New Hub Follower

Putting out the spread....

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You have written the short story, poem, essay, etc. In effect you have laid out a spread, like a potential banquet of material you hope readers called "Viewers" will enjoy and respond to, perhaps leaving a comment about your "Hub".

You intended your writing and photographs to entertain, inform, encourage, explain. Now the question is: will anybody come to the feast?

Your entertainment is ready and waiting....

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No matter how well you write, and how catchy your photographs, videos, polling questions, recipes, and illustrations may be, if your potential Viewers just sit around and cool their heels, you will wonder what ever possessed you to do all that work.

True you worked off your creative juices, and you know your Hub is super (even if sometimes your score for the Hub seems a little pale) if you have no Viewers and aren't clearing the overhead for the electricity your computer used putting it all together, you might need some better marketing.

Then again, with patience, skill, and production, you can still draw a crowd of happily feasting followers, and impulse readers.

The feasters are gathering....

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What makes the difference?

You can find some great tips here on HubPages about how to build your number of regular "Followers".

The best starting point is finding what HubPages' team has put together for you with their tips on writing great Hubs, and then getting them noticed.

The best tips from Hubbers who are meeting with good success can be found in the articles they write about drawing more traffic, marketing your production, and adding strong titles that fulfill Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and get your Hubs noticed.

I like having my personal cards ready when someone asks me "What do you do?" Then it's easy to hand them a card that has my pen name and the HubPages website printed on it, along with some idea of what I enjoy writing that they might find interesting. for themselves, their sweetheart, or the kids.

Putting links to your work on all the social media sites gives your Hub more exposure at little or no cost. Be sure it is good material, or the next time you post a Hub there it may not meet with much success, while regular quality work can.

Don't be shy about letting family, friends, and neighbors know where to find your material, and ask them for comments on what they enjoy. Some may want to join HubPages and have an outlet for their own contributions.

Lastly, if you want other Hubbers to be regular "Followers", be sure you take some time to read and comment on their offerings. You can find like-minded Hubbers by going to topics you yourself are interested in and spending a portion of you available time reading and commenting on the work of others.

While some brand new Hubbers suddenly are "Following" hundreds of other Hubbers, presumably on the theory that all of those new connections will be excited about having a new "Follower", it might be worth a quick look at one of their Hubs, and then perhaps looking at their profile to see if you want to return the favor.

Not every tadpole will turn into a frog. Those who do will still be happy Hubbers when each spring rolls around.


"Here's where you can find me."

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You CAN climb to greater heights!

Folks will be pointing you out, along with your Hubs.
Folks will be pointing you out, along with your Hubs. | Source

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In your experience here on HubPages so far, what is the best indicator of success?

  • Earnings
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  • Comments
  • Followers
  • Fan Mail
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16 comments

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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

Good material, Demas, for people who can follow your advice, and I see that it has worked for you. Because of my day job, I can't put my work on social media or advertise it through the channels that use my real name. Recently, I saw someone else say the same thing. That is why some working professionals are slow to gain momentum.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MizB - I had not thought of that as a hindrance, but it places a special obstacle, I am sure. Sometimes I guess, "freedom isn't really free" applies in other respects, too.


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rdsparrowriter 13 months ago

Informative hub :)


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rdsparrowriter - Thanks, bird of a feather.


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teaches12345 13 months ago

I follow your advice on looking at the writer's profile and content before following. I follow those that I believe I can contribute to their writing efforts and gain some wisdom myself from their articles. Thanks for the follow and I look forward to reading more of your writing. God bless you!


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

teaches12345 - Thanks for the wishes. I cannot think of a day when God did not bless me in a way that I deserved.

As I wrote, the idea that any new Hubber would join us and then immediately start "Following" 120 Hubbers seems selfishly motivated and deceptive.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

I know I have already commented on this hub, but strange things happen here lately. Anyway, good advice and I especially like the idea of having cards printed up saying you are a writer and your work can be found at HubPages etc.


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BlossomSB 13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

I love the idea of a card to hand out to people about your hubs. It was interesting to read of your experiences as a hubber, too.


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aviannovice 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

All very true. It is especially nice too make friendships out of the followings, and not just help some of the new folks find their followers in your pool. I have read some excellent material from you, so you needn't fear regarding the quality.


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Perspycacious 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Jodah - www.vistaprint.com is one good source for such cards as to price and your ability to design your own cards.


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Perspycacious 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

BlossomSB - Thanks for loitering on my corner.


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Perspycacious 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Thanks for your comment. Do you use a "writer's card" to promote your beautiful articles?


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Perspycacious 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Thanks for your comment. Do you use a "writer's card" to promote your beautiful articles?


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FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

I like your idea of handing out a card. I also like your comment about how it's important to comment on others' work. Some followers like only to receive but not give and that's how they get unfollowed. What's up with that? I like the work that you do. Keep at it!


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Perspycacious 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway - The cards work, not spectacularly perhaps, but for $5.00 why not? Any Hubber who is at all interested in reading other Hubbers' works, can search by subject, by category, by clicking "Explore,"or by just reading each day's "Hub Of The Day"! New "Followers" who just come to HP to poop out their own "stuff" will, in all probability, not do well here.


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teaches12345 11 months ago

Your post is helpful in knowing what works for writers. I too have a card with my writing sites listed. Love your positive outlook!

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