Photo-heavy profiles are now the norm across most major dating sites, so picking the right profile pictures is the key to your success in finding matches. Based on their research, you will have the perfect selection of profile photos in no time!

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 some ideas of the best direction to go in to ensure more interest in your profile.

For most online dating sites, the following photos often lead to immediate rejections. In fact, research by OKCupid shows that being too attractive might result in receiving fewer messages.

This holds especially true for men — if you’re average, or even below-average on average, you’re more likely to receive messages from women.

A medium shot (like the girl in the backpack) is the optimum choice and gets the most action, as you can actually get a good sense of the person’s body type (they aren’t hiding anything) as opposed to an extreme close up shot, which gets very little interest from matches. Matches who received the least amount of communication were those who included a very narrow portrait photo, where it looked as if they had clearly cut out the person next to them. Then upload blurry, poor quality or super small images.

(The tacky factor here is high, along with the assumption that you have cropped out your ex! This seems like an obvious statement, but thousands of people upload pics like this. Because we present more emotion with the left side of the face.Sure, we’ve all heard not to judge a book by its cover.But in the online dating world, sometimes a picture is all you have to go by! Picking out photos to use can feel like a lot of pressure, especially if you’re someone who likes to avoid the camera. Major online dating companies regularly complete large-scale surveys to figure out exactly what potential matches find attractive.Certain social etiquettes apply even online: if you’re going to be making eyes at someone, it should be with the person looking at your picture.Men’s photos are most effective when they look away from the camera and In terms of getting new messages, the My Space shot is the single most effective photo type for women.In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong.