An attractive picture of a female, perhaps with cleavage, is always going to win a little extra traffic. Unfortunately that means that many 'female' hubbers are in fact males masquerading as the opposite sex for traffic. I will never be a traffic whore, not that I need to be, in fact I have a new motto "Dont be a traffic whore, learn SEO and earn much more".
Silly you! I agree with one of the comments thats its the fun part thats important and yes it is because the thrill of knowing having to see someone that you have not actually met in person is quite interesting.
I think it's not really possible for someone to gauge what a person's profile picture is for real or fake. Especially, if it's a picture of a guy or girl.
Exotic picture like mine, hide everything. However, many of my Hubs are labeled with my full name, so it is easy for people to figure out, whether or not, I am male or female.
It could make a difference, but when you have others who a being deceitful about their profile pictures, purposely putting a female up as a picture, when in fact a man is using the account, is pathetic for those people.
I think integrity is more important, but many others may not see things like I do and they are not required. I'm not willing to compromise my own conscience for the sake of money.
I would hope it doesn't make a difference, but Ryan is right. Try the sexy girl stuff & you'll have numerous men from the forum falling all over you - but do they read your stuff? Do they comments on your articles or do they just play with you in the forums?
I'm content with my flowers. I'm looking for organic traffic & if my article comes up in a google search, they won't see my picture first. I want readership, I don't want want fans because of my looks - but if it works for you & all you are after are "fans" - then go for it!
The only thing I personally find difficult is when hubbers who normally use an avatar suddenly switch to a real photo of themselves. It takes some getting used to -- but eventually I adjust! It's been awhile since I used real photos of me. Don't notice more or less traffic. Sourcing seasonal avatars is part of the fun for me!
I had noticed but wondered about the actual readership and you've confirmed my thoughts - THANKS. When joining, I opted for the 2nd defination from dictionary.com "an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life." and attempted to create an "embodiment". BUT...I definately see the validity and interest of having a changable avatar. I've been considering branching into some other subjects and thought that creating a second yet changable avatar for that would be fun.
I think that visual type people enjoy seeing a familiar avatar. Sometimes when you are looking for interesting hubs to read, or you've rad quite a lot, or you are new - a familiar avatar jumps out at you.
I haven't really noticed any difference here, but I have noticed that the type of pic I had up on other forums and sites changed things a bit. Then again, that could largely be because I was younger, less experienced on the web, and the images were sorta racy :p
you can have a gorgeous avatar with a half-naked girl in it but if your hubs suck, you're not going to get any traffic. i have said this before, and i'll say it again, since this thread topic crops up over and overrrrr again - interesting, entertaining hubs generate traffic and revenue and fans, and what you say in forums also, regardless of what avatar you have.
Seems to me your Avatar should have meaning.I have been accused of using mine as an irreverent ploy to get attention.Here's the meaning.My Avatar is the photo of a prayer card that was given to the students of an Amazing man who had no formal education but was the greatest teacher in our lives.The card was passed out at his funeral.It serves as a reminder for those of us who could not afford higher education and were left to our own devices...
I love your avatar froggy, I think we need to change our avatars or photos seasonally, it helps to bring attention to our presence, but why be on hubpages at all if one is not interested in marketing? No?
Since we are only human and easily influenced the right Avatar choice will probably heavily influence your authority relating to your info.
As ryan pointed out, pretty women and sexy shots are surefire ways to bring in some traffic, is it worthwhile traffic?...no, probably not...unless your hub info relates to the horny male demographic, for example the avatar between me and frogdropping..beautiful, yep...will I be quick to believe that is in fact teh author, will i take any finance, seo, parenting or just about any advice seriously? No..
Selecting an icon or image that best supports your content is a great idea. you can probably do well just playing it safe with an impersonal icon but i would be careful with the sexy women, animated characters and comedy if your writing any topics you would like to be taken seriously for.
People do see and notice the picture of the writer.
Good thread...as i am now reminded that my recent Avatar that was placed up when i published an article on Pet Insurance should probably be changed out now.
Than again, sometimes its just fun to have fun...but keep in mind almost all your choices have effects on your readers interactions whether your motivations are earnings are just being read.
Good question ... One that I've been pondering myself. I've only used my clouds, but as of last night, with much encouragement from a few, I changed it to myself. It hasn't had any impact so far....is that a good or bad thing???!!!?
(sending you some pink cheetah cheetos and pink elephant popcorn)
well i change my avatars at least once a day...... sometimes in mid sentence. I think it is because i am not great at making the computer work for me ...... but i do know how to change my picture. This one i found a couple of weeks ago. The old folk have started coming into the nursing home with teddies, and one lady brought a teddy just like this one and she carries around with her, and cries if we leave it behind.... she talks to it all day. She has set a trend, now all the old ladies have teddies, they are very calming. i wanted one, so here is mine..... it is called well i don't know what shall we call it
I personally think a topless woman dishonest, but I don't mind others using it really, if it's for commercial purposes then that's just another clever plan. Mine is just an album cover of a favourite band, which is also a great work of art, I think. It makes no difference to my views as far as I'm aware XD
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