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How To Harness Google Images To Pull Thousands To Your Hub Or Blog! Part II
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 images.google.x 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 images.google.x 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!