First off, your obviously a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, in my honest opinion this does 2 things, it brings attention via traffic to your site based on your photo's ambiance & beauty which is a compliment to yourself if the pic is real (as I'm not stating it's not by any means, but as an online marketer myself... I've used miscl free pics of beautiful women & atractive men to draw traffic, as we all know sex sells)
But secondly, doing so may cause those not so interested in your content to be there for all the wrong reasons. If your hub is focused on writing, or a specific resource or talent, I honestly think a pic can take away from your content, as surfers just want to add pretty people to their fan or friend list.
Ultimately, you should decide. I almost think if your promoting content, lose the pic. If your promoting yourself, keep the pic.
But what the heck do I know? Other than there is no right or wrong answer, and an opinion is just that, ultmately... You appear to be a smart & beautiful woman, I'm sure regardless what you do... It'll be right for you!
*Naturally, I'm one for the bathing suit pics... Yet if anyone needs to change their pic... it's me. As it was meant to coincide with one hub I wrote, not to be plastered everywhere!
Your content is more important to bring traffic than your avatar is concerned. People don't see your avatar in a search for bed bugs for instance, they see a brief summary of the top of your article or parts of your hub, not your picture. So people click on your link in a search because of content versus a picture. Content is more important for initial traffic. Your picture just keeps some people coming back. It also gives the presence of a real person, leading to trust between your hub and your readers.
kmackey, I do love the expression and there's no doubt you're a beauty - but a different background would definitely be better. Still, I should talk!! Mine is ever-changing & they aren't always the best possible picture, but I'm still experimenting here. I think any nice pic of you will gain some loyalty from readers, though, so you probably don't have to worry too much whichever pic you use. The quality of your content would be the obvious priority, of course, rather than your picture. I'm sure some of these men in here disagree, though, and would like you to post the swimsuit one. Also, I think that frogdropping's avatar is pure loveliness, no?
Fiercy get your ass here we need you.!!!!! I am sure the other two are in. I will be the spokeswoman. Let the love go around I say.!!!!!!!! I will be your interpretor Misha as well even though you do not need one.
Why do hubbers go to all the trouble of posting hundreds of hubs, creating really informative profiles then post a picture of their dog, cat, bird, avatar or favourite comic strip character?If I buy a book I get to see the author on the back cover. A photo of the person who has written the work....
Hi! I was thinking about this for the past few days: I think my avatar is very, very boring. simply a pic of me at the beach. Question for you: Do u think it's unwise to change your avatar once you've been using it for a while OR do u think it's a good idea to change it to mix things up a...
I'm considering changing my profile picture because I want to be more professional but I don't know. What are your thoughts? I know many people have changed their pictures to resemble what their hubs are and I want to make sure my readers and fans know clearly what I write about most often and what...
Is it You?Is it how you would like to be?Does it represent something important in your life?Is it just for fun?Why?I am thinking about doing a piece on the use of avatars and how they relate to the users themselves. any ideas?
I have changed mine a couple of times lately...but then I got to thinking that I have definitely somehow attached identities to Hubbers and their profile pics...know what I mean? So...is it weird when someone "you think you know" changes up the profile pic on you?
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