Alistair Lattimore: Unfortunately Matt, first impressions count in the real world and the internet. Cyrus Shepard ran an experiment 1 where he tested the impact of 24 different authorship photos against one another to see which one improved click through rate the most and winner increased click through rate by 35%.
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Phil Gregory: It's possible. ;I raised this point before, for a long time I had no photo on my linked in profile, I got a lot of job offers and clicks. when i added the profile photo they slowed to a trickle. ;People still judge a book by its cover.
Masatake Wasa: I suppose you're asking whether removing your hat will make authorship appear on search results, and resulting in a higher CTR? Possibly, though I don't think shaving would be necessary.
Nebojsa Djukic: I guess you will. This world belongs to good looking people. It is always easier to get a job or help from strangers if you are handsome. You should make a small experiment - change the photo and let us know what happen.
Brent Wildman: + ; Step 1: Be Attractive Step 2: Don't Be Unattractive
Rand Wilson: I've read that if you wear a bikini you will get much better CTR.. ;I'm going to give it a try..