Businesses like Dating-Profile.com, ProfileHelper.com and E-Cyrano.com say they will help turn a stale personal profile for dating Web sites into eloquent and catchy advertisements, writing the words for you. They will even help clients sift through prospective dates and start an initial e-mail conversation. Depending on the company and the services used, prices may range from $39 to $2,000.
Mr. Katz said his company has helped thousands of people since it began five years ago. It offers several packages, starting at $49 for a 20-minute consultation and a line-by-line critique of a profile. For $129 to $199, people fill out a questionnaire and spend a half-hour on the phone with a freelance writer, who writes two essays for them. For $1,500, the company interviews clients, writes their profiles, takes professional photographs and coaches them via phone and e-mail about online dating. For $1,000 a month, he coaches them about dating and relationships in general.
Up to $2,000 to ghostwrite your profile and teach you how to (a) pick a flattering picture and (b) say something witty? Let me make it simple for you: Dude, if you haven't learned how to talk to people of the opposite sex by now -- online or not -- a dating coach ain't gonna help much.
But wait -- I'll do it for free! My tips, in order:
- Shower and put on clean clothing. Maybe even comb your hair.
- Walk up to someone you don't find hideously unattractive.
- Say "hi."
- Engage in polite conversation.
And if it doesn't work, try again.