I have recently begun to edit many of my hubs to include a large image as the first capsule. Since then I have noticed that my views have increased about 26% and the views have remained constant. This is not an all inclusive solution to declining views but thought that I may share the news with other hubbers.
Hi LuisEGonzalez, thanks for the tips! I am aware that an image does spruce up a hub but I never realized that it could make such a big difference in traffic!
Yes adding picture to your hub, helps increase hub view duration which would improve the hub page rank, automatically it'll bring more traffic.
I agree that adding a photo capsule to the beginning of your hub is an extra draw. It doesn't have to be big, though. Whatever picture is at the beginning of your hub-be it before the text or aligned right next to the beginning of your text- that picture will show up next to your hub title. I personally like to see a picture other than the writer's profile pic( which is what comes up when you don't add that other photo) next to the title when looking around here for hubs to read.
As far as how it affects outside traffic, I don't imagine it would change it much but adding photos and videos to your hubs will keep readers around longer.
I too like to see more pictures and videos in a hub rather than simple texts with none! I agree that this makes me stay on a hub for a longer time, even if that means me concentrating more on the pictures than the text. (yes it just happens sometimes ). But anyway, congrats for having an increased traffic!
That's very kind of you to share with us Luis, I find that I do that a lot anyway, but will be sure to make a point of it!
Editing in general causes a bump, does opening with a picture make it bigger? I always want the read to see some text without having to scroll down.
I try to have a picture in the right top corner, because want people to start reading, but Luis has Great photos, and I'm sure they do the job of drawing people in. Maybe a large photo with some imbedded text(Made for Pinterest) is the way to go.
Some images do have text (with Pinterest in mind) but the majority do not. For example before I started doing this my views were about 156 * per day. Since then my views have increased to around 320 * per day. A large factor seems to be an increase of over 18% from Pinterest alone. However, I have begun to notice a large number of views from other sources (in the way of referrals) that I did not received previously. So perhaps the increase in views from Pinterest collaterally has resulted in an increase from other sources.
BTW I got this idea from a forum post (I forgot from who) and so far has given me positive results. If I find that post I will be sure to list it here as well as to thank the originator.
* not actual numbers ( sinceI believe posting actual numbers is a no no) but they do match the % increase
OK I found the forum post where I got the idea
Here is the link should you wish to see it;http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/110458#post2384608
Hi LuisEGonzales, YES! I have seen an increase in views, 100+ more today alone. This has happened over the last week since I've been editing hubs by changing images and giving correct attribution, improving text, finding typos, rearranging capsules, improving titles, and shortening summaries. I posted a forum about how WryLilt's advice and Cardisa's hub helped. I trust that the traffic will remain steady.
hi Janshares, i have read somewhere that top most position of the hub should be left for google adsense ad, and pic should come in the next paragraph, is that true?
Hi younghopes. I would say top right or full image at top, followed by Google ads at top right, under image. In other words, image, text paragragh, and Google ads should ideally be in eye's view without a lot of need to scroll way down. This is my understanding and what seems to work best for my hubs.
Hi Younghopes, yes Jan is right especially for those persons primarily earning through adsense clicks. If you are not too keen on adsense clicks for revenue then it wouldn't really matter since the hubs are designed to display quite a number of ads anyway.
Your photo and text capsules placements also vary by hub type, what you are writing about and the presentation you want to make. For instance, a recipe hub wouldn't necessarily be displayed the same way as a health article. The same applies to a sales hub where you have multiple amazon capsules.
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