Are you struggling to get matches on Tinder?
It can be hard to break through the noise and find someone that's interested in you. But don't worry! We're here to help with these seven common mistakes people make on their Tinder profiles. So, take a look at your profile and see if any of these are holding you back from finding love.
In this article, we will study the following points:
- How do you get matches on Tinder?
- Is it normal to not get matches on Tinder?
- The 4 Reasons Why You Don't Get Any Matches on Dating Apps
- How to get my matches back?
Ready? Let's dive right in!
How Do You Get Matches on Tinder?
In order to understand why you may not get as many matches as you deserve, it's important to understand how Tinder works. We already wrote a full article about the Tinder algorithm and its infamous ELO score here.
Even though I encourage you to read it if you are serious about online dating, I'll summarize the main points here:
Tinder does not rank its users by their looks, but many people mistakenly believe that it does.
There are 3 main factors that determine attractiveness on Tinder:
- your profile photos;
- the way you interact on the app (swiping right to like someone and left to pass);
- and interactions with others through messages or matches.
Hence if you are not getting likes, it may be due to your "poor usage" of the app or the way you carry out a conversation.
Is It Normal to Not Get Matches on Tinder?
The short answer is: it is very normal to not get any matches on Tinder.
Let me explain to you why.
A study published in 2016 found that the chances of getting a match on Tinder are one in 170 for a man and one in 9 for a woman.
Source: A First Look at User Activity on Tinder, 2016
If you are not using a premium plan like Tinder platinum, your number maximum of likes is 50-100 per day (this figure varies depending on your location and age).
Add to this that people generally swipe right 20-40 times a day.
It will take the average John Doe 6 days to get a mere match!
And that was in 2015...
Tinder has become way more competitive today.
If you're a man, then your dating profile is probably not as good as it could be.
The odds are stacked against you and the competition is fierce. Women receive up to 100 messages per day on average, so if you want to stand out from the crowd and get more matches, then you need an edge!
ROAST shows men how they can improve their profiles by providing detailed feedback on each part of their profile. This helps them increase their number of likes received by almost 300%.
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The 4 Reasons Why You Don't Get Any Matches on Dating Apps
There are several possible reasons why you may not be getting matches on Tinder. The first thing to do is ensure that your picture is good and that you have the right settings for your account. You should also check if you have been shadowbanned, which can happen if you break any of their rules and regulations too many times. This section will take a look at all these possibilities in more detail so that you can make sure everything is set up correctly!
Error #1: Bad first picture
If you want more matches on Tinder, your first picture really matters. Every time a girl swipes right or left her brain makes an instant decision about whether she likes what she sees in the picture or not.
If your photo doesn't stand out from all of the other photos in her queue then it's likely that you'll never hear from her again. This means no dates and no chance at love!
In a nutshell, to get more matches on Tinder, make sure that your first picture stands out above all others by following these simple tips
Error #2: Wrong settings
The second reason why you could not get matches on Tinder is your settings. You need to play around with the age range and the location that matches your target audience.
For example, if you select girls between 20-24 years old. But girls from this age range select 24-30 and you're 40 you may get likes, but no matches.
A good rule of thumb for guys is to select an age range that is a few years younger than you.
Error #3: Low ELO
If you want to get matches on Tinder, it's not enough just to be an attractive individual—you also have to act like one!
If you're struggling to get a mere match, you might be wondering why you're stuck at the low ELO.
It could come down to your Tinder profile picture and bio, which are two of the most important factors in determining how attractive someone is on dating apps.
One way to elevate yourself from a lower ELO is by uploading an appealing profile picture that makes you appear as a high-value person (i.e., showing off your body or making eye contact). Another strategy is acting like one by portraying behaviors that others find desirable, such as being successful and outgoing for example. What other ways can you enact this advice?
Check out our article here for more information!
Error #4: Shadowban
This is less frequent than people like to think. Often you don't get matches because your profile doesn't portray your best self.
To test if you've been shadowbanned and reset your account if this is the case, I recommend you to check this article: Shadowbanned on Tinder? Learn How to Reset Your Account (2021 Guide)
How to Get My Matches Back?
Focus on your photo
The first step to getting matches on Tinder is, predictably, your photo. You should strive for the perfect selfie; you want a clear, close-up picture of your face taken in natural light against a mostly featureless background with you making an attractive facial expression that reflects the kind of attitude and personality you're looking for. The only items in the background should be your bedroom if you live at home, or what's outside if it happens to be an interesting day. I can't stress this enough; there are plenty of people on Tinder who don't need to see more than three inches from their nose!
Close-ups don't work very well because they hide too much about who you are.
Update your bio
Your bio is the first thing people read about you, and it’s your chance to make a great impression. Make sure that your personality shines through in this section of your profile by incorporating some humor or witty comebacks for those who don’t understand what you are looking for. The best part? You may find yourself on more dates with other like-minded singles because they will appreciate how well you can communicate via text message!
Become the perfect user
Once your profile is set, you should focus on your usage of the app.
Think about it from Tinder's perspective: what does Tinder want its users to do?
- Like only the profile they really like.
- Message your matches.
- Be reactive to keep the conversation flowing.
- Avoid ghosting.
There is no point in mass swiping for two reasons:
- Tinder will never know your taste, hence won't be able to show you mostly profile you like.
- If you match with a profile that you don't like, will you message him/her? No. Another bad signal sent to Tinder
You deserve more than just a swipe left or right. Don't settle for anything less than what you won't - go out there and find it! The perfect person is waiting for you somewhere out there, so keep swiping until you find them!
And remember, no one is perfect – we all have our flaws – but that's what makes us unique and interesting. Keep looking for the one who will love every part of who they meet because they'll never stop loving themselves either.
That’s how true love works!