Learning about the hubpages community

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Intro

When I first began on hubpages just like everyone else has experienced here, things wasn't so clear to me at first, due to the obvious fact that there's many ways to interact & it all depends on your levels of activity here. This hub will pretty much cover all that entails of my short but intense 3 month learned experience, on many unknown things to most new hubbers, & mostly about what is known as "Hubtivity".



Your profile accolades shows the results of your Hubtivity overall

What is Hubtivity?

Basically hubtivity is a unique term that the hubpages developers, and hubpages staff decided to make known; so that the hub community could be somewhat informed as to every communicative interaction between fellow hubbers that was done, as well as showing individual activeness on hubpages.

  • Hubtivity is detected whenever you decide to post a comment, fan mail, or simply interact with the questions section pretty much any activity on hub regarding submission of information by any member.
  • The Hubpages website has built in tracking systems in place to render us all the instantaneous feedback on what's going on with each active move made here.
  • Another way to understand Hubtivity is its your activity on hubpages displayed to you via your profile section, which you can view & connect with located at the very bottom of your profile screen. Note: (An easier way to view & manage your hub activity is explained by a community member below towards the end of this hub.)



Is there any benefits to checking on your Hubtivity?

Yes indeed, there's loads of unseen benefits that each user can gain from becoming aware of their own active level of hubtivity.

For instance once someone submits fan mail from the viewing of your hubs profile & then makes a eventual submission. You will then receive notice of such hub activity via your hub profiles "Hubtivity" section, each hub account owner has the option to approve this new fan mail being sent to them in real time. (Visit Your Account Section the details are explained later in this hub)

This helps each new hub user or guest who visits your hub profile, to witness what others think of your hub writing skills. This is extremely valuable when the numbers start adding up, because it encourages the usage and further reading of your hubs, due to having earned fan base over time.


The Hubtivity feedback is located on your Profile at the bottom

Make sure to check for fan mail, approve them or disapprove
Make sure to check for fan mail, approve them or disapprove

Things to know about your hubpages activity & the active hub Community

Well depending on your levels of hubtivity or activeness in the hub community. You may quickly discover your score or profile rating will increase & decrease over time. The factors that govern this scoring system aren't always so clear, but I'm sure if there's info on it within hubpages archives itself, it can be located by doing some simple research. I use the help section & search fields, to discover many unknowns on hubpages.

Reading hubs & leaving comments also makes all the difference when it comes to your hubtivity, because hubpages isn't just a website that's been programmed with bots & specialized web tools to make all the magic happen. Real people are watching all your activities here at every moment you choose to do something on hubpages & in many other highly technical ways as well. Try reading the user agreement section in its entirety, to discover more on this subject of tracking.

It has an active community of dedicated members orHubpages Elite, whom are responsible for going through many hubs daily, to locate anything of interest such as the best stats, overall quality, clarity, visually displayed content. We help them to locate many hubs that may be questionable as well by flagging inappropriate content that's submitted by folks, & also by giving credit where its due, to those writers that go the extra-distance with Vote up's & other approval methods, this also helps them to discover potential hubs that fit their criterion for being nominated for many hub awards.

Keeping track daily as to where your "hubtivity" is at, can & will work wonders in knowing who is interacting with you & what people are saying about your hub submissions as well, just don't forget to check for fan mail, communicate back with your fellow hubbers daily if at all possible via your comment section on each hub, & then approve or disapprove of any messages left as fan mail comments, again located at the bottom of your hubpages profile section. Over time you will be amazed at how your stats begin to improve, I've seen a dramatic increase in mine in only 3 months of being on hubpages.


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Many people never check their fanmail or approve it

Hubpages "fan mail" to me is the single most important mostly unseen factor on hubpages that can make all the difference, because people tend to follow your hub by getting an idea from their comrads on hubpages. This fan or following activity like many other locations on the web helps to gain you more exposure when it comes to the potential numbers of repeat visitors to your hubs & hub profile.

This fact of establishing fan base is somewhat tough to establish, & especially if you have no knowledge of its monitoring, and keeping track of approval or disapproval feedback.

Many members aren't checking their fan mail, and I discovered this from my lack of knowing where to do such a thing for about the first two months of being an highly active member on hubpages. Many of my potential fan base was simply erased by the hub pages system. This must have occurred I think after not responding to the fan mail for a certain period of time, because when I checked after first discovering such a thing as fan mail from the hubtivity section, many of my original fans were removed, & surely due to my inactive response to it all.

If you want to grow your fan base to gain much more potential viewers to your hubs, it takes many forms of activity here as well as through the word of mouth & experienced recommendations of your fellow hubbers. These friendly acts of commenting on hubs, rating them, & leaving fan mail, will become the future rating scores & accolades as shown above. Your hub can reach many viewers within hub & on the web itself, people who choose to communicate their perspective on your hub as a member gain the knowledge of your writing here as well, so keep that in mind as you continue to develop as a writer on hub.


Image of hub account accessed by hitting the "my account" tab

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Thanks to one of our newest hub community members

The Hubpages community here is an awesome way to help one another with great feedback from comments & other ways to help one another learn through hub reading as well as hub writing. You can discover how it all works here in this hub's comments section & this is a prime example of how hubtivity can work wonders.

Shown in the image below is a much easier way to detect your hub "Activity" or Hubtivity. You can read the comment below left by Evylyn Rose who actually just joined hubpages 4 weeks ago, everyone has a differing level of activity on hubpages, which this goes to show. We can all learn from one another no matter how long we've all been using such a powerful tool.

I will repost her very informative and useful comment below, for others who choose not to view the comment section in its entirety, hopefully this helps to clarify the Hubtivity issue of Fan Mail being hard to detect & keep track of, or any other questionable form of activity issues we all may be in need of detecting from our hub accounts.


Notice the 'activity tab' or menu shown in dark highlight

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Her useful informative comment on how to detect Fan Mail

Comment made by Evylyn Rose, "Thanks again for such a great comment"

  • "To go through the Hubactivity to approve fanmail can be a bit of a pain. It's much easier to go through "My Account" (top right corner of any screen while signed in) -- "Activity" (fifth tab in the My Account section) -- "Fan Mail" (fourth option on the left side menu). You can view all of your fan mail easily from this screen and approve or deny in one simple click.
  • The "My Account" section makes everything so easy to track. You can follow your activity as well as activity on your hubs, check to make sure there aren't any problems with your hubs (ex: bad links), view feedback and comments, keep track of hubs and hubbers you are following, and so much more. It's the one-stop shop for all the points you made here. ;)

Written by Evylyn Rose,on Dec 2, 2011 in the comment section below.


Then locate the Fan mail section on the left of the screen, click it

By clicking the Fanmail link it will reveal the most recent fanmail you may have waiting for you, try to look at this section from time to time to approve or diapprove of followers
By clicking the Fanmail link it will reveal the most recent fanmail you may have waiting for you, try to look at this section from time to time to approve or diapprove of followers | Source

Conclusion

All this massive activity on hubpages is what makes it a living breathing entity sort to speak, and is also the very reason why hubtivity is the single most important element and existing factor I've grown to discover that need active attentiveness, and maintenance daily,

if you really wanna become a force to reckon with on hubpage such as becoming a Hubpages Elite or achieving a overall profile rating of 100, than keep consistent, and remain active here. Of course lets not forget the importance of creating unique content, that also adds to the powerful effectiveness on hubpages and increases the chances for greater Hubtivity to occur. Establishing communications with others is key to it all, so don't just think its going to only require writing, because writing alone is just the start. Good Luck!

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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

It funny that you wrote this article not really knowing what is behind the scene. You don't have anything to do with HP Admin or design of the system, do you?

Statistics... How many readers do you have? Not followers, I mean, READERS?


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nicregi 5 years ago from Malaysia

Marvellous! Thanks for sharing. Remind me of my old days! :)

Great writing!


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City Author

Hi Kallini I research a great deal about websites, and definitely Hubpages, all the info is on the web for us to locate. Foresight is what I used here as well, I just joined hubpages three months ago, but statistically the growth in numbers becomes exponential over time anywhere on the web, I'm sure you understand that.

It's not a mystery to how its all done, the only mystery is how it it can happen for each individual who joins. So in effect if your willing to go the extra distance & have the foreknowledge of how to find such info, it will also become your truth to reveal. I guess that's the best way I could put it all. Why do i have to be a user for many years to discover such a thing, I'm on hubpages almost 24-7, I don't quit at working on my hubs and doing the best here.

I'm not yet a Hubpages staff nor Admin, but I read everything I come in contact with, entirely as well.

I do my homework in many ways on the web, & I'm sure you also do yours. thanks for the feedback & for the kind words as well. @ Kallini2010 & Nicregi


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zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

Great tips and good advice. I do a little bit of something on hub pages every day. Although I may only be able to come up with a good hub once a week or something like that. I enjoy leaving comments and seeing who is interested in what I write.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Cloud Explorer:

You see, I made a slight modification to your name - just a space and it looks better (in my opinion).

I do not question your knowledge - I agree that we (we? sorry to generalize...) figure out sooner or later what is and some things come up to the surface, others we tend not to notice.

I am not an expert on HP of HP or anything. I am here to learn and not to teach for I find teaching tedious.

Teaching is as exciting as preaching.

Frankly, I think that more often than not people get distracted with these little details (hubtivity, scores, blah...) and forget what they are ACTUALLY doing here.

What is the goal?

To write. It is not necessarily to be read.

To be read. That is another thing.

To earn money. Yet another...

That is why I asked you

"How many readers are you working for?"

Feel free to ignore my question - it is not about you, it is about me - I am writing about reading & writing on HP and if I get some new info, great, if I don't, well, fine by me as well.

I have 300+ followers. Readers? I call my crowd - Two and a Half (maybe ten, that is it). It is not my Hubtivity - it is my quest for a niche.

Yet to be found and cashed.

My comment was not criticism, it was my THINKING ALOUD.

Good luck on HP,


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Evylyn Rose 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

To go through the Hubactivity to approve fanmail can be a bit of a pain. It's much easier to go through "My Account" (top right corner of any screen while signed in) -- "Activity" (fifth tab in the My Account section) -- "Fan Mail" (fourth option on the left side menu). You can view all of your fan mail easily from this screen and approve or deny in one simple click.

The "My Account" section makes everything so easy to track. You can follow your activity as well as activity on your hubs, check to make sure there aren't any problems with your hubs (ex: bad links), view feedback and comments, keep track of hubs and hubbers you are following, and so much more. It's the one-stop shop for all the points you made here. ;)


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks Evylyn for the much needed info, I will also use this method & place an image in besides crediting you for its discovery.

There is a great deal to learn about this cool thing known as hubpages, that's for sure & everything isn't so obvious. Awesome feedback!


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City Author

@Kallini2010 I'm here to learn of my own potential, yet to be found in the world, I've also discovered that many others are looking to be found as well here & in many other web locations, thus all the joining of so many placed on the web I'm sure.

People will have their hidden agenda's mine is made visible, I don't hide a thing for I want people to discover what makes my mind tick. I've always wanted to share knowledge, and that's all I came to do on hubpages as well.

As for the numbers game well. I personally don't try anything other than writing & answering comments, besides reading everyone who I come in contact with, I've also added a great deal of other hubbers as a follower to start up my exposure, which most everyone does. If they choose to add me as a follower its fine with me, but I remain honest and consistent with how I communicate with everyone here.

Hopefully that satisfies your rebuttal of sorts, I'm not here to formulate arguments neither, just to share what I can muster up with my motivation, I've developed over the years. If money is to be earned from this hard efforts, than so be it, but isn't my main objective.

Again thanks for commenting & I can't wait to read your hubs as well.


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Evylyn Rose 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

You're welcome, CloudExplorer. ;) Thanks for the credit and links! I'm glad to help.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I can only say if you don't put "MONEY" as your goal - money will not come.

When I came to HP in Jan. 2011 - I had no clear objective, the only clear thing was to write. I did.

Creating visions - I did. Then ...

I never transferred to the "Make Money" stage - but I have achieved something here.

Not readership. Maybe not yet.

I do not believe that arguing can solve anything.

My position in any argument is "Yes, darling".

Recently I have not written anything - no time, but I just keep doing what I think I should.

Interact. I see something picking my interest - I respond, no - I pass.

Simple.

http://ca.mg5.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=evjn...


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City Author

understood @ Kallini2010 I hope you find the type of success you seek here or anywhere for that matter. It's nice meeting you & can't wait to read your hubs.

No probs @ Evylyn Rose


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jbrock2041 5 years ago from Park City, UT

I feel like it's harder for some people to get more of an audience than others on HP depending on the passions. Sometimes I see certain hubs that are popular or "hot" and I wonder why? It doesn't seem that great to me. But I'm grateful for your tips and everyone's willingness to help each other out on HP.


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City Author

Well @Jbrock2041 we both in the same boat when it comes to timing, I checked your profile and we have about the same amount of time on hub.

There's many reasons for why differing people's hubs have more interaction then others. Mostly its due to how their timing of the day or evening their publishing hubs & what it is they are writing about as well as the title or subject matter.

Simplicity sometimes spells more visitors or comments, its a time rated thing on hub I believe as well, & if you have more activity on it overall as well it will drive more communicative feedback your way. don't forget this is the web, and there's massive communicators that make things happen here as well.


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City Author

@ Jbrock2041 I'm not an expert but I do understand how it works to some degree, just by being on here for more than 8 hours a day, each day at times. It's easy to see how certain things work, but in terms of longevity I cannot tell or predict the interactions of others & whether or not any particular hub of mine will gain viewers.

Many of my best hubs I had thought was going to get great results, ended up as duds, but you never know though, once my overall hub score increases due to hubtivity increasing what spot it will land me on the hub leader boards. LOL

This is the same for everyone who starts at the bottom on hubpages, you'll get the most visits and responses once you achieve a greater overall score on your profile, which positions you to be seen by more frequented viewers, such as the hub of the day, or being positioned on the hubpages homepage etc.....


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City Author

Cont- There's really no true measure by looking at a single hub itself & trying to decipher a reason as to why that particular hub got more exposure than any of the othera, because of all the other things involved.

What is clearly unseen here is the fact that many people are using powerful sharing tools online as well as social networking, to communicate their efforts such as stumbleupon & many others

They also use RSS feeds, and many other ways to get the word out on their hubs. I will address this issue in my next hub on sharing & getting the word out, using external sources other than hubpages. thanks for commenting and for great feedback @ Jbrock2041


jenubouka 5 years ago

In a sense of hub activity it can be frustrating because I can not or should say do not have the time to ravel around hubpages to keep my activity up, I have other places that are more easier of a platform for writing, more thought freedom.

But I do say, this is the first hub that actually does explain the mystery of HubPages. Well done.

Thnks


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City Author

Jenubouka your a dedicated hubber for sure, I love your tenacity, because I think you truly enjoy hubpages judging by all the comments you leave me.

I try to keep up but its tough, I'm running many locations on the web as well, besides here so its tough.

I'm sure you understand where I'm coming from, the web is a fabric of our lives whether we wanna admit it or not. Thanks again for such great feedback I'll see if I can repeat the favor.


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Darkmetaly 4 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

where do I check the fanmail


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hi Darkmetaly here's another guide to help below.

1- click on the "my account", section above near your account name & also near the search field top right corner of the website.

2- After that clicking "my account" look for a tab that says "activity".

3- Click the "activity" tab, its not highlighted as such at first, the "Hubs", tab is highlighted in black at first.

4- After clicking it a page will open up beginning on the "Questions" screen. From there simply look for a "Fanmail" menu on the left of the screen, then click it.

If you have "Fanmail" to approve or disapprove it will appear on the next screen that will open up. Good Luck!


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Darkmetaly 4 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

thanks you


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Your very much welcome


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

CLoudExplorer, I like this hub because there are many things to learn about HubPages, not only when we are new but also as we become more experienced. I remember before HubPages I only saw the term SEO a few times and had no clue what it meant. Now it is part of my everyday vocabulary and my husband, a computer geek, was amazed I knew what it was.

The screen captures are nice, and you make some really good points, like making sure you approve fanmail and the like.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @ Stephanie for reading and sharing here with me, I'll see you soon on your comment wall for sure, in the very next hub of yours I'll soon be reading.


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Thank you for writing this hub for everyone, especially new hubbers who are not so sure of how it all works. I really liked your comments on fanmail. I look forward to the fanmail even if its a little "thank you". That makes the world to those who write. If someone also mentions the exact hub that captivated their attention then all the better. Overall, these are great tips and excellent advice on the community. Its a wonderful place to be in and often times you realize that its a small world with so many people who share similarities to your own. Thanks for sharing this great hub.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

No problem @ Jeyaramd, it was my pleasure to write about, something that truly had puzzled me for a while.

I'm sure many other new hubbers have also had this issue of not being so sure of how it all works at first, and especially before earning any accolades, or just by lacking the knowledge of where to go for certain info.


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KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

I enjoyed this hub but I am so glad I read through the comments which brought up so many questions! Amazing to see the art of intelligent conversation is in full swing here! CloudExplorer, thanks for the information....and the engagement in conversation. You have another fan.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks KrystalD for sharing with me, and for reading. As soon as the holidays ends, I'll be visiting everyone's hubs as well.

This hubpages community of dedicated writers is definitely awesome in communicating such efforts, as helping new Hubbers, and sharing great relevant info in many ways! indeed.


rgmg50 4 years ago

Thanks for this informative hub. In one of your comments you made the following statement "There's many reasons for why differing people's hubs have more interaction then others. Mostly its due to how their timing of the day or evening their publishing hubs & what it is they are writing about as well as the title or subject matter." Could you elaborate on the timing of publishing the hubs. What do you feel are good times?


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@rgmg50, hey there I missed this comment of yours, thanks for stopping by and reading as well as sharing with me here.

The timing for everyone depends on differing elements because seasonal hubs are the ones people will seek to benefit most during the holiday times, such as Christmas coming up, and to do so will mean you will need to publish such a hub at least 2 months prior to see any good results if any.

The time of day for people here in the United states tends to also depend on the seasonla thing, like in the winter time people for the most part will be indoors most of the time, and definitely after work, around 5pm-10pm EST, and for others its according to their location as well in the US.

The morning times is good to catch the people whom are hubbing around on the other side of the globe, as per say where your region is in Africa.

When I publish hubs here in the morning time, y'all are getting it on your HP feeds and emails at night, so I adjust for certain things of that nature, and keep in mind the time of day, season and other dynamic factors like when there's hubpages contest's running, that's when I either join it or slow down my tempo a bit to make way for the heavy loads of hubbers who are competing in the contests.

This all counts for timing and all.

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