First, I would like to Welcome you to the HubPages Community! There are so many awesome authors on HubPages and what I suggest is that you check out what other people are doing. I also suggest that if you are serious about learning the ropes on HubPages, you check out the Learning Center: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents there's a lot of useful information there.
Writing interesting Hub Articles will get people to read your Hubs and leave comments. With that said, leaving comments on other people's Hubs will create followers. That's the best way to get started. Get involved in the community and learn from other Hubbers.
Check out my Hub: http://hubpages.com/community/So-You-Want-To-Be-A-...
It's a Guide for getting started on HubPages and talks about setting goals and getting comments and followers.
The best advice for a Newbie Hubber would be to learn how HubPages works and create interesting original content. The rest shall follow...
Hope this helps!