I’ve been seeing questions such as:
“Am I ugly if I get no matches on Tinder?”
“If I only get unattractive matches on Tinder does that mean I’m ugly?
The answer is NO.
You will learn exactly why you are getting no matches, and how you can fix it.
There are things that most people have been doing wrong and end up getting zero matches for months, or even shadowbanned by doing them on Tinder.
I’ll show you why you’re getting no matches, and how you can fix it!
Grab a drink (…A pen and paper,maybe?). Because, today, we’re learning!
- Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Matches
- Are You Shadowbanned?
- What Are You Doing Wrong?
- Can You Fix It?
- ELO Score And Tinder Algorithm
- Photo Hacks to Get More Matches
Reasons Why You’re Getting No Matches on Tinder
Whether you didn’t get any matches from the beginning (starting from your first day on Tinder) or you suddenly stopped getting matches, there are different reasons why you’re not getting the matches.
Let’s find out, shall we?
ELO score and Tinder algorithm
ELO score used to be part of the Tinder algorithm. It was based on the “Likes” and “Nopes” you get.
So the more “Likes” you’d get, the higher your ELO score would be.
You’d get “Nopes”, your ELO score would drop.
“A few years ago, the idea of an “Elo score” was a hot topic among members and media alike. And sometimes, it still is. Here’s the scoop: Elo is old news at Tinder. It’s an outdated measure and our cutting-edge technology no longer relies on it.”Taken from Tinder
Despite the fact that Tinder no longer relies on the ELO score, some people still use it as a term to somehow describe the Tinder algorithm.
Tinder algorithm, in fact, is way broader than the ELO score.
It does a lot of work, and analyzes your activity on Tinder.
It analyzes things such as:
- How much you’re active on Tinder.
1.1. Your time spent on Tinder.
1.2. How often you log in.
1.3. Messaging your matches.
- How often you swipe right/left.
- Who you swipe right/left.
- Who swipes you right/left.
All these and more, in order to show you the potential matches, and see whose potential match you are (to show you to them also).
Why Am I Getting Zero Matches From the Beginning?
Getting zero matches from the first day on Tinder might be your fault… just a little.
There must be something wrong that you’re doing on your profile, swiping and others. (Check out Tinder Etiquette if you want to know all the dos and don’ts)
Here’s what it could be:
Your Profile Might Be… Well, Ugly.
Your profile includes your photos, bio, anthem, job title, etc. People will judge it before they swipe, so if you’re not getting matches, there are things you should improve.
“I can’t have the face, the personality, AND the profile! It wouldn’t be fair to others.”
Said no one ever.
…But still, somehow people manage to f*ck up their profiles and get no matches, no matter how hot they and their personality are.
Your profile is unattractive if:
- You upload bad photos.
- You don’t write a bio, or when you do, you write things such as “My name Jeff.”.
- Add more crap to your bio.
That way, there isn’t much left for the Tinder algorithm to work out (to show you potential matches) if nobody swipes right on you.
You’re Showing The Wrong Photos
This is one of the things you don’t want to mess up.
- Photos with bad quality;
- Photos that require high investigating skills to find out which one is you in them (group photos, silly!);
- Photos with bad lighting;
- Photos from that one party where you were looking stunning because you were so drunk and kept holding the bottle of vodka on your left hand.
These, my friend, are definitely the wrong photos to put on Tinder. DO NOT PUT THESE TYPES OF PHOTOS ON TINDER, RYAN!
No matter how attractive you are, you have to choose the right photos to put on Tinder, since that’s the first thing someone’s going to see:
Your ugly photos with your handsome face in them.
Your Bio is Either Missing or Not Good
Besides your photos people will be seeing your bio too , hence they will be judging your profile, and decide whether they’ll swipe right or left.
If you have no bio, or a terrible one, then it could be one of the reasons why you’re getting no matches, and less people shown to you.
Your Way of Swiping is ‘Worrisome’
“How the hell could my way of swiping be a problem? I swipe right every single profile that shows on the screen!”
“How the hell could my way of swiping be a problem? I barely swipe anyone right, I’ve got high standards, Jessica!”
Let’s see what happens when you:
You swipe right uncontrollably.
Tinder will notice, and will get mad at you. I know you don’t give a sh*t if Tinder is mad at you or not…
I’ll tell you this: YOU SHOULD!
The Tinder algorithm will do its work, analyze, and know that there is something spooky if you will.
Your what used to be called ‘ELO score’, and visibility will leave the room… Oh, and they’re taking the matches with them.
…And here’s what happens when you:
“I’ve got high standards, Jessica!”
You’ve got high standards, that’s understandable. But you might want to swipe right every now and then. Otherwise, that’ll get Tinder mad again.
*Visibility, matches leaving the room once more while staring you dead in the eye*
If you don’t swipe right every now and then, you’ll be considered too picky, and Tinder doesn’t like that.
Simply because it is working to show you those people that are filtered based on what you’ve “Liked” and “Noped” before.
You, being the boss that you are, refuse every single one of them. Of course Tinder isn’t going to like that, hence show you less and less people to match with.
You get no matches, no message replies, and become invisible (the reason you won’t get any likes), etc.
Tinder shadowbans you if you violate the Tinder Community Policies.
- You tried resetting your account.
- You tried to trick Tinder about your location.
- You have been reported a lot of times.
Note Before getting shadowbanned (or banned) you might get an “INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WARNING”.
Why Am I Getting No Matches On Tinder Gold?
“I’m getting zero matches, but Tinder Gold will get me some.”
Maybe after a week now, you’re reading Why Am I Getting No Matches on Tinder Gold?.
Let’s make it simple.
Tinder Gold has these features:
- Unlimited Likes
- 5 Super Likes a day
- 1 Boost a month
- No ads
- Likes You
- Top Picks
Alright, now most of these features are pretty effective to get you more matches.
Especially Likes You. Gives you the chance to see who liked you, and you can like them back to match instantly.
However, getting the Likes (and then the matches), entirely depends on your profile.
The (possible) reason you’re getting no matches even on Tinder Gold is your profile being unattractive.
Tinder Gold gives you the tools to be seen by more people.
If your profile is unattractive and it gets seen by a lot of people, the results are going to be the same even if it isn’t seen by as many.
It doesn’t attract people to swipe you right. It is not your fault. You’re not ugly nor is your personality.
There are things you’re choosing/doing wrong when it comes to completing your profile.
How To Fix The Matches?
Let’s take a look and see what Tinder suggests us:
Couldn’t be said any better than this:
“Consider yourself a diamond in the rough that just needs a few tips to get noticed.”
What Else Can I Do?
You have an irresistible personality, you sexy!! Show it.
Use Tinder more.
Being active on Tinder makes the algorithm pick potential matches for you, showing them to you and your profile to them.
“Allow us to blow your minds. The most important factor that can help you improve your match potential on Tinder is…using the app.”
Taken from Tinder
In other words, Tinder doesn’t show inactive profiles.
If you used to get a few matches, but now you’re getting zero, then use Tinder more.
This is how you get to be seen by more people, which means more likes, and matches.
Use Tinder Boost.
Another thing to do, if you’re not getting matches anymore, is to use the Boost.
You’ve got an attractive profile? The boost will help you for sure.
It makes your profile one of the top ones in your area for 30 minutes.
You get one free boost per month, but you can buy more whenever you wish.
Is another feature that gives you a even higher chance of getting more matches.
No Matches Even With Boost?
With a boost, you get to be seen more, and it is a pretty good opportunity.
However, if you’ve got a ‘bad’ profile (wrong photos, no bio or a bad bio, etc) people will swipe left on you.
You want to check your profile and see if it is attractive before you go on with the boost.
Note Don’t ask yourself “Am I ugly?”, because YOU ARE NOT.
Once again, an ugly profile doesn’t mean you’re ugly.
It means that you simply don’t present yourself the right way.
1. Fix Your Profile
Your profile shows a lot about you.
- Add the right photos;
- Write a decent bio;
- Choose your anthem;
- Connect your instagram.
These will allow people to have a better idea of you, and make it easier for them to swipe right on you.
3. Select Your Photos
Here are things you can do to improve on this part:
- Check the quality of your photos.
- The first picture shouldn’t be a group photo.
- Pay attention to the lighting.
- Activities and confidence, show them.
- Don’t show your “ can’t let go of my half full bottle of jack daniel’s” photos. It is a bad idea, no matter how cool you think you look!
Tip: You can use Photofeeler, where you can post your picture and get feedback from people around the world.
3. Write a Bio, a Good One
If you didn’t write one yet, then you should do it. And when you do it:
Write a decent one for f*ck’s sake!
It cannot be easy ‘to put yourself’ in a few sentences, I know…
BUT, you should use your creativity (most of it) and come up with something original that reflects your personality.
Tip: Avoid the long ‘resume lists’. Keep it short, fun, and simple. Most of all, keep it original.
4. ‘Fix’ Your Swiping
When it comes to swiping, you want to try and find a balance:
- Don’t swipe right uncontrollably.
This can make Tinder think that you’re a bot, which can lead it to shadowban you, or even worse, ban/delete your account.
- Don’t be too picky.
Asn in, don’t just swipe left every profile because you “just don’t like them”.
If you don’t like Tinder you can choose another dating platform.
Otherwise, this way of swiping will reduce the number of people shown to you, and of course, your visibility will drop-no matches.
5. Take Care of Your Matches
Let’s say it’s been a week since you have been getting Z-E-R-O matches.
As I said before, the Tinder algorithm analyzes your activity.
How much time you spend on the app, and how often do you message your matches.
Make sure you message your matches.
This will make Tinder show you other potential matches since you’re being active, and, in a way, you care enough to text them instead of just matching and leave it with that.
Tinder doesn’t like inactive profiles, remember?
6. Improve Your Texting Skills
This is another part you want to improve if you’re not very well at.
Be nice and confident. Be original when texting.
You don’t want to be rude, or arrogant. In fact anything but rude and arrogant.
If you are so, people have the option to report you.
Even one report can lead to the “INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WARNING” text.
Tinder can even ban your account if many people report you.
If you’re not good at it, then, here: What To Say On Tinder.
- Use your Super Likes. You get a free one every day.
- Think of getting any of the premium features on Tinder.
Make an attractive profile, and use the premium features to show people just how amazing you are.
- Try to reach out to Tinder, and ask for access to your personal data.
This way you’ll get a clearer idea of what you’ve been doing right and what you’ve been doing wrong.
Do your own analysis, and see where you can improve.
Well, you’ve read the “why-s”, you’ve read the “do this and that-s”.
What are you waiting for?
Go get them matches James Dean!!