(The primary photo is the one that pops up in the array of all the other people on that page.) If your primary photo is fabulous and the others are not, you're setting yourself up for those viewing you to be disappointed as they scroll through the other pictures, and therefore for you to be disappointed.
Make your primary photo a good one, just not the best.2) This next point would seem utterly obvious, and yet, apparently it isn't: Don't include bad photos!
Unless you are Benjamin Button, if you've been out of college more than 30 years, those photos aren't helpful4) Have more than one photo, ideally more than three or four.
If you only post one and it's really flattering, there may be the perception that you just happened to get lucky.
I'm not talking about photos of you making a funny face, though I don't quite see the point of those, but why include photos that simply aren't flattering? Photos of you when you were 21 (if you're now 60) are pointless.
Plenty of people do.3) Photos of yourself when you were a little bit younger (five years? Let's operate on the assumption that we all think we looked better when we were in college.
And yes, who am I to be giving advice about what people look like. But we all respond initially to appearance, so a few basics are worth keeping in mind.1) Don't make your best photo your primary one.
So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love.
And of course, all the better when nourished by some delicious food.
I sort of assumed anyone who is out there trying to find a mate would know what sort of photos to present to the world, but there is evidence to indicate perhaps not.
Yes, there is more to dating and mating and enjoying a relationship than physical attraction, so no need to point that out.And if you only post only one and it's not so wonderful, it will be difficult to expect dating prowlers to want to find out more about your wide range of interests, unique accomplishments and ability to look as good in a little black dress as you do in jeans - one of those boilerplate profile comments that continue to baffle.5) Don't include photos that clearly contradict your profile.