I accidentally did something pretty interesting this weekend on OkCupid that I wanted to share with you guys.
I have been on OkCupid now for almost two years exactly, so needless to say I have seen it, been there, and done that. (You can read the 103 dates in 9 months thesis over yonder.)
Part of the reason though that I generate so much traffic to my page is that I know how to optimize the OKC search algorithm. Of course this is all on an unofficial basis since I have no affiliation with Okcupid – but I have noticed that anytime you upload a picture, edit your profile, or answer a few extra questions – OKC enlists you as “active” and you will populate higher in their search. (Uploading pics, editing your profile, or answering questions also features you in the Recent Activity on the main page … so for like 5 minutes you’ll appear on OkCupid.com directly and it aggregates based on location. For example: I see all Recent Activity from only Los Angeles members.)
This is also true btw with when you answer emails. No matter what as a female it is going to be hard to avoid the dreaded “red, replies selectively” stamp – but if you’re actively answering at least an email a day OKC will still populate you higher in their search since they deem you as active.
Totally nuts … but I have this shit on lock, as anything online isn’t magic – it’s all just science.
EIITTHHEEERRRR way … the other day I uploaded a picture of me from when I was on 5 episodes of Deal or No Deal (the syndicated version) back in 2008.
Since I was also on The Price is Right I thought it could be kinda cheeky to be coined as the game show chick to all the nerdy boys.
What I got was not one … not two … not three … not FOUR … but FIVE messages from dudes over the age of 40 (one was 52!) all within the span of 48 hours.
I’m not mad at the older age bracket, but I specifically say that I seek daters ages 26-36 (I have to change that since now I am 27 and don’t want to date younger.).
Normally on OKC I’d get one or maybe two messages a MONTH from someone over the age of 40, but never … and I mean NEEEVVEERRRRRRRR in two years have I received that many messages. The only variable in this scenario was my Deal or No Deal picture.
What does this tell me about guys on OKC? Those over the age of 40 (conscious or not) definitely seek the trophy chick.
I specifically don’t have too many “model”-ey pictures on OKC because it’s not who I am, it’s something that I did and genuinely didn’t like it. HOWEEVVEERRRRR by making that one minor adjustment which I was positioning more from the game show angle it opened me up to an entirely new bracket of OKC duderinos.
I’m too opinionated to be a trophy chick but who knows, maybe I should start dating guys in their 40s. The 20s and 30s haven’t faired that well. HMMMMMMMMMM
Either way, then last night I changed the DOND picture to my default and didn’t see much of a change – in fact I get more views with my standard default and not the DOND pic.
Interesting observation! Can’t be mad at the dudes. Mid life crisises, FTW!
Are you on OKC? Me too! Send me a message!