I read on the forums that you shouldn't put an image in the first text pod and you should put Amazon in the second one. Is this true and if so, why? Sorry if I missed the answers but I really did look. Thanks
Opinions are mixed on this one. Some people say that having a big picture at the top of your Hub, it can hook the reader (because people are so visual these days).
I have a problem with that, for two reasons One is that on most screens, a large picture means the reader can't see any of my text - so if the image doesn't impress them, I've lost them! I trust my ability to write a "hook" in my first paragraph more than I trust my choice of photos. So my first capsule is always text, or text with a photo floated right.
The other consideration is that part of Google's quality assessment is whether you have enough information "above the fold" (i.e. in the area you can see without scrolling down). It's one of the reasons most sites don't have deep picture headers or big advertising banners at the top of their sites any more. To Google's robots, a picture is only a line of text, so it concerns me that Google won't think that's enough content. Another reason to ensure I have some text in that area.
Re: the picture, you need some text to be above the fold so the reader can start getting the content they came for without scrolling down. Otherwise it can look confusing or spammy.
I generally opt for the first capsule to be plain text with a clear subheading. But it is a matter of your taste/technique.
To Google's robots, a picture is only a line of text, so it concerns me that Google won't think that's enough content. Another reason to ensure I have some text in that area.......
I dont think google see a picture and translate it into the text with no keywords, especially when every picture is named and uploaded with specific text, so if you give correct name to your picture, I think it will catch more traffic (extra keywords for google) appearing not only in website results but also in images result of searching machine. What concerns placing picture in front of the text, it depends on each person taste. I prefer to present something to people the way I like it to be presented to me....
one picture = thousands words.
But im just new in all this........
Just to comment on the picture thing. I have found that revising and creating new hubs to have the source under the picture does give the Hub a higher scored and is looked at as better quality overall because the source is cited. And as a new hubber, I did this and found that it works. The learning center also says that referencing the source as 'Goggle images' won't cut it. You need to click on the image and look at where the picture originally came from and cite it from there. I hope this helps somewhat.
I just this very day figured that out. I'm in the process of revising for that reason (as well as a few others). Thanks for your response!
....and also make sure that the original site permits you to use the photo. ALL images on the internet are copyright unless stated otherwise. So if you see a photo with no statement about a licence or saying it's free to reuse, it's illegal to use it.
"....and also make sure that the original site permits you to use the photo. ALL images on the internet are copyright unless stated otherwise."
I'd like to add that 'advanced' Google images searches have an option for showing only free-to-reuse pictures.
However Google does say you must still check with the original site, to find out what their requirements are for attribution AND to make sure it is free for reuse. The search is getting better but it does still get it wrong occasionally.
Most free to use sites do require some kind of acknowledgment and usually specify what form that takes.
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