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Your Hub profile photo - How much difference does it make?

  1. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    Really, I have noticed a difference in readership and response in the forum depending on which profile photo I have up.  Do you?  And please tell us about your photo, your avatar

    1. Himitsu Shugisha profile image77
      Himitsu Shugishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, and I thought the content of my hubs would be the true measure of my success or failure on HP. Might be high time for me to find a better picture. smile

      1. mega1 profile image79
        mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        there's nothing wrong with your picture!

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      Pacal Votanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      There have been numerous threads discussing this topic. It's interesting how the same kind of people are interested in the same kind of things...

      1. mega1 profile image79
        mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        oh well

    3. Rangerwife profile image61
      Rangerwifeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm not sure.  I've only used one photo.

  2. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    I havent notice an increase, but i try to post my latest photo always..

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      oh - well, you couldn't improve on that face!

  3. BeccaHubbardWoods profile image83
    BeccaHubbardWoodsposted 7 years ago

    I've only used the one photo since being on here. It's a good theory. I would like to change my pic sometime to see if that has anything to do with it.

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      its fun to see what people come up with - my cheetah has had a great effect on people.  a cheetos eating cheetah - haha

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    ryankettposted 7 years ago

    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".

    1. BeccaHubbardWoods profile image83
      BeccaHubbardWoodsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      HA! You should make that a hub. I would read it!

    2. Daniel Carter profile image90
      Daniel Carterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      A poet, as well! Is there a song lyric in this, Ryan? Perhaps to the tune of "Err-lie in the Morning." (Pirates songs are appropriate for every occasion, says I.)

      Oh, and I agree with you...

  5. Princessa profile image85
    Princessaposted 7 years ago

    I don't think it makes that much difference.  I always use a photo of myself and change it seasonally, but I have not notice any difference.

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    I think it makes a big difference, it's our first impression and that's how we view that hubber never knowing sometimes who they really are - it's the fun part that's important

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I agree lyrics - and I wish I had the stats to prove it, looks are important to us!

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    bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago

    I want to get a picture of a hot chic wearing nothing but blood and latex just to see if there would be a change.  What do you think?

    1. maudine_05 profile image61
      maudine_05posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      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.

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      how tall would she be, just curious

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        bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        How tall are you?

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          How tall are YOU? big_smile

    3. Dao Hoa profile image61
      Dao Hoaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That pic will be thought provoking!

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        bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        and if done properly, it will provoke a whole lotta things!

        1. mega1 profile image79
          mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          now thats scarey! lol

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      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      i'ld pose for that   lol
      seriously, i had tons more fans when i had a different picture.

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        bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You can pose for me anytime!

  8. readytoescape profile image61
    readytoescapeposted 7 years ago

    I use the logo from my entertainment business card.
    It's acutally a picture of me, fishing on the front of my bassboat in negative,

    It's photo-shopped a bit, the mic was actully a beer bottle and a fishing rod was removed from my left hand, but otherwise that's who I am.

    I hope it's the writing and the subjects that bring the traffic.

    Sometimes 200 lbs of screamin steel and sex appeal just aint enough.



    Okay you can laugh now.

  9. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    lol  lol  lol  !

  10. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    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.

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    I'm using this photo of my Papa/grandpa because he has passed on and I want to show him respect because I loved him so much while he was alive and still love him now.

    And I haven't noticed any changes since I put this picture up.

  12. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    I have changed 3 or 4 avatars. I don't find any difference before or after.
    I changed them because I get bored of seeing the dsame one all the time.

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      big_smile

    2. Dao Hoa profile image61
      Dao Hoaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It's a good reason. I like MM's avatar too.

  13. beckykolacki profile image61
    beckykolackiposted 7 years ago

    I have just joined so I don't have any personal experience yet, but it's interesting to read your thoughts on this.  I'll keep these things in mind!

  14. Jane@CM profile image61
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    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!

  15. h.a.borcich profile image61
    h.a.borcichposted 7 years ago

    I changed my pic 20 minutes ago and not even my forum buddies noticed smile

    1. readytoescape profile image61
      readytoescapeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      maybe cause it blurry, try another

      1. h.a.borcich profile image61
        h.a.borcichposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        ty for telling me smile I guess I should get my eyes checked soon! And it really explains my typos.

  16. Ms Chievous profile image81
    Ms Chievousposted 7 years ago

    I seem to get more page views with my real avatar opposed to my cheshire cat avatar..

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I like this picture over a cheshire cat. So, I fanned you. lol

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        lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        me too - oops already had, sorry but nice pic

  17. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    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!

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      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      i always love your avitars smile

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    see perfect point - I love MM's avatars

  19. The Rope profile image60
    The Ropeposted 7 years ago

    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.

  20. Bovine Currency profile image59
    Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago

    I am always changing my photo but my makeup department is a little weak right now big_smile

  21. Bovine Currency profile image59
    Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago

    Did anyone notice my new eye shadow?

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I didn't want to say anything, thought you just looked kinda tired! smile

      1. Bovine Currency profile image59
        Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I am a bit tired.  Maybe we should go to bed.   I mean I should go to bed... Freud? grrr like a tiger.

  22. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    HA! bed? at this hour? well.  Ok

    1. Bovine Currency profile image59
      Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      hot. its after 3am here...  actually it always seems to be after 3am when i say the time.  hmmm

      1. mega1 profile image79
        mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        its a big world and its always 3 am somewhere, it's only after 11 am here

  23. Dolores Monet profile image93
    Dolores Monetposted 7 years ago

    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.

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      Pacal Votanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think so too. smile

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    I get a different response every time I change it, and it's fun changing

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lyrics, my how you have changed this time!

  25. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    well, rangerwife, I'm pretty sure its making at least a little difference for U! smile

  26. Frugal Fanny profile image62
    Frugal Fannyposted 7 years ago

    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

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    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.

  28. Frugal Fanny profile image62
    Frugal Fannyposted 7 years ago

    These days, I just post a pic that I feel reflects my personality, whether it's a pic of me or my baby (as with the current one) or something else entirely.  It's whatever fits my personality.

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    i luv that little baby!!!! so cute smile

    1. Frugal Fanny profile image62
      Frugal Fannyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Aww, ty smile  That's my favourite funny little pic of her.

  30. cheaptrick profile image75
    cheaptrickposted 7 years ago

    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...

  31. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    I have no idea how much difference my avatar has made over time. I've only ever used this one, other than when I put a photo of me up which lasted maybe 12 hours at most.

    It's probably the stupidest looking avatar ever used but at the time I picked it, it seemed relevant.

    And (said again and again) that's why Vodka and sensible decisions don't mix neutral

  32. Dee Dee MonSherie profile image59
    Dee Dee MonSherieposted 7 years ago

    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?

  33. sunforged profile image65
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    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.

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    selrachposted 7 years ago

    My picture is of a scottish comedy character who I can relate to.

  35. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    cheetah is fast, cheetah is pretty, cheetah is pink!

  36. Beth100 profile image84
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    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) big_smile

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      big_smile:

  37. Chloe Comfort profile image59
    Chloe Comfortposted 7 years ago

    My picture pretty much represents me. My zodiac sign is Leo and it's a sun sign so I used a combo of both.

  38. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    I thought this topic had already been covered? Oh well. Believe it or not, it doesn't appear to have any good or bad results. smile

  39. Cleanclover profile image59
    Cleancloverposted 7 years ago

    i only post my photos and people trust me and my hubs

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    poetlorraineposted 7 years ago

    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

  41. Dr23 profile image61
    Dr23posted 7 years ago

    If someone is looking for a product or something along those lines, I'm pretty sure they don't even notice the picture I have as my profile pic. They are too focused on the product at hand.

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    Poppa Bluesposted 7 years ago

    Since I've been using this photo I've seen a marked increase!

  43. DogSiDaed profile image61
    DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago

    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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