Some of them may seem a little obvious, but there are definitely a few qualities that you may not have thought of when choosing your own profile picture: Fuzzy or bad-quality photos First thing’s first: any photo where you can’t really make out the person’s face is a definite no-no.

Whether it’s because the picture is out of focus, the resolution is too low, or your eyes appear to have been possessed by the devil (good ole indoor flash will do that to you), it won’t make a suitable profile picture.

Selfies A selfie – a picture very obviously taken by the person in the photograph – may be right for your Facebook wall or the My Space page you had in uni, but it’s best to cover your online dating profile with them.

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This answer may seem a little obvious, but first impressions count – not just in real life but online too.

In the same way that an attractive stranger may catch your eye from across the room at a party, someone’s profile picture is the first thing you notice about them.

Of course, we all have certain “types” that we’re immediately drawn to – whether that’s bookish guys with glasses or pretty brunettes with long hair.

However, the success of a profile picture isn’t as much about the person in the photo as you’d think.

On e Harmony, all you initially see of your matches are their name and their profile picture – meaning that that’s all you have to go on before choosing whether or not to learn more about a particular match.

Whether it ends up being correct or not, people form an opinion about you based on your profile photo, deciding instantaneously whether or not you’re the right “look” for them.

In the same way that a great profile photo can attract someone instantly, a bad one can turn them off straight away, meaning they’ve made a snap judgment before they’re able to learn anything more about you.

So you could be completely compatible with someone in every way, but you may never know because their profile photo turns you off – or worse, doesn’t interest you at all.

When faced with a few pages of matches, most users tend to go for the same types of photos over and over again.