I have usually put a few pictures into my hubs, but other than aesthetics, for most of the topics I am writing about there do not add much to the page. I was wondering how important they are. Also, I was wondering if anyone uses videos much and if they find they help in any way?
I use quite a few pictures for some of my hubs depending on what they're about. If you check some of mine out, you will notice the entertainment ones and About Him stories promote pictures, because it adds to the visual side of the stories.
You should experiment and see what works for you.
My personal opinion is that pictures are great, they break up a hub and make it easier on the eye (and the attention span of most readers), videos however, I seldom watch on other people's hubs and haven't really got the time to, so my ideal would be a hub with lots of paragraphs, well spelt and grammatically correct, enough pictures to keep it bright and interesting, but no videos unless they are really relevant and gripping from the start.
can't help you out on the video bit, misty's take seems logical.
i use photographs extensively.
the likely purpose of the video suggestion is to increase page view duration, the longer your visitors stay on your page "reading" the better you are ranked against other articles with all other factors being similar
I use videos when they are relevant, and appreciate how-to and slide show videos on others hubs. If the video will improve the quality of your hub, by all means, include it. If it just repeats what you have already said or takes things off track, skip it.
Do any of you make your own videos to post?
Only did it once so far, and that was on "How to pick a crab in 5 minutes", hope to add a few others on relevant topics soon such as my cruise around Cape Horn / South America. Otherwise, no, not necessary.
I haven't, but Fedda Babbley and Tom Cornett have made several of their own videos.
I think pictures and videos help greatly to convey your point
If I write a Hub on music, I give the reader the opportunity of hearing the music I'm writing about by using videos.
As far as my other Hubs (short stories) are concerned, I just use the pictures to break them up and make them look more appealing.
Due to the nature of my topics, i have to have pictures and one or two relevant youtube videos in most of my hubs. I am quite happy using both as they split up the writing and convey my messages better. Plus they make my hubs look friendly and easy to read.
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