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Gorgeous Woman Profile Image?

Updated on July 9, 2011
Aishwaria Rai
Aishwaria Rai

I asked this question: If my profile photo was a photo of a beautiful woman, would I get more traffic? And guess what, I got a lot of replies to what I thought was mostly an inoccuous question. Did more people come to answer this question because there was an image of a beautiful woman? My guess is that the answer is yes.

For good or bad, beautiful women are plastered all over the place for all walks of life to look at. Because of this we are used to having our attention drawn by them. When I asked the question and posted that beautiful woman's photo, I really did not have the intention of changing my profile image. I was just curious to see if the question would get a lot of activity because of the image itself.

A few of the points made by hubbers who answered are well worth putting into this hub.

  • Giselle Maine, TheWorldNow, stricktlydating, Rosie2010 and rob_allen all indicated it would be dishonest, it would make me untrustworthy and it would lead to a loss of trust between my reader and I. That would also have been my first inclination which is why I would never replace the profile image I have now.
  • Uninvited Writer and breathing indicate that it is the content of the hub that counts for traffic, not the profile image. I agree with respect to search engines, but do think that there will be some hubbers, even me occasionally, that will click on a hub purely because of the profile image. M. T. Dremer admits this too, and I doubt that he and I are the only ones.
  • Anusha15 answers the question from the traffic side rather than the profile side, and I agree with her to a degree:

May be, but one thing is for sure, the increased traffic won't be targeted, quality traffic, and thus will be a temporary phenomenon.

Obviously in my case I started out with being Phil, but who would really know the difference if I started off as Jen and had that photo - wouldn't that entice some people to look at what I'm about, and then if I have quality hubs, wouldn't they stick around? puddingicecream is headed in the same direction with her comment - again, it has to do with what hubs I've written and if a hub title is captivating enough.

  • nightwork4 I think is hitting the nail on the head - people who would have answered this question saying 'duh, of course I'd click - she's hot!' are simply not answering because they don't want to show this side of themselves.
  • Finally, I am happy that I can rely on Matt for some levity with his sterling comment:

Hey Phil, did you get some work done? You seem less... scaly. I'm going to be your most LOYAL follower from now on.

ahhhh

wait, what was the question?

I, for one, do not intend to change my profile image from the fish that you see here. I have had this as my profile image for quite some time now, and as M. T. Dremer indicated, it is a good way to brand the Phil Plasma public works. My profile image is an easy way to distinguish me from others, it is rather unique in its clarity and it is, of course, a fish.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks for stopping by Glenn, I think it would be difficult to know if the people who come to my hubs are calm and relaxed.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I agree that pictures of pretty women will bring in more traffic. But the fish works too, in its own way. For that matter, I wonder if you tend to bring in traffic from people who are calm and relaxed. I say that because when I was young I used to breed fish. And I found it to be very relaxing to sit and watch them swim around.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Jyn, thanks for stopping by - indeed dishonesty is no way to lead a life. Thanks for the vote!

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      jynelleybelly 6 years ago

      I hink that his hubhit the nail on the head as far how a lot of people "search" through, not only here, but on any Internet site that allows profile pics. I believe it would be very dishonest to put up a pi of someone else for the attention because that reader is drawn in not by you, but by someone else. It's like that movie "Catfish" about Facebook and lying trough the use of your profile.

      I found this hub interesting and I voted it up!

      And btw, I like the fish!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks for the votes, Brett! Indeed, a fish I have always been, a fish I will always be.

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Voted up and funny!

      It is probably true that you would get more clicks from the photo, but as you say, they would most likely be targeted traffic. Maybe good for a short term gain, but could upset followers ... not worth it. Sticking with the fish is a good choice.

      Voted up and funny

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      LadyFae, you need to check out TWN's hubs to know what I'm talking about.

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      LadyFae 6 years ago from Under the Stars

      LOL, LadyFae for President. Do I see the headlines? The annual State of the Union in rhyme lol.

      And thanks.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      TWN, I think the picture of you works out great - if you want to be President some day you'll need to have some really good face recognition.

      LadyFae, thanks for stopping by!

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      LadyFae 6 years ago from Under the Stars

      Interesting.

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      TheWorldNow 6 years ago from Washington DC

      I like your question and subsequent hub because it touches on a question I am sure many people have wondered. I am curious if this applies for other profile images. For example, if I write a lot about space, would it be better for me to have an image of a cool space phenomena? For now I think I'll stick with the picture of me, just because I hope more people can relate if they see that I am a real person.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Maybe it was the ad companies, or maybe it was the demand. What leads what? Who really knows.

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      JRChase 6 years ago

      Interesting concept. It is very true, and advertising companies learned about that long ago. I can't help wondering if they had anything to do with the more relaxed approach to revealing clothing. Like how dresses used to have to go down to the ankles but now you have these skirts that barely cover their backside. I'm not complaining, just sayin'.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Sari you are generous with your compliments, thank you.

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      SariCeciliaArts 6 years ago

      Similarly to Ebower, I met you when you visited and commented on my Hubs. I instantly felt at ease with the image of the fish, because I happen to love fishies as an image (did I spell that correctly? lol!). Perhaps some people also feel the same sense of ease with an image of a beautiful women??!

      Needless to say, I would follow you and am an avid reader of your Hubs because you are such a great writer... In the end, that's all that matters to me :D

      You definitely get a vote up, a beautiful & an awesome vote from me ;)

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks Angie! As for stories, I've got a new series that I'm working on but I'll only be able to publish them once I get back, ten days or so from now.

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      angie ashbourne 6 years ago

      Hi! Phil Good Hub. I like the green fish, but I agree with manthy, your writing will stand the test. Angie P.S. I enjoy reading your stories :-)

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Courtney, I'm glad the fish makes me seem friendly and approachable. BTW, when you said "your" you really meant "you're". :)

      Sweetie, thank you for identifying her. She and I were born in the same year so it is apt that I picked her. I'm glad you like my profile photo, it is definitely here to stay. Thanks for visiting!

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi phil, the picture you posted here is that of Mrs Aishwaria Rai who is supposed to be most beautiful girl in world. Fish is also a beautiful picture and to be frank when i first saw your comment on someone hub i clicked ur profile because i liked this green fish.

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      courtney8822 6 years ago from Texas

      I think the fish is cute; they say sex sells, but people who sell with the "sex front" are sell outs. Your a better writer than that, and the fish makes you seem friendly and approachable as well. Happy hubbing :)

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks E, my keen sense of original material is a nice compliment, but sadly it doesn't translate into money-making hubs. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Considering you are fairly new here at Hubpages, you seem to have a great writing ability and a keen sense of original material. I'm glad you started commenting on my hubs, so I can now enjoy your presence and read more of your hubs. I agree that having a beautiful woman's picture for a profile photo would be great at first, but people appreciate the genuine truth more in the long run.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      TM, thanks for stopping by.

      Manthy, time will tell if my writing will stand the test of time. ;-)

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      cool hub - Yes a pretty woman will get you more traffic - followers - etc.

      But your writing will stand the test of time Phil

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      tmheffernan 6 years ago from Middle East

      Images of beautiful women are used in advertisments in all walks of life. Yes, it is shallow and in certain cases used in a dishonest way. But, yes it does increase traffic and revenue for the advertisers.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I'd like to think that I am not that shallow, but on a scale, who knows where I fall in relation to others? Thanks for stopping by.

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      Julip Manor 6 years ago from Kingwood, Texas

      Ha.....I have often wondered that too.....you see some people who put pics of Kim Kardashian etc.....one wonders??? I'm sure no one on this site is shallow?