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How to select a winning hub page profile name & photo
The first two things that someone notices when they visit your hub is your hub page name and profile photograph. That's why it's rather important to give some thought, and choose the the right name and photograph from the very beginning. The wrong name or photo could very well turn people away from visiting your hub. For example if your name was dirt devil, and your photo was that of a bloody skull and crossbones, you may not have a lot of people that wish to follow you much less read what you have to say in your hubs.
Now I'm not some sort of self proclaimed guru here on the hub pages, but there is one point that I'd really like to point out to everyone here, and I'll save that piece of information for the end. I'm sure that there's a lot of people on the hub pages that really don't have any need to read this hub, but I decided to write this anyway for those who may benefit from it.
You choose the name that you're going to use on the hub pages right off of the bat when you sign up. Once you have chosen your name, it is permanent and you can't change it to another name down the road. So make sure you choose very wisely! Some people choose to use their own real name along with a photograph of themselves, and that's fine. However others like myself choose to use pen names. There's probably just as many pen names out there on the hub pages as there are real names, if not many more. As far as choosing a pen name, the sky's the limit, and there is no end in sight to the vast possibility of different names. If someone else does by chance select the name you wanted then simply just add a number to it. As in my name, you'll often see numbers associated with profile names. These number can have various meanings. From someone's favorite number to a birthday, birth year, and the number of people in a family to just about anything. What ever the name is that you decide to choose and use, just remember that it's going to be your name on the hub pages for ever!
The photograph which you choose on the other hand can be changed to another photograph or picture as often as you would like to change it. Some folks keep the same profile picture forever, and never change it. While others change their photograph about as often as the weather changes. I have personally changed mine a couple of times before I finally settled on my current photo. You want to choose a photo that will stand out from all of the others. Also just because someone has a photo of a handsome man or a beautiful woman, that doesn't mean that it's an actual photograph of the person who's writing the hub. Remember this is the internet! One thing that I've noticed here on the hub pages is that certain photo back grounds stand out more then others, and also enhance the photograph itself. As you are surfing high and low on the hub pages, you'll notice certain colors first like a pretty yellow which catches your eye. So whatever background color and profile picture that you finally do end up choosing, just remember that you always have the option to change it on your profile settings if you're unhappy with it later on.
My Main Point
Now onto the point in which I decided to write this hub in the first place. As you are maneuvering and surfing your way across the hub pages, you'll notice from time to time a fellow hubber with just a generic black and white picture on their profile. This particular photo is temporary designated by the hub pages for the profile picture area. Now I've read some other hubber's comments in the past who stated that they would never follow or read one of those hubber's hubs who didn't display a profile picture. Now for those who really feel this way, let me point out something that you may not have thought of before you blackball these hubbers. These people may be new and don't know how to post a profile photo. Not everyone knows how to fly an airplane either, and even if you do, there's certainly other things which you can't do in life. Everything in life is a learning process. They also may not be able to perform this function with their old computer system. There may not be a photograph which they feel comfortable enough with or want to post as their profile picture. They may just simply wish to leave it on the default generic hub page photo. Whatever the reason may be, that's certainly isn't a good enough reason for someone else to totally ignore their hard work. So the next time you see one of these fellow hubbers, stop by and visit with them, and read some of their hard work before you make your mind up. You just may end up learning something new that you never knew before.