A further observation is that I find many of the people classed as "sexy" these days to be positively ugly.
Men, who were never taught the importance of well-fitting clothes or how to shave themselves properly, and sluttish-looking women with moronic pouts actually make me leave a page even before I read what is written there.
I recently started following someone whos pic is in a bikini. My only reason for this is to see how often they put new stuff up and what quality it is since she seems to have thousands of followers. I guess whatever works. Isn't that what making money is about?
Yes peeples, but I think it is ad when, with the exception of those who have been on the hub since the stoneages; we know money isn't going to be flowing through our fingers. You mean even here on a forum for writer's and a community of said does sexploitation have to be a factor???
Attractivness plays a role everywhere. For those that can't bring in google traffic, at least they know they'll get hub traffic and get their few pennies a day! Personally it doesn't bother me. What some would consider sexy is just a real pic to others. Prettydarkhorse is an attractive female who uses her natural picture quite well without even trying. It's those that are trying too hard that become funny to me.
I like that attitude peeples: it is obvious for anyone that they can't control who folows their pics or not, or for what reasons. we would like to think it is the quality content of the work, but hey!!!!
Followers are one thing. Traffic is another. Awhile back there was someone who posted a very provocative picture and had an intentionally suggestive name. That person was on here about two days, and I discovered that she (if it was really even a "she") had a big following of male Hubbers. These guys were people who wrote half-decent Hubs and seemed fairly intelligent. I couldn't believe they'd even give what was most likely a sockpuppet (or whatever) the time of day. Yet, they apparently weren't embarrassed to follow this user and engage in really stupid forum talk.
On the other hand, i once went through about 70 pages of "top Hubbers" (when those pages were on here), just to do a check to try to answer this question (because someone asked it). Of all those pages of top Hubbers, I ran into about four pictures that looked real and were of particularly attractive people (so someone might think they were "sexy looking"). Then I ran into, I think, a couple of ridiculous ones (provocative ones or else pictures that were obviously aimed to be sexy). On the other hand, the bottom of the list had far higher numbers of sexy pictures So, it sure looks to me as if sexy pictures don't do a whole lot for one's profile.
I really never got posting pictures of actresses or models on here. What the heck was that all about????! There's far less of that going on now, and the people who once did it seem to have disappeared. Maybe they decided to sign up with new names and as "non-morons".
Vey well said Lisa, and thank you so much for you honest and informative answer. It is just thst I was wondering, as per my own observations. It is somewhat sad I thought that some very good writers may be past up in favor of the "flavor" of the minute. Being I man I must admit probably falling into this trap as well, oh and by the way Lisa , nice keys...
Those are my very special laptop keys, which I usually keep tucked away safely and like new. I suppose I could have added some character if I took a picture of my beaten up "regular" keyboard; but as you can see, I'm in my anonymous, boring-and- lacking-in-personality phase. The way I see it, it takes a certain amount guts to actually aim to create THAT boring an image.
I don't know about "sexy," but an appealing, professional, visually eye-catching, yet authentic-looking profile picture is one of the most important ways to grab readers' attention.
Web content can seem like an anonymous computer talking to you. A profile photo at the top right of an article helps to simulate the effect of a real person speaking, making eye contact with the reader. Trust is a big issue on the web, and we're primed to feel some connection to human faces.
A profile photo is even more vital now that we can establish authorship so that Google will display our author icon above our articles in search results. That icon can repel or attract clicks.
I was kind of taken aback when I went to YouTube earlier today, only to run into the thing, "Do you want to use your whole name and picture?" (The Google authorship picture and name.) I clicked "No" (for whatever reason - no real one, I guess, just habit ). Then it came back with (essentially), "What? No? How about at least trying your real picture and name. You can always switch back if you don't like it." So, robot-zombie that I am, I clicked (essentially) "Oh, OK. Go ahead. Use my name and picture." Up came, of course, the picture that I a) hate and b) am pretty sick of seeing show up everywhere at this point. I'll see how long that lasts. (A few hours I'm guessing. )
It depends on what one is here for. The crowd has changed greatly from my early days two years ago. Beauty and charm will only get one some minor curiosity for those sincerely interested in writing and reading good writing by others. It is not so much the size of the fan base as it is the traffic count that works to longevity. ~WB
I thought photos like that are not allowed and will not be accepted by the HP moderators? This is in the HP rules for hubbing, if I'm not mistaken. Shouldn't it be applicable for hubbers' profile picture as well?
It seems as that is true, but that has no reflection upon anyone who puts a rather provacative (intentional, or not) photo on. I guess that term is like rather the words, cold or hot... totally subjective terms. It is more a commentary on those who would blindly follow such a image... with what expectation? Just an observation
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