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Would You Put Your Picture On Your Site? Why?

After all the comments I have recieved from all categories of persons about putting my pictures on my site I wish to ask this question.

I you have a website, will you put your pictures on it? Be it personal or business. If yes, why? If no, why not?

And if you have a website now, do you have your picture on it? What are your reasons?

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Can you stop talking about Nigeria's image improving online as this has nothing to do with it.

Put your picture any where you like but please, leave the image of Nigeria out of it.

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Using my picture have worked out opportunities for me not only for my web design services. You see when you have your picture on your site it adds alot, especially for those the come in contact with you.

I accept very well that big establishments may not need their pictures that much, but I most point out that for some corporate site I have designed, one on the most exciting aspect of the project is when members of staff start browsing their own piture on the site.

So why not a personal website? And many us who are against including one picture, still go ahead to add images that do belong to them on their site.

I think Nigerian image will improve online, if we start having Nigerian with geniue faces online.

Best regards,

Ezeali Emmanuel

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My question as regards the picture thing is general and considering the fact that anyone can do anything online there is still a high possibility that people will doubt the picture you claim is yours.

I have seen people use pictures of women on chat just to deceive people so on the internet nothing is impossible.

I agree with you that you are using a tactic that works for you as everyone cannot do it the same way, my point is that adding a picture does not automatically increase your credibility after all even right there in a physical shop you can still be duped let alone information posted on the web.

Take care.

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Whether some people believe it's my picture or not

is not really an issue. Some will believe, some won't.

Even if I talk, put video and even visit their homes

physically, there will always be doubters and I won't

bother about that.

I want you to understand my position on this matter.

I sell different products and services on my various

websites and I want to sell as much as posiible.

I carry out various split testing. Headline testing,

price testing, guarantee testing, graphic testing and

more.

My "picture test" reveals I convert traffic to sales more

with a picture than without a picture.

I'm not 100% sure why it's like that. I just think that

when you have a small website trying to sell and

compete with the big brands, a picture adds a kind

of "warmth" to it.

Big brands like Amazon don't need to use "little little"

tactics like that. But as for me that started my business

with only N3,500 in 2003, I need to use Guerilla Marketing

a lot.

Conclusion: Since I sell more with my pictures on them,

I will continue to use them even if there are some people

that will think it's not my picture.

Akin Alabi

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Like I said earlier on, I carried out a test spanning

over 12 months.

With the same volume and source of traffic, I found

out that I sold more of my products when I had my

picture on it that when I didn't have it.

I'm not 100% sure why and speculation is not my

thing. Testing is what is important and I've done

that.

So I use my pictures.

Akin Alabi

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And how will people be sure that the picture you have there is even your own?

This picture stuff is not it on business websites. If it were so then the pictures of the owners of ebay, google, cnn, myspace, yahoo etc would be decorating their websites.

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Hmn. I'm not enthused about having my pictures on the web - not even on my personal website.

I just don't see the need for it.

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I've got my pictures on most of my websites.

I carried out tests and my traffic to sales ratio

was higher when I had my pictures. I can't really

say why.

Akin Alabi

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If you are talking about putting your picture on your website, it can come in different forms. An example is a book author's website, he will definitely have his picture on his website. Now talk about a web designer or banker, having your picture up there wouldn't just fly. You can have your picture under "about us" page, that will make some sense.

You can refer to my post yesterday. Man, people are telling you this thing is wrong and you still fighting it. Gushhhh!

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1. Who is sure that what you have there is your picture?

2. People in real life have been known to swindle others they did business with face to face let alone online

3. What is the connection between better representation online and having your picture on your website?

On your personal website you are free to do what you want to do including putting your pictures.

On your business website your pictures don't have any business there.

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@afam and @adeniyi are perfectly right, i do not think it will make any sense to put your picture on your site except it is a personal site. If you make a company site for yourself, why would you want to put your picture there?

Your site looks ok, the picture doesnt even look out of place. It is just different from the everyday web design/hosting site we see.

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I have a site and my pictures are on it because I believe we from this part of the world need a better representation online. And also we need to be accountable to what we say or do.

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I have visited may Nigerian sites, it relatively look faceless, I wonder why? What is your take on this?

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