Please Don't Follow Me If............

This is me being honest.

Please don't follow me if you have some ulterior motive for pressing the follow button.

When I say this I mean that just because you have chosen to follow does not and should not give you the right of passage to a new and guaranteed follow back.

It doesn't work like that for me.

When I follow someone on hub pages or anywhere else for that matter, I do so because I like what I have read and I have a genuine interest for the subject. We've all been there and followed someone in return for them following you.

A while ago I made the decision to only follow fellow writers who have similar interests that I have as well as writing about subjects that interest me also. I came to the conclusion that it wasn't fair to follow just because a person had followed me.

In my view you should only follow ones who interest you and not do people favours for following you.

No favours here.

I must apologise now as you will get no favours from me. I do this now because I have probably lost as many followers as the number I have now. You keep seeing when you log into your hub pages account that you have a new follower. If you are like me, then you go to their hub pages to see what you can learn. If the person writes about topics of interest then I follow. If they don't write on topics I am into then I don't follow.

By not following it would seem that many hub pagers decide that If I don't follow back, then they will revoke their follow, hence a lost follower for me.

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours should not be the case here. Surely we all want followers who want to read what we have to offer. We don't want someone to follow then never read one of our articles again.

There is life outside hubpages.

Some may not believe it but as writers we want our articles to be read, not just on this platform, but outside also. Our aim has got to be traffic from Google and other search engines. Why?

Because this is where you will make money. You will not make money if all of your traffic is from within hubpages. You won't get clicks on your AdSense ads for a start, whereas getting traffic from the search engines means you will get clicks and you will make money.

So you see there really is life outside of hubpages. It is down to you to seek out the best traffic you can get by being the best article writer you can.

Make money.

Make money, and you will make money if you concentrate at getting good at just one thing.

WRITING ARTICLES. Sounds simple doesn't it? Well I have found it to be the case.

STOP wasting your time on Facebook on those mutual writers appreciation pages,you read mine, I'll read yours type sites because it really does waste your time. Writing good quality content which people want to read is what you are here for. Social networking is great but it takes you away from the task at hand and stands in the way of what you are trying to achieve.

My best advice is to limit your time on these sites.

It took me far too long to realise this and it is only recently that my page views and earnings are slowly beginning to increase. Before I was a busy fool. Now I am busy concentrating on what I am doing and not what others are doing.

Shame on you.

If you are that person who follows only to be followed in return. Shame on you if you revoke your follow if after a day or two if the person doesn't reciprocate and follow you back. What you need to do is get real, get working on you by writing for all you are worth and accept that you will get followers, but also accept that they follow because they like what you do and are not following as a favour because you followed them.

Don't want to take my word for it ?

I recommend you read another person's view on the subject, that of fellow article writer Marti Coetser and her article titled -

HubPages - A Feasible Working Schedule for Warm-Hearted Hubbers

Tell me what you think.

Do you agree that we should only follow if we are interested in the subjects the writer writes about.

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Start building your future.

It will be tough for you if you are used to having lots of internal comments and fan mail. In order to build your financial future you need to get tough on you. Once you stop following anything that moves you will have more time to do what you came here to do. None of us came here to have everything given to us on a plate. Hard work is what it will take to get the recognition we need from big G. Spend your time writing and not just talking about it.You owe it to yourself.

Let me know what you think.

Do you share the same thoughts as me on the subject? Leave a comment below and let me know your views. But please, only follow if you like what I do. Follow by all means but if your work doesn't float my boat, then I won't be following in return.

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rainpurplewine 4 years ago from ATLANTA,Ga

This really puts things in perspective,glad I found this piece.

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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Thanks for commenting, I am glad it was of use, rainpurplewine.

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KoraleeP 3 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

Great Hub! I agree wholeheartedly with every point you have made. You really have to get something out of the hubs of the people you follow.

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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

KoraleeP, thank you for reading and commenting, glad you liked it.

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franksg384 3 years ago from Anderson, SC

I really, really need to limit my time wasted on facebook. I totally agree.

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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Franksg384, FB is fine if you use it properly and not just to idle time away. If done properly it can benefit your Hub Page views. Thanks for the comment.

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Darja1981 3 years ago

I follow you because I am a new hubber and I am thankful for any tips here. And you sure have them.

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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Darja1981, thanks for the follow. Just ask if I can help in any way. I may not have all the answers, but I am sure I can find out.

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Spongy0llama 3 years ago from Canada

Very eye-opening. I've always known the vast majority of my views come from google searches (which I hear is a good thing). I always follow if there are a least several hubs that interest me in a hubber's profile, after that, I just click on what looks interesting in my news feed.

Another good thing about following a lot of people for the right reasons, I have noticed, is that they often direct you to other hubbers you may be interested in through sharing. It also doesn't hurt to have a lot of followers who will share your stuff too ;)

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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Spongyollama, I like your thinking. The word is, keep on SHARING and it will be reciprocated. Thanks again for commenting. Great to hear from you again.

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rebthomas 3 years ago from Westerville Ohio

Maybe you should consider that they just might LIKE your hubs. seriously, not trying to be difficult but what gain do you get by having followers? I like that people enjoy my hubs but my main goal is not to have many followers here.

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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

I hear you rebthomas and appreciate where you are coming from. If you look at the most successful around here they have lots if not 000's of followers but they follow very few themselves. Who's doing who the favour?

Thanks for the comment.

Watch out I'm coming over for a look at your place.

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rebthomas 3 years ago from Westerville Ohio

My door is always open, :

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Sarra Garrett 3 years ago

voted up and awsome. Great hub and very truthful.

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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Sarra Garrett, thank you again for commenting and voting. If nothing else here, I tell it how it is.

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story-maker 3 years ago

hahaha.. last year I said Don't Hire Me here: ..highly appreciated.

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LaurieNunley517 3 years ago from Deep South

I won't expect you to follow me back! Really enjoyed this hub and I learned. I'm spending too much time reading and not writing. Thanks!

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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

LaurieNunley517 Thanks for reading and commenting, you were wrong as I am going to follow you.

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LaurieNunley517 3 years ago from Deep South

Thank you, Steve, for understanding. I want to learn...never copy. I just followed you back and look forward to reading your hubs. They are very "now." I like that. I will get my Kleenex, I'm going to read your hub about Val. Lots of reading to do...

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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Hi LaurieNunley517, sorry I didn't reply straight away. It was my eldest son's wedding at the weekend so it has been a very busy time. Thanks for following back. I don't know if you have checked out the learning centre yet, it gives brilliant information and will help you on your way. Click the link to get started

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LaurieNunley517 3 years ago from Deep South

I did find it, yes, and thanks for your help. I have done everything backwards, I think.

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