides, if you are photographed standing next to someone hotter than you, people will ask who that person is because they want to date them.

2) Don’t post creepy Halloween photos. Halloween pics are fine as long as they are cute and sexy. Guys shouldn’t post ax-murderer or serial killer costume pics. Or devil pics; we’ve already dated him.

3) Don’t post pics that are too sexy. You’re asking for trouble. Unless you are on a swinger’s site of course, or a for a hook-up/sex only site; then go right ahead and back that ass up right up to the camera. If a man posts a nearly naked pic on a site like, he seriously looks like a man whore. If a woman posts a too sexy pic, it brings out the “creepy guy” who responds with “Sexy. Wanna hook up?”

4) Don’t post more than one or two selfies. It makes you look like you are too into yourself. And whatever you do, don’t post selfies of yourself in the bathroom. This is especially true of men; nothing ruins the look of a Tom Ford suit than a toilet in the background.


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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books, The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and currently writes columns for and Los Angeles Magazine. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.


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