This is partly because many people write poor ads, and then place them in the wrong venues. Write your personal ad around conversation starters.
E.g., writing that you're new in town prompts a variety of questions, such as "Where did you move from?
In small cities, especially in the southeast, emphasize emotions and hobbies.
One of my hobbies is reading personal ads from incarcerated women, and then looking up their rap sheets on the World Wide Web.
If personal ad websites had feedback, you could select only individuals with a gold star.
Then you could skip the ads and go straight to the reviews.
Music: The Damned, Killing Joke, Bach organ fugues.
Present your best qualities, but also disclose your unattractive features.
Present your unattractive features positively, as a conversation starter.
Now look in your Yellow Pages under "Editorial Services." Pay a professional editor to edit your personal ad.
Spelling and grammar errors make you look lazy and stupid.
This will date me, but I remember when alternative newspapers didn't have decency standards.