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Is it better to place picture on top of or next to the opening text of a hub?

  1. linfcor profile image84
    linfcorposted 2 years ago

    Is it better to place picture on top of or next to the opening text of a hub?

    Just wondering which way the search engines see it. At the top or at the side of the opening content. Any thoughts?

  2. isaacasante profile image83
    isaacasanteposted 2 years ago

    Well, it depends on what you are covering. You can see that some big sports sites put a large image at the top of their article, so the featured image is pretty much what is visible above the fold. Although Google recommends that you add key information above the fold (without the user having to scroll down before seeing the important information), I think that it's okay to have an image at the top of the hub. So long as the text content that follows the image is of high quality, you're totally safe.

  3. connorj profile image77
    connorjposted 2 years ago


    I would contemplate having the picture wrapped with the first paragraph would be optimum for association. We all learn by association, that is indeed what our brain craves for memorization.

  4. Marie Flint profile image88
    Marie Flintposted 2 years ago

    HubPages prefers full-blown pictures, if the size doesn't pixelate them. So, "on top" is preferred.

  5. Blond Logic profile image95
    Blond Logicposted 2 years ago

    I too have wondered this. As the majority of views are coming from mobile devices, we are advised to go for a full width (good quality) image.  That said it could depend on your subject. If your subject is one which may get 'pinned' on Pinterest then you should opt for a vertical (portrait) image.
    If your topic is better suited to Twitter, opt for a landscape (horizontal) image.
    There are some writers here on Hubpages who opt for no image and prefer to have an ad placed there.
    Above may keep your viewers interested. Remember from a sales point of view, items above the fold, as Isaac Asante mentioned, get noticed.