Why No Matches on Tinder? (Hint: It’s Not Because You’re Ugly)

Getting a match on Tinder might not be rocket science, but there are REASONS why some people get matches on Tinder and some don’t.

And no, it’s not all about your looks.

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If dating was all about looks, then nobody but only models would ever get laid, or have relationships.

Matching with people, whether in life or on Tinder, is about chemistry. Also, even if you ARE good looking, great photos alone don’t always guarantee a match.

Here’s another thing: Tinder uses algorithms to match you with people. If you don’t use Tinder wisely, you’ll be matched with the wrong people, or in the wrong ways. More about this later. Let’s just say there are mistakes one can make when using Tinder.

here's Why Most Guys Get No Matches on Tinder:

1. Your Tinder Profile Photos Actually Suck

There are some “photo faux pas” on Tinder. If you're using one of these pictures then these could be the potential reason why you're getting no matches on Tinder.

  • Too many selfies
  • Close-ups on your face
  • Extreme close-ups on your face
  • Half-naked “posing pics”
  • Shots of your car/dog/house/sunsets/memes
  • Blurry shots

Why are the above bad?

Well, too many selfies signal that either you don’t have friends who can take photos of you, or you are self-obsessed.

No close-ups of your face, means people have to take a gamble. They can’t see you. So it’s like a blind date if they choose to meet up with you.

Same, goes for blurry pics. What are you trying to hide? That’s what people will be wondering about.

Then there are the extreme close-ups where everyone can see every pore in your face. Scary, much?

As for the half-naked pics, …people will either write you off as just wanting sex in a sleazy kind of way, not the “I’ll have fun with hookups and be respectful” kind of way, or they’ll think you have an ego problem.

You can have your swimsuit pics, no problem, if you’re playing beach volleyball, or surfing, or something of the sorts. Flexing your abs in the gym, or posing in the shower, on the other hand…

2. You Don't Have Enough Pictures on Tinder

Lastly, having very few pictures, or too many pictures that all look the same, both have the same effect: people don’t get a feel for who you are. And just as showing up to a date who only had blurry images, they feel they’re taking a gamble.

Based on research, Men and Women with at least 3 or more pictures gets significant more Tinder matches,

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Inside Scoop: Tinder Profile Tips to 3x Your Matches.

3. Your Tinder Bio Sucks

An empty space instead of a bio?

If your photos tell a great tale, people might still swipe right. However, an empty bio signals you don’t care enough to be bothered to write one.

What does that say about dating you?

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Having Bio (not super short) boosted tinder matches for females by 60% and 50% for males on average.

Also, if you have a great bio, people who are on the edge, not sure whether to swipe right or left, can be swayed. If you don’t write anything, you don’t have that opportunity. It goes back to people wanting to know who they take a gamble on.

Are they worth the time and effort to chat with to and meet with? People weigh this up before swiping right.

Maybe you feel you aren’t great at writing, fair enough, but get a buddy to help you out. Seriously. You only need three sentences that are a little bit witty/interesting/funny.

Inside Scoop: 15 Funniest Tinder Bios.

3. Bad ELO Score From Swiping Right Too Much

ELO is the Tinder algorithm. If Tinder realizes you swipe right on EVERYONE, you’ll end up in the back of the queue. You'll get no matches on Tinder or a very few.

Meaning those who are a lot more specific about who they swipe right on, will all end up being showcased before you if they swiped right on the same person you did.

If you live in a populated area, this is a bit of a problem. You’ll end up behind a lot of others on profiles that are popular.

Then, if you match with people whom you don’t reach out to, Tinder will also take note. Swiping right and being matched only not to talk to them? Tinder won’t take you seriously.

In short, Tinder tries to match you depending on your preferences. If you swipe right on everything, Tinder will think you have no preferences. Particularly if you then match and don’t even talk to your matches!

Inside Scoop: We've explained more about ELO in How Does Tinder Work article.

4. Use Tinder Super-Likes

People feel flattered by a super like on Tinder. So even people who’d normally swipe left unless a profile REALLY stood out, might take a bit more time to evaluate you.

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After all, you’ve said you really like them. Apparently people are three times as likely to respond to a super like. So use them.

What's Next?

Of course, getting a match is only the beginning. To be successful on Tinder, you have to turn matches into dates. To do that, you need good Tinder openers.

Inside Scoop: How to start conversation with a girl on Tinder.

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