So you’ve done it! You’ve finally created your Muzmatch profile, and you are on your way to securing the deal and getting married but there’s one glitch – you have no idea how to fill in an on-line profile and stand out from the crowd.You try and think of something clever and witty but it’s an epic fail, or worse still you are sitting there laughing at your own jokes. In the end, you throw in some very obvious information like "My name is… I really like to find a person similar to me.." and you’re done! The only thing you have going for you with this approach is hope, and some luck.
You are your brand!
Yes, you are a brand! How? I hear you ask? Well, we recognise brands from their logos and image. That means you are your logo and the impression your profiles leaves is your image. So what does your profile say about you? I mean, what does it really say about you through your words and images… does it tell singles you’re charming, lovable and a great potential spouse or that you’re creepy, defensive and patronising. Does your profile dazzle or a does it disappoint?
Just like a brand you need to be recognised as a potential spouse, within a dense crowd of single Muslims. How? By being totally and completely unique…by being you because there is only one you! Be your true self by talking about your unique talents, aspirations, and activities you enjoy. Singles want to know why they should marry you, not why you should marry them! Just don’t lie or exaggerate … it leaves you and your brand image in tatters.Here are a few tips I’ve picked up that create a compelling profile and helped others to raise their game. Want to draw in potential spouses and give you the best shot on Muzmatch?
Add some persuasion power to your Profile Picture
First impressions really do matter! I know, I know, firstly that’s stating the obvious and secondly, looks aren’t that important. It’s about a person’s character and personality and yes I agree, to some extent. Let’s look at it this way – when we meet someone new, we make a judgement about that person within 5 seconds based on their appearance, body language, and mannerisms. It’s the same with profile pictures. And now you know why your profile picture is so big in the Muzmatch app! In my opinion, blurring out your picture means you lose out big time.
How to create a killer profile picture:
Backgrounds: go to a place that shows your interests. If you’re a foodie, go to your favorite restaurant and take a picture with an interesting or intriguing background. It will grab singles’ attention and help strike up a conversation.
Ask a friend: get them to take the perfect picture for you; keep it natural, smile and show your true self.
High resolution: a high-quality image means you’ll have a clear picture, just make sure it’s not too close up!
Additionally, don’t forget to look directly at the camera, pick a good angle with good lighting and make sure you’re the only one in the picture. The last thing you want is to be mistaken for your friend… Whoops!
I know it’s easy to use photos you already have so here are a few to avoid:
Nights out: you know those dark, grainy and hazy pictures; some appear to be from a heavy night out which leaves singles wondering what exactly happened and was it halal?… Uh-Oh!
Holidays: these pictures are great for memories, but a photo of you squinting in the sun can leave singles thinking you’re moody!
Selfies: we all love a good selfie, especially when you’ve got a great angle but it cuts of part of your head and face – they’re great for social media but not for a dating profile.
Family gatherings: pictures with your and nieces and nephews are great, but if you’re divorced, singles may think they’re your children and keep swiping… Oops!
One great picture is all you need but before you add more, ask yourself the question: "do my pictures add value or create confusion?"
Seal the deal with your sizzling bio
So your profile picture has got their attention. Now it’s time to blow them away with your vibrant and attention-grabbing bio just to match your personality!
There are hundreds if not thousands of bios. Reading them can get so boring; it puts singles to sleep Why? Because they all say the same thing over and over again! It’s no wonder they keep swiping! Here’s how to create a genuine and refreshing bio that not only keeps singles engaged but leaves them wanting to know more.
Take your time: think about what you want to write. Talk about what’s important in your life and why. So if you’re looking for a family orientated person who wants children, you could say:
"I love spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. I want them to grow up in a loving environment and I want to be someone that they turn to for help and support."
This tells singles family life is important and implies you want to be a reliable, loving parent at some point. Great qualities in a spouse, right?
"I’m a loving person and I want a family of my own one day"
Which one is more engaging?
Show your personality: if you’re a funny person, instead of telling people you’re funny, be funny.
Positive attitude: just be positive, unless you want singles to run screaming in the opposite direction! Who wants to marry a grumpy and condescending old fart?!
Ask a trusted friend: preferably someone single to check and read through your profile. Don’t forget to check basic grammar and spelling, you don’t want to come across like your lazy!
A few things to avoid:
Quoting Islamic hadiths or Quranic ayahs: it gets boring pretty quick especially when you’ve read the same references about "being created in pairs" and "its half our deen" for the 100th time… Argh!
Repetition: Muzmatch app already tells people, for example, how practising you are and your ethnic heritage… Don’t tell us what’s already said! Tell us something new.
One word or incomplete sentences: it just shows you couldn’t be bothered and you’re not serious… swipe!
Your profile is a reflection of who you are, so shows your best self and make it genuine. It will really come across in the words and tone you use! I know dating as a Muslim can be stressful and frustrating, so just enjoy the process, make it fun and interesting because guess what, that alone makes you more attractive!
What tips would you give to other singles? What’s worked for you? What should singles avoid? I’d love to hear your thoughts.