Writing your profile is the first step of online dating, but it’s also the most important, and sometimes the most stressful, part.

This is what singles will use to determine if they’re interested in you, and if your profile doesn’t attract them within those initial 10 seconds or so, they’ll move on to someone else. Getting your profile right is actually pretty easy and straightforward.

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Think about how you would feel if you read a guy’s profile that said something like “I want a blonde, blue-eyed woman who isn’t over 5’5″, is a doctor, doesn’t smoke, has never been married, loves dogs but hates cats, enjoys Italian food but hates Indian food, knows every word to every Beatles song, and has visited all Seven Wonders of the World.” OK, that’s an extreme example, but you know what I mean.

Avoid lists like “I want a blonde, blue-eyed man who is over 6 feet tall, is a doctor, doesn’t smoke, has never been married, loves dogs but hates cats, enjoys Italian food but hates Indian food, knows every word to every Beatles song, and has visited all Seven Wonders of the World.” It’s unlikely that you’ll find someone who can check off all the things on your list, and you probably can’t check off everything on his list either. So, pick the most important qualities you’re looking for and be more specific about those instead of creating an exhaustive list.

Even something as simple as “I love working out and tried yoga for the first time a few months ago, but I’m more of a spin class kinda girl” will do the trick.

Most dating sites, like Match.com, offer tons of advice to make the profile writing process smoother.

It’s easy for someone to say be funny, but humor comes in all forms.

Whether you’re sarcastic, dry, straightforward, witty, or self-deprecating, show that off in your profile.

This is when you do things like use similar language or express similar interests as the person you’re interested in.

So, when you’re browsing a dating site and find a profile that catches your eye, ask yourself why and then mimic those things in yours.

So, ladies, here’s how to write a dating profile to attract men, according to our years of experience and numerous studies we’ve looked into.

A couple of studies published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and reported on by The Huffington Post shows confident, and even overconfident, online daters are considered more desirable. The studies also found that if you take it too far, then you’ll come off as arrogant instead.

Sorry, fellas, but the study also shows that this doesn’t apply to women.