One of the best ways to get more dates or contacts is to draw attention to your online profile by adding a short video clip of yourself.
If you are the shy type then you will have to step outside your comfort zone when making a video. below we look at some of the things you will need to say and do when making a video to fit your online dating profile effectively.
The first thing you need to do is ensure that what you say in your video is the same or similar to your written online profile. Keep the video focused and about what you are into doing and what you are interested in. Try to keep it lighthearted and show some humor, but you don’t have to feel like you are doing a comedy routine either. Mainly, just be yourself and talk about who you are, what you like to do, and what you are looking for.
Short videos are better as they retain the attention of the viewer so you should endeavor to keep the video in the 1 to 3 minutes range which should be long enough to draw someone’s attention, but not so long that it drags on and someone may lose interest. Prepare some short notes on what you want to say before you make the video as these can act as a guide for you. However do not try to script the whole video as you want to look spontaneous not staged.
Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and relaxed as well as clothes that show you off in the best light. Not too informal, but not formal either. One idea could be that if you are interested in a particular hobby, you could wear some gear related to that hobby, but in general, just wearing normal clothing would work fine.
You do not need top of the range video equipment as many cell phones etc can shoot videos which are more than adequate. Remember you do not need Hollywood style production for your video, just a natural production. All you then need to do is to go signup for a free account at a video sharing site like Youtube.com and upload the video.
YouTube makes it very easy to upload your video. Of concern for some people is the privacy of their video profile. It is true that on a sharing site such as YouTube the main attraction is sharing videos that everyone can see, but that is not the only setting available for sharing your videos. You can also opt to use the private and unlisted settings on YouTube which will give you more privacy.
A private setting only allows people that you invite and/or approve someone to view your video. If you choose this setting, you could choose whether to allow someone who has contacted you to see the video profile. This setting has the most privacy.
An unlisted setting allows anyone with the link to view the video but does not show up on any general search. So, you could post the link to the video in your online dating profile and anyone who reads it could click through. This is somewhat more private than publicly searchable, but it is still viewable by anyone with the link, so be aware of that.
As an important note of warning, regardless of which privacy setting you choose, be cautious and safe just like on the dating sites and do not list personally identifiable information in the video (address, phone number, etc). Have fun, but be safe.