I'd like to know if the main image you use on your hubs affects either ranking or traffic.
I know the thumbnail plays a huge role in YouTube videos but what about our hubs? Does it matter?
Yes. Images are considered to be content. Furthermore, they must reflect what your article discusses, be the right size, be clear and be properly placed. Also, the captions and credits you place on them should be accurate.
I would have thought that they were very important. I just have to look for google images in my niche and I always find my photos there without fail. Correct Titles as TT2 says must be extremely important too.
Be careful with Google images. They may be protected by copyright. You need to follow the link to the actual source to see if they allow commercial use on other sites. Then you also need to credit the actual source that Google indicates. Crediting "Google images" does not help.
I never use a Goole Image, I take all my own photos. I just see that Google has all my images on felting.
Oh, I misunderstood you Sally. Sorry for that. I didn't realize you meant your own photos are on Google images.
That's actually my point though. Those images may be taken by other people who think they can use them and just credit Google Images. But you own the copyright and people might be stealing from you. Did you ever do a search for your own images? You can use tineye to find copies and then issue a DMCA takedown notice.
There are two things to consider:
1. The main image should be square for best results because the thumbnail that's created for listing of your hubs on your profile page will be cropped to be a square image. This is even more important if you have text on the main image, whereby some of the text will be cut off. I see this so often on other people's hubs and they never seem to care about the negative effect.
2. The size of any image can indirectly have an effect on ranking by Google if it slows down pageload time. I suggest that all images you use in your hubs should be no larger than 100 KB and 700 pixels width. This is not a steadfast rule, just my suggestion. Page load time becomes even more critical if you have many images in a single hub.
I discuss this in more detail in my 20-Step Checklist of Hub Writing Success Strategies that you can find in my profile listing.
I always make sure the smallest pixel is 1000 for any photo. They don't come out "square" but I think they do pretty well. Not sure how to "square them". Advice welcome.
1000 pixels is fine. Like I said, it was only a suggestion. The size is more important. I've taken some HD pictures with my camera that ended up being in the range of several magabytes. That slows down page load time. I saw that in my Google Analytics reports.
As for your question about squaring, if you look at the thumbnail on your profile to confirm that it looks okay even when the actual image is not square, then you've done your due diligence. But if you see important parts cut off, then you'll want to crop it into a square yourself so you can control what is cut off and what is kept. Most image editors have simple cropping tools. Both Windows and Macs include simple image tools as I mentioned in my hub on this topic.
this is great advice Glen. I have been working on improving my hubs. Now I am going to check images and see what I can improve there, Thank you.
I mostly kept all my images at 1600 (width) X 1200 (height) pixels and they appear great too. Nowadays, I am taking photos with a smart phone which turns out to be of high definition. So, I need to resize them as per your advice. Thanks, Glen, for this advice.
Original high quality photos are great for your pages. While we haven't implemented AMP, an image is a requirement I believe.
I don't doubt the importance of high quality images, my question was more or less related to how much the thumbnail itself may impact Google rankings.
I was wondering if Hubpages would implement AMP pages in the near future at least on the niche sites.
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