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OkCupid Hacks: Tips to Unlock More Likes, Matches and Dates

Chances are that you have already heard of OkCupid – it is, after all, still one of the biggest online dating apps to this day.

Before venturing in, though, you may want to have a few tips and tricks for you to fall back on in case the going gets tough. This is online dating after all, and the chances of success are ever-fluctuating.

In this post, we are going to provide numerous OkCupid hacks as well as useful tips and tricks to get the most out of the dating platform. They are all fairly simple to implement, and should greatly increase your chances of finding true love or friendship.

The Best OkCupid Hacks For Online Dating Success

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OkCupid was founded by Harvard mathematics majors back in 2004, so it comes as no surprise that the logic and algorithms that make up the site’s matching system are almost as complex as string theory. Despite this, however, there are a few holes in the system which have yet to be patched up, and which can be exploited to great effect. Something as easy as adding a period to your dating bio description, adding better photos, or logging into your OkCupid account every Sunday night can help you find great success.

Here are some of the best OkCupid hacks.

Update Your Profile Daily

It may seem tedious to make changes and additions to your profile daily, but doing so actually improves your chances of finding a match. When OkCupid’s algorithms detect a change in a user’s profile – whether it be their bio or their answers – the site promotes that profile, displaying them to hundreds of users within their search parameters. The changes that you make do not have to be sweeping, and, can be as small as adding something like a period, a comma, or a hyphen.

OkCupid will only promote your profile once per day, so get into the habit of making quick adjustments daily to increase your visibility to other users and therefore, your chances of success.

A bio example from an online dating profile, with someone describing their interests and hobbies.

You do not have to add anything. In the above example, you can easily substitute the hyphens with actual bullet points and OkCupid’s algorithms will detect the changes and promote your profile.

Copy and Paste Messages

It can be taxing when you find yourself having to cater to every one of your matches with an individualized message to grab their attention. Still, your first message is arguably the most important, and can quickly make or break a potential relationship.

Instead of going through the motions of coming up with a unique conversation starter for every one of your matches, try to think of one that you really like which is fairly general and all-encompassing. You will save yourself a lot of effort, and you will not waste any time in making a move with a new match.

A general template example of a conversation starter for dating apps.

Above is an example of a generalized message that can easily be sent to plenty of people without the need for personalization. Compared to individualized messages which take plenty of time to come up with, these copy-and-paste texts have a 75% success rate, with a greater effort-to-output ratio, according to Christian Rudder, the author of Dataclysms: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking. To further increase your chances of success, alter just a few things in the message to make it unique and relevant to your match profile.

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Always Be Online On Sunday Evenings

OkCupid is very popular, with millions of users worldwide. Even so, you are unlikely to encounter even a fraction of that user base, at least during the week.

The site receives the most online traffic during the later hours of Sunday evening. Users become much more active and are therefore much more likely to engage with your profile. You should capitalize on this timeframe – 7 pm to midnight to be exact. All you need to do is stay logged in, even if you have other things to do, and watch the views climb.

Strike While the Iron is Hot

Ironically, the main goal of online dating is to get offline as quickly as possible. However, there is a tendency among users to take things slow with their potential matches. While this approach would certainly work in the real world, it can be detrimental to your online dating prospects – remember that your matches are speaking to other people too.

Rather than beat around the proverbial bush by flirting back and forth with your matches, ask them out on a date as soon as the ice has been broken, usually within the first 3 days of matching. You should be able to get to know them well enough to ask them out, and maybe even have a bit of banter going as well.

Do not be afraid to suggest when and where you should meet – if they cannot accommodate your schedule, ask them for alternatives. Get to know their schedule as well, and suggest some fun activities that the two of you can do together – picnics, art galleries, and bars are safe bets that will keep both of you engaged on the date. So long as you make that first move – and make it quickly – you will find online dating is not as difficult as it seems.

A text conversation where John suggests to their match that they should meet up later for drinks and dinner.

All you need is a bit of confidence and you will see positive results. If you find yourself struggling to even get a conversation going, you can find out how to talk to people on OkCupid here.

OkCupid Hack to See Who Likes You

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OkCupid, and online dating in general, can be brutal to the uninitiated expecting to find plenty of matches in no time at all. The only way to match with someone on OkCupid is to like their profile, and they like yours. The site will always notify you when this occurs.

If someone likes your profile first, when you like them you will receive a pop-up that says that the feeling is mutual. Alternatively, if you like their profile first, you will receive a notification if and when they like yours.

Unfortunately, the only way to access the full list of people who like you requires a premium subscription, which can be quite expensive. So, is there a way to see who likes you on OkCupid without paying?

Fortunately, OkCupid employs a profile-shuffling feature, bringing the profiles of those who have liked you to the forefront and increasing the chances of meaningful connections. This dynamic also extends to profiles you’ve liked, ensuring increased visibility for potential matches.

In addition to this, OkCupid highlights individuals who have liked you and sent an Intro in a dedicated section. Furthermore, when someone likes your profile, they receive priority placement in the Discover section, providing you with the opportunity to reciprocate their interest promptly. Initiating a Like also enhances visibility, increasing the chances of catching their attention.

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What is the Best Time to Boost on OkCupid?

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A boost on OkCupid is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It promotes your profile, showing it at the top of special blend searches, quick matches, and in everyone’s general activity feeds. What this means is that your profile reaches a larger amount of people in a shorter amount of time.

An example of a boosted profile – the number goes up exponentially. The problem is that these boosts typically only last 15 minutes (unless your profile fails to reach at least 1000 different users, at which point the period is extended). Therefore it may be fruitless to boost at random intervals when the chances of engagement are questionable or low.

So what is the best time to boost on OkCupid?

As mentioned, Sunday evenings are typically the site’s busiest times, with more log-ins than any other day of the week. Activating a boost at around 9 pm on Sunday is a surefire way to increase engagement and receive plenty of views.

If you feel that you cannot wait until Sunday, you can also activate your boosts early in the morning at around 9 am, or in the afternoon on a weekday after 5 pm. During the early hours of the morning and midday, OkCupid activity tends to drop, so avoid these periods at all costs.

Of course, more exposure means nothing without a great profile to match, so make sure that your profile is up to snuff before activating a boost.

How to Hack OkCupid to Get More Dates

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You will only be able to find dates on OkCupid if you already have matches, so be sure to brush up on everything we have already discussed before moving on.

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed method of securing a date. The best way to find one is to ask your matches out simply but to ensure that people like you enough to accept, you should make sure that your profile is varied and robust – and above all, honest.

In the summer of 2012, Chris McKinlay, a Ph.D. student and math genius at UCLA, faced challenges finding love through dating sites, having gone on only six dates in nine months. Armed with mathematical prowess and access to a supercomputer, McKinlay approached his dilemma analytically. He categorized OkCupid members in Los Angeles using statistical sampling and late-night sessions on the supercomputer, tailoring his profile to match their preferences.

Chris McKinlay harnessed the power of Python scripts to sift through an abundance of OkCupid survey questions. Systematically, he categorized female daters into seven clusters, such as “Diverse” and “Mindful,” each embodying unique characteristics and traits. Wired recounts McKinlay’s journey, revealing his deep investment in the quest for love, including the intense period when his matches surged from a few hundred to several thousand.

Don’t be afraid to provide information in your bio. While there is such a thing as “less is more,” people online have short attention spans and may not have the time to get to know you naturally over time. Fill out your bio with as much personal information about yourself as possible, while leaving some things up to the imagination, and be sure to complete some of OkCupid’s diverse array of personality prompts. This is the perfect space to mention your hobbies and interests, which will hopefully attract like-minded people. Do not be scared to put yourself out there.

Tell the world about yourself – where you were born, what you do for a living, what you enjoy, etc. Lastly, do not be afraid to initiate the conversation. Talking to strangers can be daunting, but once you have gotten past that initial fear, things become much easier.

Lastly, to enhance match filtering and minimize the risk of potential scams or catfishing, try arranging video or voice conversations with your matches as soon as possible. This can involve a video chat on Skype or another video chatting app, or even a brief phone conversation. It provides a better understanding of the person’s legitimacy and compatibility with you. If there’s a mutual interest, suggest meeting for a date, offering a couple of options for days and times. If your match offers excuses and shows reluctance to meet, it’s a strong indicator of their lack of interest or seriousness, and it may be best to move on.

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Final Thoughts

Online dating can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. With these straightforward OkCupid hacks and tips, you should experience increased success, enhancing your dating life and hopefully leading you to true love.

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