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A Hubpages Photo Share Program?

Updated on June 14, 2012
"4 Cameras"
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(This Hub is based on Personal beliefs and ideas for the Hubpages community and do not reflect the Hubpages Staff or Business Plan beliefs. This is merely and idea for evolution of by a member of the Hubpages Community)

As independent writers and publishers within the Hubpages community we are told over and over that copying and pasting any photograph into our hubs is bad, not to mention plagiarism. Of course you could always give credit to the owner of the photograph but your own photograph would be better at authenticating your own work. Although we are told that using other’s photographs in our hubs is bad, we are also told that presenting hubs with no pictures, or videos, makes your work less attractive. So if you don’t have a photo of the subject matter you’re covering or you can’t take one yourself then you only have two options: find one on the Internet and provide a link to the source or buy one off a stock photography site. Now don’t get me wrong this works, and I use this method myself, but it can easily get expensive or graze the fringe of plagiarism, which can ruin your online portfolio for good!!

So as I observe more and more publishing companies’ evolving with the digital revolution (online) I discovered that multimedia platforms are the way to go. A site (publisher) needs to offer various contents in order to capture the ever surfing Internet reader. Hubpages has already done some of this, when making a hub you are able to add pictures, slide-shows, videos, polls, ratings, and other capsules to make your article more interactive. Although it is easy to assemble a hub on Hubpages with various forms of media, acquiring that media can still be difficult for many writers. So I offer a solution to more authentic, multi media hubs and that is a Hubpages Photo Share Program!

The Photo Share Program!

The Photo Share program would be quite simple. Hubpage members could upload stock photography to a section of the website and when an author needs a photo they download it right from Hubpages with all the proper citing (metadata) already included in the photograph. Looking for an incentive?... Well Hubpage members that upload photographs will be able to do so for free, when a Hubpage author needs their photograph, the Hubpage photographer will get a small percentage of the ad impressions (of course this percentage would have to come out of the authors cut as a way to pay for the use of the photograph). On most hubs this would result in similar pay standards as other stock photography sites. This will offer a number of positive additions and revenue earning potential to Hubpages. Photographers can find a new way to make revenue, writers can use better photographs for their hubs (increasing the value of their hubs) and it would be a step forward in evolution for Hubpages itself!

Examples of Types of Photos!

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Pets are a popular subject but not everyone can get their animal friend to sit still for a clear photograph! A Hubpages Photo Share would solve this problem! flower pphotographs can always give a huba an extra boost of beauty! wildlife photographs! Food Photographs for your Recipe Hubs! landscape photos!  iconic landscapes! architecture!
Pets are a popular subject but not everyone can get their animal friend to sit still for a clear photograph! A Hubpages Photo Share would solve this problem!
Pets are a popular subject but not everyone can get their animal friend to sit still for a clear photograph! A Hubpages Photo Share would solve this problem! | Source
flower pphotographs can always give a huba an extra boost of beauty!
flower pphotographs can always give a huba an extra boost of beauty! | Source
wildlife photographs!
wildlife photographs! | Source
Food Photographs for your Recipe Hubs!
Food Photographs for your Recipe Hubs! | Source
landscape photos!
landscape photos! | Source
iconic landscapes!
iconic landscapes! | Source
architecture! | Source


The first problem I thought of was data storage. Data storage for photographs can take up a lot of space; however storage is getting cheaper every year. Although data storage for all these photographs can be expensive, Hubpages already seems to save all photographs you upload already, so space shouldn't be a problem.

Another potential problem is bad photography! Let’s admit it now, not everyone is a photographer (of course you never know till you try!), so there needs to be a way to filter out the bad stock photos in order to keep the photo share program credible. One solution could be a peer review system, where a number of Hubbers, with photography backgrounds can go through stock photos determine which ones are reasonable. Another peer review solution could be similar to the voting up and down of ups, allowing users to vote up good photographs, while voting down bad ones. Once the photograph receives too many bad votes, it is put under review, where it will be determine if it should be deleted.

Tracking earnings may get complicated if you have a number of photos uploaded to various hubs. This can also be a problem for those who upload the stock photography, wondering how much of his/her earnings are being subtracted each day and if it was worth it.

Final problem is finding a way to cut a share for Hubpages, although I’m sure they would love for users to make the most money they can for their talents, they are a business and need to make earnings as well. They may be able to take a percentage of the earnings from the photographer or even add a base price of a few cents per download within the photo share program.

I am sure they’re would be more problems, because they’re always are, but I am not completely familiar with the inner workings of the Hubpages Business Model. However with every problem comes the possibility of a great solution!

It would be a mini stock photography site within Hubpages, made by Hubbers for Hubbers!


As I learn more and more about digital publishing in school, as well as through the hands on experience available on Hubpages, ideas begin to blossom in my mind. With the new addition of creating your own videos here on Hubpages I realized the site is evolving into a multimedia company, which is inevitable for any digital publishing company. The web creates a unique reading experience where readers do not just read content, they experience it through photos, videos, and hyperlinks. This has already become evident with the higher ranking of hubs integrating videos and photos compared to just hubs with words only. By having a photo share program adding photographs to your hubs should become easier and more credible. This should result in higher rankings on search engine sites, which should bring in higher traffic. Of course photographers can also benefit from this stock site, outside making hubs on their photography; they will be able to download photographs to the share program. Hubpages has continually evolved over the years and I believe it will continue to do so. A Hubpages Photo Share Program could be the next step in Hubpages journey of the digital publishing world!

Would You Like a Hubpages Photo Share Program?

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    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks topaz! As for hubpages implementing something like this I have no idea but thought it would be a good idea so I made this hub. I am glad to see such a positive response though! Thanks for the comment!

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      topaz blue 

      6 years ago


      I think this is an inspired idea! Do you know if hubpages will implement this?

      Many thanks

      Topaz Blue

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks edomb1 for the comment and suggestion I forgot all about file sizes !

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      A brilliant idea and a lot of thought put into the hub. I imagine the images could be held for screening as possible hub violations are. Also a picture size format invoked to aid with suitability and storage.

      Again great idea.

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks everyone for the positive reaction, helpful comments and the shares!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Why didn't I think of this before....brilliant!

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      What a wonderful, innovative idea! I think that is really capitalizing on a resource that we already have in place here at Hubpages and could benefit everyone involved. Like you say, there are a lot of potential issues to work out but it is definitely worth a look. Great hub! Sharing and voting up and more!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great idea, Sounds awesome! Voted up and awesome and interesting!

      Oh and sharing!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is an intriguing idea, and worth considering. I would be one of those people providing photographs.

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Loi-Renee!

    • Loi-Renee profile image


      6 years ago from Jamaica

      This is an absolutely brilliant idea. There are so many hubbers who are always looking for ways to get great photos without spending hours scouring the internet. Your idea has great revenue potential.

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      From someone who does not take photos well I really like the ideas presented in this hub. I also like the ideas and concerns that are presented by the other commenters. I do, however, would be very thankful when someone is able to come up with a way to may this work and be beneficial to everyone, especially the owner(s) of the photos.

      Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Stephanie for the comment and a very reasonable concern, like most stock sites, certain photographs are restricted to being used in certain ways and how many times the photographs can be used can also be controlled.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I'm on the fence here. While I like the idea of offering some of my photographs to other Hubbers, I'm not sure how I'd like losing control of where these photographs (and my name) would appear. Interesting and well thought-out idea, though!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Brett.Tesol for the comments and support! I was also thinking that it should be a member only area, which would benefit the photographers as well, considering stock photography sites can be pretty competitive! I also should have talked about terms of usage, thanks for pointing it out!

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      I actually think that this is a good idea, as the profits can be shared with Hubpages and with both the contributors and users. It would need to be a 'members only' area and possibly restrict the usage of each photo, but definitely a good idea for improving the site even further!

      Sharing this with followers to gain support, up and interesting!


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