They won't get as many answers perhaps as they are quite specific but then your intention here isn't to get a high quantity of responses, but a good quality.

Being funny and original makes you stand out, and being very original right away tells people who you are.

Here are a few examples from current profiles on a popular site: Now be honest, do any of these headlines intrigue you, or make you want to know more about the person? My dating profile led with a quote instead of a position description. It has content (what the quote actually says), it has tone (beautiful, funny, sarcastic, solemn), it reveals something important about you in relation to the author (a Homer Simpson quote says something different to an Anais Nin quote), and it attracts someone who has a similar cultural or literary taste (again Homer Simpson vs Anais Nin).

Chose a quote about love because after all that’s what you’re here for.

At the same time people can read into the subtext of your statements so that 'Bubbly and fun gal wants to get to know you' reads as 'I'm not attractive but I make up for it by being 'kerazeee'. Only describe things then that are factual and that are integral to your personality otherwise save this information for underneath. Another tendency is to put what you are looking for in your headline and this can be things like 'friendship and love' or 'sex and fun times'.

Again this is risky as you don't want to come across as too needy or as too shallow.

When you use personal ads or dating websites you are sometimes forced to promote yourself romantically in much the same way a business might promote their products or their services.

Most of these services for instance allow you to write some kind of headline, much like a headline in a newspaper story, and with this short headline it is your job to make yourself sound attractive and interesting, while being honest and catching the attention of someone skimming through many similar headings.

For instance it is crucial that your headline be witty and fun without being overly cheesy or crass.

You don't want to sound like you're quoting something from Blind Date or a sitcom.

What you don't want to do is be too picky so that you look shallow so no '23-24 year olds' or to be too ambitious so that you look like you haven't got a clue.

'Balding 50 year old looking for 18-25 year old blonde' for instance won't get you very far.

Most dating sites give you a place to write a heart stopping headline.