We have also included some not-so-great examples that we have seen many, many times.

A high quality photo can really make the difference as well, so if you don’t have the best camera — find a friend who does.

Smiles are your best accessory, so please include them.

We have seen many photos like this one on profiles -- where the glare is really bad, or the shadows actually cover part of the person's face, or the photo is way oversaturated.

This is not the best idea for a cover photo, obviously.

If this woman chose this as a cover photo, what does it say? Sunglasses are cool and can make a statement, but not in your primary dating profile photo.

That she likes to party and has lots of men around her. People want to see your eyes -- and this scowl isn't inviting either.

First impressions count, especially in online dating.

There are so many people registered on online dating sites that it’s more important now than ever to stand out from the crowd.

Use your photos as a primary tool to express who you are, what you love […] Read more Choosing a really good cover photo for your online dating profile is absolutely at the top of the list when it comes to your success. We realize we have pulled these from a stock photo gallery (kinda cheating!

) — but the point here is just to give you […] Read more When you come to an online dating site you’re, clearly, hoping to meet people.

And the most effective way to do that is to optimize the first point of contact for any potential date – your photos.

I’m always surprised to see people posting grainy photos, or shots with so much glare you can’t make out the person’s face, or pictures taken while staring at a reflection in the bathroom mirror.

Choosing a really good cover photo for your online dating profile is absolutely at the top of the list when it comes to your success. We realize we have pulled these from a stock photo gallery (kinda cheating!