We put a huge emphasis on using original (or at least super high quality and legally used and properly attributed) photos in your Hubs, and with good reason. We live in an age where some of the most successful online content is very visual. Attractive images encourage people to pin their sources on Pinterest or click through when they see alluring thumbnails on Facebook or Google+, hence those looking to build an audience should make a point of including as many alluring visuals in one’s work as possible.
While photos are a great option, they are by no means the only option. Many Hubbers also augment their Hubs with custom illustrations, and in many ways, these have an even more meaningful impact.
Original, author-created sketches, drawings, images, and graphics:
- Stand out, as they are different from photos (which are still the most popular form of visual media on HubPages)
- Show that the author was willing to go the extra mile to create a special graphic to support his or her content
- More effectively illustrate complex situations or make it possible process statistics (via the use of diagrams, graphs, and charts)
As original illustrations can be so effective, we hope you’ll consider working more into your Hubs in the days and weeks to come. To help you do so effectively, we’ll be sharing tips and tricks on including custom made graphics throughout the month of October.