Does Pictures of Pretty Girls = More Traffic?

Hey all…

I decided I would perform a bit of a test today… On my other site, I’ve posted an article about Mike Myers and Jessica Alba’s new film called Love Guru which comes out in June. Near the top of the article, I have a picture of Jessica Alba. This is to test the prevailing theory that if you have pictures of pretty girls you’ll get more traffic.

This is the picture…

Jessica Alba

Funny enough, I had a picture of Marion Cotillard (who won an Oscar recently) in one of my other postings and it continues to get search engine traffic day after day, so we’ll see if it holds true in this case also.

(Here’s the picture of Marion Cotillard…)
Marion Cotillard

I’ve decided NOT to drop any Entrecards to see what the result is. I’ll post the results later in the week.

–Fitz

Where do you find art for your website?

Hi all!

If you, like me, are bereft of art skills, (Pictionary is about as far as I go these days…) I have to recommend a subscription-based service that has served me well over the last couple of years when I needed art for my t-shirt or bumper sticker designs, or for inside a book.

Clipart.com is a spinoff of Jupiter Images, which is one of the largest image banks available online.

Clipart Banner

If you haven’t taken some time to check them out, I highly recommend them, especially for holiday clipart with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah coming up. (As an aside, I can hardly believe the holidays are coming.) In addition to the standard clipart, there’s tons of useful content for books as well. I found myriad pictures I could use in conjunction with the fantasy roleplaying game I wrote.

So check them out! I will be using them for blog article art from now on since I’ve seen the jump in readers when there are pictures present. 🙂

Have a great day!

–Fitz

StumbleUpon

Hey all…

If you haven’t “stumbled” upon StumbleUpon.com and need another way to fill your days with interesting websites, this is the place to go… Check out http://www.stumbleupon.com or StumbleUpon My StumbleUpon Page

When you install their Firefox toolbar, you immediately can bounce, or “stumble,” into a series of websites in categories you choose for your profile. There’s more categories than you can shake a stick at and you always end up somewhere interesting. I did see a few duplicates, but that’s to be expected when everyone on the web is finding cool resources. There’s bound to be a few dupes.

I think I got sucked into the internet for a good couple of hours today and found a variety of topics — some funny, some thought provoking, some cool — and there were also some where I was left scratching my head or just moving on to the next one without much of a look.

So check it out and let me know what you think!

–Fitz