How to Get Followers on HubPages

Quite a few people who have just joined HubPages want to know how to get more followers. This question pops up from time to time in the Answers section of HubPages and I find myself writing the same answer frequently. Getting more followers is not difficult but you need to spend some time by participating in the HubPages community.

The short answer is that people want to follow others that they are interested in. If you have written a few high quality articles about subjects that people can relate to then that can be enough to get followers. If you leave helpful comments on hubs of others and you answer their questions in the Answers section then that too can be a reason for following.

At the time of writing I have a little more than 100 followers and I'm still learning how to participate in the HubPages community. I want to do more but I believe I have sufficient experience to tell you how to get more followers on HubPages. In this article I'll tell you the exact steps you need to take to get more followers.

Why do you want more followers?

Let us answer this question first. If you have joined HubPages to earn money online and you think getting more followers will help you do that then you are wrong. People on HubPages generally won't click on advertisements or buy things through your hub articles. Your money will come from people who find your hubs through search engines and other websites.

Having more followers is nice as they will be informed of your new hubs. But it really depends on why you are here on HubPages. If you are here for the money then followers are nice but not critical to your success. If you are here to share your writings but not primarily for money then followers are more important (because you want them to read your work).

Learn more!

HubPages showed me a related hub while writing this hub that really discusses the same topic. That hub is written by saleheensblog and I don't wish to detract from his work as I have come to know him as an awesome Hubber. Be sure to check out his hub on getting more followers on HubPages as well!

Why should people follow you?

When you are able to answer the above question, you will know how to get followers on HubPages. There can be many reasons for people to follow you:

  • You write useful, funny or plain awesome articles that people are interested in. If I like what you write, I want to see more of your writings. Being a good writer is certainly important on a website that thrives on writing skills and good articles.
  • You are a helpful member of the HubPages community. You are answering questions in the Answers section, you discuss issues in the Forums and you help new members with any questions they may have. In the Forums people can ask for critique on their hubs or they may need technical help with getting something done, like signing up for Google AdSense or Amazon. If you help them they can sometimes become a follower.
  • You are experienced in making money online. Many people join HubPages to write articles and to earn money along the way by advertisements and sales through affiliate programs. If you are new then the best way to learn is by looking at how others do it. Many experienced Hubbers also share how they do it by writing hubs about this.

The basics of getting followers: Improve your profile

After reading the above you should realize that it will be hard to get followers when you have just joined HubPages. You need to have something to show before people will start following you. The best place to do this is your profile. That's where many people will go to see more about you and I believe this is also where most make the decision on whether to follow you or not (at least I do).

You should tell me a bit more about yourself so I can see who exactly I am following. Your profile needs to show that, for whatever reason, you are "worthy" of following. An empty profile definitely won't help. It is very important that you take these steps to improve your profile. If you don't improve your profile then you are creating an unneccessary roadblock in getting followers on HubPages.

Here are some things you should do to improve your profile:

  • Add a profile photo. The default anonymous image does not really look attractive so upload a profile photo. A photo of yourself is nice but you can also choose something else. This makes your profile more human and less anonymous. Your choice of profile picture can tell a lot about you and it helps others in getting an idea of who you are.
  • Write about yourself. Tell me more about you. Tell me a few things about yourself that you wish to share. It does not need to be your whole biography but some interests and other background would be nice.
  • Earn some accolades. Having some accolades on your profile page looks nice and it shows that you have put some effort into contributing to HubPages. The main problem is that when you have no accolades at all, then you have not even done the basics of writing 10 hubs or answering 10 questions. These are really easy to get and this shows you have made some contributions to the HubPages community. If you follow the steps in the next section of this article, you will get these accolades anyway so don't worry too much about them.

How to do it: get more followers on HubPages!

Good, you have improved your profile and you are now ready for the next step: getting more followers. This is an ongoing process that turns you from a new Hubber to a successful participant in the HubPages community.

Here is what you need to do repeatedly to get more followers:

  • Write quality hubs. This will have great influence on how well you will do on HubPages. If people come to know you as a great writer with high quality articles then you will gain followers easily. If your written work is so so then your following will be similar. Make sure that you know what you are writing about and write clearly. Improve your writing skills and make it interesting enough to read. Go the extra mile by adding photos and giving the article a good layout.
  • Post comments on other hubs. These comments should genuinely add to the discussion around the hub or they should add to the hub's contents. Just posting that the hub is great won't do much good because that won't make you stand out as a commenter. Write something that you know about the subject or relate it to something that you have experienced. Those comments are really useful and can cause people to click to your profile page.
  • Answer questions in the Answers section. Help people by answering their questions in the Answers section of HubPages. There are questions about anything so there must be some questions where you can share your knowledge and experience.
  • Participate in forum discussions and help people on the forums. Show your presence in the forums to let people know that you joined. Let us know what you think on certain issues and provide solutions to problems that people post. When you are inexperienced yourself this may be difficult but in the long run this is a good way to gain followers.
  • Follow other people. Just clicking the follow link for another Hubber can be enough to get a follower back. Some people reciprocate easily while others are more selective in who they follow. Please don't start following loads and loads of people as that is not good for your HubberScore and there is no point really. If you find a person with hubs that are similar to what you write about then chances are high that they will follow back. After all, you are sharing some interests.

So tell me, how much should I do to get followers? You need to do this all the time! One answer to a question or one helpful comment can be enough to turn someone else into a follower. Simply be active in all areas of HubPages and people will start to notice you. When people notice you they look at your profile and if it appeals to them then they will follow you.

All the above can be summarized as: provide something of value to others. That could be interesting material to read but also useful information when someone needs it. That is how you turn people into followers.

The critical mass theory of getting followers on HubPages

I will now share something that I have seen on profiles of many experienced Hubbers. Once you have reached a particular number of hubs and followers you don't need to spend any time anymore to get followers: people will start following you without effort on your part. They see that you have many followers and many hubs and that alone is enough for them to see more of your work.

If you are known for writing quality articles or for making money on HubPages, people want to see how you are doing that and they follow you. In other words, you have reached a certain "critical mass" of HubPages experience that makes people want to follow you. Even Hubbers who have not contributed to HubPages for many months are still getting followers daily if you look at their profiles.

Look at the profile of Hal Licino for example. He has written an unbelievable number of hubs: 2500 hubs! His last hub even mentions that he has written his last hub but he gains new followers almost daily. He may reconsider his decision and start contributing again but even if he does not contribute again on HubPages his number of followers will keep growing. You don't need to write as many hubs as Hal to achieve this effect - it happens to many experienced Hubbers.

What does not work to get followers

I will conclude this article with some approaches that will rarely if ever get you followers. Even if you do get some followers, your reputation on HubPages will be harmed when people notice the following behaviour.

The following actions are frowned upon by many:

  • Asking for followers. Just asking for followers makes you look like a beggar. Usually people who do this have not followed the earlier steps that are needed to get followers: they have not demonstrated that people should follow them so they resort to asking.
  • Mass following of others. I touched upon this earlier but you really should not do this. People who do this hope to get followers this way by getting noticed. But people frown upon it when you are following an arbitrary amount of people for no reason other than getting noticed.
  • Spamming for the sake of getting noticed. Some people ask questions or create forum threads just to get noticed. That is not a good idea. If you are asking a question in the Asnwers section and I then notice that your recent hub is also about that, then you are just being annoying. What you just did was not a genuine question, not a genuine forum post or not a genuine comment on a hub. People don't like that so don't do it.

But I still don't understand! How should I do the above?

Others have written helpful articles about how you should comment on hubs and how to participate in the HubPages community. I'm linking to them here so you can continue to learn!

This article was written by Simeon Visser. I am earning money online by writing here at HubPages.com. Would you like to earn money online as well? Read the success stories and sign up today to get started!

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arthurchappell 5 years ago from Manchester, England

A very good summery of how followers and following functions here in Hubs-ville - cheers.


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Csjun89 5 years ago

Very thoughtful and detailed guide to followers, great job!


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Right On Time 5 years ago from Australia

You get deep into the science of this, Simeon. I'm...somewhat less scientific. I just churn out articles with zero demand for them cos I can...and click follow \every now and then...lol...anyway all the best :)


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LSpel 5 years ago from The Murder Mitten

Great article. So much useful information. I actually do click on peoples ads on hubpages. For the sake of not being accused of click fraud, I am completely interested in the products I click :D


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

Thanks everyone :)

@Right On Time: Yes, but I think in the long run this will help in getting more traffic for this hub. This hub will remain a thorough guide on how to get followers and that is what it should be!

@LSpel: Sure, the money comes mainly from people from search engines but that doesn't mean you can't earn a buck or two from fellow Hubbers :)


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Zakmoonbeam 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

Brilliant hub, and really helpful to newcomers and regulars alike, rate up :)


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Zakmoonbeam: Thanks, I hope many can learn from this hub!


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Mike's Corner 5 years ago from Maryland

Great hub, very detailed, thanks for the info!


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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

I wanted to kind of see a good example of how to break up monotonous text in a hub, so I checked one of yours out. :P I see you use bullet points, I think this would probably be a better way for me to format my hubs to get rid of some of the forever text I have going on. This is a really informative hub, thanks. :)


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Mike's Corner: Thanks and no problem!

@melbel: I'm not saying this is the best writing style but it works well for popular authors on the internet. Take care!


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vox vocis 5 years ago

Great hub and I agree with all stated above...yet, I have a feeling that I am doing it all, but don´t get enough followers; an increase in the number of followers makes me feel good because then, I am motivated to write more and I get the impression that what I am doing here on Hubpages is useful for myself and others as well. Also, more than 80% of my traffic comes from search engines and my earnings are not what I have expected...I´m confused...Maybe, I expect too much or I am doing sth wrong...well, great hub anyway :-)


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@vox vocis: Our results seem similar: 129 followers / 41 hubs and 135 followers / 33 hubs. You even have more followers with less hubs! We have both been doing the above so now we also have similar results. There may be more to the process of getting followers that I haven't discovered yet but this hub describes what has worked so far.


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Good information, Simeon. Having good social skills goes a long way. It works about the same way as getting friends in person.

Also, just because a person follows me doesn't mean they are going to read my work. Writing good stories is the best thing we can do to get readers.


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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago

What a great hub! It is so nice of you to share your knowledge of hubpages! Vote up & useful!


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Pamela N Red: Yep, it does not differ that much from real life.

@cheapsk8chick: No problem, I'm glad I could help :)


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C'est La Vie 5 years ago from Florida

I am new on hubpages, and still am trying to learn different techniques in order to be a successful hubber. This was very helpful! Your hub was not just "great" it was Fantastic!


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@C'est La Vie: Thanks, I'm glad it was very helpful!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Good job. I'm seeing the question you've answered almost every single day. I'm starting to get sick of the answers section because of seeing the same questions again and again.

Do you know what gets me to "un follow" someone the fastest???? Folks that don't reply to a comment. . . .if someone never replies to my comments, I feel like my thoughts don't matter to them, and why would anyone follow someone who doesn't value their thoughts??


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Wesman Todd Shaw: That's also why I wrote this hub. I saw that question so often in the Answers section and I realized I was writing the same answer again and again.

I can understand your point of view on that but some people just have different comment policies.. they just don't always reply, could be for whatever reason.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Very insightful article. I actually came across it when I was looking through the Answers portion of Hubpages. I actually found out a couple months ago that the Question/Answer portion was a great way to be more community oriented. I also found out it was very addictive as well. I have tried out the forums yet, guess I have been too busy reading those questions. Maybe I will make that my next goal! :)


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@barbergirl28: The Questions / Answers section was actually the reason for writing this hub. So many people are asking this question that it makes sense to have a hub dedicated to it. Good luck with participating in the HubPages community!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

An impressive article, deceptively simple and very fluid. I'm sure you'll be well on the way to getting tons of followers. Thanks for the advice.


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Les Trois Chenes: Thanks, I see you're doing well with getting followers as well.


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@kethyjewel: Yep, HubPages is a great platform for sharing knowledge and getting followers is part of that experience.


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sin_min 5 years ago

that is helpful thanks


dazzeljh 5 years ago

Thanks for your help! I'll let you know how it goes for me!


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Kobus Hughes 5 years ago from Richards Bay, South Africa

A great read. I could definitely do with some more followers!


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

All the best to sin_min, dazzeljh and Kobus in getting more followers! :)


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Cici2hip4u 5 years ago from United States of America

I liked your hub. You described that it does need to take some time and effect on earning a crowd of followers. This article answered my question because I only have a couple of followers at the time. Thanks for this helpful information! Also, thank you for asking the question I asked earlier! God bless.


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Cici2hip4u: Yep, results don't come automatically. You have to get your name out there for people to notice you and to start following you. Just follow the steps in the article and you'll soon have a lot more followers!


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MBDungo 5 years ago from Philippines

But followers can increase your earnings, because the more followers you have the more visitors you have the more your HubScore increase the more you become popular the more you earn.


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@MBDungo: That's not true because people from HubPages generally don't click on ads. You don't need more followers or a higher (personal) HubScore to earn well here. It all helps in establishing yourself within the HubPages community but in the end you'll want to attract people from outside HubPages as they are the ones who click on ads.


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MBDungo 5 years ago from Philippines

@simeonvisser: I already read what you say that's why I make a comment. I think not all people here know the Google AdSense, and not all people here are a member. Am I right?


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

Not everyone is participating with Google AdSense and some people also post comments without having a HubPages account. However, the far majority of people who click on ads come from outside of HubPages and they generally don't leave comments. They just read a hub, click on an ad (sometimes) and then they leave the page.


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MBDungo 5 years ago from Philippines

And? They comeback again on HubPages because this program is one of the best articles on the Web, many don't knows if they click the ads Hubber will earn from revenue. Most of the visited are Recommend Hub, Hot Hubs, Best Hubs, and Latest Hub. I think you also have a rights, but don't say that I do not have one. We both have a different idea, and I want to become one of a popular Hubbers. We can be friend, I follow you, please follow me. Thanks!


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

Sure, I can't stop you from becoming popular. I'm just saying that popularity is not needed to earn money. If you want a lot of readers from HubPages itself then you'll indeed need to work on your popularity. I'm rather selective about who I follow so if I see reasons to follow you then I may very well follow you :)


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

Great tips! When I first started writing for HP, I seen a lot of spammers racing around for followers. (One big popularity contest) I had a hard time doing that. I am more reserved and selective. It may have cost me followers, but has given me a chance to make friends and build up my writing.

Great job! (Sorry if I am babbling...it is late as I write this.):)


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@tlpoague: You're not babbling, I can make sense of what you're saying :) Spamming is not a good idea, it won't last. It's better to build a steady following using the above approach really.


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EliteNetCash 5 years ago from UK

3 months old! Kudos to you, you hammered it right on the head, spot on. You are quite right, networking is for making your presence felt within and outside the community - credibility. Know, like trust thing goes a long way always.

Thanks for the great hub!


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@EliteNetCash: Yep, things haven't changed that much in the digital world. Building trust and credibility has worked for many offline businesses and it also works in online communities.


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tritrain 5 years ago from United States

These are excellent tips. There's always something to learn, isn't there?


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Ibrahim K. Shafin 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh & Washington DC, USA

A very useful hub. The more I am reading your hubs, the more im becoming astonished :)


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Whether my comment is going to stand out or not, this is what I'm going to tell you -- Great Hub. =D


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I'd also like to add that Hubbers should not say things such as "my hubs suck but I'm glad people find them useful." I think it's okay to be humble, but saying such things makes Hubbers appear that they hadn't put much effort into their hubs or that they were unsure of what they've written. It just makes them less credible and less appealing to me.


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@cheerfulnuts: Yes, that's true. It's nice to be humble but we all learn from what we do so it doesn't have to perfect the first time around :)


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lejonkung 5 years ago

great hub, thanks for the information


LailaK. 5 years ago

Thank you very much for the valuable info!! Even though I joined HubPages 10 months ago, but I haven't got any chances to write and publish. So I just started out recently and reading your hub encourages me to start correctly. Thanks!


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LailaK 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Thank you very much for the valuable info!! Even though I joined HubPages 10 months ago, but I haven't got any chances to write and publish. So I just started out recently and reading your hub encourages me to start correctly. Thanks!


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trecords0 5 years ago from DeLand, Florida

Thanks for a good read. I'm not so concerned with getting followers as I am with writing good hubs. My topics are diverse and sometimes just plain downright dumb, but I have fun writing them and if someone else likes it then great, but content is a focus of mine.


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JimDoyle 5 years ago from Primbee

Great Hub. I am not too worried about people following me,but useful insights anyway


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wrinklestudent 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

Thanks so much. I never knew about the answers section.


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Loi-Renee 5 years ago from Jamaica

Very useful hub. Thanks a lot for all the useful tips and insight.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Wow what a great hub, so much information! I am going to link to it in my newest hub about HubPages followers. Thank-you.


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p10kabhijita 4 years ago from India

A well rounded article...I got a 360 degree picture.. Thanx :)


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lisasuniquevoice 4 years ago from Michigan

simeon,

Your article actually makes me believe that I will get more followers. I realize though that I must do the things you've suggested here. I'm doing more and more. It's fun!

Lisa


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Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

Very useful Hub. I really enjoyed it, and it gave great insight.


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Crystal Holdipp 3 years ago

Thank you for these helpful tips.

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