I've been noticing hubs in the Health section with images I refer to as having the "eeeewww" factor. These are hubs with gross images you would turn away from while eating. They include rashes, cysts, cuts, bumps, ulcers, moles, or any other image supporting the topic disease or ailment of the hub.
I'm not saying using these images as a "eeewww" factor is the sole intent of the author but I'd love to hear from some hubbers who write these hubs if it impacts traffic. Does it help? Just curious about the "stop to look at the accident" phenomenon.
I daresay it would help, but health in general isn't a good topic to write on. There are so many hospitals, specialists and health bodies offering advice on their websites, and Google favours them heavily, so it's tough to get ranked. You really need to be offering something unique or answering a question no one else is, to get traffic.
I have hubs that use the "eeewww" factor. I use pictures which not only illustrate what I am writing about, but which also tempt a person who has searched for my topic to click on my hub.
I don't know if it actually impacts traffic. Some hubs get okay traffic, others not so much.
I hope this helps.
Gross medical pictures have also got hubs unpublished. There is a limit before it is so explicit it will turn off advertisers.
Jan - this is an interatung discussion post. I've not yet run into these types of health images (I certainly believe they are on the site, though), but I do see how a writer could include specific examples of a condition that has visual symptoms.
If someone wonders whether a mole might be the wrong kind of growth, or what a certain bump or redness might signify, photos would be very helpful. I agree, there's a 'yuck' factor, but as long as something is not violating other standards (sexual images), I can understand why those images would be useful and appropriate.
As to whether there's an underlying goal if attracting traffic due to the sensationalism element, well, we see various other strategies used for that, too. At least there's some level of utility in hubs about icky health issues (the Ewwww thing). I can't say the same about things like the (endless) Indian Auntie hubs, which are design to attract other types of attention.
I agree with both of you - hubs cannot compete with pieces on a site that has authority. However, some of my assigned hubs with the AP were about health, and are among the ones that get the most hits. No gaudy photos, though.
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