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How To Harness Google Images To Pull Thousands To Your Hub Or Blog! Part II

Updated on December 1, 2009

So... what do you do? Learn Photoshop and use it. OK, I know that Photoshop costs as much as a used car. I'm also aware that most people don't need the sheer power that Photoshop contains (and neither do they have the bucks to buy Uncle Hal's minimum recommended configuration of a Core i7 920, 12 GB RAM, and VelociRaptor + RAID1 to run the darn thing... but dang, does that Adobepuppy run like a wolf with its tail on fire on my system...)

So... (a needle pulling thread...) there are lots of shareware or even freeware photo editing programs out there. Don't expect them to out-Photoshop Photoshop as that is not going to happen in a month of Sundays (and I mean you, GIMP fans), but heck for just cropping and moving a few images around, applying a fade, and distorting something to look like something else, they will do just fine. That will give you a new and original image that should start to get that showing up in your Hub stats. Also make sure that your images have Your Name - HubPages on it somewhere... It will help keep the credits and page views flowing your way. That's a lesson I learned only lately.

So... (hey, can't help it... I was married to a quilter for decades) it seems that Hubbers who concentrate on writing Hubs to utter perfection, optimizing the keyword phrases, and crafting lucid academic-quality essays on trans-gender Mus musculus that would easily pass peer-review are missing a very important aspect of the Hub Art. The consummate celestial composition of poetic literature doesn't seem to matter all that much in the popularity of a Hub on HubPages. I've seen Hubs written by virtual illiterates containing information that would be rejected as deficient by kindergarteners at the very top of extremely lucrative key phrase SERPs and drawing outrageous traffic. The inhuman, cold, calculating, Terminator and/or Cylon-glaring Google Bots are only interested in your keywords, and if you give them the fodder they need, they will invariably come to feed.

However... (see... I can start a paragraph without So...) any Hubber who closes themselves off to the additional traffic that can be gained by skilful manipulation of a couple of images is losing out on a significant ancillary source of page views. It's like grilling hot dogs but skimping on the mustard. A little extra care and attention and effort has the potential to pay off big time in the page view department.

I've included some of the Photoshopped images I've done on HubPages which have drawn some good Google Image Search traffic on the first part of this Hub. Oh, OK, I just posted that first Obama image, but I like it a lot so I threw it in anyway... I'm sure that it will draw traffic once it starts its inexorable climb up the SERPs!

Harness the power of Google Image Search to draw traffic to your Hubs. You'll be surprised at the results and let me know how you're doing in the Comments section of this Hub!

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Highvoltagewriter: Hope to see your friend around here soon!

      lelanew55: You're welcome.

      Susana S: Well, fire up the ol' Photoshop and make one, it will likely be perfect and google images will eat it up! :)

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      Susana S 8 years ago

      Hey Hal, I have just spent about an hour looking for an image and I can't find what I want! Then i thought about this hub you've got here and thought you may like to create it - not for me personally, but there must be a tonne of people looking for the *classic hyperlink icon* like me.

      All I can find is the tiny little button which is no good, or sets of icons to download - don't want that either. Who would have thought that one of the fundamental symbols of the web cannot be found on the web!

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      lelanew55 8 years ago

      Great explanation. I didn't realize that google images increases your traffic. I am going to give it a shot. Thanks

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      William Benner 8 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Great funny read! I have a buddy who is a photoshop MASTER who I have been trying to get to join HubPages for some time now...His argument is that he is not much of a writer so why sign up? Your articles are just what I need to convince him!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      You're very welcome! Good luck using the technique!

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      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      It is always fun to be educated and entertained at the same time. I just read both of your hubs on google images and finally understand why one of my hubs keeps getting hits from google images. (Although the image is nothing special and not my own creation, go figure) Thanks for your clear explanation.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      nicomp: Thanks dewd! I've always wanted to be Serpico. Actually I always wanted to be Michele Corleone. I'm actually looking forward to dying while sitting in a Sicilian orchard holding an orange. :)

      habee: It's not that difficult. Give it a try!

      Chin chin: The vagaries of Google SERPs are beyond human imagining, so there is no hard and fast rule about what is going to rank where. It's just playing the odds.

      PB_Smith: Great! Look forward to your Hubs! :)

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      PB_Smith 8 years ago from Southern California

      Interesting. I will keep that in mind as I start to create my hubs.

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      Chin chin 8 years ago from Philippines

      I believe that even if you use Creative Commons images, you can still draw traffic to your hub as long as tagged correctly or associated with a searched keyword. I have seen that in my hubs. But of course, it would be great if the image is your original work of art. Good day!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas, but I'm technologically challenged. lol.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      You are the SERP king. If SERP was a company, you'd be Serpico. You sashay midst the Serious Writers and the SEO aficionados. And you rhyme good too.

      I'm happy when I can get Paint Shop Pro to crop an image properly; Photoshop is a hazy image on the horizon of my right-brain. Edge detection haunts my dreams.