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Does the look of your Avatar affect your readership?

  1. R. Blue profile image59
    R. Blueposted 7 years ago

    I've noted that some of you hubbers change your Avatar as often as I change my underwear....about once a week.  Does the appeal of a given avatar affect your hits?  Or is it your mood or personality of the moment?  Afre you more apt to read a hub if the avatar is sexy as opposed to a wrinkled old geezer?

    1. guidebaba profile image61
      guidebabaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I feel - YES .

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        jjrubioposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I concur...It can make a difference why one is reading another's hub depending on the photo on the avatar..And  I change my avatar more than once a week...It depends on my mood..

        1. R. Blue profile image59
          R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          That's why jj has a hot pic...though she doesn't need it...cause she's a hot read.

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            jjrubioposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks.....I try!!

      2. Frieda Babbley profile image79
        Frieda Babbleyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        LOL  good answer.  and true for some, definitely.

  2. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    I have my own pic up n is grainy tongue I have no idea what all my readers think ... never thought bout it. You only change your undies once a week yikes lol lol you tellin me tall tales?

    1. R. Blue profile image59
      R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Now would I pull such a fine looking leg as yours???

      1. Dorsi profile image91
        Dorsiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I think an avatar has alot to do with readership. People like to put a face to the writing, and the more personable a picture, the more readers can relate to you. Perhaps if your idea is to be mysterious or funny then a picture with that slant would be good too (like Pest's picture)
        It's called branding, and when you write and socialize you want people to remember you, and remember your name. So choosing a good name, picture and consistent bio are all important. And if you have to have a nickname make it one that gets associated with you.You don't want to have different nick names all over, people will forget which one is you. Keep it simple.

  3. SweetiePie profile image83
    SweetiePieposted 7 years ago

    I change my avatar when I am bored.  I do change mine quite often, but it depends on my mood.

  4. Feline Prophet profile image61
    Feline Prophetposted 7 years ago

    I've stuck to my avatar since I joined...kinda suits me, what? tongue

    1. quicksand profile image84
      quicksandposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The impression that I got was that you are erudite, (true) and a cat fan.

      I only said cat! Woof! Woof! Thud! Yelp! Yelp! Yelp!

      1. Feline Prophet profile image61
        Feline Prophetposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You really do need to get over your aversion to dogs, quicksand! tongue
        The rest is all true! Hehe...

        1. quicksand profile image84
          quicksandposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Feline Prophet, the caravan of my aversion is propelled by barking dogs! smile smile smile

          1. Feline Prophet profile image61
            Feline Prophetposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            But haven't you heard - those are the ones that never bite! big_smile

            1. quicksand profile image84
              quicksandposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              smile

  5. quicksand profile image84
    quicksandposted 7 years ago

    I always recognize fellow members of hub pages by their avatars, and names do not always create an impression. However it would be a good idea to keep changing avatars.

  6. goldentoad profile image61
    goldentoadposted 7 years ago

    I suffer from a multiple personality disorder

  7. AEvans profile image69
    AEvansposted 7 years ago

    I had my pic up for a long time , decided I was bored with me and changed it, it is always nice to have fun!!! In regards to does it make a difference? I don't think so..smile

  8. Anamika S profile image71
    Anamika Sposted 7 years ago

    I don't think so. If you have quality content then getting readers is not a problem. I keep my avatar standard and do not change it very often. My avatar is my own picture and i had put the same one in all the sites i am involved with the intention of 'Branding'.

  9. Elena. profile image89
    Elena.posted 7 years ago

    Cool to see this topic revived. Not the first time I see such a discussion in the forums.  I even did a hub on the matter of avatars. 

    I used the same avatar for 5 months and all of a sudden decided to initiate a "weekend specials" adventure. 

    I can see how it would help with "branding", but it's got to be a very distinct avatar for that.  Oh, I don't know, but I love that the topic is back on stage smile

  10. Bard of Ely profile image88
    Bard of Elyposted 7 years ago

    My avatar shows that I am a creative artist and is also a bit of publicity and in gratitude to the brilliant painter Paco de Colmenar who painted it.

  11. R. Blue profile image59
    R. Blueposted 7 years ago

    I put this question forth because for me, I'm more inclined to read the hub of an attractive person than someone who isn't.  There are times that I would like to see the face of the writer and also times when I'd rather see them in my imagination.  As for Pest and GoldenFrog...they fall into the category of...it just doesn't matter because they write so well.  Golden changess his avatar with the change in the weather....but I must say I liked the one of the old man vagrant with the computer in his lap....gave vision to Golden's rage pieces.  Randy Behavior and a lot of the sexy ladies...well I want to see sexy avatars....helps me concentrate.

    1. KCC Big Country profile image83
      KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The inclination to read an attractive hubber's hub is exactly why some people chose to keep their avatar generic.  So, is that attractive man in your avatar really you, or is it the type of man you'd think readers would want to read?  Based on your comments, I'm guessing the latter.

      1. R. Blue profile image59
        R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Can't slip anything by you can I???  That was my point in a subtle way to some of the people who use their own picture as their avatar.  I'd rather imagine how they look than actually seeing them...LOL

        1. KCC Big Country profile image83
          KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I tend to agree, but at the same time I'm sometimes curious to see what they really look like.  I had the monkey you see for the longest time and decided to change for awhile.  Once I hit 10,000 pageviews last night, the monkey is back.  smile

          1. R. Blue profile image59
            R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I see KCC....so you can't get the Monkey off your back...LOL  Obviously you're doing something right...keep on hubbing

  12. Colebabie profile image60
    Colebabieposted 7 years ago

    Well mine is me. I just can't think of anything clever. smile

    1. R. Blue profile image59
      R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      And if I looked like you, I'd post my pic too....maybe naked.....oh yeah thats not allowed, but its how I'll imagine you from now on.

      1. Colebabie profile image60
        Colebabieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Haha. That's all I have to say smile

        1. R. Blue profile image59
          R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Cole....I see I left you speechless....standing there naked with nothing to say.....You know I'm just teasing.

  13. robie2 profile image91
    robie2posted 7 years ago

    Well here's my report on my highly unscientific experiment LOL-- I substituted a recent pic of my real self for my usual sleek and elegant avatar yesterday afternoon. My hubscore actually went down three points right after I did it. Guess I'm not as attractive as my avatar eh? but then I already knew that:-)

    Readership didn't change much though-- in fact was up -- not sure what it all means but went back to my avatar today. I've been using her for close to a year now and we are really good friends so up she stays at least for the moment.

    1. Elena. profile image89
      Elena.posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Robie, aren't these facts really mind blowing? I never thought avatars make much of a difference, said so before in this thread, but one's gotta wonder when seeing the ratings and readership and what not!

      1. R. Blue profile image59
        R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        My hubscore's only an 8.....so if I post my pic....lemme see....nope I haven't actually seen any negative hub scores.

      2. robie2 profile image91
        robie2posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I guess it's all about "branding" as they say in the marketing world. There are also lots of other influences on hubscore--not just avatar so it might be hard to figure out. Like my readership is up because I recently posted a new hub--my first in a month-- which might also be part of why my hubscore went down LOL

        I think the bottom line is what someone else said--people like to look at pix of attractive people. We're hardwired for it I guess and that is what keeps the plastic surgeons in business smile

  14. William F. Torpey profile image84
    William F. Torpeyposted 7 years ago

    I use the Bing Crosby Postage Stamp as my avatar because I am hopeful that it will inspire those who are unfamiliar with him to listen to his music and watch some of his many movies -- some may be hard to find, but many can be found on the Web. No one needs to see my picture to read my hubs.

  15. RKHenry profile image79
    RKHenryposted 7 years ago

    I change mine every once in awhile with the belief that it does make a difference.

  16. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
    GeneriqueMediaposted 7 years ago

    I made mine pretty quick and dirty. As a lark, mostly. I'm working on one comprised of three segments: G M L, with each letter corresponding with eyes, ears, and mouth (with duct tape covering them, I'm so uber-original..I know.).

    But when I get it to work, it'll probably be too big and complex to shrink down...

    1. R. Blue profile image59
      R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      LOL

  17. Pest profile image61
    Pestposted 7 years ago

    I dont think people would like it if I changed mine.  Some avatars become part of who we are.  An extension of a personality or a way to express a personality otherwise hidden in the everyday world away from HP...unfortunately for me I have a kittycidal raccoon.  So to answer with my opinion...I dont really think it matters.

    1. R. Blue profile image59
      R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Pest...I did say earlier that you and Golden were the exception....heck you could post a turd for an avatar and everyone would still read you.

      1. Pest profile image61
        Pestposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Eloquently put my friend!  LOL  Thanks! smile

  18. Teresa McGurk profile image60
    Teresa McGurkposted 7 years ago

    I'm really a fifteen-year-old boy.  This is my mother's photo.

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      jjrubioposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah! smile LOL
      You are silly!!!

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I like it. It looks like you have secret and you are trying not to laugh.

    3. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Jeepers! Who woulda thunk? Now I don't feel as bad, being a sickly old man hiding behind a generic av. wink

    4. JamaGenee profile image88
      JamaGeneeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Then what a pretty mother you have! You be nice to her, you hear???  lol lol

  19. Dorsi profile image91
    Dorsiposted 7 years ago

    Here is the thing you need to consider with your avatar- consider it like your own personal "logo" and think about that for a minute. I've been in advertising half my life and I can say that logos are a huge part of a companies identity. That's why you don't see them change their logos very often. Think about how many times you have looked at the coca-cola or walmart logo or any other company. By viewing it several times it starts to make an impression in your head.
    I am against changing my avatar frequently, no matter how tempted I am to do so. Remember Ann Landers picture? That is how I would like people to recognize my writing through the consistent use of my picture with all my writing.
    Choosing an avatar for people wanting to be professional writers is alot more important that one thinks.

  20. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image93
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 7 years ago

    I've been thinking about updating my avatar and using my real pic:
    http://www.furiouslove.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/MDAapril20th2007.jpg.w300h295.jpg

    1. R. Blue profile image59
      R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I must say ...What a vast improvement..I never did like cats.

      1. R. Blue profile image59
        R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Pest...is that you????

        1. LondonGirl profile image93
          LondonGirlposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I just have a photo of me and my son - people can like it or lump it!

          1. JamaGenee profile image88
            JamaGeneeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            LG, that photo is *your* brand! I'm sure your son won't mind seeing himself every time he reads your stuff when he's older! lol

            1. LondonGirl profile image93
              LondonGirlposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              When he's a greasy-haired spotty 15 year old oaf, he might not like it. That'll be his tough luck!

    2. JamaGenee profile image88
      JamaGeneeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm guessing you cropped off that long number on that card they made you hold, right???  cool

  21. quicksand profile image84
    quicksandposted 7 years ago

    A hubber had once stated something very serious and totally sane in a forum. I read the last few phrases first, and found it so absorbing that I scrolled upwards to check out the entire thing from the very beginning. What do I see? His avatar is that of a little kid about to burst into tears!!!

    Brilliant!

    ROTFFLMA&BO!

  22. SweetiePie profile image83
    SweetiePieposted 7 years ago

    I work at a library and study the covers of book jackets from time to time.  Often writers pose for different pictures through out their writing careers, so I see nothing wrong with updating one's avatar from time to time.  Celebrities also update their pictures from time to time, and we would not see pictures of Sally Field or Meryl Streep on their websites from twenty years ago.  Well of course we would see some older pictures and newer ones, but I think it is perfectly a okay to show a variety of pictures if that is your desire.

    1. JamaGenee profile image88
      JamaGeneeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I have a similar job, SweetiePie, but I'll *never* get used to the newer jacket photos of Stephen King! (Better mention I'm a long-time SK fan.)

      1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image92
        Anna Marie Bowmanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        His newer pics do seem strange.  Looking at how much he has changed over the years is nice, though.  Strangely enough, I am looking at a pic of King right now.  "Cell" is sitting face down on my desk right now!!!

      2. SweetiePie profile image83
        SweetiePieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I like variety and a unique book jacket always catches my eye.  I am referring more to the pictures authors take in the back of books, many which change con frecuencia.  Also, with celebrities these change quite often.  I can see the point of keeping a certain picture, but I feel one can do well by changing it up too.

        1. Dorsi profile image91
          Dorsiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I know you like to change your picture Sweetie. I think you are OK with doing that because your pics always look "consistent",in other words people can still tell it's you. Celebrities have a leg up on us as they have already got "face recognition", so it works for them.
          I have a couple different pics of me but have stayed with those 2 for the most part so people will recognize me at Digg, Facebook and other places where I go.
          It's surprising how many people remember your pic after awhile. When I was a columnist for a local paper people would recognize me on the street because I always had the same pic in my column. Kinda made me feel like a celebrity...lol...

          1. SweetiePie profile image83
            SweetiePieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I see what you mean.  I will probably keep the same pic on the examiner and not change that one.

  23. Anna Marie Bowman profile image92
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 7 years ago

    Though I change my avatar frequently, I like to play around, and change things as the mood strikes me, Dorsi had an excellent point.  Your avatar really is like a logo.  People become familiar with that avatar.  I think that is part of the reason we cannot change our names on here.  If we could change both our picture and our name, we would never be able to keep track of who everyone is.

    1. R. Blue profile image59
      R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You don't think people change their names on here......They're called multiple accounts.....LOL

  24. Cris A profile image61
    Cris Aposted 7 years ago

    Hmm based on my experience so far, no they don't cool

    1. JamaGenee profile image88
      JamaGeneeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Clever disguise, Cris, going out in public with two eyes! Much more clever than wearing shades and a hat like those other celebs do.  lol cool

      1. Cris A profile image61
        Cris Aposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        But just the same, you found me. Will try again. Any suggestion?  cool

        1. JamaGenee profile image88
          JamaGeneeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          We've been over this already... Eskimos. Dog sleds.  Remember?? lol

          1. Cris A profile image61
            Cris Aposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            yeah i know, and i'm taking that route. i was just trying to sidetrack you. oops, i think i would really need a new suggestion now! cool

  25. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    Good question. It seems to be a very, very personal decision. Some hubbers change out their avatars every few hours. Others keep theirs consistent. IMHO, once people know your name (or your user name) and get to know your writing, they will follow you whether your avatar is a real photo of you or a cartoon cat (hellow Feline Prophet!) or an artistic rendering of some sort. It's all just part of having fun being creative! MM

    1. Feline Prophet profile image61
      Feline Prophetposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Meeeeeow MM, nice to meet you too! big_smile

    2. R. Blue profile image59
      R. Blueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Quite right MM...as I mentioned to Pest, he could use a pic of a turd for an avatar and people would still read his work...and same goes for the toad....Ever notice how some Restaurants have a following no matter how far off the beaten path they are while others with better locations and fancier diggs seem to fail.....just goes to show that quality content will be pursued even if inconvenient....or even with bad avatars.

  26. Purple Perl profile image80
    Purple Perlposted 7 years ago

    Avatars do have a lasting impression if the hub content is consistently good or bad or mediocore or a particular speciality topic of the writer.Readers quickly connect with a particular avatar,like "branding" that works for a company.The name associated  should match the avatar for attracting a faithful readership following.

 
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