How important is your profile picture?
I know, mine sucks...but, I am considering changing it...although....
I don't like pictures taken of me...perhaps I should stage a "good" one...
To tell the truth, I personally do consider the profile pic before I click...am I way off base here??
I think that it's a good idea to have a profile picture because it gives a personal touch to your writing. I always find it weird when there's a cartoon or picture of an animal instead of a person in the profile (unless the animal is doing the writing...).
My personal opinion is that a profile picture should be flattering, but feature you as a real person, not a magazine model. When a picture is too perfect, I always wonder if it's real. It's fine to "stage" a picture so that it's shows your best features or includes something that relates to your interests.
By the way, I think your profile picture is just fine...you look like a pleasant guy with a smile under that beard!
Hubpages clearly state that real profile picture, real name and a real profile are great plus points in getting better traffic to your articles. I understand Google gives importance to it while giving priority in the page listings.
Your photo is fine except that it lacks clarity. Change to a clearer picture and things should be quite fine.
you see my avatar? It's my favorite cat, OUT. I prefer to put something cute to remind readers that I am a pet lover too
The word is sincerity. An insincere picture is staged and looks staged. Alternatively use an image instead of a portrait if you like (a good abstract image can speak for you). It depends on how you want to put yourself across, but the portrait/side elevation is probably a better option.
Joel I think having an actual picture of yourself and not a cartoon, animal, etc. is very important. To me it shows that you are serious about your writing and gives you much credibility. In my opinion, that translates to being an authority on the topic you are writing about.
I think your picture looks just fine. You look friendly and it makes me think I want to hear what you have to say. By the way, I think this is a great question.
by Anish Patel 6 years ago
Why do some users use celebrity pictures as their profile picture?
by Sydney J 3 years ago
What does the number next to my profile picture mean?
by Carolee Samuda 6 years ago
I know a lot of people will say that this isn't necessary but wouldn't it help reduce spammers. Admit it, most of the people on HP who spam are without a bio and avatar. I know there are some sock pockets that go through the extra trouble to create real-looking accounts but I am sure that after a...
by stuart747 8 years ago
mine is a little boring I know, I'm just thinking of changing it to something interesting but I don't know what'
by Origin 8 years ago
I've been flip-flopping between my robot head and pictures of myself. I just can't decide. On that note, do you believe having a real picture of yourself is more beneficial to your readership and the visitors to your pages because it gives it more of a personal touch? Or do you think it doesn't...
by TINA V 8 years ago
I believe on the value of confidentiality of online writers. Hubpages do provide that leeway to all hubbers to decide the kind of profile pictures to post. However, no offense to anybody but I just felt disgusted to see a picture of a half—naked body in our forum. I am not sure...
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