A girl looking through her Tinder matches, upset that she doesn't have any.

It’s estimated that there are over 50 million people on Tinder worldwide. With so many people on the app, and its popularity growing daily, you’d think it’d be easy to make matches. But if you’re having a hard time making Tinder matches, you’re not alone. It does happen. There are a lot of different things that affect your ability to make a match, many of which have nothing to do with you or anything you are or aren’t doing.

So if you’ve been on the app for a while and none of your swipes are turning into matches, check out these six things that may be the reason:

1. You’re not trying very hard.
Even though Tinder makes it easier to find people who are single, you still have to do a lot of work before you get to a date. If you joined the app and immediately started swiping without putting any thought or effort into your profile, it shouldn’t be a big surprise you’re not getting any matches. When it comes to Tinder, and all online dating… and, ya, the majority of life experiences… you get what you put into it. So don’t be lazy. Put some effort into your profile and the messages you’re sending.

2. You’re looking for something super specific.
Are you on Tinder for a hookup? Are you only interested in fellow vegans? Or are you looking for someone who’s ok with the fact that you’re in an open relationship? Tinder can be used for a variety of reasons, and if you’re honest about what you’re looking for, you can meet other people who are up for the same things. Being upfront in your profile about why you’re on the app can be a lot easier than having awkward conversations later on.

But it’s also good to have realistic expectations. A lot of people are on Tinder for hookups. But not everyone. And if you have a specific experience or type of person in mind, there are going to be a lot of people who just aren’t looking for the same things as you. And that’s ok. You’ll filter them out, and get to the people who are worth your time. But if you’re not getting any matches it could be the reason.

3. You’re not standing out.
One of the good and bad things about Tinder is that so many people are on it now. That means there are a lot of people to choose from, but that also means there are a lot of people to compete with. If you’re not getting any matches, it could be that you’re fading into the crowd. Take a good look at your profile, or check out some of these quick Tinder bio or dating photo tips and see if you’re on the right track. You could be just a few small tweaks away to getting some quality matches.

4. You’re being super sexual.
Hey, it’s no secret that a lot of people are on Tinder for sex. If that’s what you’re looking for, good for you. But not everyone likes being explicit about it and some people are even offended by it. If you have sexual innuendo in your bio, it could be turning a lot of people off. Try toning it down and see what happens.

5. The ratio may not be in your favor.
A lot of your success on online dating apps actually has nothing to do with you or anything you’re doing wrong, and a lot to do with the amount and the mix of people in your area. If you’re in a rural area, it could be there’s just not a lot of people to match with. If you’re a heterosexual male and you’re in an area where there’s more men than women (which is usually the case),  it’s going to be a lot harder for you to make a match than if you were somewhere where the split was 50/50.

6. You’re being too selective.
It’s good to only swipe right on people you’re genuinely interested in, but if you’re not getting any matches and you tend be be super picky about who you say yes to, you may want to consider being more open minded. Try swiping right on people who may not have the world’s most perfect photos, but could be interesting to talk to and fun once you get to know more.

When you’re on a dating app and just not having any luck, it can definitely get you down. But even if you’re not getting matches now, it will come. Make sure your profile and photos are in good shape and be patient. It may take time, but you’ll get there.

Megan Murray

Editor-in-Chief of The Date Mix

Megan Murray is the Editor-in-Chief of The Date Mix and works at the online dating site and app Zoosk, that has over 40 million members worldwide. She splits her time between writing for The Date Mix and working on the Zoosk product, which gives her behind-the-scenes knowledge about the world of online dating.