A Hubpages Photo Share Program?
(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 Hubpages.com 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!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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!